Ohio likely has 100,000 coronavirus cases: Health official

first_img“We have 11.7 million people. So the math is over 100,000. So that just gives you a sense of how this virus spreads and is spreading quickly,” she said.”It is this one-in-50 years pandemic that we’ve been planning for.”Ohio has five confirmed cases and 52 under investigation but, like much of the United States, has so far carried out limited numbers of tests.Coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 1,300 on Thursday with nearly 40 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US state of Ohio likely has more than 100,000 people carrying the new coronavirus, the state health department director said.Speaking at a press conference Thursday with state governor Mike DeWine to announce measures to slow the spread of the pandemic, director Amy Acton said Ohio had community spread of the virus.”We know now just the fact of community spread says that at least one percent, at the very least, one percent of our population is carrying this virus in Ohio today,” Acton said. As of Sunday, 1,707 Americans had been tested, Business Insider reported, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “These numbers are going to continue to grow. We know that these confirmed numbers are just a small fraction of the individuals who are infected already in the state of Ohio,” governor DeWine said during the press conference.”We’re told by medical experts that whatever the number is today, it will double in six days and that just continues on and on,” he said.Public health experts have rebuked US authorities for downplaying the pandemic and lagging far behind other hard-hit countries in rolling out testing for the virus.As part of Ohio’s measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Acton and DeWine signed an order banning most gatherings of more than 100 people. Ohio schools were also ordered to close for three weeks.”We’re all sort of waking up to our new reality,” Acton said.”The steps we’re taking now will absolutely save lives.”Acton stressed the importance of slowing down the spread of the virus so that health services were not overwhelmed by a massive spike in cases.”As we can see, we’re in a crisis situation now,” she said. “Taking decisive action now will greatly slow down this disease and stop this trajectory.”President Donald Trump has taken fire for what critics say is a slow response to the spread of the virus, which gives flu-like symptoms and has claimed more than 4,700 lives worldwide. He has repeatedly played down the threat, initially claiming that only a handful of Americans were at risk.On Wednesday, Trump announced a ban on travel from mainland Europe as part of an “aggressive” effort to halt the spread of the pandemic.The move, however, sent financial markets into a tailspin and sparked panic among stranded travelers.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Signs Legislation to Expand Housing Funding for Pennsylvanians

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 05, 2015 Bill Signing,  Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf signed House Bill 792, along with three other pieces of legislation, into law. House Bill 792, now Act 58, amends the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Law and directs any additional money, up to $25 million, raised by the Real Estate Transfer Tax over the amount raised in 2014, to the Housing Affordability Rehabilitation and Enhancement Fund. This bill expands funding opportunities for housing to every Pennsylvania county.The Governor also signed the following bills into law:Act 57 – House Bill 138 provides requirements that first responder organizations must abide by in soliciting donations.Act 60 – House Bill 1275 allows dentists licensed in the United States or other countries to practice for 20 days during a continuing education course offered by an accredited dental school at the school’s facilities without obtaining a license from the Commonwealth.Act 61 – Senate Bill 765 provides protection under the “steer clear” law to the utility employee and contractors as well as allowing the Pennsylvania Turnpike vehicles to ignore certain vehicle laws while responding to emergencies.center_img Governor Wolf Signs Legislation to Expand Housing Funding for Pennsylvanianslast_img read more

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Willis pension scheme strikes £1bn longevity hedge with Munich Re

first_imgPeter Routledge, chair of the Willis Pension Scheme, said the scheme considered various options for accessing the market, and decided that Longevity Direct offered “the best value solution” for the scheme.“I am delighted that the trustee has taken a first and significant step to ensure that our members’ benefits are secured against future improvements in life expectancy, supplementing the trustee’s wider risk management programme to protect the scheme against investment and demographic volatility,” he said.“The transaction was concluded effectively, enabling us to access the longevity swap markets whilst pricing was attractive relative to scheme funding.”Willis Towers Watson is predicting that 2020 will be a record year for longevity swaps, as pension derisking transactions have kept pace during the coronavirus-linked lockdown.Ian Aley, head of transactions at the consultancy and lead adviser, said: “The longevity swap market is currently very buoyant and represents an opportunity for pension schemes such as the Willis Pension Scheme to manage a material risk whilst retaining the flexibility to achieve the required investment returns to complete their journey plan.” The pension scheme for employees of the Willis Group, now part of Willis Towers Watson, has entered into a deal with Munich Re to manage the longevity risk in relation to around £1bn (€1.1bn) of pensioner liabilities, it was announced today.The longevity swap transaction covers around 3,500 members of the Willis scheme, which is for members of the Willis Group in the UK who joined prior to 2006.The longevity risk has been transferred to the reinsurer via a Guernsey-based captive insurance company fully owned by the trustee of the scheme.This was established under Willis Towers Watson Guernsey ICC Limited, which is part of Willis Towers Watson’s “Longevity Direct” solution allowing pension schemes to use a ‘ready-made’ incorporated cell company to access the reinsurance market.last_img read more

