UN: Zika virus will be ‘way down’ before Olympics

first_imgGENEVA (AP):The head of the World Health Organization’s Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a “fantastic Olympics”, and that the mosquito-borne virus will be “way down” by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.Dr Bruce Aylward, WHO’s executive director for outbreaks and health emergencies, said yesterday at a news conference that the mosquito population is expected to drop off around when Rio hosts the games, since it will be winter in the southern hemisphere.Rio’s Olympic venues are also in a relatively confined area, he noted, making it easier for authorities to control the local mosquito population.”Brazil is going to have a fantastic Olympics and it’s going to be a successful Olympics and the world is going to go there,” Aylward said. “I just wish I was going there, but there’s not going to be a lot of problems there by then, so I’ll be somewhere else.”Aylward also pointed to the “probability” that the Zika virus will have “gone through” a large slice of the country’s population by then, so many Brazilians might have developed an immunity to the disease by the time of the August 5-21 games.Zika, however, is just the latest cloud hanging over Brazil ahead of South America’s first Olympics. The country is coping with its worst recession in 100 years, impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and a wide-ranging corruption scandal centred on the state-controlled oil-and-gas giant Petrobras.Brazil has recorded more than one million suspected Zika infections in recent months amid strong concerns that the virus could be linked to a spike in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads microcephaly and to a rare neurological syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis in people of all ages.In Brazil yesterday, ministers, state governors, health authorities and members of the armed forces visited schools throughout the country to involve students in the nationwide campaign to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.WHO has declared a global health emergency due to the virus, saying it could produce as many as 4 million cases in the next year. The mosquitoes that spread Zika which also spread dengue and yellow fever are entrenched across the region and in a wide belt around the globe, mostly in tropical areas.last_img read more

From Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden Creatures

first_img SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”An Achiever’s Reflection on the 7 Souvenirs of AugustAugust 27, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community” With eight years of Geocaching HQ experience, graphic designer Roxxy is one half of the creative creatures that make up the design team here at HQ! She’s been designing souvenirs, geocoins, art, and more since 2010 and she is the artist behind the mythical beings of Hidden Creatures. We chatted with Roxxy to learn how Geocaching souvenirs come to life!Going back to the beginning, were you always interested in art growing up?Always! I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been drawing. My mom used to give me her old art supplies and a big stack of blank paper, and I’d sit on the living room floor and do nothing but draw. She never stopped encouraging me, so I never stopped drawing.What is the first geocaching souvenir you created?I think it may have been the Arizona souvenir for the US—it was inspired by the kind of post card you’d buy along the side of the highway if you were driving through. We made all of the US souvenirs in alphabetical order, but we released them in order of statehood, so one of the first ones anyone saw might have been Pennsylvania or Georgia…How many souvenirs have you created for geocaching?I’ve lost track, to be honest, but it’s over one hundred by now. I started with about one third of the US states, the Canadian provinces and territories, and the states of Australia (that’s around 36 right there), and after that I’ve lost track. That’s where we start to add souvenirs for more countries, plus promotion souvenirs, and event souvenirs.What is your favorite part of designing souvenirs?When I was designing country souvenirs, I really liked the research. It gave me a reason to learn about a place I haven’t been to, and find out what their customs and traditions were, but also what the fun or silly stuff was about a place that made it unique. Sometimes it was really hard to find just one thing to feature for the souvenir itself, because there were so many wonderful choices. I hope I made good ones.For promotional souvenirs, like Mary Hyde or Mission GC, I really enjoy figuring out the best way to bring the idea to life. For example, during Mary Hyde, I found out that the best way to make something look like a hand-drawn map, torn into four pieces, and then beat up, is to actually make a hand-drawn map, tear it into four pieces, and beat it up! I spent part of an afternoon making stains and rubbing sandpaper on a map I had created (and photocopied, just in case I went too far).I have to say, my favorite part about designing any souvenir, is seeing how people respond to them. I like to make things that make people happy.What is your favorite souvenir to design? (Promotional, Country, Etc)Promotional souvenirs are my favorites, because that’s when I get to try different things. I don’t just design the souvenirs for our promotions, but I often get to design the geocoins and social media images as well. If creating a souvenir is like making a cake, then creating the artwork for a whole promotion is like throwing a party.How did you decide on the different Hidden Creatures?There are so many to choose from, that we had to give ourselves some guidelines just to even get started. We began by narrowing it down to four types of environments—forest, oceans, deserts, and mountains—and then started looking for which creatures could be found there. We also looked at creatures that appear in different cultures and mythologies, and tried to use them whenever possible. Then we tried to pick the 12 most recognizable creatures that didn’t look too similar to each other.It was a lot of research and work, and that was before I even started to figure out what they were going to look like.What was your inspiration behind the World Turtle?I knew I wanted a creature that somehow combined all four of the environments, and I wanted it to be big, so that left me with only a few options. A creature like the World Turtle shows up in a few different mythologies, either as the turtle that supports the world on its back (with the help of four elephants), or as a whole country or island that rests on the back of a giant turtle living in the middle of a lake or ocean. The idea of the World Turtle felt big and wonderful, and I knew we had to have one.What is the process for creating a souvenir?The first step is always research; we need to know what we’re trying to show before we can show it. I often do a little extra research on my own, to make sure I haven’t missed any details, and I’ll gather up some reference as I start to get some ideas. We also figure out the best way to show our souvenir.For Hidden Creatures, I started with sketching—yep, everything starts with a real life pencil on real life paper—and I tried a few different ways of putting something together. It’s easier to explore a lot of different ideas when I can compare them to each other right in front of me at the same time. This is usually the most time-consuming and important step for me, because it’s where most of the idea takes shape.Once I have a sketch done, I’ll scan it into the computer, refine it digitally, and then start to add ink, color, and effects.Which Hidden Creature souvenir is your favorite?I’ve spent so much time with each of them that I can’t pick just one. All of the Hidden Creatures have something about them that makes them my favorite, and that thing is usually something that happened along the way to creating a wonderful, magical creature for you to enjoy. I still think of the moment I got the sketch just right, or the hours it took to get the fur just right, or how I figured out how to paint crystals.I do like finding out everyone else’s favorite. I think it’s always a little surprising! People who I thought would like the Mermaid the best end up falling in love with the Yeti, or someone wasn’t very interested until they found out there was a Kraken at the bottom of the ocean. I like to see how excited people are about finding their favorite.In the end, the best part of bringing a souvenir promotion to life—whether it’s the souvenirs or the storyline—is hearing all of the fun geocaching stories that come out of each adventure. Hidden Creatures starts June 27! Share your favorite mythical creature souvenir with #hiddencreatures on social for a chance to be featured on the Geocaching blog in August!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

5 days agoMourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target man

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target manby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is adamant Marcus Rashford is not a target man.Mourinho was speaking after Rashford scored in United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.”When we beat Liverpool a couple of years ago, we played with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front. He is not a target man, he is a man of movement,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.”I do not think he is a pure nine. If Ole is going to play him as he did today then I think he is the perfect player for him.”He’s young but he is experienced. With 21 years he probably has more matches than some players who are 24, 25. For me he is potentially a very good player, in some models and in some positions.”As a number nine I don’t think he has the 30 goals a season in him. I don’t think he can get better as a target man. To be better as a target man is difficult for him.” last_img read more

Help Olivia Wilde Raise Money For Haiti

first_imgOlivia Wilde is raising money for Haiti via Crowdrise, and giving you the chance to win a limited edition, signed Shepard Fairey poster.“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and 50% of the population there lives on less than $1.25 per day,” writes Olivia on her Crowdrise fundraising page. “Over 80% of students drop out of school after 6th grade because they can’t afford to continue their education.“We’re trying to change that. Artists for Peace and Justice encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity.“We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and above all the power of education to change a nation.”By donating at least $30 before November 27, you go into the draw to win a Shepard Fairey poster signed by both Olivia and Shepard. For more info, visit Olivia’s Crowdrise page. You can also help Artists for Peace and Justice win $50,000 as part of the Mozilla Firefox Challenge – for more information, click here.last_img read more

