Researchers say 36,000 lives in US could have been saved with earlier social distancing

first_imgMore than 35,000 lives would have been saved in the US if social distancing measures had begun just a week earlier than they actually did in mid-March, according to a new estimate by researchers at Columbia University.They said simulations based on several models showed that 61 percent of the US cases of infection as of May 3 — more than 700,000 — and 55 percent of the more than 65,000 recorded deaths could have been averted if social distancing and other safety measures had been in place a week earlier.These researchers said the simulations illustrate the danger of easing lockdown measures too early, as many experts have noted. All 50 US states have begun to reopen, to one extent or another and with encouragement from President Donald Trump, to try to resurrect economies devastated by business closures and layoffs in the pandemic. The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 1.5 million cases of infection and more than 93,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. “Efforts to further raise public awareness of the ongoing high transmissibility and explosive growth potential of COVID-19 are still needed at this critical time,” the researchers wrote.”Our results also indicate that without sufficient broader testing and contact tracing capacity, the long lag between infection acquisition and case confirmation masks the rebound and exponential growth of COVID-19 until it is well underway,” they said.Ten days ago, a New York documentary filmmaker named Eugene Jarecki set up a billboard in Times Square with what he calls the “Trump Death Clock.” It gives the number of deaths that Jarecki says could have been avoided if Trump had encouraged social distancing practices on March 9, rather than on March 16.His figures are higher than those of the Columbia researchers because Jarecki argues that 60 percent of US deaths could have been averted by acting a week earlier.center_img Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19 crisis erodes women’s rights in Indonesia: Activists

first_imgAs large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) forced people to stay at home, some women found themselves trapped with abusive partners. The Jakarta chapter of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK Jakarta) alone received 366 reports of domestic violence between March 16 and June 30, an average of 110 reports a month.Read also: House in hot water as critics demand resumption of pro-women bills“Some abusers are able to go free because the regional administration ended their imprisonment because of a lack of testing facilities,” North Sulawesi activist Lily Djenaan said.As women face increased adversity during the pandemic, lawmakers have put women’s issues on the back burner, stalling two long-awaited pieces of legislation: the sexual violence prevention bill and the domestic worker protection bill.The sexual violence prevention bill, first proposed in 2016, was removed from this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list in July. Lawmakers called deliberation of the bill “too complicated”.“Even before the pandemic, violence against women was rampant,” Women’s Institute (Institut Perempuan) founder Valentina Sagal said. “The state should have prioritized the bill, especially during this pandemic. We need to have laws that show the government’s presence in protecting the victims.”The domestic worker protection bill, which has been under deliberation for even longer (16 years), remains stuck in the House of Representatives Legislative Body (Baleg).“The country does not use a gender-responsive perspective to address the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s one problem among many others in this country’s COVID-19 response,” Asfinawati said. Valentina echoed Asfinawati’s sentiment.“The state needs to include women in its handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Otherwise, the government’s rhetoric of protecting the country will end up neglecting women,” she said.Topics : Health care was one of these fault lines.Lusi Peilouw, an activist from Ambon, Maluku, said that some pregnant women had to pay more for maternal health care because hospitals required patients to undergo COVID-19 swab and rapid tests.“Some women were even denied labor and delivery services by the hospital because their rapid test results came back positive,” she added.The government’s response to the pandemic has also brought unintended consequences for women. The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia continues to disproportionately affect women, exacerbating gender inequalities that were already present in the country, women’s rights activists say.The 40 organizations that belong to the Women’s Awakening Alliance have gathered data on women’s experiences nationwide and have found that the health crisis has intensified existing social and economic inequalities between men and women.“The pandemic has exposed the fault lines on women’s issues in a myriad of ways,” Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) chairwoman Asfinawati said in a webinar on Sunday.last_img read more

