China to lift lockdown over virus epicenter Wuhan on April 8

first_imgPresident Xi Jinping has been projecting confidence that his government has stemmed the outbreak in China. On March 10, Xi visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, for the first time since the disease emerged. But with the virus is accelerating its spread globally and Europe now reporting more cases than China, the world’s second-largest economy will struggle to resume full activity.China sacrifices a province to save the world from coronavirusChina on Jan. 23 took unprecedented steps to lock down Wuhan and surrounding regions, effectively restricting the movements of 60 million people in Hubei province as infections spun out of control.The measures stopped air and rail travel and restricted those who could leave by car, while harsher measures banned large gatherings and sought to keep residents in their homes. Some critics saw the quarantine as a heavy-handed approach following earlier failures to act quickly enough to stem the spread. As the virus spread globally, other countries including Italy, the Philippines and India have begun nationwide lockdowns. China’s Hubei province said it will allow transportation to resume for the city of Wuhan on April 8, effectively lifting a mass quarantine over the city where the coronavirus first emerged last December.People in Wuhan will be allowed to leave the city and Hubei province, according to a statement on the provincial government’s website Tuesday.The easing of restrictions comes as Hubei reported that new infections dropped to zero on March 19, a dramatic plunge from the height of an epidemic that’s infected more than 80,000 Chinese and killed over 3,200. Though Hubei’s quarantine may have averted hundreds of thousands of cases, according to the World Health Organization, it put coronavirus patients in the province at a much higher mortality rate than other regions. As cases in Hubei multiplied, hospitals were overwhelmed by patients and a dearth of supplies, forcing them to turn away people with other critical illness.Chinese officials have been moving to ease the quarantine in steps as new cases dropped toward zero from a peak of 15,000 a month ago. Hubei last week started allowing some residents in lower-risk areas to leave the province for work. According to local media reports, people have to get a “green code” certification proving they are in good health in order to leave.On the same day as Xi’s visit earlier this month, all patients were discharged from the mobile hospitals in Wuhan, which the government built temporarily to quarantine and treat mild-syndrome patients when the hospitals were overloaded with patients.As China’s virus cases near zero, experts warn of second waveChina still has a long road back to recovery, and there is a risk the highly-infectious pathogen could flare up again. Even as Hubei’s numbers have dwindled to single digits, China is facing another concern as imported cases continue to add to the country’s tally of infections.China’s economy has been hammered by the outbreak and the aggressive containment measures. Troubled companies like HNA Group Co. have required state rescue while China is loosening financing rules liberally to keep its millions of small businesses alive through the crisis.center_img Topics :last_img read more

US bank profits plunge 70% on coronavirus loss provisioning

first_imgThe amount of non-current loans rose 7.3 percent from the previous quarter, the biggest increase since 2010.Despite the setbacks, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams said banks had been able to effectively serve clients in the downturn, and were a “source of strength for the economy.”“The FDIC was born out of a crisis, and we now find ourselves in the midst of another unprecedented period,” she told reporters.As many investors cashed out of the stock market, banks saw a $1.2 trillion, or 8.5 percent, spike in deposits from the previous quarter.Loan balances also jumped as companies tapped credit lines with banks, led by a 15.4 percent increase in commercial and industrial loans.The total number of “problem banks” monitored by the FDIC increased for the first time since 2011, growing from 51 to 54 firms in the first quarter.Topics : US bank profits fell by 69.6 percent to US$18.5 billion in the first quarter of 2020 from the year prior as banks felt the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to data from a banking regulator.The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation reported that “deteriorating economic activity” caused lenders to write off delinquent debt and set aside billions of dollars to guard against future losses. Over half of all banks reported a profit decline, and 7.3 percent of lenders were unprofitable.The new report, the first government survey of the industry since the pandemic shut down large parts of the economy, shows banks set aside $38.8 billion to cover potential loan losses in the future, up nearly 280 percent from the year prior. The amount of loans banks charged off as delinquent was up nearly 15 percent, driven by an 87 percent increase in charge-offs for commercial and industrial loans.last_img read more

