‘Fatal mistake’ for countries to assume they won’t get coronavirus: WHO chief

first_imgIt would be a “fatal mistake” for any country to assume it will not be hit by the new coronavirus, and rich countries that might have thought they were safer should expect surprises, the head of the World Health Organization said on Thursday.The head of the WHO’s emergency program said Iran, which has so far reported the most deaths outside of China, may be dealing with an outbreak that is worse than yet understood. He also said discussions were being held with organizers about the fate of the Olympic games scheduled for July in Japan.“No country should assume it won’t get cases, that would be a fatal mistake, quite literally,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “And I even say if you take Italy, a member of the G7, it was really a surprise. So even many other developed countries you also see some surprises, should expect some surprises.”Tedros said epidemics in Iran, Italy and South Korea were at a “decisive point”: still marked by clusters of infections with some transmission in communities, but not yet by sustained community transmission.The WHO declared the outbreak an international emergency on Jan. 30 and has been urging countries to ready screening, isolation wards and public education campaigns.“This virus has pandemic potential,” Tedros said. “This is not a time for fear. This is a time for taking action to prevent infection and save lives now.” He said U.S. President Donald Trump was right in suggesting hygienic measures similar to those to prevent flu, such as frequent hand washing.Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26 and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, the highest number of deaths from the virus outside China.Asked about Iran’s nearly 10% death rate among known cases, Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies program, said it was an indication that the disease might have spread further in Iran than revealed in the official figures.“The most likely factor is obviously this disease came unseen and undetected into Iran, the extent of infection may be broader than we think,” he said.“I don’t suspect it has anything to do with clinical care, more to do with surveillance,” he said, adding that so far more severe cases had been detected, while milder cases would follow.Ryan said the WHO was working closely with organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games and did not believe any decision would be taken soon on whether to hold the event starting in July as planned.“Everyone is working together to try to preserve what is a fantastically important global event,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Kohlbeck: One-and-done wins, but the Wisconsin method is way more fun

first_imgThe talk around college basketball “one-and-done” players and “four-year” players is reaching its highest watermark in the history of the game at the collegiate level.Players are getting better, and they’re doing it at an earlier age.It presents top-tier Division I program coaches with a conflicting idea of how to build their respective programs. Do they target the top players, if they can get them, and win instantly? Or do they find the lesser-known high school talents, develop them, and hope in a few years their team will turn into one of the country’s best? Or is it a combination of both?At the Final Four this past weekend, Wisconsin took on two such teams — Kentucky and Duke — composed of key one-and-done players while the Badgers, as most know, trotted onto the court at Lucas Oil Stadium with no player having ever left for the NBA after one season in Madison. And only one has left after two seasons.The one-and-done model works. When a team can bring in a few (or what seems like a full roster in Kentucky’s case) McDonald’s All-Americans, it’s tough for any team to stop. The talk of “can Kentucky beat an NBA team” is ludicrous, but it shows just how good these 18 and 19-year-old players are.Duke beat Wisconsin not only Monday night in the national championship game, but earlier in the season, with talented, NBA-ready freshmen leading the charge. Twice, they beat one of the most experienced and cohesive teams in the country.The one-and-done formula contributed to these wins, and quite frankly, Duke was simply the better team both times.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is a genius who has adapted his style of coaching and recruiting to better fit the collegiate game. It’s the reason why he won his fifth national title at Duke just a few days ago.Wisconsin and head coach Bo Ryan, meanwhile, go a different route. They do target top players, such as current forward Sam Dekker, or top 2015 recruit Diamond Stone who recently committed to Maryland. But their approach is to recruit high school players who fit the team’s system and who the coaches can develop over the course of their four years at Wisconsin.They’re looking for players who are willing to listen, change their game, get better and reach their full potential in college. Ultimately, this takes time.But that formula is dying, and it’s dying in a hurry. For college basketball purists, that’s a scary thought.Honestly, the 2014-15 Wisconsin Badgers may have been the last hope for a team composed of primarily “four-year” players to win a national championship.Yet while the results on the court may show a discrepancy in the amount of success in terms of national championships each formula has, the Wisconsin approach to building a program is a hell of a lot more fun.Wisconsin caught the attention of not only the state, but also of the entire country, going to back-to-back Final Fours for the first time in school history. The majority of the country was pulling for the Badgers to knock off both Kentucky and Duke, and, of course, the state of Wisconsin wanted the Badgers to win so badly. You could feel the energy coming from the state more than 300 miles away in Indianapolis.But why?Because you follow these players through their careers at Wisconsin. They almost become a part of you. Fans at places like Duke and Kentucky don’t get that connection anymore.This team was so well-known for their looseness and hilarity off the court that it became their identity. It captivated the country. But it only happened because of how close they were. Some of these guys — not just the bench players, but the stars of the team — have been together for three or four years. They have a camaraderie that can’t be found on a team that wins with one-and-done players — and it’s truly a thrill to watch.I’m not saying one-and-done isn’t the way to go, because like I said before, that method won the national championship this season and it likely will in the future. Those teams certainly have fun, too. But the Wisconsin method also works. Look what the Badgers have accomplished over the past two seasons and in Ryan’s career in Madison.But you won’t find another Frank Kaminsky on another team. He grew exponentially over the course of his career, and since he was a Badger for four years, the fans got to see him grow. They became attached to him. They reveled in his success.Isn’t Kaminsky sort of the American dream? A guy who was overlooked, who worked his ass off day-in and day-out and is now at the top of his field?People were posting old pictures of Kaminsky on social media prior to the Final Four, saying things like, “This is your player of the year,” because to be honest, in his early years at Madison, he looked nothing like a guy who was going to be the best player in all of college basketball.But that’s what’s so great about Wisconsin. We get to see players grow as people and basketball players. We saw Kaminsky grow from a self-described slow, overweight, weird and not-that-good freshman to the player of the year.Or how about “Captain America” Josh Gasser? He wasn’t known for his scoring, but he’ll probably be remembered as one of the best players to play under Bo Ryan because he represented what Wisconsin basketball was all about. On a team of one-and-dones, Gasser likely wouldn’t have had the impact that he had as a Badger.Gasser was the true “hometown” kid. He played at Port Washington, was named the 2010 Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year and became a Badger. Everyone felt for him when he tore his ACL a few years ago, but again, fans were with him the whole way — all five years.You can say the same for Traevon Jackson, who was injured earlier this year and came back for the tournament, or for Dekker, who’s been a Badger since day one, or for Nigel Hayes, whose sense of humor reminds us that these are just kids playing the game they love.Their success meant our happiness.This team was special. They had talent. And that talent developed over time; it wasn’t just a one-year thing. We took the journey with the players to the Final Four, twice, and when the Badgers heartbreakingly fell to Duke Monday, we all suffered. It hurt. I mean, fuck. It still hurts.But while the one-and-done method is probably what will win team championships in the future, the Wisconsin way still works. What this team accomplished will never be taken away. Although the Badgers ultimately lost their final game of the season, the Wisconsin way was a damn good time.So, to the 2014-15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team, thanks for everything. It was a hell of a ride.last_img read more