Siemens Working on Commissioning Beatrice OTM 1

first_imgSiemens Transmission and Distribution is carrying out commissioning works on the recently installed Offshore Transformer Module (OTM) at the Beatrice offshore wind farm in preparation for the energisation of the system.Nexans is working on routing, jointing and termination works on the two export cables, EC1 and EC3, which have been pulled in to the OTM.The walk-to-work vessel Island Crown is at the Beatrice site as the accommodation and support vessel for all works on the OTM.The first of the two OTMs Beatrice will feature (OTM 1) was installed in February.Meanwhile, Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) is installing the jacket foundations for the project, whose 84 wind turbines and two OTMs will all be supported by this foundation type. SHL has so far installed 43 out of the total 86 jackets.The first of 84 7MW wind turbines, to be delivered by Siemens Gamesa, are scheduled to be installed this summer. The 588MW offshore wind farm is expected to be operational by the end of 2019.last_img read more

Saturday IMCA Modified feature at Perris pays $1,500 to win

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – For the second month in a row, extra money will be up for grabs when IMCA Modifieds race at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, Aug. 25.The main event will pay $1,500 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. There will be the $500 “Inland Rigging Fast Car Dash Presented by CP Carillo” and Billy Griffin will award $100 to the fastest Modified qualifier.A $125 Eibach Spring Forward award goes to the hard charger.The Modified feature will be 30 laps. The runner-up earns $600 with $450 paid for third.The grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.last_img

Crook signs new Middlesex deal

first_imgSteven Crook has signed a new two-year contract with Middlesex.Crook played a valuable role in helping his team win the Division Two title, taking 26 wickets at an average of 31.“He had a very good first season and thoroughly deserves this new contract,” said Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser.AdChoices广告“With the ball he offers something different as he can bowl very fast, and his pace unsettled many opposing batsmen.“During the season he claimed several top wickets, often dismissing the opposition’s gun batsman.“He is an excellent fielder and dangerous batsman. The encouraging thing is that we firmly believe there is still a lot more to come.”last_img

Kwesé Inks Deal with 234Bet for Premier League Broadcast

first_imgMultiplatform broadcast network, Kwesé, has signed a ground-breaking advertising deal with online betting company 234Bet for the Premier League broadcast on Kwesé Free Sports and its sub-licence stations NTA and AIT.Kwesé Free Sports is Africa’s largest free-to-air channel with operations in 29 countries, and is available in Nigeria as UHF channel 32 in Lagos.Through this sponsorship, millions of English football fans will enjoy Premier League matches live on the AIT and NTA terrestrial networks with a combined coverage of over 52million people across Nigeria. Kwesé Free Sports broadcasts one Premier League match live every Saturday at 4pm. The deal which will run through the 2018/ 19 Premier League season kicks-off with a live encounter between Burnley and Leicester kicking off at 4pm, on Saturday March 16.“With football being the most loved sport in Nigeria, this deal affords 234Bet a great opportunity to reach and engage with millions of viewers who will be glued to their screens until the end of the 2018/19 Premier League season,”said Chichi Nwoko, general manager, Kwesé Free Sports Nigeria.According to the Managing Director of, Ikechukwu Maduka, “Through this sponsorship, 234bet, fulfils its mission of ensuring sporting events are more accessible and betting opportunities are more enjoyable to sport loving fans.“Our brand differentiates itself from the pack by creating personalised relationships with customers such that every interaction with our brand fulfils and enhances their enjoyment of our services.“To delight our truest EPL fans, 234bet offers best price on the biggest teams in the league. Our customers are welcomed with an incredible four hundred percent welcome bonus, exposed to a diverse range of markets ranging from the traditional sports, virtuals, casino and jackpot opportunities to novel and unique non-sporting special events like politics, big brother, Game of Thrones entertainment and even gossip.”He also explained that customers are allowed to cash-out their winnings anytime during the game. “When they withdraw, they are assured funds will clear in their bank accounts the same day. We may not have as many customers as some of our competitors yet, but going by our customer offers, it is clear we are audacious enough to challenge the big players and position our brand to offer our customers more value than any of our competitors in the industry,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dornsife and LA Times release 2018 poll results