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NFL Teams Struggling To Sell Tickets

first_imgI’ll get the rest RT @joereedy: Statement from #Bengals: “Unless the rate of daily sales increases — we will not achieve a sellout.— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) December 31, 2013The Bengals aren’t the only team facing a possible blackout though. The Indianapolis Colts had about 5,000 tickets remaining as of Wednesday night. The league gave the team an extension to the rule that games must be sold out 72 hours before kickoff. The current deadline is set for Thursday afternoon. The Colts host the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday at 3:35 p.m.Tickets are available at the stadium’s ticket office, by phone and online at Ticketmaster.com.WRBI will broadcast the Bengals game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Blackout rules apply if Bengals are unable to sell out Sunday’s playoff game.An all-out push is on to fill every seat at Paul Brown Stadium for the first round playoff game between the Bengals and the San Diego Chargers.Team officials recently said about 8,000 tickets are still available, with a blackout possible if tickets go unsold.The deadline for a sellout is 1p.m. Thursday but the league could extend it to Friday depending on the remaining tickets available.A former Bengal has expressed interest in purchasing tickets. Chad Johnson tweeted Tuesday evening that he would “get the rest” if needed.last_img read more

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Trooper Will End 30-Year Career In October

first_imgSgt. Noel Houze has served as ISP Versailles Post Public Information Officer for the past eight years.VERSAILLES – An Indiana State Police Trooper will end a 30-year career in October. Sgt. Noel Houze is announcing his retirement effective October 31.He has served as the Public Information Officer at the Versailles Post for the past eight years, which Houze calls “the best position I’ve held in my career.”A retirement ceremony will be held in November.last_img

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AquaTrojans Win EIAC Swimming & Diving Crowns

first_imgThe East Central AquaTrojans sweep the 2016 EIAC Swimming and Diving Championship, held at Greensburg High School on Friday and Saturday night.The scores were as follows.Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 24.1, East Central High School, 85; 2, Greensburg Community High, 77; 3, Batesville High School, 69; 4, Connersville High School, 66.; 5, South Dearborn High School, 21; 6, Lawrenceburg Swimming/Diving, 4; 7, Rushville, 2.Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 24.1, East Central High School, 129; 2, Connersville High School, 75; 3, Greensburg Community High, 43; 4, South Dearborn High School, 40; 5, Batesville High School, 19; 6, Lawrenceburg Swimming/Diving, 14; 7, Rushville, 7.2016 EC Conference Champs were Boys 200 Medley Relay- Jacob Weber, Klay Shipman, Jackson Ketcham, Alex Ketcham; 200 Freestyle – Mackenzie Schantz; 200 IM Alexis deLong; 200 IM Jackson Ketcham; 50 Free Olivia Nixon; 1 meter diving Ethan Ayers Edds (establishes a new school record); 100 Butterfly Mackenzie Schantz; 100 Butterfly Jackson Ketcham; 100 Freestyle Alexis deLong; 100 Freestyle Alex Ketcham; 500 Freestyle Cai Fox; Boys 200 Freestyle Relay- Ethen Witte, Chandler Witte, Alex Pruitt, Cai Fox; 100 Back Olivia Nixon; 100 Back Jacob Weber; 100 Breast Alex Ketcham; Girls 400 Free Relay – Mackenzie Schantz, Olivia Nixon, Ashley Bortlein, Alexis deLong; Boys 400 Free Relay – Jackson Ketcham,  Cai Fox, Alex Ketcham, Jacob Weber.Congrats to Conference MVP’s Alexis deLong, Olivia Nixon, Mackenzie Schantz, Alex Ketcham, and Jackson Ketcham.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

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Willian, Pedro agree Chelsea short-term deals

