Topics : Globally, there were more than 1.25 million cases of coronavirus and 68,400 deaths across 211 countries and territories, as of Monday morning, according to a Reuters tally.Although Germany’s Geisel said on Friday the consignment had been “confiscated” in Bangkok, his office rowed back a day later, saying it was still trying to clarify the circumstances of how the masks, which were ordered from a German wholesaler, and not from US manufacturer 3M, had been diverted.A spokeswoman for 3M had told Reuters the company had no evidence that its products had been seized.US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that “there has been no act of piracy”. “We remain concerned about pervasive attempts to divide international efforts through unsourced, unattributed disinformation campaigns.”Thai authorities were not reachable on Monday as the country was observing a public holiday.The accusation that masks were diverted came at a time when countries are scrambling to secure protective gear to battle the coronavirus pandemic.Allies of the United States from Europe to South America have complained about “Wild West” tactics they say Washington has employed to outbid or block shipments of medical supplies to original buyers. The United States had no knowledge of a shipment of face masks bound for Germany that officials in Berlin have accused it of diverting from an airport in Bangkok, a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Thailand said.The comment came after Berlin Secretary of Interior Andreas Geisel said on Friday that an order of 200,000 masks bound for Germany had been “confiscated” in Bangkok and diverted to the United States, calling it an “act of modern piracy”.”The United States Government did not take any action to divert any 3M supplies that were destined to Germany nor did we have any knowledge of such a shipment,” Jillian Bonnardeaux, the spokeswoman for the US embassy in Bangkok, told Reuters.
Share 19 Views no discussions This Southern-style cake is festive enough to serve at a party and certain to please all the children present.Coca Cola is added to both the cake and the frosting.The cake can be topped with white or pastel-colored marshmallows and chopped pecans. Serve with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.Ingredients2 cups all-purpose flour2 cups granulated sugar1 cup butter1 cup cola2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder2 eggs, slightly beaten1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk1 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. vanilla2 cups tiny marshmallowsCocoa-Cola Frosting1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted1/2 cup pastel-color tiny marshmallows (optional) Tweet Share Food & DiningLifestyle Cocoa-Cola Cake. by: – April 5, 2011 DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In large bowl, stir together flour and granulated sugar. Set aside.In medium saucepan, combine butter, cola, and cocoa powder. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter melts.Pour over flour mixture. Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla; mix well. Stir in marshmallows. Pour into prepared baking pan.Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.Spread Cocoa-Cola Frosting over cake. Sprinkle with pecans and marshmallows, if desired.Cocoa-Cola Frosting: In medium bowl, beat 1/3 cup butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add 2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, beating until combined. Add 1/4 cup cola, beating until combined. Gradually beat in 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar until combined. If necessary, beat in enough additional cola, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make frosting easy to spread. Share Sharing is caring! Recipe source: Better Homes & Gardens
“But we’ve done amazing things before at this club and with these players and the PSG game is for me a very good example how you can make a two-goal deficit work in your favour because we need the first goal.” Paul Pogba will also be absent at Etihad Stadium and fellow United midfielder Nemanja Matic is also doubtful after picking up a knock in Sunday’s 6-0 win over Tranmere in the FA Cup fourth round. Read Also: Solskjaer demands spirit of PSG as Man Utd prepare to tackle Man City City’s main concern is over defender Aymeric Laporte, who returned from a long-term injury in their Premier League win at Sheffield United on 21 January. The Frenchman played 75 minutes at Bramall Lane but was not involved in the FA Cup victory over Fulham on Sunday. Claudio Bravo is set to start in goal for the Blues, having played in all their domestic cup matches this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he is wary of the threat that Manchester United will pose in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg. City dominated the first leg at Old Trafford on 7 January and will take a 3-1 lead into the encounter. Pep Guardiola has progressed from 23 of the previous 24 knockout ties as a manager when winning the first leg However, United won the Premier League meeting between the sides 2-1 on 7 December. “It’s Manchester United. They can do it, they have done it,” said Guardiola. “In these kind of games against incredible teams with incredible history, they have pride and I know how difficult it will be to reach the final.” United advanced against Paris St-Germain in similar circumstances in the Champions League last term but will travel across Manchester without several key players, including forward Marcus Rashford and midfielder Scott McTominay. “We’re a little bit lighter but we can’t just defend we have to go out there, try and keep the ball as well which isn’t too easy because they’re good at pressing so it needs to be perfect,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Paddy McNair has revealed his Manchester United team-mates were cheering on Northern Ireland’s push for Euro 2016. McNair made his first competitive start in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Greece, a result that guaranteed Michael O’Neill’s men would be heading to France. And there were some big names from the Old Trafford dressing room who were glad to see McNair and company succeed. Press Association “Yeah, they wanted us to qualify. Everybody wanted us to qualify,” he said. “Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were rooting for us and I’m sure if we get them (England) in the draw there will be a few words exchanged. “We’ll get them in the later stages maybe and knock them out,” he added, with a laugh. “Ander Herrera texted me (after the match) and I put a few pictures on Instagram and a few of them liked it.” McNair was pencilled in to play a holding midfield role against Greece but was shifted to right-back when Aaron Hughes pulled out with a calf injury. He prefers playing centrally, in midfield or defence, but was happy just to have the chance to make his Windsor Park bow in such a high-profile fixture. “It was a crazy night,” he said. “We just wanted to get the job done but I don’t think it has sunk in that we have qualified. It is a brilliant feeling. “It was my very first game at Windsor Park and it was a great game to make my debut there. When Michael said I was starting I was really looking forward to it. “It was our biggest game in 30 years and for it to be my first game at Windsor it was a good one.”
