UN adopts resolution calling for ‘cooperation’ on virus

first_imgTopics : The UN resolution emphasizes the central role of the body in the global health and economic crisis. It was submitted by Switzerland, Indonesia, Singapore, Norway, Liechtenstein and Ghana, and adopted by 188 of the 193 states that make up the body, diplomats said.The Russian text — which also discussed cooperation but included an implicit demand for a general lifting of international sanctions, seen as a brake on efforts to fight the virus — was supported by the Central African Republic, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.Unlike the UN Security Council, the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are not binding but have a strong political value depending on their support.According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the coronavirus is “the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War.” The UN General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution calling for “international cooperation” and “multilateralism” in the fight against COVID-19, in the first text to come out of the international body since the outbreak began.The resolution, approved by consensus, also stresses “the need for full respect for human rights” and that “there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and xenophobia in the response to the pandemic.”Russia was unsuccessful in opposing the resolution with its own text that was supported by four other countries.center_img Just last week, as the pandemic spread around the world, killing thousands and infecting many more, Guterres warned that unless the world came together to fight the virus, millions of people could die.On March 23, he called for an “immediate global ceasefire” to protect vulnerable civilians in conflict zones from the ravages of the pandemic.Few countries have heeded his appeal.”Unfortunately, hostilities have gone unabated,” said Laetitia Courtois, the UN representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).On the Security Council, which has been silent since the start of the pandemic, the five permanent members (the US, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France) are divided on reaching a resolution to support Guterres’ appeal.They have yet to produce a concrete solution, to the increasing exasperation of the 10 non-permanent members.The US and China continue to clash over the origins of the virus that first emerged in central China late last year, which Washington wants to highlight.Beijing and Moscow, which both have veto power, are also reluctant to see the Security Council — which is responsible for global peace and security — take up an issue that has until now been a primarily health and economic issue.”The Council missed an opportunity to be relevant — in a way that might have been life-saving — during the early stages of the pandemic,” said Stephen Pomper, a policy director for the international think tank Crisis Group and former director of multilateral affairs for President Barack Obama.last_img read more

COVID-19: Theological school in Central Jakarta designated ‘red zone’

first_imgThe Bethel Indonesia School of Theology in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, has been designated a “red zone” following mounting reports of COVID-19 cases in its vicinity. “Initially, there were three people who contracted COVID-19. One of them died. The [number of cases] continued to rise after that,” said Herlani, a community head in Petamburan subdistrict, on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.As the number of cases in the vicinity continued to grow, the Jakarta administration deployed health workers to transfer 36 confirmed patients from the area to the makeshift COVID-19 hospital in the Kemayoran Athletes Village for intensive treatment on Thursday. “Health officials have returned to pick up more students from the school dormitory,” Herlani said.To ensure public safety, the Jakarta Health Agency and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) disinfected the school dorm. Local police have secured the premises.Joint Defense Area Command (Kogabwilhan) I commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono confirmed that 36 students at the school had been found to have COVID-19.Earlier this month, 127 tested positive after rapid tests were carried out on hundreds of people who attended a religious seminar at the Lembang Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) in Bandung, West Java.About 2,000 people had attended the event between March 2 and 6.On March 21, a pastor who attended the seminar died after testing positive for COVID-19. His wife also contracted the disease and died about a week later.It is currently unclear whether the infected students in Jakarta had attended the seminar in Bandung. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Francesco Guidolin starts with a win as Swans sink Everton to ease drop fears

