19 Oct

Anxious WHO implores world to ‘do it all’ in long war on COVID-19

first_img“The message to people and governments is clear: ‘Do it all’,” Tedros told a virtual news briefing from the U.N. body’s headquarters in Geneva. He said face masks should become a symbol of solidarity round the world.”A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment – and there might never be.”The WHO head said that, while the coronavirus was the biggest health emergency since the early 20th century, the international scramble for a vaccine was also “unprecedented”.But he underscored uncertainties. “There are concerns that we may not have a vaccine that may work, or its protection could be for just a few months, not more. But until we finish the clinical trials, we will not know.” The World Health Organization warned on Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine and that the road to normality would be long, with some countries requiring a reset of strategy.More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,080​ have died, according to a Reuters tally, with some nations that thought they were over the worst experiencing a resurgence.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan exhorted nations to rigorously enforce health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing. “The way out is long”Ryan said countries with high transmission rates, including Brazil and India, needed to brace for a big battle: “The way out is long and requires a sustained commitment,” he said, calling for a “reset” of approach in some places.”Some countries are really going to have to take a step back now and really take a look at how they are addressing the pandemic within their national borders,” he added.Asked about the US outbreak, which White House coronavirus experts say is entering a “new phase”, he said officials seemed to have set out the “right path” and it was not the WHO’s job to do so.The WHO officials said an advance investigation team had concluded its China mission and laid out the groundwork for further efforts to identify the origins of the virus.The study is one of the demands made by top donor the United States which plans to leave the body next year, accusing it of being too acquiescent to China.A larger, WHO-led team of Chinese and international experts is planned next, including in the city of Wuhan, although the timing and composition of that was unclear. Ryan said China had already given some information but knowledge gaps remained.center_img Topics :last_img read more

17 Sep

Women’s tennis looks to end 2010 season on a high note

first_imgAfter winning the ITA Southwest Regional Championships last weekend, four USC players are in Flushing, N.Y., today to start  play in the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. Two other USC players will compete at Duals in the Desert, an annual tournament in Palm Springs, Calif.Serving it up · After winning the regional title, senior Maria Sanchez and three of her teammates are heading to New York to play in the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships this weekend. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Sophomore Danielle Lao, the singles regional champion, senior Maria Sanchez, the regional runner-up and No. 3 seed in the country, and junior Alison Ramos and sophomore Valeria Pulido, doubles champions, will represent USC in New York.With only the top 32 singles players and top 16 doubles teams in the nation competing, it is no small feat that USC has four players in the competition. Those who participate in the tournament are champions from USTA/ITA Regional Championships nationwide, the USTA/ITA National Small College “Super Bowl” champions, the doubles champions and singles quarterfinalists from the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, in addition to at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee.For USC players participating in the tournament, the stakes are high. This is the last tournament the team will compete in until January.“This is a single elimination tournament so [our] goal is to be a front runner. … A good start will give us a huge advantage,” Ramos said. “We are flying across the country with the goal of winning the tournament and nothing less.”With their hearts set on winning, the Women of Troy will face many obstacles on their way to the top.“It’s indoors, and we don’t get a chance to play indoors, and there’s the time zone change disadvantage,” coach Richard Gallien said. “The trick in these things is to stay alive long enough to get your sea legs.”Duals in the Desert also starts today, with freshman Kaitlyn Christian  and senior Cristala Andrews playing for USC. Senior Lyndsay Kinstler would have also participated, but she had to back out because of pneumonia.“There’s gonna be a lot of good competition, so it’ll be a good chance to get some matches in,” Christian said. “We’re just all really excited to play in preparation for our season.”USC will face UCLA and University of Georgia players in this tournament. The Women of Troy would have also battled Northwestern and University of Texas, but those two schools will not be participating because of financial reasons.The ITA Indoor Championships and the Duals in the Desert will wrap up on Friday, and the women’s tennis team has high hopes for the last individual tournaments it will participate in until early next year.“It’s our last opportunity to compete for a long time so my hope, win or lose, is that we do it with a great deal of class and integrity, and, god-willing, the kids will knock off a few matches here or there and carry that onto January,” Gallien said.last_img read more

14 Aug

What channel is 49ers vs. Seahawks on today? Schedule, time for ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

first_imgMORE: Watch 49ers vs. Seahawks live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Due in part to the injuries impacting the Seahawks heading into Sunday night’s game, Seattle is a three-point home underdog. If the Seahawks upset the 49ers and win the NFC West, chances are quarterback Russell Wilson will be a big reason. With a win over San Francisco, Wilson would earn his 87th regular-season win, surpassing Tom Brady (86) for the most regular-season wins by a QB through his first eight seasons in NFL history.Wilson’s QB counterpart enters Sunday night’s game on a bit of a hot streak, as well. The 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo needs 307 passing yards against the Seahawks to become the third San Francisco QB (Jeff Garcia and Steve Young) with 4,000 or more passing yards in a single season.Below is all the info you need to watch 49ers vs. Seahawks on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time.MORE: Full betting preview for 49ers vs. SeahawksWhat channel is 49ers vs. Seahawks on today?TV channel (national): NBCTV channel (San Francisco): KNTVTV channel (Seattle): KINGLive stream: fubo TVAs is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the 49ers vs. Seahawks play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game.For those who can’t watch 49ers vs. Seahawks on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the San Francisco call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225, and the Seattle call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only) 49ers vs. Seahawks: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Dec. 29Start time: 8:20 p.m. ETThe 8:20 p.m. ET start time for 49ers vs. Seahawks marks a league-high sixth prime-time game for San Francisco this season. Like this game against the Seahawks, the 49ers’ game against the Rams last week was flexed into a prime-time slot.The Seahawks also are making their sixth prime-time appearance this season.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 1749ers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Bengals1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4BYE—Week 5Oct. 7 (Monday)vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Oct. 31 (Thursday)at Cardinals8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 10Nov. 11 (Monday)vs. Seahawks8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Falcons4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21vs. Rams8:15 p.m. ETNFLNWeek 17Dec. 29at Seahawks 8:20 p.m. ETNBCSeahawks scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Bengals4:05 p.m. ETCBSWeek 2Sept. 15at Steelers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Saints4:24 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sept. 29at Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 5Oct. 3 (Thursday)vs. Rams8:20 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 13at Browns1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Ravens4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27at Falcons1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Nov. 3vs. Buccaneers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 10Nov. 11 (Monday)at 49ers8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11BYE—Week 12Nov. 24at Eagles8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 2 (Monday)vs. Vikings8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 14Dec. 8at Rams8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 15Dec. 15at Panthers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 22vs. Cardinals4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 17Dec. 29vs. 49ers8:20 p.m. ETNBC Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for 49ers vs. Seahawks on “Sunday Night Football”: This game, scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by NBC in Week 17. So yes, you get the game on TV.The NFL made the easy call to flex this matchup into the “Sunday Night Football” window and tee it up as the last regular-season game of the year. The scenario is simple: This is the NFC West championship game, and while the winner will get a top three seed in the playoffs (potentially the No. 1 overall seed and/or a first-round bye), the loser will be forced to hit the road for the wild-card round.last_img read more