Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSfireKieran O’HanlonMayorRhodes First directly elected mayor vote could take place in 2021 Print Linkedin Claim that directly elected mayor could turn Limerick into ‘another Venezuela’ Limerick votes in favour of directly elected mayor Fine Gael’s Cllr Michael Sheahan elected as new Mayor of Limerick Facebook [email protected]’s Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon is to travel to Greece this weekend for the unveiling of a plaque honouring three Limerick women who died when a fire spread through a restaurant on the Greek island of Rhodes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written to the family of one of the women, commending their tireless efforts in getting the three women remembered. A memorial plaque honouring 37-year-old Theresa O’Shaughnessy from Sir Harry’s Mall, Mary Allen (40), from St Mary’s Park and Josephine Deenihan, (40), from the North Circular Road who died after a blaze broke out in the Oscar Restaurant is being unveiled this coming Sunday (25 September) by the Mayor of the Municipality of Rhodes.Last week, there was a memmorial service at city hall which was attended by members of the three families. The friends died along with 30 other people when a blaze engulfed the restaurant on Saturday, 23 September 1972.The women had travelled to the idyllic island on holidays. In a letter to Padraig Power, nephew of Theresa O’Shaughnessy, Enda Kenny said he would like to offer his support and signal his admiration on the occasion of the unveiling of the plaque to commemorate the victims of the fire at the Oscar Restaurant on Rhodes in 1972. He said it has been a long and difficult road for all involved and commended the tireless efforts in having the plaque erected on Rhodes. Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said: “It is right and proper the women should be remembered. Limerick went into mourning on hearing of their tragic deaths and their funerals were some of the biggest Limerick has ever seen.” “I feel it is a privilege that I can represent to people of Limerick at the unveiling of a memorial plaque in honour of the three women.” Theresa’s nephew Padraig Power has been the driving force behind gaining recognition for the tragedy. “We pursued it because there was no record of the event ever happening. We felt that the women deserved some place in history and we’re very thankful to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Embassy in Athens, who have lobbied on behalf of the families for the last three years to have them recognised so that they won’t be forgotten,” he said. NewsTragic Rhodes trio rememberedBy Bernie English – September 24, 2016 1841 Email The Right Stuff for Mayor? Previous articlePieta cycle gets underway this weekendNext articleHope for Castleconnell floods Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. To be or not to be directly elected?
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Go Nakamura/Getty ImagesBy MORGAN WINSOR and ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 62.7 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Nov 30, 1:44 pmFlorida schools, businesses to remain open as state’s outbreak worsens: GovernorSchools in Florida will remain open for in-person learning next spring, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a Monday press conference in which he referred to school closings as the largest public health blunder in American history.COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising in Florida, according to an ABC News analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project. Despite the worsening statistics, DeSantis said he will not close businesses or issue a statewide mask mandate, nor will he permit local governments to fine residents for failing to wear masks in public.ABC News’ Scott Withers contributed to this report.Nov 30, 12:44 pmVaccines could be ‘into people’s arms before Christmas’ if proven safe: HHS secretaryHHS Secretary Alex Azar said Monday that if safety and efficacy bear out, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could approve Pfizer’s vaccine within days of an independent FDA advisory committee meeting on Dec. 10.“We could be seeing both of these vaccines out and getting into people’s arms before Christmas,” Azar told CBS.Moderna announced Monday that it would seek emergency FDA authorization for its vaccine, making it the second U.S. company to do so. Moderna’s FDA hearing will be held Dec. 17.ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Nov 30, 10:40 amRhode Island bucks national trend by opening schools, closing barsRhode Island entered a two-week pause Monday, shuttering bars, gyms, movie theaters, bowling allies and indoor sporting facilities. But unlike in many other states, schools will remain open.“We’ve really got to shut it down for those two weeks,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said at a Nov. 19 press conference. “Because if we do, we can slowly crank up after those two weeks and make it through the end of the year.”The tightened restrictions are in response to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, which has reported 53,954 infections and 1,346 deaths to date.Rhode Island’s pause will remain in effect until Dec. 13.Nov 30, 8:58 amTSA screens record number of travelers since MarchThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it screened 1,176,091 people at its checkpoints in airports across the United States on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, making it the busiest day for air travel since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.The previous pandemic record was set on Wednesday, the day before the holiday, when TSA screened 1,070,967 individuals at airport security checkpoints.By comparison, 2,882,915 travelers were screened on the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year, which remains the highest volume in TSA history.Earlier this month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is recommending that Americans do not travel for Thanksgiving.“It’s not a requirement, it’s a recommendation for the American public to consider,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, told reporters during a call on Nov. 19. “Right now, as we’re seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.”Nov 30, 8:20 amStudy shows COVID-19 infections dropped about 30% in England during second lockdownNew research suggests England has seen roughly a 30% drop in COVID-19 infections three weeks into its second nationwide lockdown.The Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) program, run by Imperial College London and research firm Ipsos MORI, is tracking current cases of COVID-19 in England by testing more than 150,000 randomly-selected people each month over a two-week period. An interim report released Monday from the latest round of testing, which includes results from more than 105,000 at-home tests between Nov. 13 and Nov. 24, shows that an estimated 0.96% of England’s population — or around one in 100 people — is infected with COVID-19.The study, which is commissioned by England’s Department of Health and Social Care, also found that the overall reproduction (R) number has fallen to below 1 — estimated at 0.88 — meaning the country’s outbreak is currently shrinking rather than growing.