A second Dutch worker has likely been infected with coronavirus on a mink farm, but the risk of further contagion remains low, the agriculture minister said Monday.The case follows a reported infection last week on one of two farms near the southern city of Eindhoven, where the disease was discovered in April among mink that are bred for their valuable fur.”A second case has become known where on one of the mink farms SARS-CoV-2 has been passed from a mink to a human,” Carola Schouten said. The Netherlands has so far recorded 5,830 human coronavirus deaths and 45,445 infections. Topics : “The case is similar to the previous one,” she said in a letter to the Dutch parliament.The infection happened before it was known that the mink were carrying the virus, meaning that workers did not wear protective clothing at the time.Dutch health authorities who assessed the risk of infection outside the shed where the mink were being kept believed it was “negligible,” Schouten said.Keeping mink for their fur has been a controversial issue in the Netherlands, with its highest court in 2016 ordering that all mink breeding must cease by 2024.
Coral BarryThursday 18 Apr 2019 11:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Emery will have no more than £75m to spend (Picture: Getty)Emery is also keen on securing another striker with Danny Welbeck expected to leave the club when his contract expires this summer.Arsenal’s top four hopes hinge on the Gunners capitalising on their game in hand over Chelsea, who are also on 66 points.Emery’s side travel to Napoli on Thursday night for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie.Winning the Europa League, something Emery did three times in a row as Sevilla boss, will guarantee a spot in next season’s Champions League.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal are not prepared to spend big money this summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery will have just £75million to spend in the summer even if Arsenal manage to secure Champions League football, reports say.Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the Premier League and remain in with a shot of winning the Europa League.Qualifying for next season’s Champions League would serve as a major boost to Emery, considering Arsenal have struggled for consistency this campaign.But Goal claim the achievement will not have a huge effect on the transfer budget, which will be set at around £75m.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Arsenal to hand Unai Emery £75m transfer budget if Champions League football secured Ramsey is joining Juventus this summer (Picture: GettyArsenal spent just over £71m last summer having missed out on Champions League football, spending the majority of that money on Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery though will be motivated to avoid the possibility of having just £45m to spend should Arsenal miss out on a Champions League spot.Arsenal need a replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey and Emery also wants to sign a left-back and wide attacker.More: 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 City Advertisement
New research measuring the impact of COVID-19 on the future life expectancy of older people in the surviving population has been published by The Pensions Institute.The paper – The Impact of COVID-19 on Future Higher-Age Mortality – focuses on England and Wales and assesses the implications of the pandemic for pension funds, insurance companies and academics who model and measure longevity risk. It also provides a framework for analysing future data on the virus.Its authors are Professor Andrew Cairns, department of actuarial mathematics and statistics, Heriot-Watt University; Professor David Blake, Cass Business School and director of the Pensions Institute; Amy Kessler, head of longevity risk transfer, Prudential Retirement; and Marsha Kessler, CEO of M Kessler Group, a speciality consulting firm focused on data-driven transformation in healthcare.While other COVID-19 research covers the spread and control of the virus, the authors of the study believe it is the first to cover mortality of the surviving population after the pandemic has abated. Research has found that COVID-19 seems to increase each cohort’s short-term mortality risk by a common multiplicative factorThey observed that some surviving patients who needed intensive care could acquire a new impairment such as kidney damage, which will reduce their life expectancy.Furthermore, many people in lockdown have not sought timely medical assessments for potential new illnesses such as cancer, with the consequence that mortality rates unrelated to COVID-19 could increase in future.Other indirect consequences include increased alcohol consumption, and poorer health and even suicides as a result of long-term unemployment.However, some people may retain healthier lifestyles adopted during lockdown, which could increase their life expectancy.PredictionsThe