EU Parliament’s anti-Russia statement backs U.S.-NATO threats

first_imgThis article, first appeared in the Italian newspaper, Il Manifesto, which regularly publishes Dinucci’s anti-militarist articles. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto.“Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner and the European Union must be prepared to impose further sanctions on it if it continues to violate international law.”  This is in the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on March 12. There were 402 votes in favor of it, 163 against and 89 abstentions. The resolution — which was submitted by Latvian member of the EU Parliament Sandra Kalnietel — denies the legitimacy of the presidential elections in Russia, calling them “non-democratic,””  thus presenting President Putin as a usurper. It accuses Russia of not only “violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia,” but of “intervening in Syria and interfering in countries like Libya,” and of “interfering in order to influence elections and increase tensions” in Europe. It accuses Russia of “violation of arms control agreements,” attributing to it the responsibility of having destroyed the INF [Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty.  And it accuses Russia of “extensive violations of human rights within Russia, including torture and extrajudicial killings,” and of “murder by its agents using chemical weapons on European soil.” At the end of these and other charges, the European Parliament declares that Nord Stream 2, the pipeline designed to double the supply of Russian gas to Germany through the Baltic Sea, “must be stopped because it increases the EU’s dependence on Russian gas supplies, threatening its internal market and its strategic interests.” The European Parliament’s resolution faithfully repeats, in its content and its words, the accusations made by the United States and NATO against Russia. And, more importantly, it faithfully repeats the call to block Nord Stream 2 [energy supply line between Russia and Western Europe]. Washington’s  strategy is aimed at reducing Russian energy supplies to the EU and replacing them with those from the United States or from U.S. companies. Within the same framework, the European Commission’s communication to the member states, including Italy, which intend to join the Chinese initiative of the New Silk Road is also included: The Commission warns them that China is a partner but also an economic competitor — and of utmost importance — “a systemic rival that promotes alternative models of governance,” or in other words, alternative models to the governance hitherto dominated by the Western powers. The Commission warns that the first step is to “safeguard critical digital infrastructures from potentially serious security threats,” stemming from 5G networks provided by Chinese companies such as Huawei, which are banned in the United States. The European Commission faithfully repeats the U.S. warning to the Allies. The Allied Supreme Commander in Europe, U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti, warned that fifth-generation ultra-fast mobile networks will play an increasingly important role in NATO’s wartime capabilities, so “flexibility” by the Allies is not allowed. All this confirms the influence exerted by the “American party,” a powerful cross-party alliance that guides the policies of the EU along the strategic lines of the U.S./NATO alliance. By building the false image of a threatening Russia and China, EU institutions are preparing public opinion to accept that the United States is preparing to “defend” Europe.  A Pentagon spokesperson told CNN that the United States is preparing to test ground-based ballistic missiles, which are banned by the INF Treaty — which was recently shelved by Washington. These new Euro-missiles will once again make Europe the base — and at the same time — the target of a nuclear war.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Reproductive Human Rights In Light Of The Recent Judgment On Child Rape Victims

