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19Oct/20

World Bank approves $12b for COVID-19 vaccines

first_imgThe World Bank said Tuesday that it approved US$12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatment.The financing “aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people,” the bank said in a statement.The money is part of an overall World Bank Group (WBG) package of up to $160 billion through June 2021 designed to help developing countries battle the novel coronavirus pandemic. “This financing package helps signal to the research and pharmaceutical industry that citizens in developing countries also need access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” the statement read. “It will also provide financing and technical support so that developing countries can prepare for deploying vaccines at scale, in coordination with international partners.”Access to safe and effective vaccines “and strengthened delivery systems is key to alter the course of the pandemic and help countries experiencing catastrophic economic and fiscal impacts move toward a resilient recovery,” World Bank Group President David Malpass said in the statement.The financing “will also support countries to access to Covid-19 tests and treatments, and expand immunization capacity to help health systems deploy the vaccines effectively,” the statement added.The financing approval was expected as Malpass had announced the project in late September.While vaccines have yet to appear on the market, Malpass noted in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro that it was necessary to prepare because of the complicated vaccine distribution process.The Bank’s approach, according to the statement, draws on its “significant expertise in supporting large scale immunization programs for vaccine preventable diseases, as well as public health programs to tackle infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases.”Topics :last_img read more

20Sep/20

Man shot and killed in Loxahatchee

first_imgPolice are investigating a deadly shooting that took place Monday evening in Loxahatchee.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said a man was shot and killed following an altercation between two men. The victim was found dead at the scene.The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 16000 block of E. Edinburgh Drive.No further information was available.last_img

19Sep/20

Cricket News This Australian teenager does a Yuvraj Singh – Blasts six sixes in an over

first_imgSpeaking to the official Cricket Australia website, Davies said he had made up his mind to hit six sixes in the over after hitting the first two balls over the ropes. “I had it in the back of my head I wanted to give it a crack and it paid off at the end. I was trying to target (the area) from forward square to cow corner and I was just getting down on the back leg, almost before it was even bowled, and trying to slog sweep them over mid-wicket.”Read More |Happy Birthday Mithali Raj – an Indian legend at the crossroads New Delhi: Oliver Davies did a Yuvraj Singh in an Under-19 National Championship game in Australia between NSW Metro and Northern Territory at the Adelaide Oval. Davies, the NSW Metro captain, blasted six sixes in an over from offspinner Jack James and also notched up his double century. While his first hundred took a total of 74 balls, his next century came off a staggering 39 balls. Davies created plenty of records in the Under-19 National Championships and joined an elite list of batsmen who had achieved this glorious feat.  Apart from the six sixes in an over, Davies hit 17 sixes, the most ever in ODIs or List A cricket while he became only the second cricketer in the history of the Under-19 National Championship to hit a double century.In the 40th over of the NSW Metro innings, Davies decided to unleash as he blasted six sixes in the over bowled by James. All the sixes were slog swept over the ropes at deep midwicket. This was the most runs ever hit in an over of the Under-19 National Championships and he joined an elite list. Sir Garfield Sobers and Ravi Shastri are the batsmen to have hit six sixes in an over in First-Class cricket while Herschelle Gibbs achieved the feat in an ODI during the 2007 World Cup encounter between South Africa and the Netherlands in St.Kitts. Yuvraj Singh was the last batsman to achieve this feat when he hit six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad during the World T20 encounter between India and England in Durban 2007.Read More |This Australian cricketer can sing clear lyrics with mouth closedDavies’ blitz helped NSW Metro reach 406/4 and they achieved a 168-run win against Northern Territory. Davies became only the second player after Jason Krejza to hit a double century in this competition. Davies’ record of 17 sixes is also the most in limited-overs cricket, going past the record of 16 sixes hit by Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. Rohit hit 16 sixes in his knock of 209 against Australia in Bangalore 2013 while de Villiers smashed this tally when he hit the fastest ODI century off 31 balls in Johannesburg 2015. Gayle achieved this mark during his double century knock in the 2015 World Cup against Zimbabwe in Canberra center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

26Aug/20

UFC Phoenix: What if Cain Velasquez had stayed healthy?