first_imgNew head coach Francesco Guidolin enjoyed a winning start as Swansea registered back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the first time this season with a 2-1 victory at Everton. The Italian watched Monday’s win over Watford from the stands and it is a matter for debate how much he influenced this result – the Swans’ first ever league triumph in the 22 meetings between the two – as the visitors did not have to play particularly well to beat the worst home defence in the league. Roberto Martinez’s side have now conceded 22 goals in 12 home games, three more than anyone else, and the ease with which a Swansea team which had not scored in the first half in their previous eight away league matches was a concern. The celebrations were short-lived as injury to Kevin Mirallas forced a second substitution before Swansea went ahead again. Deulofeu thought he should have had a handball decision against Williams but the visitors countered with Neil Taylor going past makeshift right-back Bryan Oviedo to set up Ayew, whose shot deflected off Stones past Howard. After the break Deulofeu finally got into the game with a series of viciously whipped-in crosses but Lukaku, in particular, could not take advantage. Guidolin, adopting a very Italian approach, was taking no chances and sent on defender Jordi Amat for winger Wayne Routledge and Eder for Ayew to shore things up. Substitute Seamus Coleman rolled a late shot wide and then volleyed over from four yards with the last kick of the game but Everton hardly put Lukasz Fabianski under huge pressure as they chased the game. The result lifted Swansea four points clear of the relegation zone and only four points behind Everton, in 12th. TWEET OF THE MATCH “The Everton fans have got their young players in a nervous state here!! Looks like they wont allow em time to make mistakes & learn….” Rio Ferdinand @rioferdy5 https://twitter.com/rioferdy5/status/691260869083336705 PLAYER RATINGS Everton Tim Howard: 6 (out of 10) Bryan Oviedo: 5 John Stones: 5 Ramiro Funes Mori: 6 Leighton Baines: 6 Muhamed Besic: 5 Gareth Barry: 6 Gerard Deulofeu: 6 Ross Barkley: 6 Kevin Mirallas: 5 Romelu Lukaku: 5 Substitutes Tom Cleverley (on for Besic, 11): 6 Steven Pienaar (on for Mirallas, 28): 6 Seamus Coleman (on for Oviedo, 67): 6 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 6 Angel Rangel: 6 Ashley Williams: 7 Federico Fernandez: 7 Neil Taylor: 7 Leon Britton: 7 Jack Cork: 6 Ki Sung-Yeung: 7 Wayne Routledge: 6 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6 Andre Ayew: 7 Substitutes Jordi Amat (on for Routledge, 77): 6 Eder (on for Ayew, 89): 5 Kyle Naughton (on for Rangel, 90): 5 STAR MAN Andre Ayew: Scored and his incessant running gave Everton centre-back John Stones in particular all kinds of problems. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Substitute Seamus Coleman missing an open goal from four yards with the last kick of the match which would have snatched the point Everton should at least have had. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Francesco Guidolin, often squatting down in technical area, may have had a game plan but even he could not have accounted for being gifted the opener. Moved to shore things up midway through the second half with some safety-first substitutions. Roberto Martinez was hamstrung by two early injuries and he cannot be blamed for a player missing an open goal from four yards but a lack of intensity suggests something was wrong from the start. MOAN OF THE MATCH A toss-up between Everton’s leaky defence – who have the worst home record in the league – or the missed chances at the other end. Both particularly damning. WHO’S UP NEXT? Manchester City v Everton (Capital One Cup, Wednesday January 27) West Brom v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Tuesday February 2) Match-winner Ayew was pleased to ensure a winning start for his new coach Guidolin but urged Swansea not to get carried away by their maiden league victory over Everton. The Ghanaian told Sky Sports: “I’m happy for him, I’m happy especially for the supporters and the club, they have been behind us in this difficult moment. We need to continue like that. We have a victory here but we haven’t done anything yet. “There are a lot of games left. We have to work harder and I know we can even do better.” Captain Williams hopes the struggling Swans can now continue the momentum at West Brom in nine days’ time after collecting six points from their last two matches. He said: “It’s about trying to put a run together – that’s what we’re speaking about now. “Winning