Dead, ill, recovered: Celebrities hit by COVID-19

first_imgFrom world leaders and royals to sports stars and artists, the coronavirus has hit millions around the world, including the rich and famous. Here is a roundup of high-profile figures who have died, been infected by or cured of COVID-19.Deceased Senegal’s Pape Diouf, 68, ex-president of French football club Olympique de Marseille, died March 31 in Dakar.Former Republic of Congo president Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango died in France on March 30, aged 81.Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango, 86, and revered American playwright Terrence McNally, 81, both died on March 24, following coronavirus complications.Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died March 21, aged 76. In hospitalMarianne Faithfull, 73, a 1960s icon and celebrated singer songwriter, was hospitalized in London on April 4 after testing positive.InfectedIn Italy, Juventus announced on Wednesday that France’s 2018 World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and Italian defender Daniele Rugani have recovered. It gave no news of Argentinian attacker Paulo Dybala, who also came down with the virus on March 21.Michel Barnier, who leads the EU’s negotiations with Britain on Brexit, announced March 19 that he had the virus. He returned to work in Brussels on Tuesday. His British counterpart David Frost is also infected.Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, was discharged from hospital on Sunday, where he spent a week, including three days in intensive care. He is continuing his recovery at Chequers, the country estate of British prime ministers.Britain’s Prince Charles and Prince Albert II of Monaco, who both tested positive and showed mild symptoms, have now come out of quarantine.Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, have recovered and returned home to Los Angeles after being quarantined for two weeks in Australia.Nobel laureate and former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, 82, is now recovered and out of quarantine.British actor Idris Elba, who tested positive but was asymptomatic, announced the end of his isolation March 31.Spanish opera star Placido Domingo, 79 was released from hospital on March 30.Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini and his footballer son Daniel are also recovered, as is Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Among the 14 NBA basketball players who have tested positive, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Christian Wood and Marcus Smart have since said they have recovered. In isolation… just in caseBotswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi went into self-quarantine on April 9 for two more weeks, having recently come out of a first period of 14-day self-quarantine. All of the country’s 63 MPs have also gone into quarantine after a nurse assigned to do screening of the legislators tested positive. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose wife tested positive in March, said on April 6 he would try to keep working from home “as much as possible”. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau announced on March 28 that she had recovered.Topics : Best-selling exiled Chilean writer Luis Sepulveda, 70, has died at a hospital in Spain some six weeks after testing positive, his publishers announced on Thursday.Tim Brooke-Taylor, 79, a British comic actor best known for TV show The Goodies and radio show “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue”, died on Sunday.John Prine, 73, an American folk legend widely considered one of his generation’s most influential songwriters, died on April 8.Jazz great Ellis Marsalis died on April 1 aged 85 after contracting the virus.last_img read more

India beat Bangladesh in warm-up fixture

first_imgBANGLADESH suffered a 240-run thrashing by India in their final warm-up game before they kick off their Champions Trophy campaign against hosts England tomorrow.Shakib Al Hasan’s team were bowled out for just 84 in reply to India’s 324-7 – pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav doing the damage with three wickets apiece.Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik top-scored for India with a 77-ball 94 before he retired to allow other batsmen time in the middle.Of those, Hardik Pandya clubbed four sixes in his unbeaten 80, but neither skipper Virat Kohli nor India’s star man MS Dhoni batted.Both teams were able to field 15 players, with only 11 allowed to bat or field at any one time.Bangladesh meet England at the same venue, The Oval, tomorrow, with defending champions India’s opening game of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan on Sunday.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Louise Poovey, 94, Oxford: July 21, 1919 – Jan. 11, 2014

first_imgLouise PooveyLouis Poovey, 94, of Oxford died on January 11, 2014 at his home in Oxford.Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, January 15th at the First Christian Church in Oxford. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14th at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. A memorial has been established with the Oxford Lions Club Scholarship and the Masonic Lodge Scholarship fund. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.comLouis Kenyon Poovey was born on July 21, 1919 in Oxford the son of Weaver and Sally Bussard Poovey. He was a 1937 graduate of Oxford High School. Louis was united in marriage with Bertha Jean Donley in 1939, she preceded him in death. He was later united in marriage with Patty Ellen McFarland on June 22, 1995. Louis was a farmer and rancher all of his life. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and gardening. He liked to dance and enjoyed sports. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 67 years, was a member of the Christian Church in Oxford and the Oxford Lions Club. Surviving to honor his memory are his wife Patty Poovey of the home, son, Terry Poovey and wife Kate and daughter Rochelle Brown both of Oxford, step children, Donovan O’Hair of Ponca City, OK, Kim Crownover and husband Lloyd of Yukon, OK and Amy Rea and husband Michael of Wichita, sister, Phyllis Hatfield of Winfield,  9 grandchildren   and 1 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents, wife Bertha Jean Donley, son in infancy, granddaughter Brandi Brown and brother, Waldo Poovey.last_img read more

