Canada coronavirus death toll passes 5,000, Trudeau wants seniors’ care reform

first_imgTopics : “We’ve seen heart-breaking tragedies in long-term care facilities and nursing homes right across the country – overworked staff, understaffed residences, grieving families,” Trudeau told a daily briefing.”There are serious underlying challenges facing these facilities and in the coming months the federal government will be there to help the provinces find lasting solutions.”Officials earlier announced Ottawa would give seniors living on a fixed income a one-time payment ranging from C$300 ($215) to C$500 to deal with increased costs linked to the outbreak.Seniors Minister Deb Schulte said the tax-free payments would help seniors who need money for food deliveries and other services. It will also aid those taking taxis to avoid using public transport. The Canadian coronavirus death toll passed the 5,000 mark on Tuesday and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said major reforms were needed to seniors’ residences, where more than 80% of the victims lived.The public health agency said the number of deaths edged up by 2.9% to 5,049 from 4,906 on Monday, one of the smallest daily gains so far. Canada is the 11th nation to record more than 5,000 deaths from the outbreak.Long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec – the two most populous of the 10 provinces – have been particularly hard hit. Officials have detailed poor conditions in some residences, where employees earn just the minimum wage.center_img She side-stepped questions about whether Ottawa should call a national inquiry into seniors’ homes.”What we are experiencing in Canada is unprecedented and unacceptable,” she told a briefing.”Going forward there will be time to reflect on the lessons that we’ve learned and the work that needs to be done. But right now [we are] focused on dealing with the issue at hand.”The total value of the payments – which will help 6.7 million people – is C$2.5 billion. Ottawa has already committed more than C$160 billion in direct spending – more than 7% of gross domestic product – on a range of programs to help businesses and people deal with the outbreak.Ottawa was focused on short-term measures to support people “so that we can come out the other side and restart the economy soon and we won’t need to look at what we might need to do in six months if we’re still, heaven forbid, all locked down”, Trudeau said, adding that programs would be extended if needed.last_img read more

Football set for crucial Utah tilt

first_img“I would be shocked if he doesn’t have a great game,” Helton said. “He’s had a great week of practice. You can tell his jaw is set. He’s fired up to get back out on the field and prove something.”  “Utah’s linebackers like to come downhill, shoot the gaps to where you know that those double teams that you have are going to be quicker because you’re going to have to hit, get off, get to the linebacker,” McKenzie said. “So what, now what?” has been the Trojans’ mantra both in practice and on the sidelines this season. The saying seems appropriate now more than ever as the team heads into Friday’s game. It will be important for the Trojans’ offensive line to protect Slovis this week, which is something it struggled with against BYU. Redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie said the key to getting to the second level and finishing blocks is to acknowledge how different opponents play each week. This week against Utah, Slovis will be up against a better defense that includes All-Pac-12 first team junior cornerback Jaylon Johnson and two-time All-Pac-12 second team senior safety Julian Blackmon. Fans shouldn’t expect to see the Trojans waver from their passing game this week. Harrell said that if he could go back, he would not change any of the calls that he made in Provo, including the final pass play that resulted in a Slovis interception. USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said that, based on Utah’s sharp offense and USC’s poor performance last week against BYU, the Trojans will need to clean up their tackling Friday. Utah may be the Pac-12’s best all-around team. The Utes climbed to No. 10 in the nation while USC fell out of the AP Top 25 this week after its loss to Brigham Young. If Utah wins this game, it would be its first time beating the Trojans in the Coliseum.  Harrell said that Slovis and the entire offense needs to be more detail-oriented. USC Football (2-1) is back home this week to take on No. 10 Utah (3-0) 6 p.m. Friday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.center_img Last week, BYU consistently dropped eight defenders into coverage, effectively shutting down offensive coordinator Graham Harrell’s signature Air Raid offense to force the Trojans into their vulnerable run game, but Harrell continued to put the ball in the air.  “That comes down to being disciplined,” he said. USC must also prepare for Utah’s strong run game on the other side of the ball. Senior running back Zack Moss is one of the best in the country and is adept at finding openings between tackles. The Trojan defense will need to contain Moss to keep Utah’s offense at bay. Another challenge for the Trojans will be senior quarterback Tyler Huntley, a dual threat who leads the Utes’ offense with big plays both on the ground and through the air. Huntley has talented options downfield: Sophomore tight end Brant Kuithe is averaging over 20 yards per catch so far this season, while sophomore wide receiver Bryan Thompson is coming off a two-touchdown performance against Idaho State. “I just call what I feel to be honest with you,” said Harrell regarding his approach when deciding whether to keep the ball on the ground. This week’s game could provide some answers as to whether the Stanford victory or the BYU upset represents the true nature of Trojan football this season. Helton said he believes the BYU game was a fluke and that Slovis will be back in his groove Friday night. After a standout debut two weeks ago against Stanford, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis’ lack of experience showed last week as he threw three interceptions against BYU. The silver lining to those interceptions? It’s clear that Slovis isn’t afraid to pull the trigger, although perhaps he is eager to a fault.  Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will look to bounce back after a rough game against BYU last week. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) last_img read more