first_imgEven though Cormier no longer plans on retiring when he turns 40 next month, the current heavyweight champion isn’t going to stick around too much longer, which would clear a path for a healthy, active Velasquez to once again challenge for championship gold, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.First, let’s see what he looks like this weekend against Ngannou and whether he can emerge with a clean bill of health.If he clears those two major hurdles, then we can start discussing whether 2019 is the year Cain Velasquez returns full-time to potentially fulfill his destiny as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. Join DAZN and watch Paul Daley vs. Michael Page at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16Unfortunately, it’s a familiar position to be in when it comes to Velasquez, as the now 36-year-old heavyweight has spent far more time dealing with injuries and extended absences over the last half-decade than he has contending with actual opponents.Velasquez has fought just twice in the last five-plus years, as his triumphant return at UFC 200 came after a 13-month layoff following his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City. That fight was preceded by a 20-month hiatus that started after he wrapped up his rubber match with Junior dos Santos in convincing fashion at UFC 166.It seems absurd even as I write it — going three fights back on Velasquez’s resume takes us all the way to October 2013, when Lorde burst onto the music scene with “Royals” and her debut album Pure Heroine and Gravity was enjoying another week atop the box office charts.To put it into perspective, the whole of Ngannou’s UFC career has transpired in the time since Velasquez’s loss to Werdum, with “The Predator” making nine appearances in the Octagon to the former champion’s one.Between the injuries and the layoffs, there is no way to know how Velasquez will look on Sunday because while he showed no signs of rust or decline when taking Browne to the woodshed at the UFC’s bicentennial show, that was still well over two years ago and not only is he that much older, but he’s also stepping in with one of the most dangerous threats in the division.But as Velasquez’s return draws closer, it’s impossible not to wonder what the landscape of the heavyweight division might look like had the ultra-talented former champion not lost so much time to injuries.A Dominant ForceBefore delving into what might have been, we first have to remember what we know to be true and that is that for a two-year, four-fight stretch between his losses to dos Santos and Werdum, Cain Velasquez was one of the most dominant forces to ever grace the heavyweight division.Velasquez was a new breed of heavyweights — a 240-pound attack dog with the skill set and conditioning of a lightweight. Sure, he could knock you out with a single clubbing blow like the majority of elite heavyweight competitors, but he could also bury you with volume, maintaining a ridiculous pace for a man his size, all the while threatening to dump you to the canvas and maul you from top position as he did Silva, twice.He was heralded as a something different when he arrived in the UFC with a first-round finish of Brad Morris at UFC 83 and validated his advanced billing by steamrolling the competition on the way to snatching the heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar in a one-sided beatdown that lasted four minutes and change at UFC 121.Even after losing the belt to dos Santos in November 2011, Velasquez returned to re-affirm his standing as the best heavyweight in the sport over the next two years. In twin fights with both Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and dos Santos, the former Arizona State Sun Devil crippled the wills and stole the souls of the two Brazilians.Silva was never the same fighter following his second fight to Velasquez, which lasted just 81 seconds, while “Cigano” alternated wins and losses over his next four appearances, battling myriad injuries of his own. It wasn’t until the second half of this year that the former champion returned to looking like a potential title threat.Unfortunately for Velasquez, he would spend the better part of the next two years on the sidelines before losing the heavyweight title to Werdum, followed by another extended layoff before returning to beat Browne.Even then, despite all the time off, the numerous surgeries and various other injuries, Velasquez still looked like a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.What Might Have BeenGiven that he’s never been anything other than a champion or elite contender over the last decade, let’s start by agreeing that had Velasquez remained healthy and active in the time since his title loss to Werdum at UFC 188, he would have remained in the championship conversation.His performance against Browne is the only evidence needed to support this assumption.That puts Velasquez competing against the likes of Werdum, Stipe Miocic, dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem, with the possibility of him facing newer additions to the contender class like Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis or Alexander Volkov as well.His history with dos Santos plays a big part in trying to determine what the division may have looked like had Velasquez been active because while the possibility existed, as