Iowas weekly Houdini acts bearing resemblance to 2002 Buckeye champs

The 2002 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes are often remembered for finding a way to win through adversity. Sound familiar?The No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes have found themselves in the same situation this year as the Buckeyes were in 2002.Iowa has been the underdog in many of their games this season, even as a Top 25 nationally-ranked team.Penn State was a 10-point favorite over Iowa on Sept. 26, Michigan was an eight-point favorite on Oct. 6, and Michigan State was favored by one point on Oct. 24.Iowa beat Penn State by 11 and Michigan and Michigan State each by two.The 2002 Buckeyes had the same problem with the odds makers, going unfavored in games against ranked teams No. 7 Washington State, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan and No. 1 Miami.Both teams have been considered underdogs because of their inability to blow out bad teams with bad records.Iowa has four fourth quarter come-from-behind victories, two of which they were heavily favored in against Northern Iowa and Indiana. The other two came against Penn State, ranked No. 5 nationally at the time, and Michigan State.Iowa seems to be reading the blueprint of the 2002 Ohio State team that had five fourth quarter comeback victories. OSU had to go into overtime to beat both Illinois (4-7) and No. 1 University of Miami in 2002.Both teams had to rely on their defenses for fourth quarter victories.OSU had six regular-season games decided by seven points or less in 2002 while Iowa has racked up four of their own this year. In 2002, the Buckeyes had two important games decided by their defense, against No. 10 Penn State and No. 1 University of Miami in the National Championship game.OSU was forced to silence an explosive Penn State offense, which averaged 36.4 points per game, to preserve its 13-7 win.In the National Championship game, OSU held the Hurricanes out of the end zone from its one-yard line four times to win the championship. Iowa has already proven that its defense can perform similar feats. In the first game of the season, the Hawkeye defense blocked two Northern Iowa kicks in the final seven seconds of the fourth quarter that would have won the game. They also clinched the Michigan game with an interception with a minute-and-a-half remaining in the fourth quarter to seal Iowa’s victory. The overall defensive statistics for both the 2002 OSU team and the 2009 Hawkeyes are impressive. Iowa has averaged 13.5 points per game with 18 sacks, 18 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries through nine games.In 2002, OSU allowed 13.1 points per game with 32 sacks, 18 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in 14 games. The offensive play-calling for the teams does differ. The Hawkeyes focus on the pass, while the Buckeyes were oriented on the run. Mostly on the legs of Maurice Clarett, the Buckeyes ran over every opponent, with 2,678 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns on the ground. The Hawkeyes have relied on the arm of quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who has passed for 2,052 yards. That is only 58 yards short of OSU’s starting quarterback, Craig Krenzel, in 2002. Stanzi has also thrown 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, surpassing Krenzel by two touchdowns but also throwing six more picks.The Iowa rushing game only racked up 1,127 yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns, much less than OSU did in both categories. The Buckeye offense was more potent, scoring 45 offensive touchdowns in 2002. The Hawkeyes are on track to score only 33 offensive touchdowns this season.Adversity within the roster is something both teams have been acclimated to as well. The 2002 Buckeyes were without explosive freshman running back Maurice Clarett at 100 percent for 3 games after he injured his shoulder against Penn State with four regular season games remaining. The Hawkeyes are without freshman starting running back Adam Robinson for the rest of the season, who injured his ankle in their win against Michigan State.Both of the teams have had similar results to this point in the season, but Iowa has three games remaining in the season, including one against OSU in Columbus on Nov. 14. The other two remaining games are at home against Northwestern and Minnesota.Iowa’s championship destiny does not lie in its hands as it did for OSU in 2002. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama are all ahead of the Hawkeyes by considerable margins in the BCS. Two of these three teams will have to lose for Iowa to make the National Championship game and match the dream season OSU achieved in 2002. read more

Precedent mounting investigations of Ohio State football may bring stricter punishment for

