iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States now has 26,747 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus, the third highest total globally, while the number of deaths around the world has now surpassed 13,000.As the number of confirmed cases increases, some states are acting quickly by ordering variations of stay-at-home orders for residents. Oregon issued such an order on Friday night, joining states that include California, Illinois and New York.The respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has reached every continent except Antarctica, and every state in America since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.Globally, there are at least 311,000 diagnosed cases and at least 13,407 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. More than 93,000 people have recovered worldwide.Today’s biggest developments:-Italy reports 793 more deaths-Economic stimulus may exceed $2 trillion, up from $1 trillion-Pence tests negative-U.S. now has third highest total of COVID-19 cases globally-New York declared ‘major disaster’Here’s how the news is unfolding today. All times Eastern.8:39 a.m.: FEMA begins shipping masks from national stockpileFederal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said on ABC’s This Week, that medical masks began shipping yesterday from the national stockpile.Gaynor could not provide an exact number of masks or a timeline as to when they will reach individual states.“All those supplies to all the demands, all the asks, all the governance, every day, we are — we’re prepared to go to zero in the stockpile to meet demand,” Gaynor said.7:49 a.m.: Miami shuts down marinas following Saturday night boat partiesMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez ordered that all boat ramps and marinas in the city would be closed for recreational use after images and videos of boat parties in the area circulated online Saturday night.Gimenez chastised organizers and partygoers for violating the city’s orders that limit crowds to 10 or fewer.“We are in a state of emergency, and I cannot stress enough the need for personal responsibility,” he said in a statement.Only fishing boats will be able to use the docks and sail into the waters under the new order, which will be enforced by police boats, Gimenez said.6:57 a.m.: Russia’s military is sending medical aid to ItalyRussia’s military is sending medical aid to Italy to help in its fight against the coronavirus epidemic, including disinfection vehicles and military virologists.Russia’s defense ministry in a statement announced military transport planes will be delivering eight mobile brigades of military medics, special disinfection vehicles and other medical equipment to Italy, starting from Sunday.It followed a phone conversation between President Vladimir Putin and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, during which Putin offered help.The move obviously highlights the EU’s relative failure so far to aid Italy in the epidemic and follows China sending a plane-load of medics to help. The authoritarian governments see this as a diplomatic and PR opportunity. Italy was already one of the friendliest countries to Russia in the EU and this obviously won’t go unremembered.Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis.5:29 a.m.: Saudi Arabia suspends domestic flights, buses and taxis for at least two weeksSaudi Arabia announced 48 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 392, with five of the new infections being healthcare workers in Riyadh, according to a health ministry spokesman.All domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains in the Kingdom have been suspended for at least 14 days to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, an Interior Ministry official told the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).5:17 a.m. Turkey imposes partial curfew and bans picnics and barbecues as cases have doubled each day in the past weekTurkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan early on Sunday did his best to reassure his people about the nation’s efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, saying Turkey is doing its duty to protect citizens. “I hope we will get over these difficult times together. Just follow the rules and guidance and also continue staying at homes,” Erdogan posted on Twitter while reiterating that those older than 65 and anyone with a chronic disease should not go outside.Turkey imposed a partial curfew on Saturday for senior citizens and those with chronic diseases, but stopped short of a blanket curfew. Earlier on Saturday, Turkey suspended flights from 46 additional countries and banned picnics and barbecues, as the number of cases has roughly doubled every day for the past week.Turkey now has 947 confirmed cases of the virus, with 21 deaths.2:49 a.m.: Amazon hiring for 100,000 new roles while raising wages for hourly workersPosting on his Instagram account Saturday night, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos wrote a letter to all Amazon employees announcing that Amazon will be hiring for 100,000 new roles and raising wages for hourly workers while also detailing how the company plans on working through the crisis.2:24 a.m.: Audible offering free streaming of children’s storiesOn Saturday night, Audible started offering free streaming of children’s stories in 6 different languages to help parents as long schools are closed.10:47 p.m.: DJ D-Nice brings party to InstagramThis is the largest crowd the Bronx-born DJ has attracted since launching the “parties” on Wednesday.Some of the users tuning in Saturday: Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and countless other celebs, singers and athletes.9:30 p.m.: NY ATC Center, LGA tower will be closed overnight for sanitizationThe New York Air Route Traffic Control Center and New York’s LaGuardia Control Tower will now be closed overnight for sanitization, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.During this time other air traffic facilities will provide needed key services and some flights will be rerouted around the airspace, but the FAA expects a minimal impact on traffic since the volume during these hours is low.Flights were briefly suspended at New York City and Philadelphia airports Saturday afternoon when an air traffic controller trainee at New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma, New York, tested positive for coronavirus. 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View post tag: IFF The navies of Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands have signed a contract with Thales for the delivery of new Mode 5 and Mode S identification friend or foe (IFF) systems for their Karel Doorman-class frigates.The upgrade to the latest NATO IFF standard will enable the vessels to perform military missions with increased dependability and integrity (Mode 5), and better identify civil aircraft (Mode S).The upgrade will also include the civil Mode S to generate a comprehensive recognized air and surface picture.According to Thales, the platforms will be fully operational from 2020.In addition to the supply of identification systems, the contract includes the adjustment of the current LW08 radar systems and the delivery of a user interface for stand-alone control.The Netherlands sold two of its eight M-class frigates to Belgium and another two to Portugal. As a result, Belgian and Portuguese requirements were taken into consideration as well as the requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy.The contract includes an option for three more new generation identification systems for the Vasco Da Gama frigates of the Portuguese Navy.