Coronavirus Death in Philippines Marks the First Outside of China

first_imgA 44-year-old man has reportedly died from the coronavirus in the Philippines, marking the first death connected to the virus outside of China.The man was a resident of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak.Officials with the World Health Organization believe that he was infected before going to the Philippines.The victim experienced symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat before he was admitted to a hospital, where he passed away on Saturday, according to WHO:Photo courtesy: World Health Organization/FacebookHe was the second person in the Philippines who was confirmed to have contracted the virus.More than 300 people have been killed by the virus in China, and more than 14,000 have been infected worldwide. Eight cases have been confirmed in the United States, though none of them were in Florida.last_img read more

National Lottery launches £600m direct impact fund for UK charities

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Share National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit National Lottery operator Camelot Group has announced that it will further support UK charities operating through lockdown hardships by rolling out a ‘£600 million impact fund’. Through its existing stakeholder network, the National Lottery will direct immediate funds to charities that have been impacted hardest by COVID-19 circumstances and further aims to support organisations supporting the most vulnerable UK communities during this crisis period.Funding will be made available to charitable organisations working in community support, disabilities, education, heritage, environment and sports.  Launching the initiative Dawn Austwick, Chair of The National Lottery Forum, said: “The National Lottery has always supported projects that help people and communities across the UK thrive. And now, the funds available are switching focus to support communities, arts, heritage, sport, education and the environment to mitigate the unprecedented pressure they are coming under as the country rallies to overcome Covid-19.”The National Lottery’s £600 million impact fund will be distributed to organisations through its support network.£300m will be allocated to the National Lottery’s ‘Community Fund’ – providing six months of extra support to community-based charities.UK Heritage will receive £50 million in additional funding which will provide immediate relief for UK organisations working on heritage projects and initiatives for the next four months.Sport England has secured a £157 million support package, helping its stakeholder community navigate financial hardships and further maintaining vital health and physical activity programmes.The Arts Council secures an additional £144 million in lottery funding, supporting its working community and helping maintain projects interrupted by the pandemic.In addition, the National Lottery impact fund will support regional organisations such as Sports Wales, Creative Scotland and Arts Northern Ireland during the crisis.Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “Since the National Lottery began in 1994, its dedicated players have raised more than £40 billion for good causes across the UK, making an enormous difference to people’s lives and the issues they care about. “In these uncertain times, lottery funding takes on an even greater significance, as we come together to deliver a national effort. So I am delighted that the National Lottery is channelling its support to help those most in need across these sectors.“This will help to support jobs and economic growth, allowing us to support vulnerable people who are relying on us, and continue to keep Britain active, educated and entertained both during and after this epidemic.”last_img read more

Stumbling Oilers fire GM Peter Chiarelli

first_imgOilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has been fired after 3 1/2 up-and-down seasons, the team announced Wednesday.Chiarelli, 54, led the Oilers to the playoffs in 2016-17 as they topped 100 points in his second season, but the team regressed badly last season, missing the playoffs by 17 points. TSN was first to report the firing after the Oilers (23-24-3) suffered their third straight home loss, 3-2 to the Red Wings. They enter the All-Star break three points adrift of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference but with three teams in front of them in that chase.Chiarelli himself had fired coach Todd McLellan 20 games into this season and hired veteran Ken Hitchcock, an effort to jump start the team that hasn’t yet paid off, a theme of his tenure. Related News Oilers sign goalie Mikko Koskinen to 3-year, $13.5M extension While Chiarelli ended the Oilers’ 10-year absence from the playoffs and drafted generational talent Connor McDavid, arguably the game’s best player after three seasons, he also has made several moves — such as trading Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle and signing Milan Lucic — that haven’t reaped rewards. He joined the Oilers after eight seasons as the GM of the Bruins, who he led to the Stanley Cup in 2011.Keith Gretzky, one of former Oilers superstar and Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky’s brothers, will assume many of Chiarelli’s duties in the coming weeks, Canadian sportscaster John Shannon reported Wednesday morning, adding that Nicholson will be more involved until a new GM is in place.last_img read more