No need to panic buy oximeters to detect ‘happy hypoxia’, lung specialist says

first_imgThere is no need for the public to start panic buying pulse oximeters to detect “happy hypoxia”, Persahabatan Hospital lung specialist Erlina Burhan said on Wednesday.Public concerns over an unusual effect of COVID-19 called happy hypoxia – in which patients have dangerously low blood oxygen levels yet show no usual symptoms of the disease – have risen due after it was reported that two patients who died from COVID-19 in Banyumas, Central Java, experienced the symptom. Lung specialist Erlina Burhan said that happy hypoxia, also known as silent hypoxemia, could be checked by examining blood gases analysis through pulse oximeters.“We can check our blood saturation level at home by putting our finger inside the oximeter pulse, ” Erlina said in a talk show hosted by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Wednesday.However, Erlina also reminded the public that not every COVID-19 patient would experience happy hypoxia. “This doesn’t mean that people should buy pulse oximeters the way people were panic buying face masks,” she said. “Pulse oximeters are not necessary for healthy people or asymptomatic cases.”She said that those who experienced happy hypoxia usually suffered from worsening coughs and feelings of fatigue.She explained that people whose blood oxygen levels dropped would usually suffer from difficulty breathing.“However, this doesn’t happen to some COVID-19 patients [who experience happy hypoxia] because of nerve damage, which results in their brain failing to recognize the lack of oxygen,” Erlina said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Petr Cech’s gloves are off… to Chelsea by mistake

first_img Cech recently set a new record for the number of clean sheets kept in the Barclays Premier League and will no doubt take his place between the posts when his former club visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. When candidly asked if he would be checking Cech’s new gloves for signs of tampering – be it grease on the palms or loose stitching – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger replied: “He’s big enough to check his own gloves. “I think he has enough gloves. These kind of mistakes can happen. I consider him now as a real Arsenal player who looks to me as if he’s been here forever. “He has adapted so well and integrated to team spirit. This kind of incident is an accident.” The Czech Republic international won four league titles during a trophy-laden spell at Chelsea, which also saw him lift the FA Cup four times and the Champions League in 2012, and now he is playing a large part in Arsenal’s own title bid – with the Gunners top of the league going into the weekend. Press Association Cech, who spent 11 years at Chelsea before completing a move across London to Arsenal in the summer, was expecting a new pair of gloves ahead of the match between the two clubs this weekend. But they were instead delivered to the Blues’ Cobham training base, rather than Arsenal’s London Colney home, although Chelsea did rectify the issue by flagging up the error. center_img Petr Cech’s starring role in Arsenal’s title challenge this term appears to have gone unnoticed by adidas, with the goalkeeper’s new gloves dropped off at Chelsea’s training ground by mistake. last_img read more

A memorable win but England will have questions over Buttler, Archer and Anderson