authors said their research provides not only data, but a simple and flexible modelling framework which will be effective using future data, without the need to change existing models.They also predict a total of 80,000 COVID-19-related deaths in England and Wales. However, the model’s flexibility means it can be applied to different levels of such deaths.Blake told IPE: “It can also be applied to different European countries. While the different parameters will have to be changed to match the circumstances of each country, the model itself does not have to be changed.”Such parameters could include patterns of infection and death rates at different ages, and the years of life lost by those who die from COVID-19, again at different ages.Kessler told IPE: “Whether for valuations, pricing or the underwriting of risk, the industry has been waiting for this kind of framework.”She continued: “There are three major challenges in working with data relating to the pandemic: adjusting experience data from the pandemic period; making assumptions about anti-selection risk going forward; and assessing volatility to come. The great thing is this research addresses all three challenges.”The research is available here.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The paper’s key finding is that COVID-19 seems to increase each cohort’s short-term mortality risk by a common multiplicative factor. In other words, if mortality rates rise temporarily at 10% in relative terms at one age, they will also rise by about 10% at other ages.Blake told IPE: “Unlike other research, our finding is that there is some early acceleration of death and that those who die would likely have done so within, say, a few years from other causes such as respiratory disease. That should, therefore, lead to fewer deaths in the short term from other causes.”The researchers also examined how socio-economic differences impact COVID-19 mortality.They found that once they controlled for regional differences in mortality rates, COVID-19 deaths in both the most and least deprived groups are proportional to the all-cause mortality of these groups.However, the groups in between have lower COVID-19 deaths – by around 10-15% – compared with their all-cause mortality.“The reason for this is not clear, although it might be because they were better able to adapt to lockdown and maintain more effective social distancing than the other groups,” said Blake.And current behavioural responses to the pandemic were also examined.
INDIANAPOLIS – Duke Energy is prepared to assist customers who may struggle to pair their winter energy bills.The company is contributing $700,000 for low-income customer energy assistance through its Helping Hand program. In addition, Duke Energy Indiana customers are contributing more than $87,000, raising this year’s total to approximately $800,000.Customers who need help paying their electricity bills can receive up to $300 toward their bill if their local Energy Assistance Program agency determines they are eligible based on need and other criteria.“During the past 30 years, the program has made the cold winter months warmer for customers in need,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann. “Last year, we were able to help more than 6,600 Hoosiers.”Customers who need help paying their electricity bills can receive up to $300 toward their bill if their local Energy Assistance Program agency determines they are eligible based on need and other criteria.Duke Energy Indiana partners with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority’s Energy Assistance Program, which distributes the company’s assistance funds.
RelatedPosts EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Brighton vs. Arsenal Venue: Amex Stadium Kick off: 3PMArsenal will be looking to recover from a dampening 3-0 defeat to Manchester City when they travel to the South Coast to take on Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon. Meanwhile, Brighton will be looking for their first win of 2020 as they return to action following a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.As the only side in the Premier League yet to taste victory since the turn of the decade, Brighton are firmly embroiled in a relegation battle as they prepare to return to action in an empty Amex Stadium this weekend.Indeed, Graham Potter’s men have drawn six and lost three in 2020 thus far, and their fixture list does not look all too friendly as they still have to face Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City in the next couple of months.The outlook does not look good for the Seagulls as they lie in 15th, two points above the relegation zone after 29 matches, and they are without victory on home turf since their 2-0 win over Bournemouth back in December. Brighton have performed relatively well against some of the Premier League’s household names at the Amex, recording victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, while also holding