Spain reports first coronavirus death in Valencia

first_imgA man in the Spanish region of Valencia has died from coronavirus, marking the country’s first death from the outbreak, a local health official said on Tuesday.Tests carried out post-mortem showed the man, who died on Feb. 13, was killed by the virus, regional health chief Ana Barcelo told a press conference.News of the death came shortly after Spain’s Health Ministry announced on its Twitter page that several sporting events would be held behind closed doors, while medical conferences will be cancelled in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. The ministry said sport fixtures expected to draw crowds from zones designated as high-risk for coronavirus, such as northern Italy, would be played without spectators, having earlier referred to the measure as a recommendation.Such events include the return leg of the Champions League match between Valencia and Italy’s Atalanta scheduled for March 10, and a Europa League match between Getafe and Inter Milan on March 19. Several basketball games will also be affected.In total, around 150 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Spain, while some 100 health workers in the Basque region have been isolated in their homes after coming into contact with people carrying the virus.Authorities are monitoring two clusters of the infection in Torrejon de Ardoz, a suburban city close to Madrid with a population of around 130,000, and one in the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Topics :last_img read more

Trick or Treat for UNICEF Boxes begin to Circulate in Thurston…

first_imgSubmitted by Ellen RiceIt was a mistake. In late October of last year, local resident Ellen Rice received a shipment of 22,000 Trick or Treat for UNICEF boxes. The errant shipping company offered to take the cartons to the dump, but the Rices wanted the boxes to have a chance to do their job of helping students learn about children around the globe who are helped by UNICEF. Family and friends rallied to help distribute the coin boxes and at the end of a very busy week, several thousand boxes had been handed out.Jan Sharkey, a family friend, offered to store the boxes in her heated storage area over the winter. As the weather warmed into spring, Ellen began contacting school districts and community leaders, saying, “The boxes are here. This is Captain America time. We can save lives with this.”Now the coin boxes are being distributed across Thurston County. The first person to offer help was Ken Storman of Ralph’s Thriftway. “I’m sure we can offer the boxes,” he said in July. Now there is a tray of UNICEF boxes at Ralph’s Thriftway for shoppers to take home. The Griffin and Rainier School Districts were the first school participants to ask for cartons, with the Olympia School District and Faith Lutheran also recently asking for boxes.The Timberland Regional Libraries have rolled out the welcome mat and patrons can pick up individual boxes at the Olympia, Tumwater or Lacey libraries. The Olympia Farmer’s Market and the Arbutus Folk School also volunteered to be distribution points.Children can collect coins or earn donations during October – especially at Halloween! Each family then turns their coin collection into a Coinstar machine at Ralph’s Thriftway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, or Haggen Foods. Dave’s Market in Tenino and Bailey’s IGA in Rochester also have Coinstar machines. A contributor pours the coins in the tray and selects “Donate” and then “UNICEF” to make the donation.  (The machines at Safeway and Walmart do not have a UNICEF option).And the lady with the truckload of cartons? Ellen says, “We have several thousand boxes to go, but we’re off to a great start. People can learn about the work of UNICEF on their website.  It’s got a top rating at  The most important thing to me is that this is one of the rare chances our children have to truly make a difference in the world they are about to inherit. We need their visions for a more caring world.” Facebook25Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Alex Cabagnot, returning Christian Standhardinger help Beermen blast Aces

first_imgPBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer leaned on Alex Cabagnot and returning big man Christian Standhardinger’s brilliance to frustrate Alaska, 114-96, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum.The reigning conference champions scripted a turnaround behind the steady performances of Cabagnot, who finished the game with 31 points, and Standhardinger, who chimed in 23 more.ADVERTISEMENT “We all know that we’re already in the quarterfinals. But this game is still important for us,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, whose squad ended the eliminations with a 7-4 card.“We didn’t want to get to the next round on a losing note. This gives us a lot of confidence moving on,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsStandhardinger, who, according to Austria has yet to fully recover from his knee injury, pumped in 14 of his 23 points in the final frame to help the Beermen pull away by as many as 21 points.“We planned for (Christian) to only play a few minutes just to break him in. But he had a break out,” Austria said in jest. Ramil de Jesus: La Salle morale ‘really down’ after loss to UP San Miguel now finds itself smack in the middle of the Top 8 at No. 5 to be precise, with five of the teams below them still having a few games left to play.Alaska drew 22 points from skipper Chris Banchero. Carl Bryan Cruz had 13 while Sonny Thoss and Noy Baclao each added 12.The Aces, though, had no answer for the Beermen, who had four more players tallying 10 points or more.The Aces dropped to 4-6 and while they’re still technically in playoff contention, their chances of advancing gets bleaker.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director View comments Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more