at a place like Goodison Park is massive for the club. We’ve not done it before. We know what it means to everyone involved, and we’ve got to keep picking up points every week.” Ayew felt being able to walk away with all three points was largely due to their resolve. He added: “I think what was important was the team spirit that we showed. We showed a lot of determination. In the first half we played well. We got control of the ball till the last 10 minutes of the first half where they were putting us under pressure. “The second half we knew was going to be difficult. We had a chance where Wayne (Routledge) could have killed it but the game was very difficult for the strikers. “But I feel we showed a lot of desire and, when you show a lot of desire, sometimes the luck comes to your side.” A sluggish Everton never got going and gifted Swansea an the opener when John Stones’ woeful backpass led to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty. A Jack Cork own goal, denying Gareth Barry his first strike for 88 matches, was quickly followed by Andre Ayew’s strike – and that was to prove decisive. With captain Phil Jagielka rested ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Stones was the senior centre-back – but he had a match to forget as his tendency to overplay proved costly. That contrasted sharply with his opposite number Ashley Williams, whose old-fashioned approach saw him take no chances – or prisoners – and keep in-form Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku relatively quiet. Everton’s afternoon began badly when they lost Muhamed Besic, who had hit the post with the first shot of the match, to injury after just 10 minutes. But that was only the start as in the 18th minute Stones delayed too long before leaving a square backpass short, which meant Tim Howard’s attempted clearance only hacked down Ayew and Sigurdsson hammered home the penalty. Such is the regard Howard is currently held in by many supporters at least one Everton fan called for his own goalkeeper to be sent off for the foul but however slow the American’s reactions were Stones had to take his fair share of the blame. However, the hosts fashioned a well-taken 27th-minute equaliser when Gerard Deulofeu’s corner was backheeled by Barry via Jack Cork and in off the far post. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News India have strong side for World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgTalking about his IPL side Delhi Capitals, who are currently placed second on the points table with five wins from eight games, Dhawan said the experience of coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Souran Ganguly is helping the side. “The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly… Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instill in us is great. At the same time, the young boys in our team are also getting mature.””It has been a good season for us. It’s a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new administration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players. The way we are performing is good.”The stylish opener missed out on his maiden century of the season when teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to give Capitals a seven-wicket victory, but Dhawan has no regrets.”I was not thinking of the century, it was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket and take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position.””People are only seeing that I missed my century by three runs but they should also see that I score a 97. If I have scored it once I can score it ten times more,” Dhawan said.(With Inputs: PTI) New Delhi: India opener Shikhar Dhawan Tuesday said the selectors have picked a “very strong side” for the ICC World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The MSK Prasad-headed selection committee Monday named a 15-member squad, which will be led by Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma being his deputy.Dinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot.”For the world cup, we have a very good and a strong side and we are looking forward to the competition. We will perform really well once we get there,” Dhawan said at an event organized by Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals to raise awareness for organ donation. highlights Shikhar Dhawan will feature in his second World Cup. Shikhar rated Indian squad as strong. India will play its first game against South Africa on June 5.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Italy’s sports minister to extend ban on events

