first_imgTo press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the Zika crisis, would be “irresponsible” and “unethical,” the letter argued.”Our greater concern is for global health. The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before,” said the letter, signed by experts in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, Norway, the Philippines, Japan, Brazil and South Africa, among others.”An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” it said.”Should that happen to poor, as-yet unaffected places (e.g., most of South Asia and Africa) the suffering can be great.”Zika can cause birth defects, including a devastating syndrome known as microcephaly in which babies are born with unusually small heads and brains.Nearly 1,300 babies have been born in Brazil with the irreversible defect since the mosquito-borne Zika began circulating there last year.The World Health Organization and top US public health officials have called on those traveling to Brazil to take precautions against mosquito bites, and have said pregnant women should avoid areas where Zika is circulating, including Rio de Janeiro.The Olympics and Paralympics, set for August 5 through September 18, “will take place during Brazil’s wintertime when there are fewer active mosquitoes and the risk of being bitten is lower,” WHO said this month.And on Thursday, the top US public health official, Tom Frieden, said “there is no public health reason to cancel or delay the Olympic Games.”But the open letter, signed by doctors and researchers at leading universities around the world, expressed worry that officials are not adequately protecting the public against the danger posed by Zika.”It is unethical to run the risk, just for Games that could proceed anyway, if postponed and/or moved,” the letter read.The letter urged the WHO to “conduct a fresh, evidence-based assessment” of the situation in Brazil and its recommendations for travelers.WHO has ‘conflict of interest’Given the big financial investments at stake, the letter questioned whether the UN health agency was able to give a non-biased view of the situation.It said the world body may not be properly considering the options, which include moving the Games to a place where Zika is not present, postponing them until Zika is under control, or cancelling them.”We are concerned that WHO is rejecting these alternatives because of a conflict of interest,” said the letter.”Specifically, WHO entered into an official partnership with the International Olympic Committee, in a Memorandum of Understanding that remains secret.”It called on the UN health agency to disclose the memo.”Not doing so casts doubt on WHO’s neutrality,” it said.”WHO must revisit the question of Zika and postponing and/or moving the Games. We recommend that WHO convene an independent group to advise it and the IOC in a transparent, evidence-based process in which science, public health, and the spirit of sport come first,” the letter said.”Given the public health and ethical consequences, not doing so is irresponsible.”AFPlast_img read more

first_imgJenni Hermoso, Sandra Paños and Hansen, leadersAs for individual names, Jenni Hermoso, Sandra Paños and Hansen stand out, who lead the table of top scorer, goalkeeper least scored and top assistant. The Madrid forward has a hard fight with her partner Assiat Oshoala for the pichichi trophy. Jenni, the top scorer of the championship, has 23 goals in 19 games played, while her Nigerian teammate has 20 in the same games.For her part, Sandra Paños is the goalless goal scorer with only five goals in 19 games. And Graham Hansen is the top assistant of the First Iberdrola. The Norwegian now has nine goal passes in 14 games plus the seven goals she has scored. Behind her, another Barcelona player, Alexia Putellas who has eight assists in 20 games and ten goals. The same goal passes has been given by the Tacon player Jakobsson, with eight assists and seven goals. Barcelona is rooted this season in the First Iberdrola. The Catalan team is the leader alone, undefeated after losing only four points (has yielded two draws), but also dominates all facets of the game. It is the highest scoring team in the championship and the least scored. To this we must add that in the individual classifications also He leads both the table of top scorer, top assistant and goalkeeper least scored. A dream season that wants to end with a treble in Spain. At the moment, he has already lifted the first title of the course, the Spanish Super Cup, and is well on his way to the league title. Meanwhile, in the Queen’s Cup, he is already in the semifinals, where he will meet Sevilla at the Johan Cruyff.Barcelona’s numbers are spectacular. The azulgrana add 59 points of the 63 possible. That is, he has only yielded four points in the 21 games played so far. With nine mattress points with respect to Atlético (second classified), Barcelona have the First Iberdrola title very close. They are the highest scoring team, with 86 goals, that is, they score a goal every 22 minutes. The 86 goals are double that of Atlético (43) and 40 more than Depor, the second highest scoring team in the championship. But it is that, in addition, He has only conceded six goals, that is, they score a goal every 315 minutes he disputes. Away are the 17 of Atlético, the second team that least goals fit in the championship. At the Johan Cruyff he has been able to score 55 goals in 11 games, with an average of five goals per game before his public, where he has won everything and has conceded five of those six goals that he has scored. At home, the azulgrana have only conceded one goal in ten games, although it is where they have let out the four points that have not won this course. Two left against Rayo (1-1) and another two against Atlético (0-0) in the only game they have not scored. He fits less outside, but they also score less with 31 goals in the games.last_img read more