first_imgColumnsReproductive Human Rights In Light Of The Recent Judgment On Child Rape Victims Priya Chaudhary14 Aug 2020 4:04 AMShare This – xReproductive rights is the one of the most talked about, yet ignored aspect of human rights in India. Reproductive rights with respect to abortion is still a grey area with respect to human rights and fundamental rights. They bring with it a lot of stigma and apprehensions regarding sexual health. Laws like Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act prioritise the consent of a woman for…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginReproductive rights is the one of the most talked about, yet ignored aspect of human rights in India. Reproductive rights with respect to abortion is still a grey area with respect to human rights and fundamental rights. They bring with it a lot of stigma and apprehensions regarding sexual health. Laws like Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act prioritise the consent of a woman for the termination of pregnancy over anybody else’s consent. There have been cases where minor girls or women with STDs have been denied abortion by the courts just because they had crossed 20 weeks of gestation period, which is the maximum for conduction of medical termination of pregnancy as per the Indian law. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act has by far, granted absolute rights of abortion only to married women. Under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, minor sexual abuse victims are ought to reveal their conception to a guardian which at some instances, leads to hesitation in coming out regarding their pregnancy. REPRODUCTIVE HUMAN RIGHTS AND ABORTION LAWS: POINTS OF CONCERN As per the MTP act, a woman remains at the disposal of a registered medical practitioner’s judgment even in the early stages of pregnancy, violating the right of a woman to make reproductive choices about her own body. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Justice K S Puttaswamy v. Union of India[1] reiterated the judgment in Suchitra Srivastava’s case[2] in holding that the choice of a woman to carry a pregnancy to its full term, to deliver, and to raise children are inclusive of her right to privacy, health, and dignity. Every right has two elements- material element and formal element. When we say that we have an interest in reputation, it means we have an interest in enjoying a good name and the State is obliged to protect that interest. Similarly, when have an interest in our body and if a doctor obligated to give a safe medical treatment denies abortion, we would be denying her those rights guaranteed under article 21. The gestational age limit of 20 weeks on abortions falls short in the present era because the gynaecologists and obstetricians believe that there are certain foetal abnormalities that can be detected only after 20 weeks of conception. So far, neither the Union not State Government-controlled hospitals have adequate equipment (such as suction apparatus) which is, at present, believed to be the most modern and simplest methods of abortion. Section 28 of PCPNDT act further binds the hands of courts in taking cognizance of offences falling under the act if the notice has not been given within 15 days to appropriate authority. Such cumbersome procedure when a women might be forcibly deprived of her female foetus or would be threatened and tortured for the same, is violation of the principle of ex aequo et bono. International treaties which India has been signatory to and has ratified subsequently have also often been juxtaposed with Indian laws and referred to by courts in various judgments. Article 12 of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights mandates that the States Parties must recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. A woman denied her right over her body when her life is threatened or the pregnancy is unwanted, it is a direct attack on her physical and mental health. The treaty also ensures that women with disabilities are also vested with rights pertaining to physical and mental health which obviously include reproductive human rights. The Punjab High Court in the case of Suchita Srivastava v. Chandigarh Administration[3] had stated that international human rights law recognizes the rights of a person only after birth. It further observed that the right to control their body, fertility, and motherhood choices should be left to the women alone. This judgment is quite instrumental in outlining the essence of raging the worldwide debate commonly referred to as “pro-choice v. pro-life”. This debate is found to be in conflict with religious principles, and social and cultural beliefs of Indian society. Further, a three-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court[4] while dealing with the rights of a woman over her body in a matter pertaining to the issue of abortion in the case of a mentally disabled and pregnant woman, incorporated the right of a woman to make reproductive choices in the ambit of personal liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution, saying, “It is important to recognise that reproductive choices can be exercised to procreate as well as to abstain from procreating.”