first_imgThe Latest: Italy’s sports minister to extend ban on events Associated Press The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.Minister Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian daily La Repubblica that talks about restarting the Serie A soccer league on May 3 are “unrealistic.”He adds: “(On Monday) I will propose extending the ban on sports competitions at every level for all of April. And I’ll extend the measure to training — an area where we hadn’t intervened because there was still a possibility of holding the Olympics.”Some clubs like Lazio and Napoli had been pushing to restart training as soon as this week.At least 15 Serie A players have tested positive for COVID-19. March 29, 2020 Overall, Italy has nearly 100,000 positive cases and days ago surpassed the total in China, where the outbreak began in late 2019.Spadafora says he’s hoping Serie A officials show “a serious desire to change. The big clubs live in a bubble, beyond their means, starting with the millionaire wages of the players. They need to understand that nothing will be like before anymore after this crisis.”To that end, on Saturday Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates along with coach Maurizio Sarri agreed to forgo 90 million euros ($100 million) in wages to help the club during the crisis.Spadafora also says that he will allocate 400 million euros ($450 million) for recovery efforts at amateur sports associations.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through all of April. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Cisse joins QPR from Lazio

first_imgQPR have completed the signing of former Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé from Lazio.The 30-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract and joins for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £3.8m.He will make his debut at Aston Villa on Wednesday evening if international clearance is received in time.AdChoices广告Cissé was a Champions League winner during a two-year spell at Liverpool, who signed him from Auxerre in 2004.He left Anfield for Marseille and spent the 2008/09 season back in England on loan at Sunderland, who declined to take up an option to sign him permamently.Instead he signed for Greek club Panathinaikos, where he spent two seasons before moving to Italy.QPR boss Mark Hughes initially doubted he would be able to sign Cisse.But the France international was keen to return to the Premier League and Lazio made it clear they wanted to do business but were not interested in a loan deal.Related stories:Hughes doubts QPR will sign CisseQPR enquire about striker CisseFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Poll shows Obama would beat Romney

first_imgThe Los Angeles Times and Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences released a poll Sunday about the support for Republican presidential candidates and how they would perform against President Barack Obama.The poll shows that Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney carries the support of many of the Republican voters in California, with 42 percent of registered Republicans saying they would vote for Romney if the California primary were held today. Romney’s closest rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, captured about 23 percent of votes.Source: Los Angeles Times Dornsife Poll, Christina Ellis | Daily TrojanIf the November presidential election were held today between Obama and Romney, Obama would receive 57 percent of the vote in California and Romney would receive 36 percent, according to the poll.The poll also showed discontent with the current options for presidential candidates. Approximately half of the Republican voters said they wished there were other candidates running for president.In November 2011, the Los Angeles Times and Dornsife released a poll showing a remarkably different race, with Romney leading by only 27 percent of the vote among Republican presidential candidates and former business executive Herman Cain being Romney’s closest competitor.Kevin Koeller, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the Republican Party has many strong candidates and the election process, which some people have considered detrimental, could actually help Republicans influence more voters.“Any of the [Republican] candidates have the capacity to be good leaders since they all are experienced and knowledgeable about the [United States],” Koeller said. “The election process is great for the party, because it gives more publicity to the candidates and better shows the public their values and beliefs.”Kaya Masler, political director for USC College Democrats, said the Republican Party’s drawn-out election process will not be as important in the general election because most voters focus on the issues rather than the process.“People assume that [the Republican primaries] will hurt them more than it will because the candidate will eventually be chosen and the rest of the party will consolidate their support,” Masler said. “What could hurt [the Republican Party] more is their focus on social issues right now, when they have a strong opportunity to talk about economics.”The California Republican primary will be held June 5.last_img read more

Syracuse’s defense holds up despite increase in cards

first_imgNot even two minutes into the second overtime of Sunday’s game against Penn, Syracuse found itself at a disadvantage.SU’s Laura Graziosi sent a shot wide right when freshman Kira Wimbert fell. She took a Penn player down with her at the top of the circle. She was called for a yellow card. Almost instantly, captain Claire Webb found herself in a similar situation as Wimbert, ending on the ground near the midline with a Penn player next to her. She was issued a green card. Syracuse had to play the next two minutes of sudden death overtime down two players.In the last four games, Syracuse (6-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) received 10 of its 14 green cards and three of its four yellow cards. Last season, SU saw its highest green cards per game average (1.7) in the Ange Bradley-era, but this season isn’t far off. Despite the defense being down a player, Bradley pointed out it hasn’t let a goal in yet.The 1.5 green cards per game (2.5 per contest in its past four games) rank the second most in Bradley’s 12 seasons. If SU keeps the pace it’s currently at, the Orange will finish the season with 24 green cards and seven yellow. Twenty-four green cards would tie for fifth-highest green card total in 12 seasons.“You’re playing 35 minutes down,” Bradley said. “It affects you a lot. It’s extra work on everybody else’s part.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorAgainst Bucknell, the Orange had four green cards and a yellow card — its most this season. Bradley said “not so smart” decisions led to the cards. The five cards given led to 12 minutes of man-down play. During those times when SU only had nine players and a goalie, it limited Bucknell to two shots and no goals.Against Duke, the Orange allowed only one of the Blue Devils’ 21 shots to score despite the 10 minutes of man-down play due to two green cards and a yellow. In the past four games, SU faced 45 shots, and only five of those came while the defense was down a player.Redshirt junior Jamie Martin and sophomore Chiara Gutsche both cited the youth of the team as part of the reason SU has a recent influx of cards.“It takes a lot of knowledge of how to play the game to not get carded,” Martin said. “It’s something we’re working on.”In the second overtime against Penn on Sunday, Syracuse had four on the field to the Quakers’ six. Within seconds of the Orange receiving a green and a yellow card, Penn was able to utilize its extra players to get a shot off. SU goalie Borg van der Velde kept Penn from ending the game, right then and there, with a save. The four SU players on the field would not allow a shot for the rest of the disadvantage.“The mistakes did to get those cards were not very smart,” Gutsche said. “So we can learn from it and hopefully we won’t increase them.”For now, it hasn’t caught up to the SU defense. Comments Published on September 26, 2018 at 10:18 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse releases 2020 softball schedule

