The government and the World Health Organization launched an emergency vaccination program in September that aimed to inoculate over 800,000 children amid measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. AFP/GETTY The Congolese government and the WHOlaunched an emergency vaccination program in September that aimed to inoculateover 800,000 children. According to the WHO, measles is ahighly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus and it is normally passedthrough direct contact and through the air. It is a human disease and is notknown to occur in animals.(BBC) CONGO – Measles killed nearly 5,000people in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, authorities said, afterthe disease spread to all the provinces in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO)said this was the world’s largest and fastest-moving epidemic. Measles in this country has killedover twice the number of those killed by Ebola in the last 15 months. Close to a quarter of a million peoplewere infected this year alone, the authorities added.
MANILA – The long-awaited verdict onthe Maguindanao Massacre case will be finally out this month. Fifty-eight people, including 32journalists and six motorists who were not part of the convoy, were killed inwhat is the worst case of election-related violence in Philippine history./PN On Nov. 23, 2009, a convoy composed ofrelatives, supporters, and media were on their way to file Mangudadatu’scertificate of candidacy for the 2010 elections when they were stopped by armedmen, driven to a hill, shot, and buried in shallow pits. Zaldy has been confined in the hospital since October after a stroke while Sajid was allowed to post bail in 2015. Among those who were due for sentencingwere primary suspects Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., his brothers Sajid andZaldy, who were detained in his hospital since October. The Quezon City Regional Trial Court incharge of the case set the date of promulgation of judgment on the multiplemurder cases filed against over 100 suspects – including members of theAmpatuan clan – on December 19, 9 a.m. at the Quezon City Jail-Annex in CampBagong Diwa, Taguig City. The landmark decision for the Maguindanao Massacre case will be out Thursday, Dec. 19, which would put to rest multiple murder charges for 58 deaths a decade ago. CNN PH QC RTC Branch 221 Judge JocelynSolis-Reyes announced the date of the promulgation on Monday in a notice thatwas sent to the parties of the case.
BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Negros Occidental top cop Colonel Romeo Baleros is urging the public to strictly adhere health protocols set to further curtail the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019. In a bid to strictly enforce these rules, Baleros proposed that all traffic enforcers from various local government units in the province, along with terminal supervisors, and local police must coordinate with one another in order to control the crowd and observe social distancing.Baleros said he doesn’t want to come to the point that they will be forced to arrest violators, as he pointed out it is not their obligation to reprimand individuals.He added it is the responsibility of every individual to observe social distancing and wearing face masks when outdoors./PN He made rounds in the town of La Castellana and Bago City last Monday discovered that commuters are neglecting social distancing measures. There is no way for anyone to skirt these, Baleros stressed as he cited the resumption of mass transportation in the province under the general community quarantine.
Batesville, In. — An abandoned barn on State Road 229 near Northside Drive was destroyed by fire Halloween night. Around 12:27 a.m. firefighters discovered the structure fully engulfed in flames.No injuries were reported. The barn was a total loss. The cause is under investigation.Oldenburg Eagle Fire Company and the Morris Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid.
It was a poor goal to concede but the Baggies almost levelled five minutes later only for Speroni to turn Craig Gardner’s rising drive wide. Graham Dorrans then fired over but it was a brief bright spot from the sloppy Baggies who struggled to deal with Bolasie and Zaha. The duo were a constant threat and Bolasie’s cross was inches away from Campbell after West Brom had lost possession. Organised and robust the visitors were in control against their hosts, who looked short of ideas despite just one defeat in their last five games. And Palace probably should have had a penalty nine minutes before the break when Dawson appeared to fell Zaha but Clattenburg ignored any – muted – appeals. Yet the Eagles did make it 2-0 from the spot on 45 minutes when the hapless Sebastien Pocognoli clattered into Bolasie. It was a foolish tackle so close to half-time and Jedinak sent Foster the wrong way to put Palace in complete control – a position which weakened six minutes after the break in controversial style. Berahino – who had been quiet – forced Speroni into a fine low stop from 18 yards but the Baggies scored from the resulting corner. Brunt’s delivery found Anichebe, who had replaced Stephane Sessegnon at half-time, to nod in but Speroni had been fouled after defender Dawson clattered into him. The keeper needed treatment for a head injury and was eventually replaced by Wayne Hennessey – although not before initially refusing to come off in comical fashion. The game had changed and Palace had relinquished their comfortable advantage with the Baggies finding their missing belief. Gardner kissed the bar from 25 yards before Berahino blazed over from the edge of the area with 14 minutes left. Palace’s threat had been nullified and the Baggies finally levelled in injury time when Jedinak’s rash challenge on Anichebe in the area allowed Berahino to drill in low from the spot. Saido Berahino’s injury-time penalty rescued a point for West Brom as they fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace. Brede Hangeland and Jedinak’s penalty had fired Palace into a commanding half-time lead. Palace were also denied what appeared to be a clear first-half spot-kick when referee Mark Clattenburg failed to spot Dawson’s foul on Wilfried Zaha. Goalkeeper Ben Foster returned for West Brom having missed Monday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United with a calf injury. Berahino started up front for the in-form Baggies, with £10million record signing Brown Ideye again on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury. Palace boss Neil Warnock made three changes from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea as Zaha, Adrian Mariappa and Marouane Chamakh replaced Jason Puncheon, James McArthur and the suspended Damien Delaney. After a quiet opening Palace began to dominate against the lethargic Baggies. Yannick Bolasie’s 18-yard effort deflected wide before Foster turned Fraizer Campbell’s header over on 16 minutes – only for Palace to score from the resulting corner. Bolasie’s cross caused chaos and Hangeland poked in from inside the six-yard box after his initial header had cannoned off Dawson. The striker slammed in his eighth goal of the season after Mile Jedinak had felled Victor Anichebe, who had started the Baggies comeback when he nodded in early in the second half. Palace were upset, though, as Craig Dawson fouled Julian Speroni to allow Anichebe to score – forcing the keeper off with a head injury. Press Association