Chelsea to a draw.14th-placed Southampton are five points above Brighton so the Seagulls cannot rise any higher with a victory, but they could plunge into the relegation zone if they suffer defeat and West Ham United, Watford and Bournemouth all pick up wins this weekend. Mikel Arteta returned to familiar surroundings as he reunited with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad on Wednesday, but the student was outdone by the master as Manchester City cruised to a 3-0 victory to end Arsenal’s unbeaten run in 2020.Facing a fully-fit City side was always going to be a difficult first game back, but the Gunners simply capitulated following injuries to Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka before David Luiz was given his marching orders.Since the turn of the year, Arteta had guided Arsenal to four draws and four wins in the Premier League before the enforced suspension, but a second 3-0 defeat to City this season means they remain eight points adrift of the top four in ninth.To make matters worse, Burnley and Crystal Palace sit just one point behind the Gunners at this stage, and while it seems incomprehensible for the Gunners to finish in the bottom half of the table, they cannot afford any more performances like the one at the Etihad if they are to keep their European hopes alive.The Gunners are now visiting a ground where they are yet to taste victory since Brighton’s promotion to the top flight, and the Seagulls enjoyed a 2-1 win over Arsenal earlier in the campaign. Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Mooy, Propper, Bissouma, March, Maupay, Trossard. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Saka, Ceballos, Guendouzi, Pepe, Willock, Aubameyang, Lacazette.Tags: AMex StadiumArsenal FCBrighton & Hove AlbionGraham PotterMikel Arteta
The Potters have a superb record in matches between the teams and have won on their last four visits to their rivals’ ground. Odemwingie said: “Stoke have a great record against West Brom, I remember that. Some clubs have that bogey team who always seem to beat them, and that’s Stoke for West Brom. “The history shouldn’t matter too much on the day because we’re a strong team in our own right, but the stats from previous games will only help us feel more confident.” Press Association The Nigeria international had no choice but to return to West Brom, but he did not make another start and was highly critical of the club in a series of rants on Twitter. Odemwingie was sold to Cardiff last summer and then moved on again to Stoke in January, for whom he has scored five goals in 14 appearances. He told local reporters: “I played against West Brom at Cardiff, but this will be my first time back at The Hawthorns. “It’s going to be a mixed reception after my last six months there and I’m not expecting anything different. “Some fans are grateful for the 30 goals I scored for them and some still feel offended, but it was a choice I had to make. “I had to move on for my life. Some people understand, some don’t. You can’t please everybody.” Stoke will make the short trip to The Hawthorns for the final game of the season in good spirits after last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Fulham, in which Odemwingie opened the scoring. A point against West Brom would set a new Stoke record points tally in the Premier League, and history is on their side. The striker was initially a fan favourite at West Brom after joining the club in 2010, but the relationship turned sour over the second half of last season. Odemwingie had a transfer request rejected in January 2013 and was famously spotted outside Loftus Road even though a deal had not been agreed with QPR. Peter Odemwingie knows what to expect when he makes his first return to The Hawthorns on Sunday.
Jaipur: Chasing 184, Rajasthan Royals seemed to be in supreme control for most part of the second innings and one will have to say that ‘mankading incident’ totally changed the complexion of the game. Although the Samson along with Smith association kept the in the hunt, both got out in the same over and never recovered from there. The batsmen that followed succumbed to the pressure of required run rate and to be fair to them, they did play a few rash shots in the heat of the moment and eventually the host saw themselves at the sea and were fallen as Kings XI Punjab managed to secure their first win in six occassions at Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Punjab managed a 14-run victory in the end, eventually raising a few questions at the back of how the middle-order perfromed for Rajasthan Royals.The stage was set. The clouds over the iconic Sawai Mansingh Stadium had cleared. The KXIP flag fluttered away on the top. This scenario, in many ways, was synonymous with immense pride for every Kings XI Punjabs’ fan who came to support team for their first game of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).And so it all began, Kings XI Punjab’s best chance to win their first