first_imgDe Kock (South Africa)2.750.3 Selected Test wicketkeepers since 1 January 2019 Dickwella (Sri Lanka)1.632.3 Pant (India)1.939.6 NameAverage dismissals per TestBatting average Watling (New Zealand)2.042.9 Bairstow (England)1.818.0 Buttler (England)1.826.4 Paine (Australia)2.424.8 Dowrich (West Indies)1.433.8 Rizwan (Pakistan)2.131.0 By Jonathan AgnewFOR Joe Root to say England have the belief they can win matches from almost any situation is perfectly valid.The victory in the first Test against Pakistan, when the odds were stacked against them deep into what turned out to be the final day, is another example of why Root and his team should think that.It was a classic day of Test cricket, with England digging just that little bit deeper to beat a Pakistan side that had been in charge, but ultimately contributed to their own downfall with some mistakes when the pressure was on.Root, though, also acknowledged it was a far from perfect performance from England, which itself is important.It would have been easy for him to say a win means everything is rosy in the garden, but it is actually a sign of strength of character to admit there are things England need to look at.It is the character, togetherness and willingness to work hard that carried England to such a memorable win.Take Chris Woakes, for example. Here is a man with a dubious record against short-pitched fast bowling, arriving at the crease just after he had seen Ollie Pope fall to a snorter from Shaheen Afridi.Yet, there he was, a few hours later, scoring the winning runs. Woakes very rarely gets the credit he deserves, so I’m thrilled he had his day in the sun.Funnily enough, the beginning of Saturday’s play was another occasion that highlighted how under-appreciated Woakes can be.He and Stuart Broad have been England’s bowlers of the summer and Woakes dismissed Pakistan’s best players, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali, the previous evening.England still chose to partner Broad with Jofra Archer at the start of play.Woakes is never one to complain and often seems to be the fall guy when changes are required.However, as Saturday proved, he is an incredibly valuable asset to the England team and perhaps he has now ensured he will not again be the one who misses out.While Woakes is someone rarely in the spotlight, his ally in England’s match-winning partnership, Jos Buttler, found himself under the microscope for his wicketkeeping errors earlier in the Test.There had been pressure on his batting, too, though we had seen signs of that slowly coming together at the end of the West Indies series.His errors with the gloves, particularly the double reprieve of Shan Masood, who went on to make 156, are mistakes a Test keeper cannot continue to make.Buttler himself admitted as much and vowed to keep working at it. You cannot ask more of him than that.However, if you compare Buttler’s glovework to his opposite number in this series, Mohammad Rizwan, there is a clear gulf in skill. It leaves the selectors with an incredibly complex problem. It would be ruthless – and, if we’re honest, highly unlikely – for Buttler to be left out after his contribution with the bat.But England will know that, on another day, they will not get away with such errors behind the stumps.It might be that, come the winter, when England are due to play Sri Lanka and India, the specialism of Ben Foakes is needed behind the stumps and Buttler has to earn his place through runs alone. England also need to address issues around Archer and James Anderson, two pace bowlers at the opposite ends of their Test career.Even after the win against Pakistan, Root was referring to Archer as a “90mph fast bowler”, but that might be something England need to rethink. There is no doubt Archer is capable of some electrifying spells, but more often than not his pace is in the mid-80s.Archer is clearly very skilful, a modern bowler with all sorts of tricks, variety and slower balls. He also relies on rhythm, and often that has him at a pace we normally call fast-medium, rather than out-and-out fast.It might be unfair to expect him to be always pushing the speed gun past 90mph. That is not to say he should not be in the team, because he has a lot to offer, but time will tell if he is the pace merchant England have been looking for. As for Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker has not quite looked himself and is clearly not happy with the way he is bowling.Before the fourth day against Pakistan, he was on the outfield, bowling off a few paces, making sure his wrist was in the right place. That is a sign of things not being quite right.Anderson is 38 and has repeatedly spoken of his desire to play as long as he can. That is admirable, but there also has to be the worry that eventually his body will let him down.When you look to the winter, you wonder if England would really want to put him through Sri Lanka and India, then next summer they will be building a team for the Ashes, by which time he will be 39. Having said all that, no one would be silly enough to write off an all-time great like James Anderson. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