Tony Bellew and David Haye have been warned by the British Boxing Board of Control about their conduct during this week’s filming of The Gloves Are Off, says promoter Eddie Hearn.The bitter rivals will come face to face for the first time since their press conference bust-up in November and have continued to trade insults ahead of their heavyweight grudge fight at The O2 on March 4.Tempers boiled over as they posed for press conference pictures as Bellew shoved Haye, who responded by aiming a punch at the Merseysider, and the Board has vowed to take severe action if there is a repeat of these scenes. Hearn, who is Bellew’s promoter, told Sky Sports: “Of course you’re in a situation where it’s the first time they have come face to face since the last time where one pushed one and one hit the other, so it’s not ideal.“But I think Tony is sensible enough and they have both been warned by the British Boxing Board of Control. Any more problems and they both have the threat of their licence being taken away.”Asked if he will speak to Bellew, Hearn said: “One hundred per cent, both of them actually.“David is not really going to listen to me, but I feel like I have got a relationship with Tony where I can. But when you’re a foot away from another man that you dislike and the insults are being traded across the floor, anything can happen.“That’s also the beauty of the show. We need to keep the rawness of that and also remember that we have a reputation to keep, and an image to protect for the sport of boxing.”Bellew has suggested that Haye could ‘quit’ if the fight becomes too demanding, while the Londoner insists he is physically better than ever, and Hearn believes both will be trying to gain a mental edge on The Gloves Are Off.“Haye and Bellew are very intelligent, they have been around the sport for a while, and I think they are going to be trying to play mind games with each other as well in this,” said Hearn.“This will be interesting to watch. Not just from the rawness and the volatility of the two of them, but actually from a mental aspect as well. I think they will both try and get under each other’s skins in various different ways.”Bellew has demanded an apology from Haye for his punch at the press conference, but Hearn doubts whether he will receive one.He said: “No I don’t. I don’t know how he thinks that’s going to come, in the form of flowers, or maybe a box of Milk Tray, but no, I can’t see it. Perhaps he should ask for one.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A university professor has created the USC Student Energy Network, a platform through which students and faculty can learn about the future of energy and better connect to the USC community.USCENE is the brainchild of professor Mark Bernstein and research assistant Ryan Kallabis. Bernstein, a practice of political science professor, said he had been considering creating a group such as USCENE for two years.“You have to learn from all other pieces to be successful at making decisions [or] you’re not going to get that through a major,” Bernstein said. “This is an opportunity to diversify your knowledge.”Bernstein was inspired to create the club after hearing about the Harvard Energy and Environment Network from a professor at Harvard College.USCENE will provide an opportunity for students to network with other students, faculty and outside experts through a series of discussions, meetings and field trips.“I really wanted to find a way to engage students in energy issues outside the classroom,” Bernstein said. “I want to find a way to get students across disciplines to talk to so we can create the next generation of decision makers who are going to make better choices on energy than my generation did.”USCENE will accept up to 75 students, both undergraduate and graduate, from any major or department. More than 20 students are already enrolled.Students in the network will learn more about the technology and economics of energy resources, and the role politics plays in those fields. Enrolled students will be able to share experiences, meet experts in the field, visit energy facilities and demonstrate their work.Bernstein said he hopes students across all majors will share ideas, find relationships across their disciplines and develop energy projects. The goal is to trade information and spark collaboration between interested students, he added.Kallabis, a senior majoring in political science and a research assistant at the USC Energy Institute, said the energy job market is expanding and it is critical for all students to be very familiar on the subject of alternative energy.“For any student, this is the biggest opportunity for us,” Kallabis said. “Never burn any bridges and close any doors. It’s a network that will be with students when they leave and graduate.”Brook van Muijen, a senior majoring in political science, said he is joining the club because he wants to learn more about the most effective long-term energy solutions.“People tend to look at alternative energy issues and simply look for the road to make profit,” van Muijen said. “The network is giving us a better idea of what is the best idea of what is actually most innovative for the future.”Bernstein said the network would students him a hands-on opportunity to integrate their interests with USC’s research efforts.“You learn stuff in class, but that doesn’t give you all the pieces you need to understand a broader view of the energy issues,” Bernstein said.There will be at least three networking events, two meetings and one group trip. The meetings will feature speakers and discussion sessions on different topics. Trips could include visits to wind farms, Southern California Edison hydroelectric facilities, refining operations and solar research facilities.Though tentative plans have been made for the group, Bernstein said they would change as needed.“I want this [to] evolve with what the students decide what they want,” Bernstein said. “I am seeding it and I want it [to grow] and we will continue to support it through the energy institute.”
