Malawi reports first coronavirus death

first_imgTopics : “Our fifth patient to test positive from COVID-19 has sadly passed on in the early hours of this morning,” Mhango told reporters.Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. According to World Bank figures, more than half of the 17 million population lives below the poverty line.President Peter Mutharika declared a state of emergency on March 23 to combat the virus, closing schools until further notice.He has since announced the opening of new testing centers for COVID-19 and the recruitment by the health ministry of 2,000 extra staff. Over the weekend, Mutharika said he would cut his own salary and the wages of his ministers to help fund the fight against coronavirus.center_img Malawi announced its first coronavirus death on Tuesday as well as three additional cases, bringing the tally of infections to eight in one of the last countries in Africa to report the disease. Health Minister Jappie Mhango said the victim was a 51-year-old woman who had recently travelled to Britain and had an underlying medical condition.She died in Blantyre, Malawi’s second city and political capital.  last_img read more

Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling ‘assault’ style weapons

first_imgBatesville, In. — The management of Dick’s Sporting Goods has elected to change its policy regarding the sale of some weapons. The full statement is included.last_img

Trojans draw BYU in conference playoffs

first_imgUSC’s men’s volleyball team, which claimed the eighth and final seed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, will return to the postseason this weekend after missing the playoffs last season.Youth movement · Outside hitter Lucas Yoder was voted the MPSF conference Freshman of the Year and All-MPSF second team this week. The San Clemente, Calif. native leads the Trojans with 384 kills this season. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanThe challenge for the Trojans (16-10, 14-10) will be to upset BYU, the top-seeded team in the tournament to keep their hopes for a national championship alive.After concluding their regular season with a loss at Pepperdine on April 5, the Trojans missed a chance to clinch a spot in the MPSF tournament. The Trojans fell by a score of 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 14-25, 15-11 to the Waves (18-6). As a result, the Trojans had to wait for the rest of the MPSF season to play out over the next week to see if they would make the playoffs.USC had won both matches against Hawai’i this season, so the Trojans had the advantage over the Rainbow Warriors, another potential No. 8 seed, if a tie in the standings necessitated a tiebreaker. But with one less loss than the Trojans and two games remaining going into the last week of the regular season, Hawai’i could have claimed the last spot with a sweep of Pepperdine during a double-header last weekend. Though Pepperdine prevented the Trojans from celebrating a playoff-clinching victory a week earlier, the Waves ensured the Trojans would make the MPSF tournament by beating Hawai’i (15-12, 13-11) in both matches.As one of the eight teams from the 13-team MPSF to qualify for the MPSF tournament, USC still has a chance of making the NCAA tournament. Six teams across the country will be invited to compete for the national championship and USC head coach Bill Ferguson assumes that three of those teams will come from the MPSF.With three conferences in NCAA Division I men’s volleyball, each conference gets one automatic qualifier for the national championship tournament, and the other two spots will be at-large bids. According to the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, all but one of the top 10 teams in the country are from the MPSF. Ferguson says the two at-large bids will most likely go to MPSF teams.If the Trojans win the MPSF tournament, USC would claim the automatic qualifier spot for the NCAA tournament.The Trojans will travel to Provo, Utah and play the Cougars tomorrow night in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Ferguson said the team is particularly excited about the travelling to BYU, where the Cougars are undefeated this year.“The place will be packed and they have great fans so the environment will be phenomenal,” he said. “I think our guys thrive in that environment.”USC lost both matches to BYU (18-8, 18-6) this year, taking the Cougars to five sets at home on Feb. 1. The Trojans lost that matchup by a score of 16-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-20, 15-10, but fell in straight sets on Feb. 28 in the Smith Fieldhouse by a score of 25-22, 25-16, 25-21. Ferguson said that the three-set result from the last trip to BYU is somewhat misleading, given that the Trojans have made huge strides since then.“Sets one and three, we were actually pretty competitive into the early 20s,” Ferguson said of the last meeting. “At that time we weren’t serving well and we were passing okay but nowhere near the level we’re at now. We’re in a different league from where we were.”BYU is ranked No. 4 in the AVCA poll, with USC coming in at No. 8. BYU finished the season on a four-match losing streak, dropping both matches of the double-header against No. 10 Hawai’i on April 4 and 5, then falling to No. 5 UC Santa Barbara and No. 9 UCLA a week later.A win Saturday would advance USC to the semifinals next Thursday, April 24, against the winner of the UCLA vs. UCSB match. The MPSF tournament championship will be held Saturday, April 26 and the NCAA tournament will begin Thursday, May 1. The location for the MPSF semifinal and final is to be determined.No. 1 Loyola-Chicago (25-1) of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association will host the NCAA tournament. Loyola-Chicago’s only blemish on an otherwise undefeated season came on Jan. 4 when USC defeated the Ramblers in Chicago in four sets by a score of 25-27, 25-18, 20-25, 15-25.Ferguson says that given the Trojans’ low seed, they are unlikely to get an at-large bid if they do anything short of winning the conference tournament. But he said the team isn’t worrying about the rest of the tournament and is just focusing on BYU.“We’re thinking about going 1-0 this weekend,” Ferguson said.Saturday’s match is set to start at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Ronaldo: Messi and I are footballing anomalies

first_imgThe Portugal international, who now has three Ballons d’Or to his name, heralded himself and his Liga rival while also discussing when he might retire.Cristiano Ronaldo has described himself and Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as footballing anomalies for the way they have kept themselves at the top of world football for an unprecedented amount of time.The Real Madrid forward, 29, picked up the third Ballon d’Or trophy of his career on Monday, defeating four-time winner Messi and World Cup-winning Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Ronaldo acknowledged that he and Messi are two of the only players to have maintained their aura of invincibility for so long, and the Portugal international puts the fulfilling achievements down to hard work.”To be honest, no, I didn’t think I’d be at the top of world football for so many years,” he told Fifa.com. “It all happened so fast. In my opinion, the hardest thing is maintaining that level.”I’m proud to have been in the World XI for eight consecutive years and always vying to be among the best three, as it’s something very few people manage to do. I think just Messi and I have done it, not many more anyway. “I don’t think anyone else has done it eight years in a row, which is why it’s immensely satisfying. Year after year I keep working hard with my club and national team so that I continue to stand out. This recognition is an indication that things are going well and that I’m enjoying an exceptional career.”Ronaldo also expressed he is well aware he will be considered a legend once he hangs up his boots, though he remains uncertain if his mind and body have another decade of footballing action in them.”In truth, I don’t think about my legacy,” he added. “I know I’ll have a place in the history of the game because of what I’m doing and winning, whether at an individual or team level.” know I’ll have a nice page devoted to me between some of the all-time greats, and that makes me happy. I’m 29 now but I feel great, like I’m still 25! I think I can play on for another five, six or seven years at a high level. Beyond that, we’ll have to see.”It’s conceivable I play until I’m 40 years old but, as I said before, it’s a case of seeing how I feel year after year, how motivated I am and if I’m still useful to my team like in the past. “As for going on until 40… If I want to play until then, I will, though I might be dragging myself around by then! But while I’m playing to an acceptable standard – acceptable to me, that is, and at a level my fans and club deserve – then I want to continue. Honestly, though, it’s not something I’m thinking about yet.”The ex-Manchester United forward has been prolific once again for Real Madrid in 2014-15, scoring 33 goals in all competitions as the European champions top La Liga.last_img read more