UK passes 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths

first_imgThe number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has passed the grim milestone of 50,000, the government said on Tuesday.Business Secretary Alok Sharma cited analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which said 50,107 people had died in the outbreak.The ONS assessed all deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned or suspected on the death certificate up to May 29. Officially, the government only counts the deaths of those who had tested positive for COVID-19. That figure rose to 40,883 on Tuesday, up 286 on Monday.On either measure, the toll is Europe’s worst and the second highest in the world behind the United States, although each country has different reporting methods and lag times. The ONS data also showed that deaths in England and Wales exceeded the average of the last five years by 57,961 in the 10-week period since the outbreak took hold in March.Despite the figures, Sharma said infection and death rates are falling, and the UK lockdown, which has been in force since March, could be eased further. Sharma said that all non-essential shops in England could re-open from June 15, as long as they comply with health and safety guidelines.”This is the latest step in the careful restarting of our economy and will enable high streets up and down the country to spring back to life,” said Sharma.He added that the two-meter social distancing rule in place in the UK would remain when shops re-open, despite speculation it might be relaxed.But he ruled out re-opening pubs and restaurants until July 4 at the earliest.The government is also expected to announce on Wednesday that zoos and safari parks will re-open as part of a gradual easing of the lockdown rules.The announcement was expected to be formerly made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.A Downing Street official said: “This is by necessity a careful process, but we hope the reopening of safari parks and zoos will help provide families with more options to spend time outdoors, while supporting the industry caring for these incredible animals.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Woeful Syracuse offense doesn’t make 3-pointer for 1st time since 1995

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Two days after answering questions at the podium about what went right, Trevor Cooney was back to his old routine.He had his own place in the locker room where a handful of reporters would gather at a time to ask what went wrong. Why weren’t the shots falling? Was it the looks he was getting? Was something off with his release?He sat there with a blank look, fielding familiar questions and spitting out familiar answers.“I just never really got any good looks tonight and I never really got into a good rhythm,” he said, “and when that happens, it’s hard to carry it on and make shots.”His shooting woes coincided with Syracuse’s (28-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) late-season swoon. Often enough there was someone to fill the scoring void, but not on Saturday. The No. 3-seed Orange, already a poor shooting team, went a miserable 0-for-10 from beyond the arc during a season-ending 55-53 loss to No. 11-seed Dayton (25-10, 10-6 Atlantic 10) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooney went 0-for-4 and sat for most of the second half. Tyler Ennis went 0-for-5. Michael Gbinije missed his only attempt. It was the first time since 1995 that the Orange didn’t make a 3-pointer in a game.It kept SU from getting over the hump and evening the game late during the second half — and winning the game on a last-second try.“The only thing we could make was a layup,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.Eventually, he noted, the Orange broke through and got to the rim, but sometimes three points are critical, and SU’s best chances to score in bunches came from and-ones.When Syracuse needed three points to answer a Flyer triple, Ennis drove to the rim for a three-point play. Every heave from beyond the arc was futile — including Ennis’ potential game-winning shot at the buzzer — but Boeheim never felt like his team was due to hit one.“There’s a lot of guys in (Las) Vegas that think that, too,” Boeheim said. “They go home with nothing.”Most of the Orange’s 3-point attempts weren’t shots that had a chance to go in and just didn’t fall — they were shots that were completely off the mark.Two of Cooney’s early 3s missed the rim entirely. On one look, it appeared that his arm got hit, but no foul was called. The next air ball, though, was just a hurried shot that missed everything.“Some of my better games this year have come when I missed my first shot, I missed my second shot, I missed my third shot,” Cooney said.He only got one more look, but that was off the mark, too, and he sat on the bench for all but eight minutes of the second half.In his place, Gbinije played one of his best games of the year, but the team’s third most reliable 3-point shooter didn’t give SU anything extra from deep. His only attempt was a wide-open, potentially game-tying triple from the right corner that rimmed out.“We had a couple of good shots,” Boeheim said. “They didn’t go in.”That phrase has become part of Syracuse’s routine, too. The coach has embraced his team’s shooting struggles, but the problem was at its worst at the worst possible time.As jump shot after jump shot missed, UD was able to pack the defense in against a one-dimensional offense that didn’t make a shot outside the paint until 10:23 remained in the game.“They’re a small team, but they’re scrappy, and they’re quick to the ball and rotations,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “Every time we put the ball down, they got a hand in there.”The last resort for Syracuse on the perimeter is Ennis. He’s second on the team in both makes and percentage, but hadn’t insisted on the outside shot until the past few weeks.When he takes enough, he typically drills at least one or two, but he was as guilty as anyone for missing open looks and taking long shots that he shouldn’t have.“None of us really made shots tonight. It’s just tough,” Cooney said. “This is just a tough pill to swallow, especially to lose when you don’t play well.”Once again on Friday, Boeheim voiced his confidence in Cooney’s shooting and insisted that he was a good shooter.“I’m confident that when we get him good shots, he’s going to make them,” he said. “I’m very confident in that until the game’s over and he doesn’t.”On Saturday, he didn’t and the Orange’s season came to an abrupt close. There’s always next game for him to find his stroke again, but talking about that was the one part of Cooney’s postgame routine that he ditched.Now that chance won’t come again until November. Comments Published on March 23, 2014 at 2:12 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