Ohio State is far from the first school to be charged with NCAA infractions for violations committed by its football program. Other programs have had penalties ranging from small suspensions to the “death penalty,” but precedents set by NCAA cases could influence the organization’s final ruling on OSU. On Aug. 12, a group of university representatives, including interim coach Luke Fickell and former coach Jim Tressel, will travel to Indianapolis to make its case to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. The NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, sent to OSU President E. Gordon Gee on April 21, detailed the charges brought against the university. In the report, the NCAA said Tressel failed to behave with “honesty and integrity,” and knowingly played ineligible players, including Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas and Mike Adams. The players are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. The report also revealed that OSU may be designated as a “repeat offender” because of coach Jim O’Brien and 2006 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith. O’Brien gave $6,000 to recruit’s mother, later forcing the Buckeyes to vacate their 2001 Final Four appearance and season wins. Repeat offenders generally receive harsher penalties. Absent from the report were the terms “lack of institutional control” and “failure to monitor,” which can indicate large-scale violations and equally large penalties. If the ongoing NCAA investigation uncovers a widespread problem within the program, “lack of institutional control” can still be applied to OSU. Sports Illustrated recently reported that OSU’s violations extended beyond the six players suspended next season. The report said as many as 28 players received improper benefits since 2002, including nine current players. Josephine Potuto, who has served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions since 2006, said the new allegations could lead to an extended investigation. “I would say, given what’s been reported in the papers and other media, I would guess there’s a chance the hearing won’t be held in August,” Potuto said. Potuto also said that, if the NCAA decided to investigate further, the hearing could be delayed. Michael Buckner, a lawyer who specializes in sports law, said the alleged violations eventually could lead to OSU being cited for “lack of institutional control.” “These are just new allegations,” Buckner said. “Although they have been published from reputable media organizations, the NCAA and OSU still must conduct their own investigation, interview witnesses, collect documents and verify those allegations before any time of institutional control allegations are added to the case.” In 2010, the USC football program was cited for “lack of institutional control” for violations primarily involving running back Reggie Bush. The program received a two-year postseason-bowl ban and faced reduction of 30 scholarships over three years. Chris Dufresne, who covers USC football for The Los Angeles Times, said there are similarities between the two cases. “What you have in common are two major power football universities where football is king and needs to be protected at all times,” Dufresne said. “But you have to wonder, ‘At what cost?’” Dufresne said whether OSU is cited for “lack of institutional control” depends on several factors. “It’s going to depend on whether it can be isolated to one person,” Dufresne said. “If it’s just Jim Tressel and no one else was really involved, then it’s on him. But it all depends on how much it bleeds into the rest of the administration.” One thing that may benefit OSU is that the university self-reported the violations in December, whereas USC denied any wrongdoing. “Ohio State initially did self-report this in December,” Dufresne said. “How they did it and how they perceived it and managed it is in question. … USC basically said they never did anything wrong.” Despite the self-reported violations, Dufresne said OSU still could face harsher penalties than USC because Tressel was a central figure in the violations. “Given what has been reported and what, I think, is being acknowledged, the head coach had players compete when they were ineligible,” Potuto said. “That’s a serious violation.” Dufresne said Tressel’s involvement probably will lead to a strict ruling. “My best guess is (the punishment) will be at least as severe as USC’s,” Dufresne said, “possibly more because (Tressel) was involved.” The most severe punishment the NCAA can issue is known commonly as the “death penalty.” If a program is issued the death penalty, it is banned from competing for one year. In 1987, the NCAA gave the Southern Methodist University football program the dreaded punishment. That remains the only time the NCAA has instituted the death penalty. Buckner said he doesn’t think OSU will share SMU’s fate. “With SMU, you have an entirely different situation,” he said. “You had boosters that were members of the Board of Directors that were directly involved. So, it started at the very top and went all the way down. It was definitely the textbook case of ‘lack of institutional control’ because the institution sanctioned that lack of control.” SMU was already serving a two-year bowl ban when it was discovered that players were being paid to play for the school. Dufresne said he doesn’t think the death penalty ever will be used again. “They’re never going to do that again,” Dufresne said. “I think they realized that they went way overboard with that because it basically put a program out of business for 25 years.” read more