“In this interim report from the seventh round of data collection, we found a reduction in national prevalence of infection by around 30% from the high levels in the latter half of round 6 (26 October to 2 November 2020),” the study’s co-authors wrote in the report. “The national prevalence has now dropped to ~1%, a level last seen 6 weeks earlier. This fall in prevalence covers a period of nearly three of the four weeks of the second national lockdown, and is consistent with an observed reduction in the number of daily swab-positive cases recorded in routine surveillance data.”Paul Elliott, professor of epidemiology and public health medicine at Imperial College London and director of the REACT program, called the data “encouraging” for England, which was under a regional tiered system of COVID-19 restrictions before entering lockdown again on Nov. 5. A tougher three-tier system will come into force when the lockdown ends just after midnight on Wednesday.“We’re seeing a fall in infections at the national level and in particular across regions that were previously worst affected. These trends suggest that the tiered approach helped to curb infections in these areas and that lockdown has added to this effect,” Elliott said in a statement Monday. “As we approach a challenging time of year, it’s even more vital that through our actions and behaviors we all play our part in helping to keep the virus at bay.”Nov 30, 7:00 amModerna to submit emergency authorization request to FDAModerna announced it plans to submit a request on Monday to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the second company after Pfizer to do so.Moderna said in a press release that the FDA’s meeting to review the safety and efficacy data for its National Institutes of Health-funded vaccine candidate, called mRNA-1273, will likely be scheduled for Dec. 17. The FDA hearing for the vaccine candidate developed by New York-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech is slated for Dec. 10.Moderna also announced that the final analysis of its Phase 3 clinical trial of mRNA-1273 indicates a vaccine efficacy of 94.1%. Pending FDA authorization, Moderna said it expects to have approximately 20 million doses of mRNA-1273 available in the United States by the end of the year. The Massachusetts-based biotechnology company remains on track to manufacture 500 million to one billion doses globally in 2021.“This positive primary analysis confirms the ability of our vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease with 94.1% efficacy and importantly, the ability to prevent severe COVID-19 disease,” Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said in a statement Monday. “We believe that our vaccine will provide a new and powerful tool that may change the course of this pandemic and help prevent severe disease, hospitalizations and death.”Nov 30, 5:48 amUS reports over 138,000 new casesThere were 138,903 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 27th straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Sunday’s count is down from a peak of 205,557 new cases on Friday.An additional 826 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Sunday, less than the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.COVID-19 data may be skewed in the coming days and weeks due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 13,384,651 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 266,875 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Nov 30, 4:55 amHospitalizations of COVID-19 patients hit all-time high in USHospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in the United States reached an all-time high of 93,238 on Sunday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.The figure surpassed Saturday’s record of 91,635 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized. Current COVID-19 hospitalizations have gone up every day since Oct. 25, except for Sunday when the figure dipped slightly to 89,834, which The COVID Tracking Project credited to “the holiday effect.”Our daily update is published. Our testing, case, and death statistics continue to be affected by the Thanksgiving holiday. Hospitalizations are less affected by the data slowdown and are at the record-high level of 93,238. pic.twitter.com/LVZnxVme4p— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) November 30, 2020The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort launched from The Atlantic magazine to track the U.S. outbreak, has warned of data inconsistencies in the coming days and weeks due to lags over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday. For instance, some states didn’t report any data at all on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, while others only had partial reports. The totals for testing and new cases were inflated Saturday and Sunday as several states reported two days’ worth of data.“The data wobbles don’t consist only of some states not reporting at all — though that’s happened a lot — but that most or all states that are reporting do not have a full data pipeline from labs and health departments,” The COVID Tracking Project wrote on its Twitter account Sunday.However, the group noted that hospitalization numbers “are less affected by the data slowdown.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, has warned that testing and a COVID-19 vaccine is not a “silver bullet” for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year. Bach issued the stark warning during a virtual media conference which followed an IOC Executive Board meeting, held virtually. He claimed he was unable to answer questions on the finer details of the organisation of Tokyo 2020 as the “situation is changing almost day by day”. “The task force has to prepare for different scenarios, not knowing which one will be the environment next year,” Bach said. “That will not be easy, but of course, social distancing is under consideration. “We are also following very closely the development of rapid testing and vaccinations because these could also have an effect and facilitate preparations. “But, it’s just too early to give a concrete answer to what will be the final scenario and the final approach. “The only thing we can say is, it will be about offering a safe environment for all participants.” Bach