[5] STATE OF RAJASTHAN AND ORS. V. V.S. AND ANR.[6] The respondent was subject to a sexual assault after which she conceived. She moved an application through her mother seeking permission for termination of her pregnancy before the Special Judge, SC/ST Act cases, Churu, Rajasthan who directed a medical examination to ascertain the physical and mental status of the girl and of the foetus to assess whether she was capable of safe child birth. It was found that there was no serious threat to her life in termination of pregnancy but there was a scope of medical or surgical complications. Since the victim was a minor, the case was transferred to the Court of the Special Judge, POCSO Act Cases, Churu who held that the application was not maintainable because the length of gestation had gone beyond the threshold of 20 weeks prescribed by The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. According to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, a pregnant minor can legally receive an abortion only with the consent of a legal guardian. Under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, any sexual activity under the age of 18, even if consensual, comes under the legal scrutiny. Thus, if any adolescent goes to a doctor seeking any services related to reproductive health, including abortion, the doctor is mandatorily required to report that to the authorities. So while MTP Act regulations lay down a confidentiality procedure to protect the identity of the abortion-seeking girl, POCSO on the other hand necessitates disclosure to the authorities, which is an anomaly in connection to the right of privacy of such minor girl. This makes us ponder over the fact that only a handful of women make it to the courts, where they face additional trauma due to delay in legal proceedings, all this while their pregnancy is steadily advancing. WHAT PREVAILS IN ADJUDGING COMPARATIVE AGONY? Doctrinal research has settled beyond the pale of doubt that delivering a child below the age of 18 years is not conducive to the mental and physical well-being of the mother and future complications are imminent. In this case, the conception was a result of sexual assault being committed on the minor girl, which infringed her fundamental right to live as a normal person without undergoing the trauma of carrying the child of her rapist apart from the invariable trauma of conceiving at such a young age. This, should be given precedence over the fictional fundamental right of the child whose coming to the world hangs in the balance. In contrast to the judgment by the Hon’ble High Court of Rajasthan which prioritized the right to life of the foetus over the right to life of the victim, the Hon’ble Supreme Court held that Explanation (1) of Section 6 of the MTP act clearly stipulates that where pregnancy is caused by rape, the anguish caused to the victim would be unbounded. Since the victim here was a child and had an entire life ahead of her, the situation was graver. The court had to strike a balance between the right to life of two “children.” It needs to be noted here that a bill to increase the permissible limit for medical termination of pregnancy from 20 weeks to 24 weeks in certain situations has already been approved by the Cabinet and is awaiting approval by the Parliament. [7] The then HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that it was aimed to protect the reproductive rights of women, ensure safe termination of a pregnancy and most importantly help the victims of rape, girls with disabilities as well as minors, who may not realise they are pregnant until later. The medical opinion on teenage pregnancies and its impact on the unborn child was dealt with by the Madras High Court in the case of V. Krishnan vs. G. Ranjan[8]. The Hon’ble bench took cognizance of the piquant situation that the victim’s right to seek abortion had been irretrievably frustrated because of the delay occurred at the initial stages. Apparently, the victim sought termination of her pregnancy well in time but the matter was unnecessarily delayed because of red-tapism and systemic indifference. The rights of women pertaining to their reproductive health should be recognized without being subject to judicial and statutory control as upholding their right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 and this should be recognized much sooner than the proposed amendments. Views are personal only. [1] WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 494 OF 2012. [2] Ibid. [3] (2009) 9 SCC 1 [4] In Kharak Singh v. State of U.P., [AIR 1963 SC 1295 : (1964) 1 SCR 332], Subba Rao, J. opined that Article 21 and the right of personal liberty provided thereby is a right to be free from restrictions or encroachments on one’s person; and Gobind v. State of M.P., [(1975) 2 SCC 148], where the Supreme Court opined that the right to privacy must include “the personal intimacies” of inter alia marriage, motherhood, procreation, and child-rearing. [5] Ibid. [6] WRIT PETITION NO. 1344/ OF 2019. [7] https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/cabinet-approves-raising-upper-limit-abortions-24-weeks-1641238-2020-01-29. [8] 1994 Writ LR 91. Next Storylast_img read more

