WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID origins study

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team has emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. They were required to complete a 14-day quarantine after arriving in China. The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak. A major question is where the Chinese side will allow the researchers to go and with whom they will be able to talk. WHO said late Thursday on Twitter that its team plans to make field visits to hospitals, markets, and and laboratories starting Friday.last_img read more

Freeport Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was shot dead in Freeport over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert and 911 call reporting gunshots fired on Colonial Avenue just east of North Main Street, where Lyreek Crawley was found in a backyard with a bullet wound to the head at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Binghamton gets federal funds to help homeless affected by COVID-19

first_img“It is absolutely critical,” the mayor said. “It is literally the dollars that will determine whether you have a roof over your head or you’re out on the streets.” The money is an Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) from the federal government, with city mayor Rich David saying funds will go to non-profits who provide services and help to the homeless, and will also go directly to people who may need help paying rent, utilities and mortgages. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The city of Binghamton has received $500,000 to help the homeless in the area who have been affected by COVID-19. There are income-eligible requirements in order to get a portion of the funding.  “It’s great to get the money, but we also want the permission or the authorization from the federal government to actually put in the hands of the people who need it the most,” David said. “We want to get this money out of the door as quickly as possible.” David added he expects to have the clearance to give out the ESG within the coming weeks. However, David stressed the main challenge with these funds is that the city is still awaiting authorization from the federal government to distribute it. David said he has been in contact with senators and congressional representatives on the status of the fund authorization. The city received $577,000 in ESG back in March, and with this second round, the city will have over $1 million dedicated to helping with home and homeless services for citizens affected by the virus.last_img read more

Nigeria-Ukraine Friendly, Bonaventure  Replaces Onyekuru

first_imgNigeria Manager, Gernot Rohr, has called up Club Brugge forward Dennis Bonaventure as a replacement for Monaco’s Henry Onyekuru.The Super Eagles are scheduled to take on Ukraine in an international friendly fixture at the Dnipro Arena on Tuesday.Onyekuru became the latest player to withdraw from next week’s encounter after Wilfred Ndidi and Tyronne Ebuehi opted out in order to recover from their injuries, while Kenneth Omeruo continues to process his work permit in Spain. The 22-year-old, who joined Monaco from Everton permanently this summer, cited his inability to secure a resident permit as the reason for withdrawal from the encounter.“It is true that I won’t be available for the match against Ukraine next week due to resident permit,” Onyekuru told AOI Football.“I only arrived here less than a month and I’m yet to get my resident card, so if I leave now I won’t be able to return and will then have to apply for another visa to fly back to France.”Bonaventure joins Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo, Bordeaux forward Josh Maja and Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye as the new invitees who will be aiming to make their Super Eagles debuts against Andriy Shevchenko’s men.Saudi Arabia-based Captain Ahmed Musa pulled out of the trip on Thursday night as a result of an injury that has failed to heal as quickly as he expected, adding to the earlier forced withdrawals of defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Tyronne Ebuehi, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Onyekuru.  Italy-based defender William Ekong and England-based midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo are expected to lead the delegation of Super Eagles’ playing body into Dnipro, Ukraine on Saturday, ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly match with the host country’s senior team.It is the first outing for the three-time African champions since they finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt. The Dnipro Arena, which is home ground to top club, FC Dnipro, is a 31,000-capacity facility that was opened in September 2008 and situated in the city of Dnipro, the third-largest city in Ukraine after the capital city Kyiv and Kharkiv.Ukraine is rated number 25 on the FIFA ranking while Nigeria is 33rd.  Meanwhile, Italian official Paolo Valeri has been appointed as referee for the international friendly between Ukraine and Nigeria at the Dnipro Arena.Alessandro Costanzo and Stefano Alassio will join Valeri as the assistant referee, while the duties of the fourth official will be performed by Ukrainian Vitaliy Romanov.Last season, Valeri officiated two games involving Udinese in which Super Eagles star William Troost-Ekong featured and the good news is that the Nigerian did not receive a booking in both matches.The last time he refereed a game involving an African country was in 2016 when Congo DR were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a friendly.Twenty-five Ukrainian players are preparing for the European Championship qualifier against Lithuania on September 7 and three days later they face Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more