first_imgThey are being hard days. There is no one outside the coronavirus crisis and society is staying at home to try to stop this epidemic. Many footballers have shown us in their networks how they are living their confinement and, directly or indirectly, they are offering us some ideas to occupy our time. Here we offer several rayista recommendations to pass the quarantine. Do houseworkThe day goes a long way and Catena He showed us another of his chores through the networks, in this case ordering his large collection of sneakers. And it is that our homes are an inexhaustible source of tasks: cleaning, cooking, ironing … “I have placed the closet twice and surely another falls this weekend”, he confessed Alicia, captain of the Feminine.To playSome opt for games like FIFA 20 or Fortnite. There are specialists. However, we can also test our knowledge of the Strip. Here, this trivial designed by fellow ‘Lightning Union’ ( to musicIt has become the anthem of this crisis. The mantra to hold on to when they are badly given. ‘Resistiré’ by the Dynamic Duo is one of the ex-Strip’s favorite songs, Bolus. It was before and it is now. “My family and my close friends have wavered my whole life because of it,” he confessed.Do sportFootballers and coaching staff they try to keep fit with the resources they have at home. In some cases they have a garden or terrace to be able to move around more, but others must manage on their floor. Sit-ups, rubbers … Any corner or object can count as an improvised gym.ApplaudRayists and non-rayists. Players and non-players. We all have an appointment at the windows and balconies at 20:00 to applaud in honor of all those anonymous heroes of the coronavirus: restrooms, restockers and ATMs, transporters, cleaners … “Thank you to all the people who are working and making things easy in these difficult times we are experiencing,” he said. Trejo.And of course … Being with the family!Video calls bring families who cannot live together this quarantine together. A good time to talk and listen. In short, to share moments with our loved ones (parents, children, couples, friends …) because even without kisses and hugs we can show affection. Morro’s aunt He has made a beautiful video linking a message from each and every member of his family: ‘Everything will pass … This too’. ReadIt is the plan chosen by Catena, who showed us in a photo four books on the table, four suggestions: ‘Ask the dust’ by Fante, ‘Complete poetry’ by Cesare Pavese, ‘Submission’ by Houellebecq and ‘The world of yesterday’ by Stefan Zweig.Two pro rayistas have also decided to do their bit and offer the free download of their books. This is the case of ‘Footballers of the Left’ ( and ‘A las Armas’ ( of Quique Hairstyle and ‘The samurai of Vallecas’ of Jesus Mesado ( seriesThe different platforms offer us a rich list of movies, documentaries and series. The latter has been the bet of Isi Palazón. The end hung a photo watching the new season of ‘Elite’ with his pet. One of the highlights of Netflix, where the Korean film ‘Virus’ is also sweeping.StudyMario Suarez He dedicates part of this time at home to training. In addition to being with the family, the midfielder continues with his SBA Master of the Garrigues Study Center, focused on sports management. Always a good option for the future.last_img read more

first_imgThe Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) says Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has not been provisionally suspended for violating anti-doping rules.Russell has committed an anti-doping whereabouts rule violation after missing three tests in the space of 12 months.JADCO said in a release this afternoon, that the case has been referred to the iindependent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The Commission says it is now awaiting a date for the hearing.The 27-year-old, who is named in the West Indies’ squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, which starts next week in India, has missed three doping tests within a 12-month period.According to anti-doping rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests.And if an athlete misses three drug checks within a 12-month period, that counts as a positive test.last_img read more

first_img In the women’s competition, Mahfood delivered a commanding performance to beat Alyssa Mullings 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 and dethroned the two-time champion. The win gave Mahfood, the current All-Jamaica Under-19 champion, her first senior title and an edge over Mullings, her teammate and arch-rival. “It’s never easy to play Alyssa because she’s such a fighter, but I’ve been working on my game playing on the US college circuit, and I’ve sharpened my match skills, so I’m very happy with my performance at this tournament,” Mahfood said. Mahfood was also voted Most Outstanding Female Player while senior national team player, Bruce Burrows was the most outstanding male. The gutsy journeyman prevailed 14-12, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 14-12 to beat Julian Morrison for third place, making him the top amateur player in the men’s draw. Jamaica Squash Association President Chris Hind said, “We could not have been more pleased with how the tournament unfolded. As professionals, Chris (Binnie) and Lewis (Walters) are lifting the level of local squash and we were thrilled to see Mary (Mahfood), a junior champion, breaking through to the next level and winning a senior title.” Tournament sponsors Wisynco, manufacturers and distributors of WATA, also expressed satisfaction with the 2015 championships. “WATA is very pleased to contribute to the growth of local squash,” said Andrew Mahfood, CEO of the Wisynco Group. “We anticipated that this would be an exciting competition and we’re thrilled that the players delivered consistently throughout the tournament.” Defending champion Chris Binnie claimed his sixth men’s title and Mary Mahfood won her first senior women’s trophy as the WATA All-Jamaica Squash Championships wrapped up over the weekend at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Facing his strongest competition in recent years, Binnie pulled out all the stops to beat his fellow professional player, Lewis Walters, who was out to end Binnie’s dominance on local soil. The training partners played a brutal first game, with Binnie barely managing to prevail. However, with one game under his belt, the reigning national and Caribbean champion grew in confidence, convincingly winning the second game and then staving off a third game rally to beat Walters 15-13, 11-4, 11-9. “It was one of the toughest finals I’ve had at the All Jamaica because Lewis is such a strong player, so I’m very happy that I came out on top because no matter where in the world I play it means a lot to me to defend my national title,” Binnie said. commanding performancelast_img read more