Tom Brady confirms he’s headed to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

first_img Beau Lund March 20, 2020 /Sports News – National Tom Brady confirms he’s headed to Tampa Bay Buccaneers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady confirmed he’s headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a statement posted to Instagram Friday. “Excited, humble and hungry …if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that…you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day,” Brady wrote. “I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do.” “I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me,” Brady continued. “I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m gonna not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work.”On Tuesday morning, the star quarterback announced he was leaving the New England Patriots. “I don’t know what my football future holds, but it is time for me to open a new stage of my life and career,” Brady said Tuesday.“I cherished every opportunity I had to be a part of our team,” he said of his 20-year run in New England.Monday marked the official start of free agency, when teams are permitted to negotiate with free agents from other clubs. Free agent players, including Brady, were free to sign with any team once the new league year officially began at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.In the 2000 NFL draft, Brady was the 199th pick overall.  The 42-year-old leaves New England with 41 playoff starts since 2001. He has played in nine Super Bowls, won six and notched four Super Bowl MVP awards.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Tape Still Isn’t Dead…Yet…But Now You Can Finally Eliminate Tape for Mainframe

first_imgDell EMC has been a leader in mainframe storage for more than 26 years, starting with the introduction of the first Symmetrix disk array, and our legacy of innovation and enterprise storage market leadership[i] continues today with Dell EMC VMAX All Flash primary storage and Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) virtual tape, which has dramatically eliminated the need for physical tape.  Today at SHARE 2017, Dell EMC is announcing DLM release 4.5 for cloud-based physical tape replacement. We aim to put to rest any further arguments about whether physical tape should still be considered a go-forward long-term retention strategy.At Dell EMC, we recognize that the mainframe data center of today must become even more efficient by utilizing resources already in common use, like public and private clouds. Until today however, there has been no broadly supported way to move mainframe virtual tape data to the cloud.The Long-term Retention Problem Made Tape StickTape actually predates disk; however, the faster pace of innovation in disk and the “virtualization” of tape forced rapid decline in the use of physical tape. Yet, physical tape prevails for static data retention, otherwise known as long-term retention or archiving, to store data over a period of five to 10 years or more.Until Dell EMC invented the concept of 100% disk to replace tape, “virtual tape” actually relied on physical tape.  Led by Dell EMC, innovation with disk combined with de-duplication made what was physical, virtual, except for long-term retention. That use case still favored physical tape because of its “vault it and forget it” convenience, despite being much more difficult to use than a DLm virtual tape library.Fast forward to today, where public, private and hybrid cloud storage are becoming the go-to options of choice for long-term retention. Cloud storage has proven itself to be very low in cost, operationally efficient, secure, and able to sustain required data transfer rates for archiving. In non-mainframe datacenters, many companies today, rather than dealing with the complexity and overhead of physical tape, are moving archives and data that they know must be retained four a very long period of time, to the cloud. However, until today, very few mainframe virtual tape systems offered any cloud solution for the long-term retention problem.By placing our field proven, secure technology for connecting to any type of cloud, Dell EMC DLm enables mainframe data centers to take advantage of new or existing cloud infrastructures to eliminate the need for physical tape.See for yourself in this short video how DLm 4.5 works with the leading public and private cloud storage providers to allow storage administrators to move their data with DLm’s built-in policy engine while continuing to place tape data requiring faster access on Dell EMC Data Domain, Dell EMC VNX or VMAX.Additionally, we’ve added support for Data Domain DD6300, DD6800, DD9300 and DD9800 as well as support for Data Domain High Availability (HA). We’ve also added Dell EMC’s GDDR technology to DLm with a feature called GDDR Tape, which simplifies and automates DLm system failover, whether a DR test or actual data center failover.If you’re at SHARE this week, please visit our booth #301 to talk with our experts about VMAX primary storage or DLm virtual tape. If you’re unable able to attend, learn more about all of our mainframe solutions on the web and consider joining the Dell EMC Mainframe Community. We look forward to talking with you soon![i] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker – Q3 2016 Historical Release – Dec. 15, 2016last_img read more

Senate passes Leahy’s Vermont road/bridge repair cost waivers for Irene’s aftermath

first_imgThe US Senate Tuesday approved a transportation budget bill that includes crucial cost waivers included in the bill by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), which Governor Shumlin and others consider to be crucial to the repair and rebuilding of roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The vote on the bill was 69 to 30. The bill also includes Leahy’s truck weight provisions for Vermont, to move heavy trucks from smaller state roads, including roads crossing through the downtowns of several Vermont communities.  Following is a summary of the Leahy waiver provisions: Leahy worked to add $1.9 billion to the depleted Federal Highway Administration emergency fund, upon which Vermont will depend for help in repairing and rebuilding roads washed away or damaged by Irene-related flooding.  The emergency highway account today is almost empty.  Also vital to Vermont are several cost-waiver provisions Leahy added to the bill, which would save Vermont millions of state tax dollars by allowing Vermont to: Be reimbursed for more than the current $100 million per-state limit on federal emergency highway repair funds; Vermont’s repair costs are expected to exceed the current cap;Receive 100 percent reimbursement for permanent repairs if total damage is more than double the state’s annual federal highway funding;Be reimbursed 100 percent for emergency repairs beyond the current limit of 180 days. Governor Shumlin has called the Leahy waivers a top priority for Vermont among many disaster-relief steps that are now pending before Congress. Shumlin said in a statement: ‘It is great news that the US Senate today passed the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill that included not only $1.9 billion to replenish the Federal Highway Disaster Relief fund, which will help to rebuild Vermont’s roads and bridges, but also the waivers needed to allow states including Vermont to receive full funding for repair work in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. I applaud the work of Senator Patrick Leahy, who introduced the waiver amendment that was passed, and Senator Bernie Sanders for their hard and successful work on this legislation. It is critical that these changes survive conference committee negotiations with the US House. “I am also pleased that the bill would permanently move heavy trucks off secondary roads and onto Interstate highways ‘ another priority for Vermont. That provision, also sponsored by Senator Leahy, is especially important to keep large trucks off smaller roads and bridges that were damaged in recent flooding.’ Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) issued the following statement: ‘This is an important step toward providing Vermont the help it needs and deserves to rebuild roads and bridges washed out by Hurricane Irene. I hope the House acts soon so communities in Vermont and other states devastated by the flooding may continue their recovery. The name of our country is the United States of America. If that name means anything, it means that when disaster strikes one part of the country, we rally as a nation to support each other.’The bill also includes another high priority for Vermont: Leahy’s legislation to permanently move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways.  Leahy’s provision will help Vermont businesses and communities struggling due to the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged during the flooding disaster.  Leahy’s Vermont provision is paired with a similar change for Maine, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). Leahy is number two on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also a senior member of its Transportation Subcommittee, which handled the writing of the bill.The House is several steps behind the Senate in acting on their counterpart bill.  The transportation subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee approved their version of the bill on Sept. 8.  It does not include the provisions added by Leahy to the Senate’s bill.  The House bill goes next to the full Appropriations Committee and then to the House floor.  At some point, once the Senate and House have approved their separate bills, the differences will be ironed out in either a formal or informal House-Senate conference among the appropriators.   WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2011)last_img read more