Lions saddened to learn of Alex Karras’ condition

first_imgALEX KARRAS (AP Photo/File) “The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement released by the team late Monday night. “Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex.The 77-year-old Karras has been suffering from dementia. He is among the many former NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries. Detroit drafted him 10th overall out of Iowa in 1958 and he was a standout for 12 seasons.Karras may be even better well known for his work as an actor, including being a lovable father in the 1980s sitcom “Webster.” He also played the role of Mongo in the 1974 comedy classic “Blazing Saddles,” in which he said, “Mongo only pawn in game of life,” and punched out a horse.Recently, his wife said his quality of life has been made worse because of head injuries sustained during his playing career.Susan Clark said earlier this year that her husband couldn’t drive after loving to get behind the wheel and he could no longer remember recipes for some of his favorite Italian and Greek dishes he used to cook.Clark, who also played the wife of Karras’ character on “Webster,” has said he was formally diagnosed with dementia several years ago and has had symptoms for more than a dozen years. She and Karras were among those who filed suit nearly six months ago in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.“This physical beating that he took as a football player has impacted his life, and therefore it has impacted his family life,” Clark said earlier this year. “He is interested in making the game of football safer and hoping that other families of retired players will have a healthier and happier retirement.”The NFL has said it did not intentionally seek to mislead players and has taken action to better protect players and to advance the science of concussion management and treatment.Karras played his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring in 1970 at age 35. He was a first-team All-Pro in 1960, 1961 and 1965, and he made the Pro Bowl four times. He missed the 1963 season when he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in a gambling probe. Karras was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a defensive tackle on the All-Decade Team of the 1960s.“We know Alex first and foremost as one of the cornerstones to our Fearsome Foursome defensive line of the 1960s and also as one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL,” Lewand said. “Many others across the country came to know Alex as an accomplished actor and as an announcer during the early years of ‘Monday Night Football.’“We join his legions of fans from both sports and entertainment in prayer and support for Alex, his wife Susan, and his entire family during this most difficult time.” by Larry LageDETROIT (AP) — Alex Karras’ condition has deteriorated and the NFL team he played for is extending its sympathies.The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported the former All-Pro defensive lineman and actor has been given only a few days to live because of recent kidney failure.last_img read more