game Rajasthan Royals’ fortress – Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. In the first eleven editions of IPL, the two teams have locked horns against each other on 17 occasions, and Rajasthan Royals have emerged victorious in 10 of them. highlights On the eighteenth occasion, the toss fell in favor of the home team skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who asked the opposition to have a bat first on a wicket, which was on a slower side with batsman struggled to find the rhythm from very first goes. Interestingly, in all four games happened in this year’s IPL, the captain has chosen to have a bowl – which on this occasion looked ‘T20 mind call’ than a tactical one. The game witnessed two debutants for Kings XI Punjab with team management decided to play Sam Curran and Nicholas Pooran.In these circumstances, Ajinkya Rahane tossed the ball to his favorite aide for the start of the innings – Dhawal Kulkarni and then the magic descended, the white ball dispelled the gloom over KL Rahul, ‘that’ white ball epitomized the spirit in Rajasthan Royals’ camp, that white ball will always be the best mate of Kulkarni as it made sure to dent KL Rahul’s start in the IPL.Rahul, who started the edition with a delightful shot patrolling the cover region for four runs was sent back by Kulkarni just after everyone thought Rahul will score big. He was removed with a length ball outside off which had just a little movement and wasn’t a ball to be the drive, but he flowed his hands and paid the price.His departure led Mayank Agarwal to the crease, who joined his long lost partner Chris Gayle. The duo previously batted together for Royal Challengers Bangalore. With Rahul departing early in the innings, both took their time to settle in before going for big shots and had mere 32 runs after the end of the first powerplay.Ajinkya Rahane did make some interesting calls, introducing his four frontline bowlers in first six overs itself.Post this, both Mayank and Gayle started off the repair work and went onto register 56-run partnership together. In this partnership, Chris Gayle being the anchor of the show. However, the duo couldn’t continue their partnership for long with Mayank getting perished by his Karnataka counterpart – Krishnappa Gowtham.With just 60 runs on the board and one, less than 9 overs bowled, almost every cricket pundit thought Kings XI will finish for a low score. However, the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle tore Rajasthan Royal’s bowling line up and hammered 79 runs off 47 balls. His superlative innings along with Sarfaraz Khan’s effort of 46 runs helped Punjab to finish for 184 runs in their quota of 20 overs.In reply, Rajasthan Royals was off to a rollicking start and Punjab’s bowling looked all over the places. Jos Buttler, who was the start for Rajasthan Royals last season continued his sensational run to help the team reach 50 runs in just 5.2 overs.Buttler and Rahane made 78 runs together, eventually helping the team to be in a solid situation. Rahane got out to Ravichandran Ashwin who bowled a carom ball – his favorite weapon to send the skipper back. However, his departure didn’t bring much ecstasy to Punjab’s camp with Buttler still managing to send the ball out of the park on every other occasion.In the thirteenth over of the Rajasthan’s innings, Ashwin was coming to bowl his last ball before he saw Buttler a little outside the crease and he ran him out. Once Ashwin broke the bails off, he appealed to the on-field umpire who went straight to the third umpire to take the final call. The third umpire, after seeing the incident again gave Buttler out, which led him in the state of absolute red-faced and letting a few expletives too.His wicket also led change in fortunes for Rajasthan Royals as they lost four wickets in quick succession, making it really tough for the team to chase 180 odd runs, which at some point was looking in range for them. In the end, the wickets kept tumbling for the pink team, eventually falling short by ‘some’ margin.Brief ScoreKXIP: 184/4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 79, Stokes 2/48)RR: 170/9 in 20 overs (Buttler 69, Rahman 2/31) Kings XI Punjab win their first game at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.Rajasthan Royals’ next home game will be against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Jos Buttler’s run out was the difference between two sides. 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KRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoSitting alone at the bottom of the Big Ten standings, the Wisconsin football team is still confident — confident about its defense, confident about its quarterback and confident about its upcoming game at Indiana.Hoping to get back on track, the team will need that confidence Saturday when the Badgers (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten) travel to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers (3-6, 1-4 Big Ten).