first_imgThe latest results from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times public opinion poll, released on Friday, predict that Republicans will lose the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.From Dec. 15 to Jan. 15, nearly 4,000 registered voters selected by USC’s Understanding America Study internet panel took online surveys. The poll, designed to predict voter attitudes, is the first in a nationwide series leading up to the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The results paint a bleak picture for Republicans. According to the poll, Trump’s approval rating is 32 percent — slightly lower than in most polls, which place him in the high 30s, but still problematic for the GOP.According to Director of the USC Unruh Institute of Politics Bob Shrum, Trump’s low favorability suggests Democrats could overtake Republicans in the midterm election. “If the elections were held now, Democrats would very likely capture the House,” Shrum said in a USC News release. “And if President Donald Trump’s favorability ratings don’t improve, history shows that’s what we can expect to happen in November.”The historical precedent for midterm elections after a president’s first year in office support Shrum’s prediction. Senior editor at Gallup News Jeffrey Jones believes that a low favorability rating like Trump’s would correlate with a 36-seat swing. “Since 1946, when presidents are above 50 percent approval, their party loses an average of 14 seats in the U.S. House in the midterm elections, compared with an average loss of 36 seats when presidents are below that mark,” Jones said in a Gallup News article. Given Trump’s approval rating, Republicans are predicted to lose around 36 seats. Democrats only need 24 to flip the House.Additionally, 51 percent of responders say that they would vote for a Democratic congressional candidate, as opposed to 40 percent for a Republican. More than 30 Republican congressmen have announced they won’t be running for reelection in November, making Democrats the heavily favored party.This could be an indication that voters are “ready to potentially punish the president,” Republican strategist Mike Murphy said to the Los Angeles Times.The poll also addressed 2020 presidential candidate favorites, whether women are still disadvantaged and the prevalence of racial discrimination. Results demonstrated that of the 10 proposed Democratic candidates, former vice president Joe Biden was the favorite. They also indicated that voters are ready for something different from previous candidates, such as Hillary Clinton.“Democrats have closed the Clinton chapter,” Shrum said. “People want to move on. I also think that when you look at the numbers, there’s an opening for someone new, not because they receive big numbers, but because no one is dominant in the poll.”Additionally, 60 percent of respondents agreed that obstacles remain for women’s rights. Similarly, the majority of people recognized racial discrimination, but by a smaller margin. According to the poll, 54 percent said “people not seeing discrimination where it really does exist” is more problematic than people seeing it “where it really does not exist,” when asked to choose between the two in the survey.According to Shrum, that number is unsatisfactory. He believes the issue of racial discrimination is obvious and that the problem lies in America accepting its own faults. “There’s always been this reluctance of the country to recognize a problem,” Shrum told USC News. “[This poll] tells you that a majority of the country, by an eight point margin, understands that there is still discrimination and it does hold people back.”last_img read more