first_imgSyracuse announced its full schedule for the 2020 season on Wednesday morning. The 53 game season includes 32 Atlantic Coast Conference matchups and 21 nonconference games. Syracuse is coming off head coach Shannon Doepking’s first season with the program in which SU went 21-32. The Orange start their season Feb. 7 in Miami, Florida at the Felsberg Invitational. SU will play five games in three days against Cal, Michigan State, Penn State and FIU.The following weekend, the Orange will travel to Durham, North Carolina to face Rutgers and Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Orange will play each team twice with a game on Feb. 14, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday.Syracuse then heads to Texas for the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational. SU will face Texas Tech, Houston, Louisiana Tech and Princeton in a three-day span.The Orange then head south for the USF Tournament in Tampa, Florida. They will play Rutgers for the second time this season, as well as face Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Southern Florida.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU gets a break from tournament play when they open conference play at North Carolina March 6-8.Nonconference tournaments wrap up with the Tiger Classic in Memphis, Tennessee with five games against Purdue, Memphis, Tennessee State and UMass Lowell.Syracuse plays its first game at Skytop Stadium on March 2o, hosting Virginia for a three-game series. ACC games at home also include NC State, Boston College and Louisville. The Orange play 16 home games at Skytop Softball Stadium.Seventeen of the 53 games this season are against teams that qualified for the 2019 NCAA tournament, including ACC champion Florida State. Comments Published on December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm aekaylor@syr.edu | @cincinnallie Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Super Soto Brace Bring Down Flying Eagles

first_imgAn unimpressive Flying Eagles side was well beaten by Team USA in Bielsko-Biala last night, meaning they must earn a result against table-toppers Ukraine on Thursday to be sure of a place in the Round of 16 of the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.Looking already good for the knockout stages following a commanding 4-0 win over Qatar in Tychy on Friday, the two-time runners-up were taken to the cleaners by a smooth-playing American side that was vastly superior in pace, technical hue, all-round play, awareness, guile and marksmanship.Having beaten Qatar easily, the Flying Eagles were expected to find their range against USA and get their two feet into the knockout rounds. But that looked a mountain to climb right from kick-off as the nifty Sebastian Soto, who scored both goals, combined well with Alex Mendez and Timothy Weah to rip through the Nigerian defence at will. Soto came close to getting the first goal after only nine minutes, but missed with goalkeeper Olawale Oremade beaten. In another nine minutes, he got it right, as he was strangely allowed a free header from a corner inside a box that had about eight Nigerian players.It would have been two-nil three minutes later but Oremade charged out Weah’s close-range shot. Nine minutes later, it should have been that exact scoreline but the ever-dangerous Soto was ruled offside after rifling into the net, as four Nigerian defenders made a complete hash of clearing the ball from a corner kick.In the closing stages of the first half, Aniekeme Okon’s fierce shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Brad Scott, but right from the recess, the threatening 2-0 score on the board became a reality as Soto, again, ran cleverly behind a stiff Nigerian rearguard to snap the ball past Oremade.Even as they improved in the second period, the Flying Eagles failed to show any attacking fluency or clinical efficiency, and it was rather the Americans who put on display excellent footwork and cohesion now and again to threaten at will.Nigeria must now earn a result against group leaders Ukraine – who pipped Qatar 1-0 earlier in the day – on Thursday to advance to the Round of 16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more