first_imgThe Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has announced its approval and issued a letter of “No Objection” to Cellcom Telecommunications Inc., in its 100% acquisition by Orange France through its subsidiary Orange Cote d’Ivoire.A statement from the LTA said the process “included the careful review of supporting documentations by several government agencies.” In a letter signed by the Acting Chairperson Harry T. Yuan, Sr., the statement said, the LTA informed Cellcom that the regulatory body expects uninterrupted services during the transition period for Cellcom subscribers.“The acquisition by the Orange Brand is a positive move for the Liberian Telecommunications Sector,” the LTA said. The approval paves the way for the finalization of the acquisition which will lead to a 100% takeover of Cellcom Telecommunications Inc. Over the weekend, Cellcom said in a statement that its founders and employees will continue to be engaged in the business to ensure a smooth integration, support performance and continuing long-standing relations with the Government. “The acquisition of Cellcom by Orange will bring the global resources of Orange into the Liberian market to accelerate Cellcom’s growth and its leading position in innovative services, quality of service, customer care, and affordability,” the company said. “Cellcom assures its many loyal customers that the future is bright and that as their number one service provider, it will continue to provide first class service under its new ownership. “Cellcom expresses its thanks to the President and the Government of Liberia for their vision and active support in attracting a world-class brand to make a heavy long-term investment in the country and to the LTA for its instrumental role in reviewing the transaction and providing its technical approval,” the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), in preparation for the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE), launched its campaign in all 10 Administrative Regions throughout Guyana during the course of last week.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo late last week launched its Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) campaign. The Party held four meetings in the Region at Number 70 Village, Number 56 Village, Hogtown Chesney, and Hampshire.Jagdeo has pointed out that the Party was implementing a 12-point criteria list for choosing persons to represent their constituencies at the upcoming LGE. Addressing a crowd of about 400 at Number 70 Village, Jagdeo said one of the criteria was to ensure widespread consultation to select a representative.“We don’t want the people who are selected to represent you in an area to be selected by a small group of people of the party group alone. We want widespread consultation with our people in the areas, so that the people that we select are the best people we put forward. I hope that you participate in that process to help us to select those people, because in the past like at the last elections in some of the NDCs [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils], we had a small group who sat down and decided who will run and when we won those areas we were stuck with small groups of persons who did not have the skills to move the communities forward,” he noted.A section of the gathering during the launch of the LGE campaign in Region SixThe Opposition Leader asked all to participate in the process and said by August 18, the names of those selected should be submitted to the Party’s head office. Meanwhile, PPP Executive Member Zulfikar Mustapha explained that the Kilcoy/Chesney NDC area was critical to the Party as he made mention of the 1994 LGE.“In 1994, when we had Local Government Elections we had a tie in this NDC [Fyrish/Gibraltar] and we went back to a by-election and we won it… At the last Local Government Elections in 2016, we had another tie and instead of the Government and the Ministry of Communities go back to a by-election, the Minister decided to choose the APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] appoint a Chairman and a Vice Chairman,” Mustapha told the gathering.Party member Anand Persaud stressed that in many of the communities that he has visited across Guyana, persons were starved for development.“Everywhere I go, I see people with faces expressing despair; people are down and they look as if they have lost hope,” Persaud said.On Tuesday, the PPP/C launched its LGE campaign in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) while on Wednesday, it launched the Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) campaign.On Saturday, Jagdeo conducted a number of outreaches in Regions Three and Four (Demerara-Mahaica) in preparation for the campaigning season. The PPP/C is hoping to win the LGE by a landslide as it prepares for the 2020 General Election.last_img read more

