Students in China’s virus center Wuhan return to school

first_img“This is the first time that I’m so happy to go back to school, although I have to sit a monthly examination on the 8th.”Teenagers sat at individual desks spaced a meter apart, seeing their teachers in the flesh after months of distance learning.Wednesday’s back-to-school was the latest step in a gradual normalizing of life in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province, where the coronavirus is believed to have emerged late last year before spreading around the world.Only the province’s oldest students were present — seniors who are due to take the make-or-break university entrance exams. Return dates have not yet been confirmed for junior and middle school students.Officials in Wuhan say students and staff must all have had virus tests before going back to school, and campuses have been disinfected and cleaned.In preparation for reopening, some schools spaced out their desks and organized smaller class sizes, according to local media.Thermal scanners greeted everyone walking through school gates, and anyone with a high temperature was not allowed in.State-run China Daily said some places arranged staggered arrival times for teachers and students.Elsewhere in China, schools that have been closed or online-only since January began gradually reopening last month, with Beijing and Shanghai letting some students return last week.China’s major cities are gradually returning to normal after imposing strict travel restrictions and closing huge swathes of the economy to control the spread of the virus.In recent months infections nationwide have dwindled, and there have been no new cases reported in Hubei province for over a month.Over a five-day holiday at the start of the month, there were 115 million domestic trips, with many tourist sites reopening — although with limited attendance.Shanghai Disneyland will reopen next week, the entertainment giant said Tuesday, with enhanced safety measures including temperature screening and social distancing.However, foreigners are still banned from entering the country as China works to contain infections being brought in from overseas.Chinese nationals returning home must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Topics :center_img Chinese youngsters in the global virus epicenter of Wuhan filed back to class on Wednesday, wearing masks and walking in single file past thermal scanners.Senior school students in 121 institutions were back in front of chalk boards and digital displays for the first time since their city — the ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic — shut down in January.”School is finally reopening!” posted one user of Weibo, China’s Twitter-like short messaging platform. last_img read more

Australia’s Meg Lanning hits T20 record 133 against England

first_imgMEG Lanning broke her own record for the highest score in a Women’s Twenty20 international as Australia inflicted England’s biggest T20 defeat to clinch the Women’s Ashes series outright on Friday.Captain Lanning hit 17 fours and seven sixes in her unbeaten 133 from 63 balls in Australia’s 226-3 at Chelmsford.England were never in the hunt, making 133-9 for a record 93-run defeat.It means Lanning’s side take an unassailable 10-2 lead on points in the multi-format Women’s Ashes series.There are two more T20 games remaining, at Hove today and at Bristol next Wednesday, when Australia will fancy their chances of going unbeaten throughout the series, following last week’s drawn Test in Taunton.Lanning’s innings topped her previous best of 126, which she made against Ireland in March 2014 and was then equalled by Sterre Kalis of the Netherlands against Germany last month.The International Cricket Council’s decision last year to confer full T20 international status on all such matches between its members has rather skewed some of the record books – with an inexperienced Mali side conceding three of the four highest totals in women’s T20 cricket in the space of three days last month.Though initially overshadowed by opener Beth Mooney, who made 54 from 33 balls in a second-wicket stand of 134, Lanning was soon unleashing her trademark cut shots, to which the increasingly ragged England bowlers and fielders had no answer.The 27-year-old Aussie skipper gave one chance – which was put down by Tammy Beaumont at backward point in the 14th over when she had 85 – but was otherwise ruthless.Lanning had missed the last Ashes series Down Under after having shoulder surgery, and had averaged 36 from her five visits to the crease so far in this one, but was back to her classy best at Chelmsford.But Australia’s final total of 226 was the second highest in a match between top-tier opposition, surpassed only by England’s 250-3 against South Africa at Taunton last summer.And Lanning’s innings can rightly lay claim to be one of the greatest of the modern women’s game. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Vahid Halilhodzic: The Future will be Revealed Today

first_imgST Due to the results of the previous matches that Trabzonspor played, the future decision on the staying or leaving Trabzonspor will be critical today. Namely, the last five matches revealed the following results which directly influenced the decision on the Halilhodzic’s staying in the club. To be more precise, Trabzonspor wrote 2 victories, that is 2:1 against Metalist and 1:0 against Legia Warszawa. On the other side, Trabzonspor was defeated by Karabukspor with the result of 3:0. In addition, they wrote down two draws against Kasimpasa and Istanbul Basak.When he started to lead the Trabzonspor, on the official welcome ceremony he said that he would do his best to bring the team into the UEFA Champions League but admitted that the future was hard to predict. However, now all eyes are on the next match which will be decisive for Halilhodzic as well as for the Trabzonspor.The match all are waiting with lot of patience will be played today at 15:00 o’clock against Mersin İdmanyurdu.Vahid Halilhodžić (born 15 October 1952) is a former Bosnian footballer turned manager, currently in charge of Turkish club Trabzonspor.Regarded as one of the best Yugoslav players in the 1970s and 1980s, Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar, and French clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. He also appeared for the Yugoslav national team and was part of the squads which won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship before earning 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia.last_img read more

Christmas morning with the dog cats at the Humane Society

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Kira is an 8-year-old pit bull who exudes happiness to meet a new person or go for a walk along the Columbia River dike near her temporary home at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.On Christmas Day, she was also the only dog in the 12-kennel shelter.“What she wants is a human and a nice comfy bed,” said Hilda Neithardt, a volunteer who helps care for dogs, including Kira, on Sunday mornings, including Christmas. She and another shelter volunteer, Amanda Prince, told Kira’s story while a third volunteer, Lorraine Steele, took her for a long walk.Kira once had a home, but ended up in the shelter three years ago. She was adopted, but was returned to the shelter this fall when her family was expecting a human baby and could no longer care for Kira, too.Most dogs that come to the Washougal shelter are quickly adopted. Kira is hard to place, because she needs to be the only dog in the household and is middle-aged. But with her friendly demeanor toward humans, she’s easy to love, the shelter volunteers say.“She’s a wonderful girl,” Neithardt said.Though she needs a home, Kira’s Christmas was far from gloomy. She started with a walk just after sunrise while Prince and Neithardt cleaned her cage, prepared her breakfast and arranged a large overstuffed bed complete with a fresh blanket still warm from the clothes dryer.last_img read more