Ulster were 23-0 down at half-time against Oyonnax at Stade Charles Mathon and seemingly on their way out of the running for a Champions Cup quarter-final place in Pool 1. But then up popped McCall to score his side’s third try to cut the gap to two points and allow Paddy Jackson to grab the glory with his 77th-minute penalty. “We were pretty disappointed with our first-half display. We needed to front up and we didn’t, but fair play to Oyonnax, they did,” said McCall. Kyle McCall thanked his team-mates for paving the way for his first Ulster try as the Ireland Under 20 loosehead prop picked up the plaudits for playing his part in an amazing second-half fightback. “We wanted to restart the game in the second half and really go at them. It was about getting our heads right at the scrum, working on our technique and going at them because we had to get everything right in that area. “It was my first try for Ulster, which I am very happy with, but it was a team effort really. We really had to dig deep to overhaul Oyonnax. “I was off the field when Paddy Jackson kicked the winning penalty and after that it was just a question of not giving away any penalties and staying strong.” The win cut the gap at the top of Pool 1 to six points and Ulster get the chance to gain revenge for their home defeat against table-toppers Saracens in the return leg at Allianz Park in round five. “We are still in a good position and we can take confidence from our second-half performance. We can take it into next week and hopefully show what we can do for two halves,” added McCall. The defeat for Oyonnax was their fourth in a row in their first season in the Champions Cup and their eighth in their last nine matches in all tournaments. “It was a classic game of two halves and credit to Ulster for nicking it in the end,” said Oyonnax second row George Robson. Press Association
A Florida man wants Disney World to return to their former policy of allowing those with autism to skip the lines, suing them in federal court.After reports of unscrupulous guests hiring disabled people to help them jump upfront, the theme park cancelled the practice in 2014.Currently, only disabled persons who possess a Disability Access Service Card are able to reserve a spot for the rides.The lawsuit, which will go to court in February, wants Disney to treat all disabilities in a similar fashion, rather than decide which are worthy of special treatment.
CAGLIARI, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus teenager Moise Kean appeared to suffer racist abuse after scoring a late goal to give the Turin side a 2-0 win at Cagliari in Serie A on Tuesday.Kean, who had been jeered throughout the game, turned in Rodrigo Bentancur’s cross with five minutes left and then stood in front of the Cagliari fans behind the goal and opened his arms.In response, Cagliari’s supporters made the noise which is described by Italian media as “buu” and is regarded as a racist insult in Italian football, although some fans argue it is simply to annoy opposing players regardless of race.Monkey noises could also be heard among the crowd.Shortly after the goal, Juve’s French midfielder Blaise Matuidi protested furiously to the referee and at one point appeared to threaten to walk off.Matuidi complained last year that he was subject to racist abuse at the same stadium and Cagliari later apologised.Play was halted on Tuesday and a warning was broadcast to the crowd — the first step in the so-called three step procedure which ultimately leads to the teams being led off the field. Play resumed amid more booing and the referee blew the final whistle shortly afterwards.Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, scorer of the opening goal in the 22nd minute, said Kean was partly to blame for the incident.“You celebrate goals with your team mates,” he said. “He could have done it differently… I think the blame is fifty-fifty. Moise should not have done that and the Curva should not have reacted in that way.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he had been too immersed in the game to notice the abuse.“As usual at the stadium there are idiots but also normal people,” he said. “The uncivilised ones must be identified with the cameras and no longer allowed to enter.”Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini blamed Kean for his celebration.“I heard mostly boos, if they started making animal noises then we were in the wrong,” he said. “What happened at the end was because of a celebration which was wrong and it would have happened with any other player.”Kean, 19, has scored in each of his last four games — two for Juventus and two for Italy.The win took Juventus on to 81 points from 30 games with second-placed Napoli 18 points behind ahead of their game at Empoli on Wednesday.Juventus were again without Cristiano Ronaldo who is recovering from a thigh injury he suffered playing for Portugal a week ago.In December, Inter Milan were ordered to play two home games behind closed doors after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially insulted during a game at San Siro.In 2017, there was an outcry after Ghanaian player Sulley Muntari was booked and sent off after complaining about racist abuse while playing for Pescara, also at Cagliari.
