Football: Roma players, coach to forgo remainder of season’s pay

Rome (AFP) Roma players and coach Paulo Fonseca have agreed to go without pay for the rest of the season to help the club's finances during the coronavirus pandemic, the Serie A outfit said on Sunday. The deal means the players, Fonseca and his coaching staff will give up their salaries for March, April, May … Continue reading Football: Roma players, coach to forgo remainder of season’s pay

Iranian president says prisoner leave to be extended

Tehran (AFP) Iran will extend leave for prisoners for one more month, President Hassan Rouhani announced Sunday, after the country temporarily released 100,000 detainees to combat the spread of coronavirus. "Prisoners' leave was supposed to continue until the end of Farvardin (April 19)... it will be extended until the end of Ordibehesht (May 20)," Rouhani … Continue reading Iranian president says prisoner leave to be extended

Brighton’s stadium to become coronavirus testing centre

London (AFP) Brighton's Amex stadium is the latest British sports venue to be turned into a coronavirus testing centre, the Premier League club confirmed on Sunday. The Tottenham Hotspur stadium and the home of English rugby, Twickenham, have also been converted into drive-through testing facilities as part of the British government's effort to increase testing … Continue reading Brighton’s stadium to become coronavirus testing centre

Wuhan football team make emotional return to Covid-19 ground zero

Wuhan Zall, the Chinese Super League team from the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, made an emotional return to their home city after more than three months torn from their families. Zall endured a turbulent 104 days on the road -- including being stranded in Spain -- because Wuhan was sealed off in January when the virus … Continue reading Wuhan football team make emotional return to Covid-19 ground zero

Football: ‘I should have scored more goals’ – Rooney

London (AFP) Wayne Rooney may be Manchester United and England's record goalscorer but he still believes he should have found the back of the net more often during his career, even though he was not a natural finisher. Rooney, a teenage sensation at Everton, joined United in 2004 and went on to score 253 goals … Continue reading Football: ‘I should have scored more goals’ – Rooney

Canada police arrest suspected gunman, say there have been several victims

OTTAWA (REUTERS) - Police in the Atlantic Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Sunday (April 19) arrested a 51-year-old gunman who they said was suspected of shootings that had resulted in several victims. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the shootings occurred in the small coastal town of Portapique, about 130km north of the provincial … Continue reading Canada police arrest suspected gunman, say there have been several victims

US universities brace for a devastating summer and fall amid coronavirus crisis

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - For many US colleges, the worst may still be ahead. The upheaval in higher education has been unprecedented already, with campuses closed for months, graduation ceremonies scrapped and entrance exams cancelled. Administrators across the nation increasingly fear their schools may not reopen for the fall semester. Administrators across the nation increasingly fear … Continue reading US universities brace for a devastating summer and fall amid coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus relief deal possible Sunday for US small businesses: Officials

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US lawmakers are very close to an agreement on approving extra money to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and could seal a deal as early as Sunday (April 19), congressional and Trump administration officials said.  "I think we’re very close to a deal today and I’m hopeful we can get that done," … Continue reading Coronavirus relief deal possible Sunday for US small businesses: Officials

‘It gives us hope’: Spain sees sharp drop in daily coronavirus death toll

MADRID (AFP) - Spain registered a sharp drop in its daily death toll from the new coronavirus on Sunday (April 19), with the number falling to 410 from 565. The total number of fatalities in Spain, the third hardest-hit country in the world after the US and Italy, has reached 20,453, the health ministry said. A man wearing a … Continue reading ‘It gives us hope’: Spain sees sharp drop in daily coronavirus death toll

World health guru says don’t bet on Covid-19 vaccine: Observer

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - The threat of the coronavirus may linger "for the foreseeable future" because there's no guarantee a vaccine can be developed, a leading expert on the disease has said, according to the UK's Observer newspaper. Dr David Nabarro, professor of global health at London's Imperial College and an envoy for the World Health Organisation on … Continue reading World health guru says don’t bet on Covid-19 vaccine: Observer

WHO’s ‘political games’ amid coronavirus crisis have cost global health: Doctors’ group

The World Health Organisation played "political games" by excluding Taiwan, resulting in the agency's missteps in managing the coronavirus crisis, according to a group representing some 10 million doctors around the world. "The Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated with terrible consequences how wrong and damaging for global health it is to exclude Taiwan from unrestricted and effective participation … Continue reading WHO’s ‘political games’ amid coronavirus crisis have cost global health: Doctors’ group

Ellen Pompeo slams ‘old white guy TV docs’ Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Dr. Drew for ‘careless statements’ about coronavirus

Ellen Pompeo isn’t a doctor, but she plays one on TV. She’s also fed up “old white guy TV docs” weighing in on the coronavirus — a comment aimed at TV personalties Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Mehmet Oz, all of whom have stirred up controversy with their remarks about the pandemic. Pompeo, famed for playing Dr. … Continue reading Ellen Pompeo slams ‘old white guy TV docs’ Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Dr. Drew for ‘careless statements’ about coronavirus