The New Rules of the App Store

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This concept boils down to a simple idea: something is only as valuable as what you are willing to pay for it. Thereby, apps are only worth as much as users are willing to pay for them at the time of purchase. A great example this concept executed poorly is the newspaper industry. The high-level concept of news is that information is very timely, valuable, and accurate. Yet most newspaper content costs less than a dollar to purchase in physical format, and it is absolutely free in digital format. This makes absolutely no sense from a pricing standpoint. If this content is valuable, then users will be willing to pay for it. As it relates to your app, if you as the decision maker train your customers via pricing strategy that your content is a valuable commodity, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Inversely, no one wants to participate in content that’s not viewed as valuable, even if it’s only for entertainment purposes. Marketing your applications well may merit a higher price point, thus increasing the perceived quality of your app and leveling the playing field between you and big-name, big-budget publishers. Every developer is an indie developer in the App Store. Everyone is going through the exact same thing. Electronic Arts values its games at $9.99. Why can’t you. Rule 2: Don’t Spam . . . Unless It’s Helpful Many observers say that Apple’s App Store download figures and application counts are inflated due to a large number of generally useless applications. This is troubling and devalues the benefits having a closed environment brings. However, moderation of applications via the App Store approval process has inevitably filtered out many of the “test” applications developers are building and attempting to distribute just to say they have an app on the store. Which brings us to spam. Anytime a developer attempts to game the system in order to advance in the App Store rankings, it is referred to as “spamming.” Spamming techniques have been around since the beginning of the App Store, beginning with the exploitation of naming conventions. And in an effort to drive revenues simply by sheer volume in the App Store, some developers have created thousands and thousands of lightweight shells of applications populated with basic or low-value content, and flooded the market in hopes of tricking a few thousand customers into buying them for $0.99. To put it lightly, this is not a recommended way to market applications. Apple has started to crack down on this type of behavior. On multiple occasions it has banned developers who abused the App Store platform in this way, eradicating thousands of “filler” applications. But there’s a lot we can learn from the spam techniques tested by others that caused users to respond positively.The beauty of a digital distribution system like the App Store is that developers can test pricing, colors, marketing copy, and all other types of branding to determine what users like. Be sure to include this type of A/B testing–comparing your core message with variants to see which works best–when you are launching your application, especially if you think there may be fragmentation in your user base and target audience. Knowing what your audience wants will help you learn how to best present your application to it in the most appealing way possible. Rule 3: Avoid Update Fatigue In previous iterations of the App Store, updating your application was grounds for reentering the “What’s New” list, but not anymore.This was a very popular spam technique, but then Apple spotted this trick and quickly changed its mechanisms around app updates. Software engineers tend to be compulsive updaters of their software, but don’t assume that consumers are like you. Many users don’t know what those red numbers sitting next to the App Store icon on their phone mean, let alone on their desktop version of iTunes. Update only when you need to update. Otherwise you may alienate your core customers. Rule 4: Don’t Necessarily Blame Apple When Things Go Wrong It seems that the first response developers have when they encounter challenges, no matter what they may be, is to blame Apple. Although Apple has certainly contributed to frustration in some regards, developers have made Apple the scapegoat. This doesn’t benefit developers who ultimately need Apple to provide the platform that has made them so successful. Developers are constantly getting entangled in the minutiae of their day-to-day experience with the inefficient vagaries of the App Store and neglecting to think about the big picture. Taking a step back, we need to think about the rest of the world and how it perceives the marketplace offering a selection of software to choose from. “Average consumers could care less if iPhone developers are unhappy,” says Brian Chen. Yet Apple has incentive to keep a basal level of peace among iPhone developers. The worst possible outcome for Apple would be a developer revolt leading to a mass exodus of famous developers providing killer apps to competing smartphone platforms while boycotting Apple’s [he warns]. I highly doubt this will happen, but Apple must be aware there’s something broken in its system that could lead to epic consequences if unaddressed. The first aspect of this rule is that it’s not Apple’s fault that developers hate the App Store. It seems like every day there’s another story about a developer who feels personally persecuted by the App Store’s policies. Apple’s Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Marketing, has on two occasions addressed this: once when he reached out to prominent Apple blogger John Gruber via email to discuss the decision Apple made in removing a dictionary application from the App Store that contained “objectionable content” in August 2009; and a second time when he went to the press directly to talk about the App Store’s approval process in a one-on-one interview with Business Week’s Arik Hesseldahl in November 2009. Chen theorizes: Phil Schiller’s outreach is hardly a direct solution for Apple’s communication problem, but it’s a positive sign that Apple is even making the slightest effort to publicly communicate its approval process. It suggests the company is aware that it needs to do something to maintain positive relations with developers, and knowing that Jobs isn’t the type to sit around and twiddle his thumbs, there must be a larger solution in the works.And some of the problems are simply the result of the App Store growing so big, so fast. Once again, keep in mind that Apple could never have predicted the level of popularity the store would achieve in such a short period of time. In order to launch the App Store as scheduled, Apple created a subsection of the existing iTunes Music Store and leveraged existing technology to support the App Store.This distribution system wasn’t custom built to accommodate applications, and even two years later many of the basic problems have not been addressed. For example, consumers “gift” applications to one another. Previously, there was an ad-hoc promo code system that was slapped together to enable developers to distribute their apps to the media and other relevant parties. Changes like this indicate signs that Apple is working on correcting the challenges for developers. There have, however, been numerous problems with redeeming promo codes for applications. And Beta testers will inevitably encounter problems with accessing popular apps if they’ve recently acquired a new phone or upgraded to a newer model. There is a one hundred-UDID (unique device identifier) limit to beta testing applications, and once you’ve hit that, that’s it. Early on in iTunes, there was a similar problem on the music side. When users reformatted their computers or bought a new one, the authorization of their new machine would count toward the five computers allowed to play back the purchased content. Apple resolved this – somewhat – by enabling users to purge authorizations once a year and manually reauthorize the machines they wanted to give access to. Apple has gotten smarter about the App Store, but the App Store still isn’t perfect. It will improve as Apple begins to get its head wrapped around the needs and desires of each constituency represented on the platform. Excerpted from MOBILIZE, by Rana June Sobhany. Copyright © 2011 by Rana June Sobhany. Published and reprinted with permission from Vanguard Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group. All rights reserved.App screenshots by dougbelshaw Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#apps#mobile This post is an excerpt from Rana Sobhany‘s new book, Mobilize: Strategies for Success from the Frontlines of the App Revolution. Mobilize walks developers through the positioning, marketing and outreach needed to create successful apps. In her opening chapter, Sobhany follows the history of the app store phenomenon from its early days through the successes, failures, loopholes, and overhauls that have shaped the multi-million dollar industry.The App Store will continue to evolve, and participants in this new economy must continuously reevaluate and refine their relationship with the platform. Gone are the days of cheating one’s way through the App Store. In order to create a sustainable platform, we must document and memorialize the best practices that will serve as a guide and template for ensuring high quality on the store. While we can get crafty with our marketing campaigns and techniques, there must be a basal level of understanding for which acceptable practices will be moving forward. As with all good retail, there are certain rules fundamental to establishing a presence in the App Store. Here are some of those rules. Rule 1: Remember the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility “Diminishing marginal utility” is a law of economics stating that as a person increases consumption of a particular product, while keeping consumption of other products constant, there is a decline in the marginal utility that person derives from consuming each additional unit of that product. As a co-founder of Medialets, the largest in-application analytics and advertising platform, Rana Sobhany has been deeply involved in the successful design and implementation of comprehensive application marketing campaigns for products across the mobile industry, including iPhone, and was among the first to promote app marketing as a discrete practice. She has coached mobile application developers at every level: individual developers; independent development shops; creative and media buying agencies; and large, venture-backed application firms. Rana is a frequent speaker at mobile and technology conferences, helping educate developers about how best to develop and market their products for the iPhone and iPad ecosystems. guest author 1 Related Posts last_img read more