Mourinho on new De Gea deal I am not confident it

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has thrown David De Gea’s future into doubt after revealing he is not confident the Spaniard will sign a new contractThe 27-year-old has developed into one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers at United following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.But De Gea has just 18 months left on his current contract at Old Trafford and talks over an extension have been delayed by two months.De Gea had been close to sealing a switch to Real Madrid in 2015 – only for a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the transfer window putting an end to it.But following Real’s capture of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer, United were reportedly confident of sealing a new deal for De Gea.However, Mourinho appears to have suggested otherwise now ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Everton.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and if the club wants to be better than it is and not worse.He added: “Obviously it would be very important to keep David.”The Spain international has struggled this season for United and has conceded 16 goals in nine Premier League games.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also been reportedly interested in De Gea.last_img read more

Jamie Robson disciplined for racist blackface paint

first_imgDundee United have released a statement saying they have “disciplined” defender Jamie Robson for painting his face black for a party this month.Earlier this month, pictures from the fancy dress party released on social media showed the defender in ‘blackface’ and the club immediately started an investigation into the racially insensitive behavior.“Dundee United can confirm Jamie Robson has been disciplined in relation to his actions at a players’ social event earlier this month,” a statement on the club’s website read.“As a club, we have high standards concerning the behavior and actions of our staff, and on this occasion, Jamie has fallen short of these expected standards.“Dundee United is also fully committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity.RangersRangers agree Kamara and Jones signings Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 6, 2019 Dundee United midfielder Glenn Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones have both signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers.Both players are expected to join the Ibrox…“The player’s actions were potentially offensive and with, the club’s support, he will undertake some diversity and inclusion training.”As part of the statement, Robson said: “I fully accept the naivety of my actions and can see that my actions fall short of what is expected by a professional footballer.“As soon as I became aware that I could offend, I took immediate action and removed both the make-up and costume.“I want to apologize for any offense I have caused, and I have also apologized to the club for not adhering to the standards expected.”last_img read more

Murkowski Concerned About Border Policy

first_imgSen. Murkowski said that while they respect the goal of enforcing the law, she is uncomfortable with the consequence of children torn from their parents’ arms. Sen. Murkowski: “If we’re talking about young children here, young families and a forced separation for an indefinite period of time, I have concerns about it.”  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that the policy, enacted in April, was put in place to bolster border patrol efforts and crack down on illegal immigration. The Trump administration announced a zero-tolerance border policy, where immigrants face criminal prosecution for unlawful border entry. Charging immigrants who improperly enter the U.S. with a crime has for many resulted in their children being taken away by the federal government and sent to government shelters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said during a press conference on Thursday that she is ‘troubled’ by the practice of removing a child from their parent when caught crossing the border illegally.last_img read more

Queen Latifah Joins 2018 Essence Festival Lineup

first_imgGRAMMY winner set to make her first performance at the summer festival in New OrleansRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 27, 2018 – 12:54 pm Can you believe Queen Latifah has already been gracing us with her presence for 30 years across music, film and TV? To celebrate, the GRAMMY winner will perform at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans.Fans will get to hear Latifah run through some of her biggest hits, including the GRAMMY-winning track “U.N.I.T.Y.,” “Ladies First” and “Bananas (Who You Gonna Call?).” Though it’s her first time performing at the popular festival, which “celebrates music, entertainment, empowerment, and culture,” it’s not her first appearance at Essence. In fact, Latifah hosted the very first Essence Festival in 1995.”For the past three decades and counting, [Queen Latifah] has consistently aligned her massive platform with messages of empowerment, leadership, fearlessness, and unity among women—specifically, young women of color,” the festival wrote on their website. “She has gone on to achieve unprecedented success across multiple industries and continues to be a shining example of black excellence.”Latifah joins an already stacked festival lineup that includes Janet Jackson, the Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Fantasia, Ledisi, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, and Big Freedia, among many others.The festival will be held July 5–8 in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets are available via the Essence website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Queen Latifah Joins 2018 Essence Festival Lineup Queen Latifah Slated For 2018 Essence Festival queen-latifah-joins-2018-essence-festival-lineup Facebook Email Twitter News last_img read more