URA vs Express: Tax Collectors eye third spot

first_img Tags: Express FCGeorge Ssemwogereresam simbwaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopURA FC URA drew 1-1 with Bul in their last game (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueURA FC vs Express FC Mandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 26-03-2019 @4pmNAMBOOLE – URA FC may be without influential captain Shafick Kagimu when they host Express FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Tuesday afternoon. Kagimu who is the Tax Collectors’ top scorer this season suffered a knock in their last game against Bul FC on Friday and he is yet to recover fully. Defender Patrick Mbowa is suspended due to accumulation of yellow cards and joins the trio of Nyakoojo Benjamin, Nyanzi Abudallah and Allan Mugalu who are all still out injured.Express will still be without Eric Kambale who has had an injury troubled first season with the Red Eagles. Pius Mbidde and Muwanga are also out of Tuesday’s game with injuries. The Good news for Express is that Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Tony Odur and Brian Umony have recovered in time to face URA.What the coaches are saying:Sam Simbwa, URA FC.“We have prepared very well for the Express game. We played Bul on Friday so we had little time to prepare for this one but the boys are ready to go.“We have respect for Express because they are one of the traditional teams but we don’t fear them.“I expect my team to win and go into third at the end of the day.George Ssemwogerere, Express FC.“We have had enough time to train ahead of the game because we were in the international break.“The boys are in good spirits and some of the injured players are on the road to recovery.“I watched URA and i am sure it is a team that gives u a chances to attack and defend against them due to their system of play. We will go out to attack them.URA missed a chance to go third on Friday when they drew 1-1 at home to Bul despite scoring inside the first minute.On Tuesday, another opportunity presents its self in form of Express that have been struggling all season. A win on Friday will see URA move onto 42 points, one ahead of Onduparaka who take on SC Villa on Wednesday.The Red Eagles find them selves in 11th on the standings with 29 points, 9 ahead of Ndejje University who occupy the last of the three relegation spots.Despite Ssemwogerere claiming that they are not concerned by what is going on below them, a loss against URA coupled by positive results for the teams occupying 12th-14th, may see the Red Eagles dragged into the dog fight for the second season running.Match Facts:This will be the 18th top flight meeting between URA and Express since April 2011.In the other 17 within that period, URA have won six, lost two and drawn 9 against the Red Eagles.However, the Tax Collectors have gone 7 games minus victory against Express with their last triumph coming in the 2-1 win at Wankulukuku back in May 2015.Both sides drew 0-0 at Wankulukuku at the start of the season and also shared spoils (1-1) in the reverse fixture last campaign.URA head into Friday’s game unbeaten in their last five League games (W3 D2). Their last loss was in the 1-0 defeat at home to Maroons on the 19th of February.However, at home, the Tax Collectors have won only two of their last six games (D2 L2). The two losses that they have suffered in that period are the only ones they have succumbed to all season.For Express, they come into the game having won only two of their last 10 League games (D4 L4).Away from home, the Red Eagles have also won only two of their last 9 (D2 L5).The other game on Tuesday.-Tooro United FC vs Bul FCComments last_img read more