One-shot wonderful: Taylor finds redemption

first_imgEVAN SCHWARZ/Herald photoThere was something distinctly cathartic about watching Kammron Taylor jump onto the Kohl Center scorer’s table pumping his fists triumphantly to the Kohl Center crowd. And not just to him, but for Badger fans everywhere who have seen the senior guard’s late-season struggles prove oh-so-costly for No. 4 Wisconsin. So when Taylor took the inbounds pass from Marcus Landry, came off an Alando Tucker screen, paused at the top of the key and then cold-bloodedly drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining to deliver a 52-50 victory over Michigan State on Senior Day, you couldn’t fault the UW players and faithful for feeling as if all the trials and tribulations of the past 10 days had been washed away.”It was a picture-perfect ending for Kam to hit that shot,” Tucker said. “In the manner that we won, everybody is confident now.”Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan wasn’t ready to say that Taylor’s shot was a sign of good things to come for the Badgers, but couldn’t help but feel excited for his senior point guard.”There are no automatics in life, and you are not promised tomorrow,” Ryan said. “So if it’s an omen, we’ll find out, but what a great way to walk off the court here for the last time.”Taylor, who was 1-of-8 on the day and had made just five of his last 26 attempts, didn’t hesitate to take the final shot.”My feelings are at the highest they’ve ever been since I’ve been here at Wisconsin. To go out on a note like that, hit the game-winning shot in front of your home fans and my family, it felt good,” said Taylor, who finished with eight points. “I wasn’t shooting it very well, but you can never lose confidence in your shot.”The victory gives Wisconsin (27-4, 13-3 Big Ten) the school-record most regular season and conference victories in a season and gives the team much-needed confidence heading into the Big Ten tournament, where the Badgers will likely see Michigan State (21-10, 8-8 Big Ten) for the third time in four games.Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker led all scorers with 26 points, while confirmed Badger-killer Drew Neitzel led the Spartans with 22. Michigan State reserve big man Goran Suton chipped in 16. The contest was reminiscent of Wisconsin’s contest against Ohio State a week ago, with a plethora of whistles, turnovers and missed shots. While the Badgers were able to stay out of foul trouble for the most part, the Spartans had three players pick up four fouls, with freshman phenom Raymar Morgan fouling out in the game’s final minutes.”We can’t play without Morgan and [Travis] Walton in there,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. “I thought we were going to have to forfeit the game there for awhile; … Morgan’s been our second-best player here for the last month, and we needed him in there, especially against a guy like Tucker.”With the Badgers up one, Neitzel gave the Spartans the lead with a jumper with 1:31 remaining. On the ensuing possession, Taylor missed a jumper at the free-throw line badly, drawing groans from the crowd and forcing UW to make a key defensive stop at the other end to set up the man of the hour’s final second heroics. During the timeout, Ryan drew up a simple screen and roll play between Tucker and Taylor to get the ball into his top players’ hands. It was nothing fancy but proved effective. “It was a ball-screen play that you see in basketball on a Saturday; you’ll probably see 200 of them,” Ryan said. “But none bigger than that one.”In a extremely tight game where neither team could build a lead larger than six points, Taylor owned the end of the game, but it was Tucker who owned most of the rest, finding some redemption of his own with 26 points on 7-of-15 shooting, after a pair of sub-par scoring games. The senior poured in half of UW’s points and was the only Badger player to score more than two baskets.Tucker scored 12 in the second half, including scoring nine straight Badger points (also assisting on Taylor’s other 3-pointer) to keep the Badgers afloat and in the game. Contrast that with Tucker’s second-half performance in East Lansing, where the senior managed only two points on 1-of-7 shooting.”Mike (Flowers) came to me and said, ‘You’re a big-time player, and this is where you have to step up,'” Tucker said. “That’s the confidence that my teammates give me, and I have that total confidence in myself that I have to be able to step up and take over at times.”It was Tucker’s play that dictated the simple strategy that Ryan had for the Badgers’ final shot.”We weren’t going to leave this game without making sure the ball touched him,” Ryan said.While the end was all the seniors could’ve asked for in a home finale, they expressed that nothing short of a mythical national championship will leave the group feeling satisfied when they hang up their cardinal and white uniforms.”That’s what you play for the whole year,” senior Jason Chappell said. “Anything less, we’re not going to be happy. Until we end up with a win in our final game, then we won’t be happy.”last_img read more