it does for every heavyweight and every fighter, that he could get caught with something that puts him down, the truth is that Velasquez would have been no worse than a coin flip against all of the top competitors in the division.A rematch with Werdum never materialized and would have been truly compelling, as the Brazilian’s submission skills would have given Velasquez pause when it comes to pursuing takedowns, especially given how their first encounter ended. That said, a healthy Velasquez was far quicker, far sharper and more of a finisher on the feet than Werdum, so meeting him in the center of the cage and turning it into a slugfest would have been a viable strategy.Overeem would have been the inverse of Werdum — a threat on the feet thanks to his assorted weapons, quickness and power, but could he had prevented Velasquez from bullying him the way he did dos Santos in their second and third meetings? It would have been an interesting pairing, but chances are bettors would install Velasquez as a clear favorite.The most intriguing matchup of the bunch is a potential pairing with Miocic, who took over as the division’s well-rounded cardio freak in Velasquez’s stead and possesses the talents and intangibles to match the former titleholder shot-for-shot. In another lifetime, they could have been what the UFC envisioned Velasquez and dos Santos being — the well-matched rivals who pushed it each other to new heights, trading the title back-and-forth in a series of massive pay-per-view main events.As for the new crop of contenders, the results of some of their most recent outings illustrate how hypothetical encounters with Velasquez would have most likely played out.Against Ngannou and Lewis, he replicates the tactics deployed by Miocic and Daniel Cormier, respectively, wrestling each to the canvas and working them over where they’re least comfortable. The same goes for Volkov, who struggled in a clinch-heavy contest with Timothy Johnson. While Blaydes has the wrestling pedigree to potentially stop an onslaught of takedowns, he’s still too hittable to hang with powerful heavyweights on the feet, so a slightly less violent, less rapid replica of his losses to Ngannou serves as a pretty sound template for the approach Velasquez would take.The Daniel Cormier RippleThe most interesting part of a hypothetical “What if Cain stayed healthy?” thought exercise is trying to figure out what becomes of his close friend and training partner Daniel Cormier?“DC” famously departed the heavyweight division in order to stay out of Velasquez’s lane, despite being 13-0 and looking like a mortal lock to eventually challenge for the heavyweight title. With Cain out of the picture, Cormier made the move back to heavyweight last year for a superfight with Miocic, claiming the heavyweight title and successfully defending it against Lewis at UFC 230 in New York City.Now as Velasquez prepares to return, Cormier is once again serving as his biggest cheerleader, telling anyone who will listen that Velasquez is the same fast, strong marauder that once dominated the division.But had he not been limited to just one appearance since losing the belt to Werdum, Cormier’s current situation likely never would have come to pass.Maybe they would have sat down and talked about Cormier returning to the division, depending on whether or not Velasquez had the title and the results he had against the other top contenders, but a healthy Velasquez being in the thick of the title chase or reclaiming the throne probably results in Cormier staying at light heavyweight and never becoming the “Double Champ.”Current Legacy and What’s Still to ComeRight now, Velasquez is the Bill Walton of UFC heavyweights — a dominant force, but someone whose brilliant career was beset by injuries and ultimately cut short.He’s a two-time champion with victories over divisional stalwarts like Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and “Bigfoot” Silva, as well as former champions “Minotauro” Nogueira, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. He was the prototype for a new wave of heavyweights — a little smaller with well-rounded striking, excellent wrestling, smooth footwork and elite conditioning. He was a nightmare matchup who could beat you in numerous ways and whose only career losses came in championship fights where he was dealing with injuries.Although it’s impossible to say for sure what the heavyweight division might have looked like had Velasquez remained healthy, his return this weekend against Ngannou is an obvious peak into what might have been.Despite returning from a 952-day layoff, Velasquez is nearly a 2-1 favorite heading into Sunday’s main event and a victory over Ngannou, who rebounded from poor showings against Miocic and Lewis with a 45-second knockout win in November, would put him right back into the thick of the title conversation. 952 days — that’s how long it will have been since Cain Velasquez last set foot inside the UFC Octagon by the time he marches to the cage to face Francis Ngannou on Sunday night in Phoenix, Arizona.Two years, six months and 16 days will have passed since the former heavyweight champion collected a first-round stoppage win over Travis Browne at UFC 200 and as he readies to return, there is absolutely no way to know with any certainty what to expect from the American Kickboxing Academy product.last_img read more

