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Topics : France’s new COVID-19 infections surged by almost 50% in August, which recorded the highest monthly tally since the beginning of the outbreak earlier this year, while hospitalizations for the disease seem to be creeping up again.The country’s health authorities reported 3,082 additional cases over the past 24 hours, sharply down from a caseload of above 5,000 each on the two previous days, but the Monday figure always tends to dip as there are less tests conducted on Sundays.The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smoothes out reporting irregularities, stood at 5,167, reaching a new record for a fourth day in a row, versus a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after the country ended its two-month long lockdown. The number of people in hospital for the disease has declined by 14% in August versus July as the virus is now mainly circulating among young people, who typically do not develop serious symptoms.But that figure has risen for the second day running on Monday, at 4,582, after going down for almost two weeks. And the number of people in intensive care units was up for a fourth day in a row, at 409.Those figures are still very low compared to their respective peaks of 32,292 and 7,148 seen in April but health experts are following the trends closely.France reported 29 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, meaning the average daily fatalities fell to a new low of 12 in August, versus 14 in July and of peak of 695 in April. France’s cumulative total of COVID-19 infections has reached 281,025 versus 187,919 at the end of July. In August, new cases increased on average by a record 3,003 every day, a figure four times higher than July’s average increase of 746 per day.The surge of new cases has led authorities to re-impose some containment measures, such as making face masks mandatory in the streets, shops and public transportation of almost all the country’s main cities.And, as of Tuesday, masks will also be compulsory in workplaces.But, as the new school year starts this week, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex have been saying they will do everything to avoid a new national lockdown. read more
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm Syracuse collected itself for a much-needed win in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. SU (6-3) coasted past Boston University (4-6), 99-77, to snap out of a stretch that included three losses in four games.The Big Moment: Syracuse’s 19-5 run to start the second halfLeading by only six out of the half, the Orange was locked in another tight affair against an opponent most expected SU to brush past. It took 20 minutes, but Syracuse bolted out of the second half to squish any hopes BU had of stealing a road win.Andrew White, Taurean Thompson and Tyus Battle each knocked down a 3 in the opening 2:25, and it wasn’t much longer until Syracuse was sitting comfortably with a 20-point lead after five minutes of second-half play.Stud: Taurean ThompsonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-10 freshman emerged on Saturday with the biggest game of his young career. He anchored SU’s frontcourt, coming off the bench to score a 22 points and leaving senior big man Dajuan Coleman with minimal playing time. To Coleman’s credit, he entered the day averaging 29 minutes and 14 points in his last three games. Thompson played well enough to keep the senior planted on the bench.Thompson excelled under the basket and was created space in spots there appeared to be none. Jammed up against multiple BU defenders in the first half, Thompson ran a mini tip drill and elevated twice under the hoop to lay in a basket that pushed Syracuse ahead by eight. He started the second half with nine points in less than four minutes to punctuate what had already been his most productive performance.Boeheim lauded Thompson earlier this season, dubbing him “our best mid-post player and making plays out of the post.” He showed it against the Terriers.Dud: Frank HowardThe sophomore point guard was bailed out big time by John Gillon. Howard didn’t do much to improve off his 0-for-9 shooting performance against UConn on Monday, shooting only 0-for-5 against BU. He did stitch together his third double-digit assist game of the year, which is a more significant figure than his point total. But as evidenced by the Battle-for-Roberson switch in the starting lineup, Boeheim isn’t afraid to make changes. We’ll see how long Howard’s leash is.Highlight: Thompson’s first career 3-pointerAmid SU’s second-half tear and a career day for Thompson, one shot stuck out in particular. There wasn’t much glamor to it, but the 6-foot-10 big man worked his way into an open window behind the arc. Howard zipped the ball promptly to Thompson, and with clean look at the basket Thompson buried the first 3 of his career. At the time, it was his 17th points of the game.Lowlight: Tyler Roberson fouling Cedric Hankerson’s 3-point shotHankerson set a record by making 10-of-20 3-pointers on Saturday, the most made 3s of any opponent in the Carrier Dome. One shot he didn’t make came after getting bumped by Roberson. The beleaguered senior has already been relegated from his starting duties, and despite making a pair of shots, didn’t inspire a movement to reclaim his starting post.X-factor: John GillonAfter going scoreless in his last two games, the fifth-year point guard took the reins in driving SU’s offense on Tuesday. He dropped in a team-high 23 points while playing 28 minutes, significantly more than starting point guard Frank Howard. Gillon shined behind the arc, making a season-high six 3s and spreading the floor for the Orange.That allowed Thompson to chip in with 12 points in 13 first-half minutes. It also meant that when Boeheim tabbed Howard to come in and run point with Gillon still on the floor, he was freed from ball-handling duties to hunt for shots. He did just that, giving SU a much-needed pick-me-up after three losses in four games. Comments read more
Commuters, beware: taxi drivers plan to stage another demonstration against ride-hailing service Uber. Their procession will begin at La Sabana Park and end at the Supreme Court.Taxi drivers are demanding that the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, issue a ruling on a suit presented in 2015 regarding the legality of Uber‘s operations in Costa Rica.Uber launched operations here in August 2015 but Traffic Police soon began fining drivers and confiscating their vehicles, maintaining that the service is illegal.Libertarian lawmakers Otto Guevara and Natalia Díaz filed a complaint before the Sala IV in October 2015, arguing that the articles of the Commerce Code and the Public Transport Law that impede the legal operation of Uber are in fact unconstitutional.The Sala IV admitted the Libertarians’ complaint and ordered the Traffic Police to suspend all sanctions against Uber drivers pending a ruling.Gilbert Ureña, the leader of the National Forum of Taxi Drivers, said this week in a statement that the primary goal of today’s demonstration is to urge the justices to issue a ruling soon. The group also called on President Luis Guillermo Solís to ask the Sala IV move forward with the ruling.Taxi drivers want a ruling as soon as possible because they believe that Uber operations will damage their earnings in December, their busiest season, Ureña said.Drivers promise peaceful marchTaxi association leaders met with Public Security Ministry officials on Tuesday and promised that they “will defend their rights in peace, respect and in accordance with the law.”Security Vice Minister Juan José Andrade said in a statement that police will not allow taxis to block public roads or obstruct citizens’ rights to free transit.The ministry confirmed that the demonstration will start at 9 a.m. and that taxis will make a stop in front of the Finance Ministry in downtown San José, across from the National Theater. There, they will ask ministry officials to open an investigaton of Uber’s tax obligations.Taxi drivers have staged several public demonstrations against Uber since last year. Most of them included widespread blockades of streets, major highways, ports and airports.There were also incidents of taxistas damaging vehicles and attacking citizens who tried to avoid the blockades. Various groups of taxi drivers have clashed with National Police officers.The latest taxi drivers’ demonstration took place on August 9. Clashes with the police resulted in 78 drivers arrested and 20 vehicles seized. Facebook Comments Related posts:Uber Costa Rica drops fares 20 percent and some drivers aren’t happy Taxi protest against Uber snarls traffic across Costa Rica Costa Rica’s regulatory agency will not block Uber Taxi drivers to stage nationwide protest against Uber on Tuesday read more