“Every week you have to go in with confidence,” cornerback Allan Langford said. “You have to feel like you have a great chance of winning, and that’s how I feel.”Despite UW’s record, the team recognizes the importance of staying positive.“Indiana is a great offensive team,” safety Jay Valai said, “but if you’re not confident you shouldn’t be on the field.”Wisconsin snapped a four-game losing streak with a win at home against Illinois two weeks ago but was beaten last week by a field goal in the closing seconds against Michigan State.It was the third time this season Wisconsin had lost a game despite leading in the fourth quarter.“We’ve got to stop making mistakes [late in the game],” Valai said. “It’s a mental and a physical thing.”This week, UW will once again put emphasis on closing teams out and not fading down the stretch.“You’ve got to finish. … It’s very, very important for us to finish games,” Langford said.“It takes 11 guys. … All those 11 guys have to focus in.”Safety Chris Maragos said it’s the big plays late in the game the team needs to put an end to.“The biggest thing that’s killing us right now is the big plays,” Maragos said. “Just limiting big plays is something we’re trying to cut down on.”Against the Spartans, the Badger defense was able to contain MSU’s star running back Javon Ringer and hopes to build on that this weekend.“There’s a lot of good things if you look at the film from last week,” Maragos said. “There’s a lot of good things that we’ll try to carry into this week.”Ringer finished with just 54 yards last week, his lowest total of the season.“I think we’ve turned a corner, especially on defense,” Valai said.“We’ve got a little spice to us … a little A-1 sauce.”Though its record might not indicate it, Indiana will be a test for the Wisconsin defense this weekend.“Those are some fast, athletic guys,” Valai said. “You go to sleep on them, they’ll run by you.”Last season Wisconsin easily handled Indiana 33-3 at Camp Randall Stadium.A repeat of last season’s outcome rests largely with its quarterback.Dustin Sherer has struggled a bit in his two road starts, and the Badgers will need a solid performance from the junior if they hope to avoid slipping into a deeper hole in the Big Ten.Sherer completed just 50 percent of his passes against Michigan State but did throw for a touchdown and no interceptions.Meanwhile, the Badgers find themselves in danger of not reaching a bowl game despite being ranked in the nation’s top 10 earlier this season. In order to become bowl eligible, the Badgers must win two of their final three games, but the team isn’t looking at anything other than Indiana for now.“If we want to do some of these things into the future,” Maragos said, “we have to handle this week, right now.”Looking ahead may have cost the Badgers a couple of times already this season. But the team has learned from its mistakes.“You look above and beyond,” Valai said, “and I think we’ve done that a couple times this year; you find yourself beyond on the scoreboard.”
Ghana’s coach put on a brave face as he talked of the heartache of missing out on quarter final place after seeing his side record a third loss at CHAN.Despite a much improved performance and a number of changes to the side Ghana succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Niger. Addo spoke to cafonline relating how their two weeks in Kenya was not sufficient preparation.“I take responsibility for the results in this tournament. It’s a young team and we have not been together for a long period. I thought we played our best football today and I am not disappointed with that but with the result,” said Addo.The Ghanaian mentor also maintained that mistakes have been the downfall of his side, “Two mistakes against South Africa, a basic mistake against Zimbabwe and another basic mistake tonight cost us“ lamented Addo.Having said all this Addo admitted they had lost to a good team. “The team we were afraid of most coming into this competition was Niger. They beat Nigeria and that meant they were a threat. I was most concerned about Niger in our group and they proved me right tonight and I congratulate them on qualifying to the quarter finals.Addo concluded by saying “We wanted to go all the way and meet Sudan and avenge our 1970 loss in Africa Nations Cup held here in Sudan but Niger spoilt that dream for us.” Captain: Emmanuel ClotteyThe Ghanaian captain was unable to take part in the Niger match due to an injury but availed himself to talk to cafonline after his side’s loss and elimination from the competition. Looking quite downbeat Clottey who apologized to fans after the loss to Zimbabwe said “What I can say is what God ordained, there is nothing that can be done about it”.The captain was really at a loss for words and only managed to add that, “We tried our best but Niger beat us and we hope to be better next time”.Ghana finished bottom of group B with no point and a mere one goal scored while conceding four.Source: cafonline.com