Lynch leads steady effort from linebackers, continues strong start to season

first_imgRealizing that Gerald Christian had a few steps on him in the flat, Cameron Lynch darted toward the left sideline.Lynch was right on Christian’s back when the Louisville receiver caught a pass from Reggie Bonnafon. It put Lynch in perfect position to strip a ball that Christian never had great control of.That’s exactly what he did, and Wayne Williams recovered the fumble to set Syracuse’s offense up at the Cardinals’ 43.“I just pulled it out,” Lynch said. “I just did what we practice. We practice that a lot so I just did it.”Lynch’s simple explanation of the then-game-changing play was similar to the way SU linebackers coach Clark Lea defined Lynch’s performance against Louisville on Friday night — something the defense expects, but doesn’t overlook. With Syracuse’s secondary shorthanded by injury to Wayne Morgan, the linebackers, led by Lynch, have been a major part of the Orange’s late-down defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a 28-6 Orange loss to the Cardinals, Lynch led the team with seven total tackles, and added a sack, a tackle for loss and the forced fumble, all while helping the SU defense excel in late-down situations. On the season, Lynch has 40 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, which is tied for the third-most in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“He’s such a big part of what we do and our identity,” Lea said. “Getting to the quarterback and also being able to do different things in certain downs and Cam and the rest of the linebackers, Marqez (Hodge) and Dyshawn (Davis) also being a part of that.”Lynch and Hodge both collected sacks in the game as SU held the Cardinals to 7-of-16 on third down. That is in large part due to the pressure the outside linebackers generate out of the “Okie” package — in which an extra defensive back replace a defensive lineman on the field.Overall, the Cardinals ran for 178 yards and passed for 174, but most of the damage wasn’t done on late downs.“That’s how we play and it’s something we take seriously,” Lea said. “Generating that pressure on the secondary blitz is huge to our success. I was happy with that.”And even as Lynch’s forced fumble was followed by a Terrel Hunt interception, the Syracuse defense remained businesslike. Its statistical and emotional leader made sure of that.Said Lynch: “We got back out there and tried to make it happen.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2014 at 12:27 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Latest bankers survey indicates shrinking rural economy

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump’s trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies.The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows the its overall index falling from an already anemic 50.2 in July to 46.5 this month. Any score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says trade tensions “are driving growth lower for areas of the region with close ties to agriculture.” Goss also noted that despite negative consequences from tariffs, nearly 7 of 10 bank CEOS surveyed support either raising or continuing the Trump administration’s current tariffs.Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.last_img read more

Perfect season: New Castle beats La Salle College

first_imgNew Castle’s Malik Hooker kisses the trophy after New Castle defeated La Salle College in the PIAA boys’ Class AAAA basketball championship game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. New Castle won 52-39. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — New Castle from Pittsburgh completed a perfect season Saturday night.The Red Hurricanes became the first WPIAL (District 7) school to win a PIAA Class AAAA boys basketball championship since 2004 with an explosive final nine minutes against La Salle College.Ohio State football recruit Malik Hooker saved his best for that late push by New Castle. The 6-1 senior scored nine points in that final nine minutes to help lift the Red Hurricanes to a 52-39 victory at Giant Center.In a game where each offense was content to slow the pace and work its half-court offense, New Castle (31-0) led by only four points in the dying seconds of the third quarter.La Salle College’s Najee Walls, left, and David Krmpotich, right, and New Castle’s Malik Hooker (23), Drew Allen, center, and Stew Allen, second from right, try for the rebound during the first half of the PIAA Class 4A boys’ basketball championship game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Hooker, who had just four points at this point through nearly 24 minutes, beat the third-quarter buzzer with a nifty dribble-drive layup to give the Red Hurricanes a 30-24 lead entering the final quarter.“It was one of those buckets we really needed, and then we just went on a roll,” Hooker said. “They had been on a bit of a roll up to that point, so it was a big momentum builder for us that carried into the fourth quarter.”New Castle’s defense was stellar all night and limited La Salle (23-7) out of the Philadelphia Catholic League to only 15 field goals and 38 percent shooting from the floor.“We just wanted to make sure our bodies were between their bodies and the basket at all times,” Hooker said. “I thought we played better defense in the second half.”Hooker and fellow senior Drew Allen each finished with 13 points. Hooker also added 13 rebounds and four assists. The Red Hurricanes outrebounded the Explorers 52-39 overall.La Salle junior Najee Walls led all scorers with 15 points and Shawn Witherspoon added 10.New Castle scored 14 of its 22 fourth-quarter points from the free-throw line. The Explorers attempted only 14 free throws.Members of the New Castle team jump into stands after defeating La Salle College at the PIAA boys’ Class AAAA basketball championship game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. New Castle won 52-39. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)last_img read more