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Chelsea have agreed short-term contract extensions with Pedro and Willian until the end of the season.The two wingers, officially out of contract at Stamford Bridge on June 30, cut it fine before Tuesday’s cut-off date for the extensions to be agreed. Pedro’s agreement appeared to hinge on decisions at Roma, the Italian club he has agreed to join on a free in the summer transfer window.Brazilian Willian was set to become a free agent next week when his contract expired.But following extensive talks with Chelsea coach Frank Lampard and director Marina Granovskaia on Monday and Tuesday, both Pedro and Willian have committed for a little while longer.It has been reported that Willian will not be available for Chelsea’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich in August despite being a free agent.Pedro was on the bench as Chelsea won their first Premier League match following the restart at Aston Villa on Sunday. The deadline for signing short-term contracts for the remainder of the season expires on Tuesday evening.This provision has been put in place following the COVID-19 crisis to help clubs retain those players out of contract on June 30, with the season now set to continue until August.The Blues play at home to Manchester City in the league on Thursday evening and then play Leicester City in the FA Cup this weekend.Chelsea have successfully managed to tie down forward Olivier Giroud and goalkeeper Willy Caballero on short-term arrangements until the end of the season.Chelsea’s final Premier League match of the season will be on July 26 but they could also be in the FA Cup final scheduled for August 1. Tags: ChelseaEnglish Premier LeaguePedroShort Term DealsWillianlast_img read more

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Williams: Swans ready for next step

first_imgSwansea skipper Ashley Williams is confident Garry Monk’s high-fliers can take the next step and beat the Barclays Premier League’s big boys on a regular basis. Press Association “It’s great for the team to take that next step,” Williams said after goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis had overturned Alexis Sanchez’s opener and moved Swansea above Arsenal in the Premier League standings. “The next step is to have the confidence to beat the big teams and we’ve done really well in doing that this season. “There was a period when you felt the squad was confident but thinking ‘We’re quite good but can we win these games.’ “But we work hard and prepare well, so why not? Obviously we’ll have tough times in the season but we feel now that we can really make a mark, show what we’re about and go up against teams like Arsenal.” With some of the league’s biggest clubs showing signs of struggle this season it has been suggested that this could be the campaign when a smaller team breaks into the top four and qualifies for Champions League football. Southampton are the nearest challengers to leaders Chelsea right now, four points adrift in second position, and West Ham and Swansea both occupy the top five places above the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton. But central defender Williams admits he is unsure whether Swansea can sustain a top-five position and he is just focusing on having a strong season. “We haven’t put a target on it to be in the top whatever, we just want a good season.” Williams said. “There will be a couple of teams who will break into the top eight and I definitely want to see where we can go. “I’m 30 and I don’t want to waste another season. I loved playing in the Europa League last season because I never thought in my career I would have the chance to play in Europe but to me it felt like a wasted season. “We were trying to stay up and it’s not what we’re used to here, it’s not what the club or the city’s about. “We don’t just want to stay in the Premier League as we’ve been here for a number of years. “We feel we’ve got the quality and work ethic to be in the top half at least and we’re not here to just try and survive.” Williams believes the team has developed under Monk’s tutelage this season with the rookie manager adding defensive steel to the side’s traditional passing and possession game. Everton’s former Swansea boss Roberto Martinez criticised his old club for their approach following a recent goalless draw at Goodison Park saying it was not the style of play he recognised from his days at the Liberty Stadium, but Williams said it was proof that every player knew their job. “The gaffer’s plan was to work on the defensive side of things first and then the attacking side,” Williams revealed. “What you saw in the Everton game was everyone understanding their role and even though we went down to 10 men we did what we needed to do. “We know people said ‘same old Swansea’ and had figured out to play against us so we made a conscious effort to change that.” The Welsh club moved into the top five with their 2-1 comeback victory over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon and belief is growing that they can better their best Premier League finish of ninth place two seasons ago. Swansea have now claimed two big scalps this season – they also won 2-1 at Manchester United on the opening day – and Williams says upsetting the big clubs could be the key to them sustaining an impressive start to the campaign. last_img read more

