Coronavirus live updates: US on verge of surpassing 290,000 deaths

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 68.8 million people and killed over 1.5 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 Thursday. All times Eastern:Dec 10, 4:31 amUS on verge of grim milestone: 290,000 deaths from COVIDJust as the U.S. surpassed 280,000 deaths from coronavirus on Saturday, Dec. 5, the country is likely to pass 290,000 deaths later today.The current death toll stands at 289,373, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.This comes on the heels of new records reported yesterday in highest single-day total and seven-day average of new daily deaths — 3,054 and 2,276 respectively — according to The COVID Tracking Project.Dec 10, 1:16 amFour incoming Georgia sheriffs test positive for COVID-19, others await resultsFour Georgia sheriffs just elected to their counties have tested positive for COVID-19.In a joint statement sent out Wednesday night, Fulton County Sheriff-elect Pat Labat and Cobb County Sheriff-elect Craig Owens said they tested positive after attending a sheriff’s school in Pine Mountain, Georgia.Gwinnett Sheriff-elect Keybo Taylor and Henry County Sheriff-elect Reginald Scandrett also said they tested positive for COVID-19. Others who attended the conference are quarantining in their homes as they await their COVID-19 test results.“We urge all Georgians to follow the advice of our dedicated health care workers and to wear masks and socially distance,” the sheriffs said in a joint statement. “While the vaccine is forthcoming, the pandemic is not over yet, and we must all remain diligent to ensure the safety of our communities.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Little Free Pantries Spread Goodies From Sidewalks, Let Neighbors Pay it Forward

first_imgRELATED: High School Kids Start Food Pantry to Keep Classmates From HungerThe Little Free Pantry project has been giving communities the chance to provide for local people living in poverty, by erecting small cabinets and filling them with food and school supplies, free for the taking.Even if your neighborhood is not suffering from impoverishment, the pantries can still be used as a method of sharing your surplus with those around you.Since its first unit was erected by Little Free Pantry founder Jessica McClard in 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, dozens more have been constructed around America by people eager to spread the compassion.MORE: Judges Are Refusing to Jail People Who Can’t Pay Fines, Choosing Community Service InsteadIt’s such a great idea that it has spawned a spin-off organization known as the Blessing Box—run by a Christian church group and filling their own set of pantries in Ohio.“How I’d love to have it function is that it would not necessarily be a place for people who are really in need, but just for anyone,” Jessica told Shareable. “On the last day of school, I put some bubbles and jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk, and balloons in the pantry. I had to encourage the parents to send their kids there because they didn’t think it was for them.”MORE: Crochet Community Piles On the Yarn for Princess Wigs for Kids With CancerAnd while regular food kitchens have set hours of operation and requirements, the LFP’s accessibility makes it an easy 24/7 fix for anyone nearby.“I feel that the Pantry could potentially be for everyone. I took something out of it and took it home because I wanted to know what that felt like. It felt really good. It felt like community.”CHECK OUT: Woman Donates Entire Toy Store to Kids in Homeless SheltersIf you want to build your own LFP, you can Google “Little Free Library plans” to find different specifications, measurements, blueprints, and tips. Once you have your pantry at the ready, you can organize a group of friends, family, or church-goers to keep it stocked during the week.Check out the Little Food Pantry’s Facebook page and website to hear about new boxes being erected by generous folks around the world.Join In The Generosity, Click To Share With Your Friends on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf you’re already a fan of the Little Free Libraries that provide free books to anyone passing by, then get ready for the Little Free Pantry – a project that is erecting tiny boxes stocked with goodies that leave no small impact on neighbors who don’t have enough to eat.last_img read more

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New Challenge branded apparel from C4

first_imgSpecializing in long distance multisport apparel – C4 has presented the new Challenge Family winter apparel line. As the company notes, ‘We don’t stop training in the winter and we know you don’t either.’ Helping athletes get ready for their next Challenge event or just helping getting the Challenge brand out on the road and trail, the winter line is designed to ensure that athletes can handle all the cold and wet weather that comes with dedicated training off-season training.C4’s technical gear also aims to function indoors ‘at the high levels needed by serious racers to stay cool and manage internal body temperature.’ The company added, ‘You can work the trainer or crush a spin class in confidence in our jerseys and cycling shorts and still be capable of going another round.’C4 and Challenge Family are launching the new apparel range just in time for Christmas.Athletes can visit the Challenge Family apparel store and ‘no matter where you are in the world’, all orders placed before 1 December will be delivered in time for Christmas. The new Challenge branded C4 range includes apparel, from tri suits to cycling gear, and accessories through to Challenge Family knitted beanies, plus gift certificates for US$50, US$75 or US$100.C4 began in 1999 and started ‘making a few outfits for friends’, then expanded into producing custom items for events. The first was the legendary Laguna Phuket Triathlon in 2000 and ‘we’ve come a long way since then.’As C4 grew, customers around the globe chose the company to design, produce and sell merchandise and outfit teams. The company cites its clients as: international events like the Boston Marathon, The New York Marathon, Bike New York, Chicago’s Boulevard Lakefront Tour, Ironman Asia, Ironman Japan, the ITU World Championships, and Irongirl.’www.c4sports.cawww.challenge-family.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Lanzini Given Two-Game Ban For Diving

first_imgWest Ham forward Manuel Lanzini has been punished with a two-match ban for diving during Saturday’s Premier League win at Stoke City.The 24-year old Argentine playmaker went down under the challenge of Stoke City’s Dutch left-back Erik Pieters prompting the referee to award a penalty.Club captain Mark Noble converted the penalty to put West Ham 1-0 up and that served as a catalyst for a 3-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.He was thereafter charged by the English Football Association (FA) but his denial of the charge was turned down leading to a two-game ban.He missed Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup game at Arsenal and will also miss Premier League visit of Newcastle United to the Olympic Stadium.The incident was transferred to an independent three-person FA panel who unanimously agreed that Lanzini had deceived the referee.The panel includes one former match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.Speaking on the situation, West Ham manager David Moyes was adamant in his submission that the panel were “going against” referee Graham Scott in their decision.He said: “The referee was 10 yards from the ball with nothing blocking his vision,” said Moyes, speaking after the initial charge.“It is clear to see the defender makes an attempt to go for the ball and doesn’t get it.” Moyes added.Manuel Lanzini is now the second player to be given a two-game ban for diving after Everton forward Oumar Niasse was banned earlier in the season for committing the same offence against Crystal Palace.[tps_header][/tps_header]RelatedMalaga CF vs CD AlavesJune 30, 2017Similar postMo Salah to miss Arsenal and Manchester City clashesDecember 27, 2018In “England”Lanzini Ruled Out Of World Cup With Serious Knee InjuryJune 8, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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