‘The Bachelor’ host talks diversity in the franchise

first_img“You have to take it as it comes … because then it’s organic and then it feels right,” Harrison said. “When you try to force things is when it backfires on you … We took that step in that we had our first African American, but I didn’t look at her and go, ‘So happy she’s Black.’ I’m happy that she’s a badass woman, and oh by the way she also happens to be African American.” When discussing the line between actual reality and reality made for television, Harrison emphasized that the contestants are real people who he and the producers care about, drawing parallels to his experience as a father of two teenagers. Representation in the franchise came up again when another student asked about the likelihood of casting a gay bachelor. Harrison ultimately said that he does not know if or when it would happen. Two minutes before Harrison was set to arrive in a Wallis Annenberg Hall classroom to speak about his career and experience with the ABC reality television show, the event was relocated to the auditorium to accommodate the influx of audience members. The event was hosted by Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism associate professor of professional practice Mary Murphy for her journalism class titled “Entertainment, Business and Media in Today’s Society.” “You kind of have to take your hand off the wheel and let stuff happen,” Harrison said, explaining the true reality aspect of “The Bachelor.” “It was incumbent on us to change that narrative, and we have done that,” Harrison said. “Over the last several years, we have taken great strides in … trying to make you feel more represented. While I would love to only make great social statements and really change the world, I can’t just do that because we have to stay on the air … or I’m not making a social statement to anyone.” Throughout the entire event, which went overtime because of the large number of audience questions, Harrison made inside-jokes that referenced the most recent seasons of “The Bachelor” franchise and joked with the audience. Harrison said the show casts people from across the country and focuses on their potential storylines, but he admitted that it did not do a good job at assembling a diverse cast when it first started in 2002. He claimed that representation has improved in the franchise. None of what the contestants say, he said, is ever scripted. However, the producers create environments and moments that force contestants to “deal with each other.” “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison talked to an audience of more than 200 students in Wallis Annenberg Hall about the show’s efforts to improve diversity, including having its first Black bachelorette Rachel Lindsay in 2017. (Tomás Mier | Daily Trojan) One audience member said that despite loving the show, she has noticed a lack of people of color on it. She said she roots for the people who look like her just so she can see them on television more. She asked if the producers are conscious of this and if more representation can be expected in the future. Chris Harrison, host of “The Bachelor” and other shows in the franchise, discussed diversity and the behind-the-scenes of the reality television series to an audience of more than 200 in Wallis Annenberg Hall Monday. Harrison said he doesn’t believe “The Bachelor” changes culture but that the show has evolved as culture has changed. He brought up Rachel Lindsay, the first African American bachelorette in the show’s 13th season, and Demi Burnett, the first contestant to have a same-sex relationship on the franchise in the fifth season of “Bachelor in Paradise” as examples of the show’s evolution. Harrison also explained that many of the people behind the cameras are of different races and sexual orientations. “It was really cool to see him, because we’re so used to seeing him on camera,” said Maggie Morris, a junior majoring in journalism. “And for him to be in person so down to earth, it was great.”last_img read more