13Aug/20

Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris beats Mo Farah!

first_img31382Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA13:33.30 POSBIBATHLETEMARK 1402Ryan HILLUSADNS 12734Birhanu BALEWBRN13:43.25 5893Selemon BAREGAETH13:35.34 7852Aron KIFLEERI13:36.91 8950Andrew BUTCHARTGBR13:38.73 2954Mohamed FARAHGBR13:33.22 11655Patrick TIERNANAUS13:40.01 Athletics: Farah denied final gold by Ethiopian EdrisLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British athletics legend Mo Farah narrowly failed to complete a fifth successive global double on Saturday when he finished second behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in a thrilling 5,000 metres world final.The 34-year-old, whose winning run in the 5,000m at Olympics and world finals stretched back to 2011, fought desperately to claw back the deficit in the finishing straight but Edris held on to win in 13min 32.79sec.Farah, a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22.Farah, who had won the 10,000m last Friday to open the championships with a bang, said he couldn’t have given it more but added he had proved that it was possible to break up the Ethiopian and Kenya hegemony over the distance races.“I gave it my all, 110 percent,” said Farah.“I don’t think there was any more I could have done. They (the Ethiopians) run as a team.“Never feel like you can’t beat the Kenyans and Ethiopians — anything is possible.”American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30. 4899Yomif KEJELCHAETH13:33.51 RACE PREVIEWLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British track legend Mo Farah sauntered into the 5,000 metres world final early in the week looking good to sign off his brilliant track championship career with a fifth successive global title double.The 34-year-old — who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit — showed no sign of a hangover from the 10,000m victory last Friday, which saw him emerge with a badly cut calf, as he finished second in his semi-final at a rain-sodden London Stadium.Farah, who is unbeaten in 5,000m global finals since winning the 2011 world crown, admitted to being tired but said he took his lead off a Kenyan catchphrase.“Anything is possible — train hard and win easy, that is what the Kenyans say,” said Farah.“I’ve been given a chance in life. For all the young kids out there, you should believe that you can do it as well.”However, he may need to be on his guard as at the opposite end of the age spectrum 17-year-old Ethiopian Selemon Barega caught the eye in winning his semi-final.Farah was content to hang out the back in the early stages but moved onto the fastest man in the world this year Muktar Edris’s shoulder with 10 laps remaining.Up front was Spain’s Morocco-born Illias Fifa ahead of 16-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who then took on the pace with seven laps to the tape — Farah moving up to second behind the youngster.A welcome sudden injection of pace came from Tanzania’s Emmanuel Gisamoda with Farah looking relaxed in fourth alongside Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan.However, they bunched up again and a fair few elbows came to the fore as runners tried to hold their position.As they took the bell there were a dozen runners in contention for the five automatic places but Farah was never in danger of missing out and content to finish second.However, the biggest cheer of all came for Mauritania’s Mohamed Sambe who valiantly battled on despite being tailed off from early on and being lapped twice.The 34-year-old had his own ‘lap of honour’ on the final circuit of the track being cheered to the rafters and raised his arms as he crossed the line in celebrating having completed the course in his own time.The second semi-final saw Ethiopian tyro Barega take on the pace setting duties after a very pedestrian opening four laps swapping the lead with Ugandan Stephen Kissa.There were casualties though as the pace slowed and they bunched up with Kenyan-born American Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo going down after being clipped by Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto, who also came to grief.Chelimo recovered quicker regaining his place in the main pack whilst Rutto took his time but with two laps to run he too was back in contention.However, Chelimo ran out of puff when the final sprint took place with Barega coming home first and his former compatriot now running for Bahrain Birhanu Balew was second with Rutto doing brilliantly to take third.There was a happy ending for Chelimo though as he made the final as one of the five fastest losers. 101076Kemoy CAMPBELLJAM13:39.74 6749Mohammed AHMEDCAN13:35.43 Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart had tried to break up the field with 600 metres to go in a race that had been run at generally a very slow pace.However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.Edris led round the final bend with Farah under pressure from Kenyan-born Chelimo as they hit the straight.Edris gritted his teeth and set sail for home with Farah moving down the inside to try and engineer a remarkable final burst but the gas just wasn’t there. 1896Muktar EDRISETH13:32.79 Share on: WhatsApp 131147Cyrus RUTTOKEN13:48.64 ***** 14850Awet HABTEERI13:58.68 9758Justyn KNIGHTCAN13:39.15last_img read more