By Vishal DikshitMS Dhoni’s days as India wicketkeeper seem to have ended, going by the statements of MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, on Thursday while announcing India’s T20I and Test squads for the Bangladesh series at home. Dhoni did not feature in the T20I squad – he’s already retired from Tests – and while Prasad didn’t say Dhoni had been dropped, his answer was unambiguous: “This is our clear thought process that post-World Cup we are focussing on Rishabh Pant only.”When prodded again – he was asked the Dhoni question four times – Prasad said: “I made it very clear post the World Cup that we are moving on. We are giving opportunities to youngsters and see that they establish themselves in the side. With Rishabh Pant doing so well and even Sanju Samson coming into the side (as back-up wicketkeeper), I am sure you must be understanding our thought process.”Prasad also said that Dhoni had been spoken to about his future and the former India captain “also endorses our view of backing youngsters”.When asked if Dhoni could make a comeback by returning to domestic cricket, Prasad did not give a conclusive answer again. “That is purely his personal call,” Prasad said. “Going into domestic cricket, getting his touch back, or thoughts about retirement, everything is purely his personal (decision). We’ve already laid the roadmap for future, I’m sure you can see in the way we are selecting the teams.”Prasad’s comments came after the selection committee meeting at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, which was also attended by the board’s newly elected president and secretary, Sourav Ganguly, and Jay Shah. Also present at the meeting were India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy in the limited-overs formats, Rohit Sharma.Although Prasad’s panel is already focussed on Pant, Ganguly has said he will speak to both Dhoni as well as Kohli on the matter. Upon taking charge as BCCI president yesterday, Ganguly pointed out that “champions” like Dhoni “do not finish very quickly”.Incidentally, this could be the last time Prasad’s selection panel picks a team, with the contracts of some of the selectors including Prasad running down.There was speculation that Dhoni might retire post the World Cup, but he didn’t. But questions about his future continued to do the rounds as he opted out of the West Indies tour in August and was then missing from the T20I squad that played South Africa at home last month. The lack of conclusive answers from the selection committee did not help matters. After picking the squad for the West Indies tour, Prasad had said Dhoni had “expressed his unavailability” and “when he is fit and available, then we’ll see”.A few days later it emerged that Dhoni was going to spend two weeks with the Indian Army in the first half of August.The next time Prasad’s panel met, to pick the T20I squad for the South Africa games, they chose not to hold a press conference, which added to the speculation around Dhoni.Meanwhile, Pant played all three formats in the Caribbean and the T20Is against South Africa, though he too sparked debate over his shot selection and batting methods following a run without substantial scores.India’s new batting coach Vikram Rathour said, “Of course he needs to sort out his game plans a little more; bring a little bit of discipline to his game.” Head coach Ravi Shastri said that Pant had “let the team down” with his shot selection and captain Virat Kohli suggested his decision-making needs to improve.Prasad confirmed that India will stick with Pant, though. “post-World Cup I’ve been very, very clear on this, that after the World Cup we started backing Rishabh Pant and we will still back him and see that he progresses well,” he said. “Of course, he might not have had the best of the matches that we expected of him, but still we can only make a player by backing somebody.“We are very, very confident that he will come out successful and this is our clear thought process that post-World Cup we are focussing on Rishabh Pant only.”When asked if the selectors were going to give Pant a fixed number of series before looking at other options, or perhaps falling back on Dhoni, Prasad said sternly: “I have already answered, we are backing Rishabh Pant.”Samson’s form as a batsman and the fact that he had been picked as India’s back-up wicketkeeper might close the doors on Dhoni further. In the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy, Samson smashed an unbeaten 212 off only 129 balls against Goa. The fact that he will turn 25 next month will also sit well with Prasad’s vision of looking to young players.If Dhoni’s international career is indeed over, his knock of 50 in the World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand, when he batted until the penultimate over to nearly see India through, would have been his last. (ESPN Cricinfo)
(BBC) – England men’s centrally contracted players will make an “initial donation” of £500 000 to the England and Wales Cricket Board and selected good causes amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Professional Cricketers’ Association has announced.In addition, centrally contracted members of the England women’s team will take a voluntary salary reduction in April, May and June.The reduction is in line with those taken by coaches and support staff.“All the players felt like it was the right response in the current climate,” said England women’s captain Heather Knight.“We know how the current situation is affecting the game and we want to help as much as we can. We will be discussing with the ECB further ways we can help the game in the coming weeks.”The announcement comes after several days of discussions over how the country’s leading cricketers might respond to the pandemic.A statement from the PCA said the donation from the men’s team “is the equivalent of all of the England centrally contracted players taking a 20% reduction in their monthly retainers for the next three months”.The details of the charitable donation are to be determined over the next week.