Atletico Madrid scored a late winner as they fought back from two goals down against Eibar to maintain their 100% start to the La Liga season.Thomas Partey’s 90th-minute goal sealed a fine comeback for Atletico who are two points clear at the top of the table.With Barcelona and Real Madrid both drawing, it ensured Diego Simeone’s side made ground on both their rivals.Real are four points back in fifth with Barcelona five points behind in eighth.A header from Brazilian forward Charles and a deflected Anaitz Arbilla strike put the visitors two goals up inside 20 minutes.However, Diego Costa’s rampaging run down the right provided Joao Felix with a tap in for his first goal in Spain since his £113m summer move from Benfica.Substitute Vitolo then steered an equaliser into the bottom right corner after being put clear by left-back Renan LodiFormer Chelsea forward Costa then lifted the ball over the top of the Eibar defence for Ghana midfielder Partey to bundle in during a dramatic finale.
NLCS Game 2When: Sunday, 4:30 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: TBS Hates to face: Kris Bryant, 2 for 3Loves to face: Addison Russell, 0 for 2, 2 KsCUBS LHP JON LESTER (13-8, 4.33 ERA in regular season)vs. Dodgers: 3-4, 3.64 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 2-2, 3.94 ERAPostseason: 9-7, 2.57 ERAHates to face: Kiké Hernandez, 4 for 17, 2 HRs, six RBI, 3 BBsLoves to face: Justin Turner, 1 for 20, 5 KsUPCOMING MATCHUPSGame 3: Dodgers RHP Yu Darvish (4-3, 3.44 ERA in regular season) at Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA), 6 p.m. Tuesday, TBSGame 4: Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72 ERA in regular season) at Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (14-10, 3.53 ERA), 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesday, TBSGame 5: Dodgers (TBA) at Cubs (TBA) if necessary, 5 p.m. Thursday, TBSGame 6: Cubs (TBA) at Dodgers (TBA) if necessary, 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. Saturday, TBSGame 7: Cubs (TBA) at Dodgers (TBA) if necessary, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, TBS***Game 1 coverage:Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor help Dodgers take NLCS openerPhotos: Dodgers defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in NLCS Game 1Whicker: Yasiel Puig goes from outcast to centerpiece in Dodgers’ roomMiller: Yasiel Puig delivers for Dodgers in an emotional Game 1 triumphCharlie Culberson rises to the occasion in Dodgers’ Game 1 victoryCubs’ Jose Quintana delivers quality outing despite real-life scare a day earlierBack injury forces Dodgers to leave Corey Seager off roster for NLCSUpdated Dodgers postseason roster and player profilesDodgers updated postseason schedule, TV listings, ticket information THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP RICH HILL (12-8, 3.32 ERA in regular season)vs. Cubs: 0-0, 0.00 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 9-6, 2.23 ERAPostseason: 1-2, 4.50 ERA Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Worth Confirmed CasesNew Cases Cerro Gordo62 Worth8 Wright Floyd507 Butler2 Cerro Gordo1 Mitchell Franklin Floyd211 Kossuth Area Total65410 Franklin26 Cerro Gordo28 Floyd1 Butler25 DES MOINES — Ten more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in north-central Iowa in the 24-hour time period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning.According to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus reporting website, seven more cases were reported in Floyd County while single cases were reported in Hancock, Kossuth and Wright. Two cases were removed from Franklin County’s total and reassigned to other counties.That brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in our listening area since the start of the pandemic to 654 — 341 in Wright; 66 in Franklin; 62 in Cerro Gordo; 50 in Floyd; 38 in Hancock; 36 in Butler; 27 in Kossuth; 17 in Winnebago; nine in Mitchell and eight in Worth.Six more people were listed as recovered — two each in Hancock and Wright, with single cases in Floyd and Kossuth — to bring the area total to 303.Looking at the statewide numbers in the same 24-hour period: two more people died for a total now of 690; 255 more cases were identified for a total of 26,601; 341 more people have recovered for a total of 16,764. Deaths Hancock381 Wright3411 Kossuth271 Mitchell5 Franklin66(2 moved to another county) Hancock272 Mitchell9 Kossuth141 Butler36 Winnebago Winnebago17 Area Total3036 Wright1402 Hancock Worth5 Winnebago12 RecoveredNew Recovered Area Total4