13Aug/20

Tau stars as South Africa get vital victory

first_imgPercy TauSoweto, South Africa | AFP | Percy Tau starred for a much-changed and much-improved South Africa in a crucial 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso Saturday in a 2018 World Cup Africa zone qualifier in Soweto.The diminutive winger scored the first goal after 48 seconds, played a role in the second, and created the third with a cheeky back-heel at Soccer City stadium.South Africa won with a team showing eight changes from that which suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Cape Verde in Durban last month.Back-to-back losses to Cape Verde and the annulling of a win against Senegal over match manipulation by a Ghanaian referee left South Africa desperate for maximum points.Despite the win, South Africa remain bottom of Group D and needing home and away victories over Senegal in November to have a chance of winning the group and qualifying.Burkina Faso and Cape Verde have six points, Senegal five and South Africa four ahead of a match between the Cape Verdeans and Senegalese in Praia later Saturday. A Tau header gave South Africa the perfect start and he later avoided going offside, allowing Themba Zwane to score, before Sibusiso Vilakazi made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time.Surprisingly, subdued Burkina Faso could have been five goals behind before Alain Traore scored a consolation goal direct from a free-kick on 87 minutes. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

12Aug/20

Trump Likens Impeachment Inquiry To A “Lynching”

first_imgPresident Trump likens the House impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.” He tweeted the controversial reference this morning and said Democrats are denying him due process, fairness or any legal rights. Trump added — “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here…But we will WIN!” The African American lawmaker asked — “Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you?” Rush demanded that Trump delete his tweet. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush fired back on Twitter, saying — “You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?”last_img read more

12Aug/20

PBC School District Votes to Fire Principal, Sues E-Cig Maker Juul

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School District voted Wednesday afternoon to fire former Spanish River Community High School Principal William Latson.Board members voted 5-2 to terminate Latson’s contract over comments he made to a parent in an email last July about the Holocaust.In the message, the former administrator wrote, “I can’t say the holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”He had been reassigned to the district office during the investigation.The investigative report stated the district had “just cause” to fire Latson since he violated several district policies.Latson’s termination will take effect on November 21. He has until that date to file an appeal.The School Board also decided at its Wednesday meeting to sue e-cigarette maker Juul, in an effort to combat the youth vaping epidemic.According to officials with the District, schools are struggling to address the issue, and “have been forced to divert resources to monitoring and disciplining the rapidly growing number of students using vaping products on school grounds.”If a settlement is reached, 75 percent of the money would go to the District, while the other 25 percent would go to the law firms who are representing the District.The statement from the District adds, “The top priority of the School District of Palm Beach County is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Palm Beach County does not intend to stand by and allow this crisis to escalate further.”last_img read more

12Aug/20

UF Student Body President Faces Impeachment Over Trump Jr. Visit

first_imgThe student body president at the University of Florida is facing an impeachment threat of his own, for allegedly spending $50,000 in student fees to have Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, speak on campus.Members of the university’s student senate filed a resolution this week to impeach Student Body President Michael Murphy for malfeasance and abuse of power.The resolution accuses Murphy of spending mandatory student fees to support his own political beliefs by having Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle visit last month.The pair spoke on October 10 at the University Auditorium to an audience of more than 800 people for a $50,000 joint payment.Student Body statutes forbid leaders from spending student money in support of or against a political party, according to the resolution.However, Murphy claims the visit was not campaign related. UF’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator, obtained emails that reveal a Trump re-election campaign official asked Murphy to bring the pair to the school.“We met at my house on the 4th of July,” Caroline Wren, a national finance consultant of Trump Victory, wrote to Murphy in a September 10 email. She adds, “I wanted to follow up with you regarding a speaking engagement at the University of Florida for Donald Trump Jr.”The newspaper also reports that Murphy contacted the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and invited him to come to campus. Sanders’ campaign declined, citing scheduling issues.last_img read more

12Aug/20

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony: Media Fueling Public Distrust of Police

first_imgBroward Sheriff Gregory Tony joined the South Florida Morning show to talk about the upcoming Primary Election in which he will face former Sheriff Scott Israel for the first time on the ballot.Governor Ron DeSantis removed twice elected Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from office in 2018 for his mishandling of two mass shootings in his jurisdiction. The governor then appointed Gregory Tony Sheriff. Now the two democrats will meet head to head at the polls on August 18th.Sheriff Tony said that he has not had any problem recruiting or hiring new officers in this new hostile environment. He added that he has experienced a rough arrest by police in his youth as a black man, but the distrust that has fomented since the death of George Floyd is manufactured by the media.Sheriff Tony distrustListen to the full interview with Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Broward-County-Sheriff-Gregory-Tony-Interview-7-2-2020-1.mp3last_img read more