Tributes to Donnacha Ryan after last game at Thomond

first_imgIt was a huge night for Nenagh’s most famous second row as he played his last 80 minutes for Munster at Thomond Park.Donnacha Ryan is 10-times the Munsterman Rassie Erasmus is – according to the province’s director of Rugby.Eramus was paying tribute after the Nenagh man who signed off on 13 years at Thomond Park with a 23-3 victory over Ospreys last night in the Pro12 semi-final. Simon Zebo helps the Thomond Park Crowd show their appreciation for departing Donnacha Ryan – Photo: © Tipp FM Munster will play the Scarlets in the Aviva next weekend in the final with a chance for Ryan to pick up on more trophy on his last day out in the jersey – although Munster will be wearing navy not red when they tog out in the home dressing room.there were tries by Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway and man-of-the-match Francis Saili who’s also leaving this summer.Erasmus says he’s sorry to see the two go…Ryan got huge adulation from the munster faithful after putting in a typically hard-working 80 minutes – they were chanting his name Donnacha, donnacha, donnacha – as he tried to do one post-match interview.His team mates also tried to hoist him onto their shoulders but captain peter O’Mahony says that didn’t go so well…Ryan refused to come out for the press conference after his last match in front of the Brave and the Faithful in Limerick – he reckoned he’d embarrassed himself enough on his TV interviews – but here he is talking to former teammate Marcus Horan about what it all means, just after the final whistle ….Elsewhere, Connacht missed out on a place in next season’s European Champions Cup.They fell to a 21-15 defeat to Northampton in yesterday’s playoff semi-final at Franklins Gardens.The result ends Pat Lam’s four year tenure at the province as he moves to Bristol in the summer.last_img read more

NASCAR at Kentucky: TV schedule, lineup, qualifying drivers for Quaker State 400

first_imgQuaker State 400 schedule, how to watchHere’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Quaker State 400.(All times Eastern)Thursday, July 11TimeEventChannel9:35 a.m.Truck Series first practiceNo TV11:05 a.m.Truck Series final practiceNo TV3:05 p.m.Xfinity Series first practiceNo TV4:05 p.m.Truck Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV6 p.m.Xfinity Series final practiceNo TV7:30 p.m.Trucks Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225FS1/fuboTVFriday, July 12TimeEventChannel11:35 a.mCup Series first practiceNBCSN1:35 p.m.Cup Series final practiceNBCSN4:15 p.mXfinity Series qualifyingNBCSN6 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingNBCSN7:30 p.m.Xfinity Series Alsco 300NBCSN/fuboTVSaturday, July 13TimeEventChannel7:30 p.m.Cup Series Quaker State 400NBCSN/fuboTVQuaker State 400 qualifying driversBelow is the entry list for the Quaker State 400.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDRoss Chastain15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDTBA51TBDTBA52TBDQuin Houff77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95 He will be one of the favorites to win again this week especially considering his four wins already this year — including one at an intermediate track in Charlotte — in addition to his past success at Kentucky.MORE: Watch the Quaker State 400 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)This week will likely feature the usual suspects as Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones will all probably factor into the top 10.It’s just a matter of who will win this week. But one thing is for sure, everyone is chasing Truex.What time does the Quaker State 400 start?The Quaker State 400 will take place Saturday, July 13. Live coverage begins on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET.What TV channel is the Quaker State 400 on?The Quaker State 400 will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The race can also be live-streamed on the NBC Sports App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. So last week was weird. Justin Haley won his first race in his third career start after rain shortened the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.This week should be a little more predictable as drivers head to the 1.5-mile track in Kentucky where Martin Truex Jr. has won two straight races.last_img read more