I am not leaving Tottenham, says Wanyama

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama made Tottenham return against Swansea. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 24- Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfield maestro Victor Wanyama has dismissed reports that he might be thinking of leaving the club, saying he is happy in North London and is not departing anytime soon.There have been silent murmurs that the Wanyama is being courted by several clubs, but Wanyama who has three years to run on his Spurs contract has treated all those as rumors. “Rumors are just rumors. There’s no offer from anyone and I am very happy at Spurs. I have not even thought about leaving,” affirmed Wanyama.The midfielder joined Tottenham at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season for Sh1.5bn (£11mn) from Southampton.Meanwhile, despite missing close to four months of action due to injury, Wanyama says he still counts it a successful season and will be hoping for better tidings in the new campaign.Victor Wanyama. Photo/COURTESYWanyama had a paltry 24 appearances for Spurs across all competitions in the 2017/2018 season having missed a huge chunk of action after aggravating a knee injury picked up during pre-season.“It was perhaps the toughest time of my career because I have never been out for so long. But on the positive, it has helped me learn a lot and I am happy that I overcome and I at least came back to play a few matches. It could have been worse,” Wanyama said.Spurs weren’t as compact as they were last season but the North London club still managed to finish at third spot, securing a UEFA Champions League spot for next season on top of reaching the FA Cup semi-final.The Kenyan skipper has heaped praise on his Spurs team-mates for their grit and fight and is hopeful in the new campaign they will be in a position to challenge for trophies to spice up their performance on the pitch.“I can say the season has been successful because we have played all 38 games away from home and it is never easy. I am proud of the team and how we played and I am also proud of myself for coming back stronger. Hopefully next season we do well,” Wanyama noted.He added; “We also had some good performance in the Champions League and the target next year is to improve and go further.”-Back to White Hart Lane-Victor Wanyama wheels away in celebrating his goal against Liverpool on February 4, 2018.Spurs will have the prestige of going back to their home ground at the White Hart Lane which had been closed for expansion, thus forcing them to play their home games at the Wembley Stadium.Perhaps what was Wanyama’s biggest moment was when he unleashed a ferocious shot infront of the Kop End beating Loris Karius as Spurs played to a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in a league fixture.Wanyama had just come on as a substitute with his side 1-0 down from a Mo Salah goal but barely 60 seconds on the pitch, the midfielder picked the ball from 20 yards out and rifled it into the top right corner.The goal was voted as the Spurs goal of the season.Wanyama cracker“That was my first game after injury and I had just come in. I saw the ball ahead of me and I just decided to let it fly and it ended up in the net. It was a good goal and I was happy scoring especially against Liverpool infront of their fans,” Wanyama noted.He joked that nonetheless, his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League with Celtic remains his best ever.“That was my best ever. The Liverpool one was good, but against Barcelona, we didn’t have the ball at all. When it came, I scored!” joked the midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more