“We leverage the latest technologies to provide naval forces around the world with the means to better identify air targets and enhance tactical preparedness so they can make the right decisions at the right time. The new generation identification systems will include an advanced user interface to support stand-alone control,” said Gerben Edelijn, CEO, Thales in the Netherlands. View post tag: Portuguese navy View post tag: Karel Dorman-class View post tag: Dutch Navy Share this article Photo: Illustration: Dutch Navy photo of M-class (M for multipurpose) frigate HNLMS Van Speijk View post tag: Thales View post tag: Belgian Navy
Richard A. Smith, a former member of both of Harvard’s governing boards, has died at age 95. Smith was a member of the Harvard Corporation from 1991 to 2000, and an Overseer from 1989 to 1991. A prominent philanthropist, executive, nonprofit trustee, and Harvard citizen, he and his wife, Susan, provided a transformative gift to the University for the redesign and renovation of what was formerly Holyoke Center, and the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center opened in 2018.Smith was also a member of the governing boards’ Joint Committee on Appointments for eight years, sat on the executive committee of the Committee on University Resources, and was a member of several visiting committees. In addition, he served on the board of the Harvard Management Company, which manages the University’s endowment.“Dick Smith loved Harvard,” recalled Harvard President Larry Bacow, “and he always looked on the institution with a critical eye — wondering how it could and should be improved for the people who would care for it after him. The University we know today would not be the same without his efforts and his generosity. Together with his wife Susan, Dick created for all of us a campus center that has truly become the heart of our community, a gathering place that celebrates the best of what we can be when we are together — creative, energized, and optimistic. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.”He was a member of the College Class of 1946 and had enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard in 2001, cited for “[h]is incisive mind, his concern for the fundamental values and purposes of Harvard, his great experience, and his eye for what is really significant in a given situation.” His honorary-degree citation recognized him as a “superlative and civic-minded executive, whose insight and dedication have invigorated medical research and advanced the enterprise of education.”An engaged and devoted alumnus, Smith was chair of the Class of 1946, chair of his 50th and 55th Reunion Gift Steering Committees, and a member of the Harvard College Fund Council.Richard A. Smith (center) with President Larry Bacow and President Emerita Drew Faust at the 2018 opening of the Smith Campus Center. Jon Chase/Harvard file photoSmith graduated from the Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge in 1942. At Harvard, he lived in Lowell House. He played squash, tennis, basketball, and football, and he participated in the Navy V-12 program.After World War II, Smith went to work for General Cinema Corp., then a family-controlled drive-in theater chain. Rising to become chairman and chief executive officer, he led the company’s development into a diversified enterprise known as Harcourt General Inc., a Fortune 500 company that at various times included movie theaters, publishing houses, retail stores (including Neiman Marcus), and other lines of business.For decades, Smith was a leading figure in Boston’s nonprofit community. Along with his wife, he had a distinguished history of philanthropy and service not only to Harvard but to affiliated medical institutions, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he was chair of the board of trustees, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and Beth Israel Hospital, where he was a trustee.His and Susan’s legacy gift to Harvard made possible the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, which has become an anchor for Harvard’s campus and a crossroads for the community. At its opening, President Emerita Drew Faust said the re-created center would “enable us to change how we can be together, how we can learn from one another, and how we can advance the fundamental purposes of this extraordinary institution. The Smith family’s generosity launched us onto the path of making this real. They enabled this dream, and we are incredibly grateful.” The center has won numerous awards since its opening, including the Harleston Parker Medal.Other gifts from the couple include the Smith Family Graduate Science and Engineering Fellowship, which from 2011 to 2019 has provided 175 awards to almost 150 Ph.D. students in the sciences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The Smiths also endowed graduate fellowships supporting students in the arts and in Jewish studies in the 1980s, and made other generous gifts supporting the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and SEAS, including support that enabled the launch of the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences Graduate Program.Smith was co-founder and chair emeritus of The Smith Family Foundation, whose mission is “to effect permanent positive change in the lives of individuals and families across Greater Boston, especially in economically disadvantaged communities.”Smith’s generosity and drive to serve extended deep into the Boston nonprofit world, with several prominent leadership roles for diverse organizations whose missions ranged from cancer research to the arts to education. He chaired the board of Facing History and Ourselves and served as a trustee, director, or member of organizations that included the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation.Upon his departure from the Corporation in 2000, Smith spoke of what his service to Harvard meant to him, describing it as an “awesome responsibility” that “has challenged my academic capabilities and pressured me to mine my business and social service career experience in order to contribute as much as possible.”“In my opinion, Harvard is at the peak of its intellectual and financial strength, and is poised to render continuing great service to mankind.”Smith is survived by three children and their spouses, Amy Smith Berylson ’75, M.B.A. ’79, and John Berylson, M.B.A. ’79; Robert A. Smith ’81, M.B.A. ’85, and Dana Smith, Ed.M. ’92; and Debra Smith Knez; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Susan Flax Smith, in 2016, and son James A. Smith in 1970.
Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge had surgery on his right wrist in early May, repairing the fractured right wrist and torn ring-finger ligament, according to The Post-Standard, and is recovered enough to sit atop the depth chart.He will be ready to start against Penn State Aug. 31, SU head coach Scott Shafer told The Post-Standard.Eskridge said he heard a pop in when making a tackle on Rutgers’ Brandon Coleman on a third down in the first half of SU’s Oct. 13 loss at Rutgers. He then snuck away from team doctors and onto the field and played out the rest of the season in pain.Last season, Eskridge recored 31 tackles — three for a loss — two sacks and a forced fumble. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on June 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON – Michael Gbinije seemed lost as his eyes fixated on the bright camera lights in the distance. He fidgeted with his lip, covered his mouth with his right hand and cleared his throat before an answer that was simple, but one that carried far more depth than its six words.“I’m a little crushed right now.”Gbinije’s season was over. His college career was over.Syracuse’s best, most consistent player, who morphed into a star point guard and scored in double digits in each of the Orange’s 37 games, finished a memorable run from the bench after fouling out with 1:25 remaining.When he exited for the last time, the entire sideline stood to embrace him one at a time. Jim Boeheim met him with a firm handshake and a pat on the back, if only as consolation for a spectacular season that came to an unspectacular end in front of 75,000-plus people and with SU in the Final Four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije’s 28-percent mark from the field was not enough in 10th-seeded Syracuse’s (23-14, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 83-66 loss to No. 1 seed North Carolina (33-6, 14-4) in the national semifinal on Saturday night, but a tainted end could only take away so much from everything that came before it.“He’s a hell of a guy and a hell of a player and that’s all you can ask for of a teammate,” Trevor Cooney said. “Making this run is a bond that we’ll share forever and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.”For the first time in the NCAA Tournament, Gbinije played the fifth-year senior struggling to lift his team from the depths of a game with its season on the brink. He did it against Gonzaga and helped Malachi Richardson do it against Virginia. But against the Tar Heels, 12 points, no 3-pointers and five fouls couldn’t resuscitate the Orange one final time.After Gbinije picked up his third foul with 4:23 left and SU trailing by 11, Cooney looked up at the scoreboard hanging from the ceiling before lowering to a squat on the court. Each jolt Syracuse delivered that gave a sliver of possibility at another comeback was met with an answer. Each answer hit the chance of Gbinije extending his career one more game harder.“The sad thing about tonight’s game, he got probably some of the best shots he’s gotten all year,” Boeheim said. “… It was just one of those days when he could not get the ball to go in the basket.”Those days came few and far between in the past 37 games. Gbinije still managed to score 10 or more points even on nights when it seemed like he did everything to prevent that. Only four times this season did he shoot less than 30 percent from the field. Only five times this season did he fail to hit a shot from behind the arc.It almost seemed unfair that in one game both would happen as Syracuse was on the verge of being the lowest-seeded team ever to make the national championship.“It’s never easy because it’s not just a game,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “It’s the end of your career as a college student, as a college basketball player.”When Gbinije first walked in the door at Syracuse, assistant coach Adrian Autry raved about the all-around product. Gbinije couldn’t show it off in his first year after transferring from Duke, and rarely had a niche to flourish in until this season. A shift to the hardest position on the court, according to Cooney, came with a mix of intrigue and hesitation.Gbinije struggled against smaller guards at first. He looked better off the ball at times. He was Syracuse’s best scorer, but had to handle the ball in an offense hardly predicated on one player. As the season progressed, those questions were buried and Gbinije solidified himself as a Syracuse starter instead of a Duke transfer still finding his way.“Just an incredible player, one of the best players in the country all year, one of the top players in the ACC,” Hopkins said. “…Everything you want from your son or daughter is how we feel about Mike.”From home in his redshirt year at Syracuse, Gbinije watched Syracuse lose to Michigan in the Final Four. That was a game decided in the final 15 seconds. In his fourth year at Syracuse, Gbinije again watched the Orange lose in the Final Four. He was still sitting in the last 15 seconds, but this time the game was well past decided.He was the second player to jog off the court behind Cooney, and that jog slowly turned to a walk as each player slowed to touch hands with the Syracuse fans lining the tunnel. Gbinije held a towel over his mouth as he dripped with sweat, hiding any facial expression that could sum up one final game, if there even was one.“That finality,” Hopkins said, “is always pretty tough for anybody.” Comments Published on April 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman