Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable. One of many mysteries: Men seem to be faring worse than women.

And as cases skyrocket in the U.S. and Europe, it’s becoming more clear that how healthy you were before the pandemic began plays a key role in how you fare regardless of how old you are.

The majority of people who get COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms. But “majority” doesn’t mean “all,” and that raises an important question: Who should worry most that they’ll be among the seriously ill? While it will be months before scientists have enough data to say for sure who is most at risk and why, preliminary numbers from early cases around the world are starting to offer hints.

Senior citizens undoubtedly are the hardest hit by COVID-19. In China, 80% of deaths were among people in their 60s or older, and that general trend is playing out elsewhere.

The graying of the population means some countries face particular risk. Italy has the world’s second oldest population after Japan. While death rates fluctuate wildly early in an outbreak, Italy has reported more than 80% of deaths so far were among those 70 or older.

But, “the idea that this is purely a disease that causes death in older people we need to be very, very careful with,” Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, warned.

As much as 10% to 15% of people under 50 have moderate to severe infection, he said Friday.

Even if they survive, the middle-aged can spend weeks in the hospital. In France, more than half of the first 300 people admitted to intensive care units were under 60.

“Young people are not invincible,” WHO’s Maria Van Kerkhove added, saying more information is needed about the disease in all age groups.

Italy reported that a quarter of its cases so far were among people ages 19 to 50. In Spain, a third are under age 44. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s first snapshot of cases found 29% were ages 20 to 44.

Then there’s the puzzle of children, who have made up a small fraction of the world’s case counts to date. But while most appear only mildly ill, in the journal Pediatrics researchers traced 2,100 infected children in China and noted one death, a 14-year-old, and that nearly 6% were seriously ill.

Another question is what role kids have in spreading the virus: “There is an urgent need for further investigation of the role children have in the chain of transmission,” researchers at Canada’s Dalhousie University wrote in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.


Knicks owner, MSG chairman James Dolan has coronavirus

James Dolan, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Knicks announced Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night. It is not clear when he was tested or when he received the diagnosis.

Dolan is the first U.S. major pro sports owner known to have tested positive for the virus. He also owns the NHL’s New York Rangers, along with other venues like Radio City Music Hall, The Hulu Theatre and The Chicago Theatre.

“The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus,” the Knicks’ statement said. “He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.”

New York has been the hotspot for the pandemic in the U.S.

All 50 U.S. states have reported some cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, but New York has the most, with over 52,000 positive tests for the illness and more than 700 deaths. About 7,300 people were in New York hospitals Saturday, including about 1,800 in intensive care.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults and people with other health problems.

Dolan is one of the most polarizing sports figures in New York. Earlier this month, Oscar-winning writer-director Spike Lee — one of the Knicks’ best-known fans — criticized Dolan after getting into a disagreement with MSG personnel about which entrance to the arena he could use. Dolan has also publicly clashed in recent years with former Knicks forward Charles Oakley, and frustrated fans chanted “sell the team” at some games this season.

The NBA has been shut down since March 11, the night that Utah center Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to have a positive diagnosis for the virus revealed. The Knicks played host to Utah — which later had Gobert and Donovan Mitchell test positive — on March 4 and played host to Detroit on March 8. Pistons center Christian Wood also later tested positive for the virus.

Gobert, Mitchell and Wood have all since recovered.

The 64-year-old Dolan also serves as executive chairman of MSG Networks, and has been chairman of the Garden and owner of the Knicks since 1999.


Tech boom, MLB programs helping women find jobs in baseball

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Rachel Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities.

None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. As for the girls she encounters, they care very much that one of the coaches is a woman.

“I’ve had quite a few people reach out that their daughters are like glued to the television watching baseball now or their daughters know that there’s some sort of way that they can get into baseball, they don’t have to pick softball,” Folden said. “I’ve heard that from quite a few people, actually.”