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez quick to praise match-winner Romelu Lukaku

first_imgBoss Roberto Martinez hailed game-changer Romelu Lukaku after his rescue act inspired Everton’s stunning comeback at West Brom. He made it six goals for the season and Martinez reckons Everton can always turn to the Belgium international in their hour of need. “He has an elite brain and you can see when he puts his mind to it he can achieve anything,” he said. “I always said Rom has got that unique strength of being the man the team needs and in the second half it wasn’t a coincidence he was the one who scored the goal straight after. “When you score two goals and you get an assist it’s impressive. When you look at the way West Brom defend they are very good in what they do. He had a real desire to get on the end of the crosses and it made a real difference.” It was the first time Everton had come from 2-0 down to win a top-flight game in 21 years – when they beat Wimbledon 3-2 in May 1994 to stay in the Barclays Premier League. They had to come back after goals from Berahino and Dawson put the Baggies in control at The Hawthorns and Martinez admitted they were not good enough in the first half. He said: “We were sluggish and we were sloppy. At half-time we had to reset and refocus. “I spoke before the game and I knew we were going to score but we knew Tony Pulis’ teams are incredibly well organised. The 22-year-old scored twice in the second half and set up substitute Arouna Kone to level as the Toffees hit back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson put the Baggies in charge but Lukaku scored immediately after Dawson’s 54th-minute header. Press Association “Our first-half performance wasn’t up to the level, every player was off two or three per cent. We were quite loose and quite ordinary.” The Baggies had previously kept 14 clean sheets in 24 top-flight games under Pulis and remain the only side in the Premier League not to concede an away goal. But defeat left them winless at home in the league this season and Pulis said they were on the wrong side of the decisions. He felt Kone was offside before his equaliser while the ball struck Lukaku’s hand before he bundled it in from close range six minutes from time. He said: “The second goal is offside, it’s marginal but it’s offside, they just tell me now Lukaku has handballed it for the third one. They have had a bit of fortune and we haven’t but when you are 2-0 up you should see the game out. “Saido’s goal was the only bit of quality in the first half, we got the second one and then we just switched off. “I don’t think we touched the ball, I think we were still celebrating the second goal without concentrating.” last_img read more

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Liverpool maintain unbeaten home record with victory over Stoke

first_imgLIVERPOOL closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to six points and moved back to second in the league after maintaining their unbeaten home record with a convincing victory over Stoke.Jon Walters headed home at his near post, highlighting the home team’s vulnerability in defence, to give Stoke an early lead.But Liverpool responded positively after a disjointed start, with Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino scoring before the break as the hosts took the lead.Jurgen Klopp’s men made sure of the win, which moves them one point ahead of third-placed Manchester City – whom they play on New Year’s Eve – when Giannelli Imbula directed Divock Origi’s cross into his own net.Adding gloss to the scoreline was Daniel Sturridge, who scored his first league goal of the season – and Liverpool’s 100th under manager Klopp.There was a period in the first half when Liverpool looked exposed. Simon Mignolet, again preferred in goal to Loris Karius as Klopp stuck to the team which started the derby win against Everton, should have saved Walters’ close-range header.It was a mistake which will once again open up the debate over who should be the manager’s first-choice goalkeeper. But, in attack, the Reds were as quick, incisive and destructive as they have been throughout the season.Liverpool have now scored 86 league goals in 2016 – their most in a calendar year since 1989 – and they ended the match having made a total of 20 shots, six of which were on target.Once the impressive Lallana equalised, sweeping home from an acute angle and punishing Glen Johnson for his failure to clear the danger inside his six-yard box, Liverpool were completely dominant.And there was a sense of inevitability when Firmino, allowed to turn unchallenged in the box, scored – his low shot bouncing in off the far and then near post.As has been the case for the majority of this season, Sadio Mane and James Milner were key cogs, with the latter’s tireless runs down the left flank giving Stoke an extra worry.Walters’ goal was only the third league goal Stoke have scored at Anfield in 40 years.Stoke, now winless in four league games, caused Liverpool’s defence a number of problems in the first half, with former players Peter Crouch and Joe Allen instrumental for the Potters.Crouch, starting for the first time since August, held the ball up well while the tigerish Allen played like a man eager to prove a point to the club that sold him to Stoke for £13M in the summer. Indeed, the Welshman could have doubled the visiting team’s advantage but instead forced a fine save from Mignolet.Stoke sought to contain their opponents by attacking them and it was a ploy which worked until Liverpool levelled and Mark Hughes’ men suddenly found themselves penned inside their own half as the hosts confidently sprayed the ball around.Defensive errors contributed to Stoke’s downfall, with Johnson culpable for the equaliser, while the visitors ceded possession too easily in their own half for Liverpool’s third and Ryan Shawcross’ clumsy pass back to goalkeeper Lee Grant allowed Sturridge a clear run through on goal within a minute of his introduction.Having recovered from a terrible start to the season, Stoke now find themselves in another sticky run, though there is a seven-point cushion between them and the relegation zone.last_img read more

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