first_imgCourt-ordered Article 106 March 19 elections…says APNU/AFC seem bent on creating constitutional crisisRepresentatives from the US-based Carter Centre met with members of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday where they met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with Opposition Members of Parliament Juan Edghill and Priya Manickchand. The Carter Centre team included Associate Director, Brett Lacy, and Legal and Electoral Advisor, Anne Marlborough.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe representatives are in Guyana on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the country’s preparedness to host General and Regional Elections following the December 21, 2018 passage of a motion of no-confidence against the coalition Government.In an interview with Guyana Times, the Opposition Leader said he briefed the visiting officials on his party’s perspective on the elections.“We welcomed the meeting and we’re pleased that they’ve shown continued interest in the governance issues in Guyana, particularly free and fair elections. We also used to the opportunity to outline our perspective on how the matters are evolving,” he stated.According to the Opposition Leader, he made it clear that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition seems “hell bent” on violating the Constitution.“I told them that there is almost no respect for the [High] Court’s decision and that Government is operating in a manner and have made public pronouncements that it is ‘business as usual’. There has been no good faith effort made by this Government to meet the constitutional deadline and that they are pushing us into a constitutional crisis once the March 19 deadline expires,” Jagdeo said he told the Carter Centre representatives.Since the passage of the No-confidence Motion, the Opposition has been reaching out to a number of international organisations to update them on the political situation in Guyana. As such, Jagdeo said this visit by the Carter Centre demonstrates that Guyana and the events happening here are being watched closely.“We’ve been having regular meetings with the international community and I know that they are very concerned with the developments in Guyana and I believe that at the appropriate time, stronger views will be expressed,” he stated.Already international pressure on the country has mounted. Only recently, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect the Constitution as she reminded that building a peaceful and just society requires respect for the rule of law and confidence in national institutions.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regards to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance. The delivery of the decisions by the Chief Justice demonstrate the independence and integrity of the Judiciary in protecting the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. The Honourable Speaker’s earlier validation of the process of the controversial voting at the National Assembly was testimony of the integrity of the Legislative arm of the State. It is hoped that the third arm of the State, the Executive, will demonstrate its integrity and respect for Guyana’s Constitution and the Judiciary that constitute the foundation for the rule of law,” Tanaka noted.While the length of the Carter Centre officials’ visit is unknown, the team has already met with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). During that meeting, they engaged Chairman, Justice James Patterson; Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield; and the three Opposition Commissioners. The three Government Commissions did not show for the meeting on Monday.Later that day, the Carter Centre representatives also met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; and Political Advisor, Dr Mark Kirton at the Ministry of the Presidency.Civil societyMeanwhile on Tuesday, the visiting team participated in a civil society forum meeting with local stakeholders. The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) made a presentation, which according to its General Secretary Lincoln Lewis, highlights the need for society to vest itself in good governance, while also emphasising on the Centre’s crucial role at this point in time.Lewis maintains that the GTUC’s concern is on rights and the rule of law, and the application of justice for all.The GTUC head believes Government and the Opposition should return to the National Assembly, not only to address the issue of election and matters pertaining to how Government should “function” consistent with Article 106 (7), but to put in place structures to realise inclusion of political and non-political stakeholders.last_img read more

first_imgA taxi driver was on Tuesday evening killed during a robbery at Cemetery Road, Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD). The dead man has been identified as Owen (only name given) of the said village.Based on reports received, the father of three was hired by two passengers to take them to an address in the village.However, as they approached Cemetery Road, the passengers whipped out a gun and knife and relieved the taxi driver of his valuables, including his cash and mobile phone.The two men then exited the motorcar bearing registration number PRR 3313 and made their way out of the village.The driver reportedly raised an alarm and went in pursuit of the men, but in retaliation, the bandits turned around and discharged a round at Owen, thus, hitting him to the head.In addition, it is believed that the taxi driver was also stabbed.Because of the injuries to the head, he died on the spot. The Police were summoned to the area where they cordoned off to conduct their preliminary investigations. No arrests were made as Police continue their probe.last_img read more

first_imgAn intriguing story about the disappearance of a house on Tory Island has been turned into a book.‘The House That Disappeared on Tory Island’ tells the story of a house that was demolished to allow a better view from a local hotel on the island.The house belonged to film maker Neville Presho, who was originally from Co Down, but who had emigrated to New Zealand in 1982. When Mr Presho returned to visit his holiday home on Tory six years later, it was a pile of rubble.There then ensued a court battle which would result in Mr Presho winning the case and being awarded €46,000.Now a chance meeting with Mr Presho and reporter Anton McCabe has resulted in the book being published by Drumkeen Press.The book will be launched at the Central Library in Letterkenny on November 22nd with Frank Galligan acting as MC for the evening.  BOOK ON DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS MISSING HOUSE TO HIT SHELVES was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anton McCabehouseNeville PreshoTory Islandlast_img read more