Major League Baseball is pushing the same message. Recognizing the importance of representation when it comes to growing the game, the commissioner’s office continues to look at ways to bring more women and minorities into the sport.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida gave baseball a C for gender hiring in its most recent diversity report, which was issued last April, down one point from the previous year to 70. But MLB is hoping a hiring spree over the winter is a sign that its Diversity Pipeline Program is working.

Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff when she was named an assistant under new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Folden got a job with the Cubs as their lead hitting lab tech and fourth coach for rookie-level Mesa. Rachel Balkovec was hired as a minor league hitting coach with the New York Yankees.

Veronica Alvarez worked with the Oakland Athletics during spring training for the second straight year, and Christina Whitlock was hired as a minor league coach with the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I’m here for a reason,” Nakken said. “I’m here to make an impact. People are free to think what they want to think, but it goes back to that sense of responsibility. I’m going to come in and grind and hustle and work extremely hard.”

Nakken, Folden, Balkovec, Alvarez and Whitlock have connections to Take The Field, a development program at the winter meetings that is designed to incorporate women into the baseball operations pipeline.

“At Take The Field, we have the opportunity to really put some of the strongest female candidates who are out there in front of staff from the clubs,” said Liz Benn, senior coordinator of labor relations and player programs for MLB. “This year we actually had a bunch of staff reach out to us asking if they could participate in Take The Field and they were really excited to just get in front of the female job candidates and meet them.”

Major League Baseball also is investing more in women’s baseball and softball events and programs, looking to identify and establish contact with women interested in working in the game. Baseball’s increasing reliance on technology also is creating more opportunities for women.

“It’s now become, it’s really not as much about your playing background,” said Tyrone Brooks, senior director of MLB’s on-field and managerial diversity pipeline program. “It’s more about are you having a skillset that can be applied in how a team is going about trying to develop players. Obviously, technology is now playing a bigger and bigger role within player development.”

Folden, 33, is the founder of Folden Fastpitch, a northwest Indiana company that provides baseball and softball instruction based on biomechanics, technology and data. Folden, one of six siblings, played several sports while she was growing up in California, and then was a star slugger for Marshall University’s softball team.

Folden also has served as a hitting consultant for Elite Baseball Training, which is run by Justin Stone. While working together on a couple of softball and baseball deals, Folden told Stone she wanted to be involved on the baseball side. So she got an opportunity to be around more baseball people, something she really enjoyed.

Stone then took a position with the Cubs in October.

“When he got hired as the director of hitting, we were driving to Michigan to do a softball consulting deal and he goes, ‘Hey, I got the job with the Cubs,’” Folden recalled. “I knew he was interviewing for it. He goes, ‘I got the job,’ and he goes, ‘I want you to come work with me.’”

Stone recommended Folden for an interview. Matt Dorey, senior director of player development for the Cubs, said the team was impressed.

“We needed to acquire talent that understood a lot of the data-driven initiatives that we were trying to implement,” Dorey said, “and she was a champion in that field.”

Folden said she has been treated like just another coach with Chicago. She spent a lot of time listening early on, looking to learn more about the players and their processes.

“But they do come to me for an opinion every once in a while and you have to be able to provide that,” she said, “and then if it’s good information, they don’t care, as long as it helps them.”

Folden also is sharing her experiences with other women around the game. She texts with Balkovec, and she is in regular contact with Jessica Mendoza after they played against each other in pro softball.

When Balkovec started a fund for COVID-19 relief, Folden contributed and encouraged others to join in the effort.

“A sisterhood if you will, I guess, that sounds so cheesy, but that’s kind of what it is,” Folden said. “Where we can get put in touch with each other and it’s like we have this common ground. We can talk to each other as if we already know each other, so it’s been super helpful to just have that interaction with these women for sure.”


Tokyo Olympics: Signs suggest summer dates in 2021 for games

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021.

Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested there would be no major change from 2020.

“The games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September,” Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Mori saying on Saturday.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, after the postponement was announced in Switzerland on Tuesday, left open the possibility of spring dates.

