Minister criticised over delay in Leaving Cert results

first_img By News Highland – July 17, 2020 Facebook Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Previous articleIreland in ‘precarious position’ in relation to Covid-19Next articleDonegal features high on people’s staycation list News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Education minister has shown utter disrespect for Leaving Cert students according to the Labour party.It was revealed last night that Calculated Grades would not be available until September 7th, three weeks later than normal.Labour’s Education Spokesperson is criticising Norma Foley for announcing the news through a press release, despite being asked about a date in the Dail earlier in the day.Deputy Aodhan O’Riordan says it’s unfair that students will hear about it through the media.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Minister criticised over delay in Leaving Cert results Google+ Facebook Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in the United States

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread between two people in the United States, representing the first instance of person-to-person spread with this new virus here.Previously, all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. However, this latest 2019-nCoV patient has no history of travel to Wuhan, but shared a household with the patient diagnosed with 2019-nCoV infection on January 21, 2020.Recognizing early on that the 2019-nCoV could potentially spread between people, CDC has been working closely with state and local partners to identify close contacts of confirmed 2019-nCoV cases. Public health officials identified this Illinois resident through contact tracing. Both patients are in stable condition.“Given what we’ve seen in China and other countries with the novel coronavirus, CDC experts have expected some person-to-person spread in the US,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.  “We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.”Limited person-to-person spread with 2019-nCoV has been seen among close contacts of infected travelers in other countries where imported cases from China have been detected. The full picture of how easily and sustainably the 2019-nCoV spreads is still unclear. Person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum, with some viruses being highly contagious (like measles) and other viruses being less so.MERS and SARS, the other two coronaviruses that have emerged to cause serious illness in people, have been known to cause some person-to-person spread. With both those viruses, person-to-person spread most often occurred between close contacts, such as healthcare workers and those caring for or living with an infected person. CDC has been proactively preparing for the introduction of 2019-nCoV in the U.S. for weeks, including:First alerting clinicians on January 8 to be on the look-out for patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of travel to Wuhan, China.Developing guidance for preventing 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from spreading to others in homes and communities.Developing guidance for clinicians for testing and management of 2019-nCoV, as well as guidance for infection control of patients hospitalized or being evaluated by a health care provider.CDC is working closely with Illinois health officials and other local partners. A CDC team has been on the ground since the first 2019-nCoV-positive case was identified and is supporting an ongoing investigation to determine whether further spread with this virus has occurred.It is likely there will be more cases of 2019-nCoV reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks, including more person-to-person spread. CDC will continue to update the public as we learn more about this coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading widely in the United States, so CDC deems the immediate risk from this virus to the general public to be low. However, risk is dependent on exposure, and people who are in contact with people with 2019-nCoV are likely to be at greater risk of infection and should take the precautions outlined in CDC’s guidance for preventing spread in homes and communities.For the general public, no additional precautions are recommended at this time beyond the simple daily precautions that everyone should always take. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.last_img read more

ASUS invest $16m in Chinese esports company

first_imgIt has been reported by Reuters that Taiwan-based electronics company ASUS plans to invest $16m (£11.5m) to set up a cultural and media firm in China, with plans to be predominantly involved in professional esport business operations.Asus CFO Nick Wu said the “subsidiary will see esports as its major business pillar as well as focusing on expansion in Chinese esports ecosystem,” in a report from Yutang Sports.Asus CEO Jerry Shen added that their businesses will not be limited to esports-based sales of products including personal computers, display devices and smartphones. The company aims to create its own esports industry chains and ecosystem.China has an estimated 72 million esports enthusiasts, presenting a great opportunity for investment in the industry. According to ASUS’ latest annual report (covering 2016), Chinese market revenues are equal to roughly 18% of the company’s total yearly revenues, equating to approximately $14.5bn (£10.4bn).As part of its new Chinese esports project, ASUS launched the Rogue Warriors esports team in December 2017. The team will compete in the League of Legends Pro League, and it is expected that ASUS will also create an affiliate team based in Taiwan.ASUS esports’ involvement and interest has been apparent for several years now, including partnerships with over 20 teams, including SK Telecom T1, Echo Fox and NRG Esports. They even hosted an international CS:GO and Dota 2 tournament in 2017, with a prize pool worth a combined $500,000 (£360,000).The plans follow a strong year for Chinese esports, trailing the news that Tencent secured exclusive rights to PUBG in China, as well as the company’s plan to create a $14.6bn (£10.5bn) esports market in the country.Esports Insider says: With ASUS’ long and storied record in esports, it is both promising and unsurprising to see them making another huge investment into the space. It will be interesting to see exactly how they utilise their past experiences in esports to create a business model that is effective and profitable for all parties involved.last_img read more

Ireland preparing for the Match: All Players to get DVD with Matches of the Dragons

first_imgIrish national team player Richard Keogh said he believes his team can win against B&H in the play-off match which is to be played next month. Victory they achieved in the match agaist Germany gave wind to their sails, but Keogh still emphasizes that they will have to be very careful against the Dragons.How dedicated they are to the goal is witnessed by the fact that each national team player of Ireland will get a DVD about the BH players and matches they have played, that will be made by the coach Martin O’Neill and his staff.“Each draw is difficult because of all the teams in it. I think this was a good draw which gives us a chance to achieve a result in Bosnia. Playing the first match in guests is good foor thinking. We know what we should do and win. We did a good job ending third because I think we had the toughest group in the qualifications”, Keogh said.However, despite positive thinking, not for a moment does Keogh underestimate the Dragons and their play.“B&H has a lot of good players and it will not be easy for us. Asmir Begovic, Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko are top players. Therefore, it will be difficult, but we believe in ourselves”, Keogh said.(Source: photo sportprimus)last_img read more