Bristol Rovers sign Bournemouth ace

first_imgAFC Bournemouth midfielder Sam Matthews has become Bristol Rovers second signing of the summer after he signed a contract with the club. A deal that will take effect from July 1.Manager Darrell Clarke was delighted to have Sam agree to the transfer, according to Gazette series he said:“Sam is a very talented young player whose progress I have monitored for a while now.“He has worked hard and, learnt a great deal, from his time at Bournemouth and, of course, during his loan spell at Eastleigh in the National League last season.“We had to compete with a number of other clubs for his signature and I am delighted that he has chosen to join us “His arrival will intensify competition for first team places at the club and I look forward to working with him.”AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – August 24, 2019 English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.Upon signing, Sam continued;“I was on loan at Eastleigh last season and played quite a lot of games in the National League and then had some interest from other clubs, Rovers being one of them.“I met with Darrell Clarke over the summer, had a chat and as things progressed it’s resulted in me signing today and I’m really happy to get it done.“He told about the club itself, the squad the he has here and told me there’s great spirit amongst the players.”last_img read more

Gattuso unsure over Bonuccis future

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso unsure of Leonardo Bonucci’s future at the club.Bonucci is currently drawing interest from Europe’s premier clubs with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain interested in securing his services.Gattuso says Milan will do everything to keep the Italian defender at the San Siro despite PSG preparing to bring him to Paris this summer.Bonucci’s future with Milan has been under serious speculation but Gattuso has praised the attitude of his captain while also confirming that the defender is yet to commit his future to the club.“He’s a great professional and at this moment we’re interested in what he and other players have to say.” Gattuso said about Bonucci to reporters.Report: Chiellini knee surgery a success George Patchias – September 3, 2019 Giorgio Chiellini has had knee surgery and it has been successful.As we brought you earlier at, it was believed that the club was…“We have to respect whatever choice he makes. Obviously, he wants to win and so do we as a club, we’ll just have to wait and see as he’s a very important player for us, and we would do everything to keep him here at the club.”Milan have successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after their Europa League qualification was taken away by UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.“Elliott is pleased that our intervention and support of AC Milan at CAS has achieved a positive result for the club,” a club statement said, quoted in FourFourTwo.“Playing in Europe is a huge part of Milan’s heritage as a club and the decision made today by CAS is the first of many steps towards the rehabilitation of this club.”last_img read more

ONeill admits defeat was deserved

first_imgRepublic of Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill has revealed his side deserves to lose after they suffered a thrashing at the hands of Wales.The Irish team were humiliated 4-1 at the hands of Wales who gave Ryan Giggs a victory in his maiden competitive game as head coach of the team.Ireland were without several regulars as they visited the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday night, which was something O’Neill attributed as a major factor in their heavy defeat.Players including Southampton’s Shane Long were absent from his squad, which produced a very disappointing performance from the one which had seen them qualify for the World Cup qualifying play-offs on their last visit, less than a year ago.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“We were well beaten, it was difficult. We were missing some key players but were still well beaten.” O’Neill told Sky Sports.“We set out with good intentions, they scored fairly early on and their second was a world-class goal from a world-class player. That sets you back, and from there it’s tough. It was a hard evening.”“I think that we’re unable to be missing five or six Premier League players and put ona real bug show, we need to be at full-strength if we can be. I can’t remember the last time we were, but I don’t think we’ve been as decimated as this.”last_img read more