The postponed games were to have opened on July 24 and closed on Aug. 9. Mori suggested some decisions could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee’s executive board meets.

Any final decision will be made by local organizers and the IOC, and hundreds of sponsors, sports federations and broadcasters.

Athletes have been left in limbo by the postponement. Many have been forced to stop training because of the spreading coronavirus. Even those who can train have no idea about how to schedule training to reach peak fitness at the right time.

Mori and organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto have both said the added cost of rescheduling will be “enormous.” Early estimates put those costs at between $2 billion-$3 billion with the several levels of Japanese governments likely to foot most of the bills.

Tokyo organizers say they are spending $12.6 billion to stage the games. However, a government audit report said it will cost at least twice that much. All but $5.6 billion is public money.

The Switzerland-based IOC has contributed $1.3 billion to organize the Tokyo Olympics, according to local organizing committee documents. It has a reserve fund of about $2 billion for such emergencies and also has insurance coverage.


C-List Celebs With Huge Egos

She’s had some tv and music video appearances, but what’s she really known for is “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Although she has quite the recognizable face in showbiz, we’re not seeing her move to A-list status any time soon.

From humble beginnings in television to being quite the blockbuster star, Leonardo DiCaprio is top notch A-lister. Despite his status, he seems to keep a more down-to-earth approach.

It’s safe to say that Lindsay Lohan has the potential to be an A-lister in her younger years. She’s been through the ringer but still maintains a solid C-list status.

Of course, controversial things come with Hollywood actors. However, Pattinson is one of the few that gets praised for being humble and genuinely a nice guy.

Although she has broke into the entertainment biz as an A-lister, you still enjoy her on reality tv. When you’re an heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, you don’t need to have starring roles in big films.

At a young age, Portman has been been on the up and up in Your her acting career. She also has great family values and a strong mind to separate herself from the pack.

Kendra Wilkinson has been through the trial of fire in her life. However, she’s grown into a reality tv staple. We’re not expecting her to go to an A-list vibe but she’s got a healthy medium staying in the C-list zone.

If you were a teenager in the 90s, you grew up with Geller in someway, shape, or form. From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Scooby-Doo”, you can see why she’s been an A-lister.

While January Jones scratches the surface as a C-list actor in movies and tv, she still has a cult following. She’s beautiful, but still bumps heads with actors and directors in Hollywood.

Adele is considered the Queen of Pop. Not only does she have multiple hits under her belt, but her humility is quite refreshing.

While she gained massive attention for  her role in Glee, her persona on and off the screen ate two totally different things. She’s had a big feud with co-star Naya Rivera, which shows a bit of her ego when it comes to working with other thespians.

Her humble personality is something that warms our hearts. Of course, we know her as the sensual and radiant Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex in the City.” However, she’s quite the opposite being both frugal and down-to-earth.

Heigl is seen as quite the egotistical and snobbish person. While people think she’s a talented actress, her attitude has held her back from taking the steps to a bigger career.

Taylor Swift is a humble star, but not without her fair share of controversy. However, that doesn’t overshadow te millions of albums and sold out doors she’s done in the course of her 15-year singing career.


B-List Celebs Who Deserve More Fame

Teresa Palmer
It’s not hard to admit that we have a little crush on the girl from next door. The Aussie accent and her beautiful looks are a great combination.

Michael Peña
It would be nice to see Michael Peña in some big starring roles. However, he’s one of the more consistent actors with popular lines in films like “Ant-Man”

Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper is certainly one of the UK’s finest actors. He’s gotten some praise from AMC’s “Preacher”.

AnnaSophia Robb
AnnaSophia certainly has some great roles in “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “Bridge to Terabithia”. Although her acting prime has hit fork in the road, we still have hope that she can still de that right role to propel her career.

Camilla Belle
Camilla Belle started off as a child actor with tremendous potential. However, after a bit of backlash from dating Taylor Swift’s ex at the time, Belle been in nothing more than indy flicks.

Paul Dano
If you were a teenage girl around the time of the box office success, “Little Miss Sunshine,” you most likely had a crush on actor Paul Dano. It’s nice he’s in the independent market, but it would be even bette to see him in more mainstream movies.

Amber Tamblyn
From “General Hospital” to “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” we’ve grown to love Tamblyn. As director and an activist, we continue to see her growth.

Michael Shannon
Although Shannon has built a reputation in acting as the villain, bad guy, or weirdo, we knew he had more to offer. Recently, we’ve seen him in more diverse roles. You never know that to expect when he’s onscreen.

Gabrielle Union
Her breakout role was in the hit movie, “Bring It On.” However, we’ve seen her in Bad Boys 2 and other starring roles on tv. She’s certainly a force to be reckoned with.


The 12 Most Powerful Celebs On Earth

12. “The Game of Thrones” stars

The “Thrones” cast has such headlining talent that enabled them to make it one of the greatest TV series. It’s even helped people branch out to worlds, such as “Star Wars.”

11. “The Big Bang Theory” stars

When it comes to weekday prime time TV, there’s nothing like CBS. The stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco were all able to make a cool million per episode.

10. Ryan Reynolds

Ryan was a bit stuck in his roles. However, “Deadpool” came out of nowhere. It was a huge look for him and became a major box office success.

9. Kanye West

From political and social issues, Kanye gravitates toward controversy like flies to poop. In the midst of this, he’s recently shown his prowess in fashion. He’s helped Adidas build a revenue of over 3 billion dollars in Yeezy.

8. Taylor Swift

You never know what Taylor Swift has up her sleeve. It may be something from her personal life that catches your attention, or her breaking a music record. Either way, make sure you pay attention to what she does next.

7. Justin Bieber

No musician better proved their might as a singles artist than Bieber. With “Yummy” headed to the top of the charts, he’s preparing for his new album release after a 4-year break.  i

6. Adele

Adele is what you call a timeless talented. The gifted singer has made massive hits and broken album sales records.

5. Chris Pratt

Whether you enjoy drama or comedy,  Pratt always shows up for the task. He’s become America’s Sweetheart (kind of like male version of Julia Roberts).

4. Jennifer Lawrence

Here’s a breakout star that’s been in “The Hunger Games” and the X-Men films of the last decade. Her star power continues to rise.

3. Drake

The glow up is real with guy. He has music that touches multiple genres. We’re curious to see what he has in store for us in 2020.

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Here’s man that became a star in sports entertainment. He’s transitioned into full time actor. Not only that, but he’s grown as a producer, writer, and host.

1. Beyoncé

Since 2003, Beyoncé has given us countless albums to enjoy. She puts out great content that’s able to live on forever.



As a kid, we all have dreams we want to go after in our adulthood. When you start to come of age, you begin realizing your passions and talents. The best thing is harnessing them into an achievable goal. Here are some tips to help you figure out a career suited for you.

1. Do What You Love

While it might sound like a cliche, it still rings true. Doing something you love makes it easier to enjoy the journey that comes with the work. If you are fortunate enough to be a person who can make money from an activity you enjoy,  go for it.

2. Know you

Think deep inside and see what types of things make you tick. What skills do you naturally have that can make a difference? Make a list of your greatest abilities and write down your long- term goals. Think of the money you need to be content with and where you want to be in 5-10 years.

3. Work environment

When you start to know yourself and things become second nature, be realistic. What type of office string would you like? Do you want to work for a smaller company or corporation? A few questions to contemplate:

a. Do you like a 9-5 or want a flexible schedule?

b. Would I be more productive in a city office or working comfortably from home?

c. Do you like to be more behind the scenes or interact with your consumer base?

Think about what type of work scenario you’d most enjoy. The more realistic, the better chance you have of being successful.

4. Career counselor

Speak to a professional career counselor or recruiter. They’ve seen tons of resumes and individuals to give you an idea of what career path you should follow. Maybe you can even take an assessment test to see what kind of natural skills you have to meet certain requirements of the job you want.