Grinding Gears: Pac-12 South win isn’t as big of a deal as it seems

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanIf you bet on Clay Helton using the phrase “control our own destiny” after USC’s win over Colorado on Saturday, you were wrong.Maybe it’s because the Trojans have achieved their destiny, in Helton’s eyes.Ever since Pac-12 Media Days, Helton has stressed playing for a Pac-12 Championship as the goal for this season. Never mind that USC came into the season ranked fourth as a national championship contender, or that redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold entered the campaign as the Heisman favorite. The Pac-12 Championship was the goal stated by Helton and by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.So now they’re here. By beating Colorado in front of 49,337 fans in frigid temperatures in Boulder, the Trojans clinched the Pac-12 South, punching their ticket to Santa Clara on Dec. 1. By all accounts, USC played well. Darnold was incredible, throwing for 329 yards on 21-of-34 passing and two touchdowns and scampering for another. The wide receivers were stellar, from the veteran junior Deontay Burnett hauling in six catches to freshman Tyler Vaughns amassing 90 yards. Redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. was a consistent target, and sophomore wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. recorded his first career touchdown.On the other side of the ball, the defense pitched a shutout for the first half and redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris came up huge with two interceptions, including one late that helped end hopes of a late Colorado comeback. “I think each year you try to improve,” Helton said after the game. “We weren’t in this position last year, and now we are.” This statement, while true, comes with a lot of caveats. Sure, USC will likely beat UCLA next week and finish the regular season with two losses, one fewer than last season. And sure, USC may very well win the Pac-12 Championship, a game it wasn’t even invited to last year. The Trojans could also end up in the Fiesta Bowl, a bowl game that may not be as pompous as the Rose Bowl, but would be just as quality a bowl win as they achieved last season. And honestly, even if all of this comes to fruition, the season would still seem underwhelming.Regardless of what Helton’s objectives were, let’s be clear here: USC was expected to compete for a national championship this season. Considering the history of the program, the success we saw last season and the preseason hype surrounding Darnold as the best quarterback in college football, we would expect nothing less. So when USC lost to Washington State, when USC was drubbed by Notre Dame, they were more than just losses. The difference between good and great teams, the difference between being Pac-12 champions and national champions, is that national champions find a way to pull out a win on short rest, and they find a way to not get embarrassed on primetime in South Bend.USC has not passed the test or lived up to the hype as a national championship contender, assuming its slim chance of sneaking into the College Football Playoff doesn’t occur. This is the conundrum of the Trojans’ season, the reason why a good win over Colorado — which clinched the Pac-12 South and gave USC a chance to win the first conference title since 2008 — doesn’t feel like a big victory. Perhaps we’ve become numb to success at USC, which is strange considering the Trojans haven’t truly contended for national championship since more than a decade ago, and haven’t even won a conference title in almost a decade. Regardless, there lies an expectation — realistic or not — that casts a shadow over every season where those expectations are not met, and this season is no exception.Well after the sun had set on Folsom Stadium on Saturday night and the temperature had dropped below 50 degrees, Ronald Jones II stepped outside the USC locker room in a T-shirt and shorts, draped in Beats headphones and carrying a sign that read “RoJo got da Mojo.” He was in a good mood, and understably so, just having run for 146 yards and passed both Mike Garrett and Reggie Bush on USC’s all-time rushing list. But even as he gushed about the accomplishment, he was asked about what he thought of the Trojans’ slim chances of making the playoff.“I think it’s looking pretty good,” Jones said. “I feel like we’re just getting back in there.” He said the team was looking at the scores from the day, and he saw that No. 1 Georgia had lost earlier on Saturday to Auburn. But 10th-ranked Auburn winning didn’t help USC. Neither did No. 7 Miami routing No. 3 Notre Dame, or No. 8 Wisconsin beating Iowa.Regardless of the results, there was no amount of help on Saturday that could have increased USC’s hopes of sneaking into the playoff. Those hopes died in South Bend. And while clinching a Pac-12 South title on Saturday was cool, it really didn’t change much.Eric He is a junior majoring in journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

