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China’s Xi writes thank you note to Bill Gates for virus pledge

first_imgTopics : Chinese President Xi Jinping has written a letter expressing thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the organization’s “generosity” and support tackling a deadly virus epidemic, state media said Saturday.The outbreak of the new COVID-19 strain has claimed 2,345 lives in mainland China and infected more than 76,000 people, with cases in more than 25 countries.Earlier this month the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed up to $100 million for the global response to the outbreak. “We have rallied the whole nation and adopted a string of unprecedented measures to contain and mitigate the epidemic and treat the sick,” Xi wrote. “These extraordinary measures are delivering substantial results,” he said.The Gates Foundation said the funding would be used to strengthen detection, isolation and treatment efforts, including protecting at-risk populations and developing vaccines and diagnostics.The foundation said it would direct $20 million to organizations like the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the National Health Commission of China and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.center_img “I deeply appreciate the act of generosity of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and your letter of solidarity to the Chinese people at such an important moment,” Xi wrote in the letter, according to official news agency Xinhua.China is at a “critical moment” in the fight against the outbreak, he said.Millions remain under lockdown in central Hubei province, where the virus emerged in December, although new hotspots were found in several prisons and hospitals on Friday.Nearly 400 new cases were reported nationwide in China on Saturday — less than half the number of new cases the previous day.last_img read more

Lorine D. Hoeweler – Liberty

first_imgLorine D. Hoeweler, of Liberty, was born on October 18, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio a daughter to Joseph and Alice Nieneuber Heal.  She married Stanley Hoeweler and together they raised three children, Bill, Sharon and Joseph.  Lorine worked for Kroger’s for 30 years as a clerk and in her spare time enjoyed watching TV, especially games shows and serial re-runs.  On Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the age of 77 she passed away. Those surviving who will cherish Lorine’s memory include her children, Bill Hoeweler of Lawrenceburg, Sharon Jackson of Oneida, KY, and Joseph Hoeweler of Brookville; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and several siblings. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Sims Cemetery-New Fairfield.center_img Memorial contributions can be directed to the Franklin County Humane Society.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Lorine Hoeweler.last_img read more

Indiana’s first Free Fishing Day is Sunday, May 3

first_imgStatewide—May 3 is the first of Indiana’s four Free Fishing Days. On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish the state’s public waters without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp.Fishing is an excellent way to get outside and connect as a family. It is also a great opportunity to relax and connect with the outdoors while practicing social distancing. If fishing is a new activity for your family, keep things simple – this often makes fishing more fun and safe. The best thing to do is get out there and wet a line. May is an especially good time to fish because the water is warming and the fish are biting.Visit a local park, state forest, fish & wildlife area or state recreation area for fishing opportunities. For public places to fish, see the Where to Fish map at on.IN.gov/where2fish. You can also find nearby urban water with catchable-size channel catfish or rainbow trout at wildlife.IN.gov/7508.htm.This year’s remaining Free Fishing Days are June 6-7 and Sept. 26. To learn more about Free Fishing Days, see dnr.IN.gov/fishfree.When fishing or doing any other activity, Hoosiers should follow posted restrictions and practice social distancing. Your fishing rod is a measure of appropriate social distance. For the most up-to-date information regarding DNR and COVID-19, visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19.To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.last_img read more

Xavi hopes to coach Barcelona in future

first_imgRelatedPosts FC Barcelona appoint Koeman as new coach Barca president confirms Koeman appointment Barca sack sporting director Eric Abidal Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez says he hopes to return to the Spanish club as head coach when the timing is right and that his technical team are already preparing for it.Spanish media had reported that Xavi, who coaches Qatari club Al Sadd, had been approached by Barca to replace Ernesto Valverde before Quique Setien was appointed in January. Barca are two points behind leaders Real Madrid with six matches remaining in the campaign.“The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways,” Spanish daily Sport quoted Xavi as saying in a video call where the 40-year-old outlined his plans for the future.Xavi said he hoped to begin from scratch if he took over.He said: “I’m a club man. I would like to return at the right moment to start a project from zero.“I’ve said it a lot of times but I want to take footballing decisions at Barcelona. “It’s clear that after the elections the stage would be set, of course. I’m not ruling anything out.“They came for me in January, we were speaking. I told them the circumstances and timing weren’t right.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Al SaddErnesto ValverdeQuique SetienXavi Hernandezlast_img read more