sounded optimistic about the availability of a vaccine or rapid testing in time for next year, but did not see either as a “silver bullet”. “According to our information and the contact we have with experts, the World Health Organization and pharmaceutical companies, we will see a great progress with regards to rapid testing, which can greatly influence the planning,” Bach said. “We have also been informed of encouraging news concerning the development of vaccines. “All of this will play a role and they will not be the silver bullet, but they can greatly facilitate the organisation of the Games and hopefully events in the lead up to the Games.” A coronavirus countermeasures task force, formed of officials from the Japanese Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, are assessing possible scenarios and measures that could allow the Olympics to run as expected from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics is then scheduled to follow from August 24 to September 5. read also:IOC initiates International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate Border controls, COVID-19 countermeasures at venues, plans for dealing with infected people, pre-Games training camps, rules for public transport, and the necessity of an isolation period upon entry into Japan are all being discussed. Bach suggested the isolation aspect could be a reality, urging athletes to “show solidarity”. “I said from the very beginning, this crisis will require sacrifices and compromises from all of us,” he said. “If you need a quarantine to ensure a safe environment for all of the participants of the Games, then you need to quarantine. “Again, it is a responsibility for everybody, and nobody can just look at him or herself and say, ‘I do not want this’. “You have to show solidarity.” Throughout the media conference, Bach echoed the confident sentiments of IOC vice-president and Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission chair John Coates. Earlier this week, Coates claimed the Olympic Games will take place next year, with or without COVID-19. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesDiscover How Women From Famous Paintings Looked Like In Real Life7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is remaining cautious over their January transfer activity but there is unlikely to be a huge amount of movement over the next month. Press Association The window opens on Wednesday but the Reds are not looking to bring in a significant number of players to bolster the squad and there are no early signings imminent. Liverpool have extensively scouted Basle winger Mohamed Salah but reports of him being on the verge of a switch to Merseyside are premature, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old is regarded a key player for his club, who currently lead the Swiss Super League and as their domestic competition does not resume until February 1 there is significant resistance to a sale. Liverpool are interested in doing a deal for the promising young forward but any agreement in January would have to be on the right financial terms and may ultimately prove too difficult to complete with a summer transfer appearing more likely. Rodgers said on Tuesday not to expect any early signings in the transfer window. “There’s nothing to add on anything with regard to players coming in,” he said. “There’s nothing imminent. “Obviously the recruitment team are busy putting things together in terms of the profile of players we need here to improve the team and the squad. “The owners have invested millions upon millions into the team and every window we arrive in looking to improve where we can. This window will be no different.”
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The 2019 Heisman Trophy ceremony is Saturday at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. It will be televised at 8 p.m. on ESPN, a made-for-TV event that will try to create some drama around what most expect will be a landslide victory for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. The Ohio State tandem of Justin Fields and Chase Young also will be in New York along with Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Will Burrow win by a record-setting margin? We take a closer look at the chances Burrow sets a few Heisman records along the way. MORE: Will Joe Burrow break O.J. Simpson’s Heisman voting record?Heisman Trophy odds 2019Odds for Burrow to win the Heisman Trophy are at -30000. Fields (+2500), Young (+3300) and Hurts (+3300) would be huge payouts if they somehow pull an upset in New York. Why is Joe Burrow a heavy favorite?Burrow set SEC single-season records in passing yards (4,715) and TDs (48), and he led LSU to a 13-0 records and SEC championship. That included a 393-yard, three-TD effort in a 46-41 victory at No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 9. Burrow has already cleaned up on the awards circuit. He won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards. What is the Heisman record for most first-place votes? USC’s O.J. Simpson (1968) received 855 first-place votes, and Ohio State’s Troy Smith (2006) received 801 first-place votes. They are the only two Heisman winners to get more than 800 first-place votes. There are 870 media votes, 57 former Heisman votes and one vote from the fans. Biggest Heisman voting margins A total of seven Heisman winners have won the award by more than 1,500 points. Here is a look at those seven winners, which Burrow should join. 1968: O.J. Simpson, USC (+1,750 points) Simpson (2,853) beat out Purdue’s Leroy Keyes (1,103). Simpson rushed for 1,880 yards and 23 TDs for the Trojans. 2006: Troy Smith, Ohio State (+1,662 points) Smith (2,540) led Ohio State to an undefeated regular season and a win against No. 2 Michigan in the season finale. He beat out Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (878). 1993: Charlie Ward, Florida State (+1,622 points) Ward (2,310) led Florida State to the national championship, and he had a commanding margin despite missing a game. Tennessee’s Heath Shuler (688) finished second. 1991: Desmond Howard, Michigan (+1,574) Howard (2,077) struck the Heisman pose after a fantastic season at Michigan, and he beat out Florida State’s Casey Weldon (503) by a wide margin. 1998: Ricky Williams, Texas (+1,563) Williams (2,355) broke the FBS rushing record, and that was enough to beat Kansas State’s Michael Bishop (792) by a convincing margin. 1986: Vinny Testaverde, Miami (+1,541) Testaverde (2,213) beat out Temple’s Paul Palmer (672) after leading the Hurricanes to a 11-0 regular season and Fiesta Bowl matchup with Penn State.2013: Jameis Winston, Florida State (+1,501) Winston (2,205) led Florida State to an undefeated regular season. He finished with 40 TDs and 10 interceptions and beat out Alabama’s A.J. McCarron (704).