China: A New Haven for Eagles’ Stars

first_imgAfter managing to score just three goals this season and tumbling in the striking position’s pecking order at Watford, the English Premier League club was left no other choice than to ship Odion Ighalo to a Chinese Super League side–Chongchun Yatai. With Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi, now playing in the same league after failing to make the team at Chelsea and Nigeria’s female football sensation, Asisat Oshoala, also likely to head for China after the expiration of her contract with Arsenal at the end of the season. Kunle Adewale writes about Nigerian footballers and the Chinese connectionOdion Ighalo will become English football’s latest concession to the Great ‘Wad’ of China after Watford agreed a £20 million deal with Chongchun Yatai. The misfiring striker is set to follow his international teammate, John Obi Mikel, and hop aboard the Chinese Super League gravy train.“I am not surprised Odion Ighalo is doing what he is doing. I have chatted with him and played with him in the national team and I can see the talent he has, as even before I have the ball in those games, he is already making his run. He is a player who likes to exploit the space behind the defence and is a good finisher around the box,” Mikel had said of Ighalo after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Watford in 2015/16 Premier league season. But all those abilities seem to be beyond Ighalo now as he seems to have lost his goal-scoring form Ighalo has gone from top scorer at Vicarage Road, and magician behind the ‘Iggy chop’ party trick, which left countless defenders on their backsides to a spare part in danger of missing out on a Premier League squad number.Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri admitted Ighalo’s departure was imminent on Monday night, saying: “Every morning I ask the club what the situation is, and negotiations are now at an advanced stage, so it should only be a matter of a couple of days.”Ighalo was top scorer across all four divisions in 2015, when his 30 goals fired the Hornets to promotion and Premier League safety.Even when the goals dried up for him in the second half of last season, Shanghai SIPD made a mind-blowing £37.5m bid for Ighalo last summer which the player rejected.His market value has however plummeted as he finished 2016 with just six goals in all competitions, and Watford’s top brass agree a fresh start is the best solution for all parties.Another Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, were exploring the possibility of pairing Ighalo with Carlos Tevez, but they would not meet Watford’s £27m asking price for a player their rivals SIPD had valued £10m higher only six months ago.Ighalo, who appeared to be waving goodbye to travelling fans after the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth was left out of the squad altogether for the embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Millwall on Sunday.Speaking to THISDAY in Lagos, former Manchester United striker, Louis Saha, noted that the Chinese League would never be a threat to European leagues in spite of the ridiculous amount it is using to lure players to China.“I don’t see the Chinese Super League as a threat to the European big leagues. Leaving the top league in Europe for China is just a matter of choice. Moreover, aside from very few players, a number of players that are leaving Europe for China are those that cannot really command regular jersey in their clubs,” Saha said. Corroborating Saha’s stand on the Chinese League is Bayern Munich winger, Arjen Robben, who recently rejected an offer of a move to the Chinese Super League after he agreed to sign a one-year contract extension but admitted he had the opportunity to cash in on a big-money offer to move to China.“A transfer to China would be something else entirely. That is basically acknowledging your career is over. I want to keep playing at the highest level as long as possible,” Robben said.“I do not understand players going to China at the age of 27 or 28. Those guys are at the peak of their career. That is a waste really. You only get one career. I sort of understand players who are already in their 30s.nIt is all about a certain madness that is ongoing in China right now. They are offering some crazy figures. I also got some offers. The money on show is so crazy that you at least have to consider it. They are offering maybe four, five or six times the amounts you get at a big club. But money has never driven me. That is why I have had such a great career. It is about football for me,” he added.It would be recalled that some Nigerian players like Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Obafemi Martins, Victor Agali, Garba Lawal and Anthony Ujah moved to China after a dwindling career in Europe.As a boy, Ighalo and his Olodi Warriors team-mates would hit the deck when they heard gun fire during training. The bullets didn’t know the difference between the young footballers and the drug dealers selling their narcotics on a corner of the pitch, which the police were targeting. Growing up in the Ajegunle ghetto, at the heart of Lagos, life can be like that.The pitch where he trained and played as a child is called the ‘Maracana’ by locals, in the Tolu Area of the community. It is one of the most popular places in Ajegunle and has become known as the place that turns filth into gold. Some houses are even built on top of great mounds. But out of its depths have emerged footballers who would go on to make waves in Europe. Ighalo is one of them.His mother, Martina, worked day and night selling water and soft drinks to save up for his first pair of boots against his father, Paul’s wish, who wanted his son to go to school and study, so his parents would argue. Ighalo however chose a pair of adidas Copa Mundials, displaying a touch of class, even back then. Goalscoring was his primary function as his 28 league strikes in 2015 were more than anyone in English football’s top four divisions. In the top five European leagues, he was just behind Cristiano Ronaldo (35), Lionel Messi (33), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29) and alongside Luis Suarez in joint-fourth.Ighalo was born on June 16, 1989 in Lagos. He played for Prime FC of Oshogbo and Julius Berger of Lagos from where he was discovered by FIFA agent, Marcelo Houseman, who recommended him to Atta Aneke, and was subsequently taken on trial by Norway’s Lyn Football.On July 30, 2008 Ighalo signed for Udinese in Italy and agreed to a five-year contract. He was later loaned to Granada FC in the 2009 summer, as part of the partnership agreement between Udinese and the Spaniards. He scored 17 times in his first year and five in the second, as both seasons ended in promotion; this was interspersed with a brief loan stint back in Italy with A.C. Cesena.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more