(ESPNCricinfo) – Moeen Ali is in line for his first Test appearance in almost a year, while Essex’s Dan Lawrence could be given a chance to challenge for a place in England’s middle order, after both men were named in a 30-man training squad that will prepare behind closed doors ahead of next month’s Test series against West Indies.Moeen, who was dropped after the first Test of last summer’s Ashes, opted out of England’s winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the trip to Sri Lanka in March that was curtailed midway the opening warm-up match due to the COVID-19 outbreak.But having indicated in April that he was “probably ready” to resume his Test career, he joined the 16 players who travelled for that Sri Lanka tour, among them his fellow spinner, Jack Leach, whose involvement in the bio-secure Test series had been in some doubt after his bouts of illness in the winter, including a sepsis diagnosis in New Zealand.Lawrence, meanwhile, has been given his opportunity after playing a key role in Essex’s two Championship victories in three seasons. His call-up comes off the back of an outstanding winter for England Lions in Australia, where he scored two centuries in the red-ball leg of the tour, including 125 against Australia A at Melbourne – England’s first victory in an unofficial Test in Australia in seven win-less tours.Also included in the 30-man squad – which will be trimmed to nearer 20 players after the squad has played a three-day warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl, starting July 1 – are some more familiar names.James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood all return after being omitted from the Sri Lanka tour due to injury. Rory Burns, England’s first-choice opener, is also back, having undergone ankle surgery after sustaining an injury playing football on the eve of the Cape Town Test.The 30-man squad also includes a range of fast bowlers who may well challenge the incumbents given the condensed schedule, with three Tests taking place in as many weeks, and a similar itinerary in store for Pakistan’s visit in August.Somerset’s twins, Jamie and Craig Overton, are both included, alongside Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood, Warwickshire’s Olly Stone, and Sussex’s Ollie Robinson, who has amassed 137 wickets in the last two Championship seasons.The Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory is also in the mix, having debuted for England in the T20I series in New Zealand last year.England’s spin ranks are supplemented by Surrey’s left-arm spinner Amar Virdi, while the selectors have also kept their wicket-keeping options wide open by including both Jonny Bairstow, who this week reiterated that he wanted his gloves back, and Gloucestershire’s James Bracey, alongside the Test incumbent Jos Buttler and Surrey’s Ben Foakes.The squad is due to report to the Ageas Bowl on June 23, where they will they stay at the venue’s on-site hotel and practise under the guidance of a red-ball coaching group that will be led by head coach Chris Silverwood, with Graham Thorpe alongside him.Paul Collingwood is set to take charge of England’s white-ball squad for their series against Ireland, so three further coaches have been seconded from county cricket: Lancashire’s Glen Chapple, Gloucestershire’s Richard Dawson, and Kent’s Matthew Walker. Chris Read will also join the management team as wicket-keeping consultant, alongside Carl Hopkinson as fielding coach.Mo Bobat, the ECB performance director, said: “The support that we’ve received from counties during our return to training phase so far has been excellent, and it’s great to be able to continue with this collaborative approach as we move into a ‘Behind Closed Doors’ training environment.“As is the case in the current climate, things have progressed quickly, and we are very grateful to counties for allowing us to second their coaches to support our Test preparation. The larger group of players will certainly keep them busy.“Involving Glen Chapple, Richard Dawson and Matt Walker adds significant leadership strength to our coaching team, as well as their obvious technical and tactical knowledge. Similarly, Chris Read’s vast experience at the highest level will no doubt add value.“Both Glen (Chapple) and Richard (Dawson) were involved in winter Lions activity, so it’s nice for them and the players to build on effective coaching relationships and it’s also a real positive for our domestic game that we can expose a greater number of our coaches to international cricket.”Ed Smith, England’s national selector, added: “Everyone involved with England is delighted that cricket is returning soon, and that the players are reporting for group training in preparation for the Test series against the West Indies.”