5. Do research

Pick a few key jobs and careers. What will take for you to get there? Maybe you need education or special training. Look at the cities you should be in for your career, the salary opportunities, and other benefits.

6. Talk to elders

Get some advice from professionals in your field. Also, it’s good to build connections in case you need a reference. An internship could be a good way to get experience and lead to a future job.

7. Make a plan

Now that you’ve gathered the knowledge, start making a plan. Try to create a set of goals in a timeline to help you get to your career destination.

8. Get schooled

Either get college-level education or go to a trade school for a specific set of skills. It’ll help you get the training needed for the position you desire.


Recipes For When You’re Vegan And Broke


If you earn a low income, it can be very difficult to try and maintain a whole-food, organic and/or vegan lifestyle. In most Western societies, these fresh and Whole Foods are more expensive. Food manufacturers tend to target low-income shoppers with cheap and toxic foods, because it’s easier to mass produce.

What exactly is a whole-food lifestyle? You avoid foods like non-organic, non-organic meat, commercial corn, soy and canola, and anything with pesticides.

It’s hard to get on this type of diet when you live on a tight budget and have other mouths to feed. So what can you eat? Do some research before doing conventional grocery store shopping.

Hormones and antibiotics

Livestock animals are usually fed growth hormones, antibiotics, and GMO feed.  Not only are these poisonous, but they cause development issues in children, cancer and infertility.


Although pesticides are a staple of conventional commercial farming, they may cause birth defects, nerve damage and cancer in adults and children.


A great debate exists over fluoride, a neurotoxin that causes infertility and has been linked to cancer development and heart disease. MSG, another toxin, can be found in many packaged foods. Aspartame is an ingredient in many diet drinks, which has shown to cause brain cell death, headaches, depression, and seizure.

What to buy when you’re broke:

Grains & meat

Grains (brown rice). Pasta (couscous, quinoa, barley). Also, you want grass-fed organic or at least hormone & antibiotic free meat.

Fruits and vegetables

If you can’t get organic produce, go for fruits and vegetables that have been exposed to as little pesticides as possible. Good options include apples (peeled), asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, grapefruit, and mushrooms.

Dairy products

Conventional dairy products are loaded with hormones, passed on from dairy cows. These hormones are suspected to cause male/female sex attribute confusion as well as early puberty in girls. Organic dairy is safer due to the cattle eating healthier food and being free of antibiotics.


Try to buy a large jug of mineral water for healthier consumption.

Grow Your food

Growing a garden of food can be a good way to save money and get your healthy eating. It’s a good way to get more organic food and help you in times of need.

Cut down

Eat smaller meals and start consuming oatmeal to fill you up and reduce spending habits.

Don’t go cold turkey. Start off slowly and see how your body feels with the new eating regimen.


The Top 5 Superfoods of 2020

“Superfood” is a nutrient-heavy food that gives you long and short term health benefits. There are new exotic superfoods coming out at the time. Here are some of the newest superfoods to touch the market.

1. Baobab

Here’s a fruit native to Asia and Africa, which contains more vitamin C than Goji berries, more potassium than a banana and more calcium than milk!

2. Kelp

Kelp is popular seaweed-base food in Japanese culture. It enriches the body with the high levels of iodine and 70 different vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

3. Kombucha

Here’s a drink from ancient China, which is known as “The Longevity Drink.” You’ll find it as green or black tea. It has good that is fermented with detoxifying and diuretic powers to help clean out your body’s impurities.

4. Moringa

Here’s a food that’s been used for nutritional and medicinal purposes for thousands of years in the Indian Subcontinent. You’ll see it in products to help rejuvenate the skin, hair and nails.

5. Hemp

Hemp is a variety of cannabis. The omega 3 and omega 6 in it works well to help prevent heart disease and skin problems. Additionally, it’s a great protein source, which you can find in a health food store.