More Spring Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Yep, we’re talking about snow.Long Islanders—bruised and battered from a hellish winter—woke up Saturday morning to snow flurries and unseasonably cool temperatures.The Island won’t see significant accumulation but there is potential for up to 3 inches in eastern Suffolk County; Nassau County could get an inch. “We do think the heaviest of the snow will be across eastern Long Island,” said Michael Silva, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Upton office. There’s likely to be very little accumulation on roadways, Silva said. The snow will continue through the afternoon. Perhaps more frustrating than the precipitation is the blast of cold air making its way to Long Island. The evening forecast calls for lows in the 20s, with wind chill values between 10 and 15 degrees. Forecasters are predicting sunny skies on Sunday with a high of 39. Warmer weather will rush in next week, with temperatures in the low 50s Monday through Wednesday.last_img read more

Why is Hollywood interested in football agencies?

first_imgHollywood stars Julia Roberts and Samuel L Jackson, plus Leicester's James MaddisonHollywood actor Julia Roberts is represented by the same agency as Leicester City’s James Maddison, while Samuel L Jackson’s representatives – ICM Partners – has also just bought into a football agencyOscar winner Julia Roberts and England footballer James Maddison may seem unlikely ‘team-mates’.But the major talent-spotters in the United States are getting increasingly involved in the football agency business – bringing actors and athletes under the same umbrella.- Advertisement – “We are aiming for a system of balanced and reasonable regulation, instead of the law of the jungle currently in place, with conflicts of interests rife and exorbitant ‘commissions’ being earned left and right,” it said.Given that description, the American agencies who look after the world’s biggest movie stars – with their own corporate image to protect – might want to avoid what appears to be a wild-west environment.The truth is, they are not.Last year, the Creative Artists Agency bought Base Soccer, marrying the organisations which look after the careers, among others, of Hollywood star Roberts and Leicester forward Maddison. On 8 October, another American talent agency – ICM Partners – bought Stellar in an even bigger, multi-million dollar deal.ICM looks after the careers of stars such as Samuel L Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres. Stellar – Jonathan Barnett’s agency – negotiated Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham from Real Madrid.“We are very familiar with negativity towards [football] agents,” says ICM chief executive Chris Silbermann. “I understand the perception and I get it that people see agents making a lot of money and some in the sport complaining about it. It is a rough-and-tumble business but I am comfortable with the reputations of the people I am dealing with.”Rather than the stereotypical view of agents merely pushing clients towards transfers from which they profit, Silbermann says the reality of what organisations such as his offer is vastly different.“We understand the power of celebrity and what to do with it,” Silbermann says. “The natural extension is to work with athletes because they are global icons in the way they have never been in the past. “Agencies that represent global icons at scale don’t exist anywhere else. We can open doors.”Silbermann has never met Bale. Barnett will continue to provide the football expertise and guide the careers of the Welshman and Stellar’s other clients, including Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.“My job is to make sure a player retires with enough money to know if they carry on working, it is because they want to, not because they have to,” says Barnett.“We spend a fortune helping these guys get to where they need to be. We have a full staff of social media people because we don’t want them just going off and doing it on their own.”Barnett says he would not engage in some of the tactics rival agencies employ in an effort to get their clients a better deal, but argues “as long as it is legal and ethical it is fine”.He does feel there are problems the industry needs to address, and is particularly unhappy about the number of players now being looked after by relatives.Barnett has been frustrated by Fifa’s approach too. In January, he joined Mendes and Mino Raiola – who represents Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba – at an agents’ conference to discuss the situation.On Mendes, he says: “He has done a fantastic job for Wolves, and in other areas he has done brilliantly also.”So far, there have been no talks over reform. On Thursday, Fifa outlined its proposals, which include commission being capped at 3% of a players’ salary.Barnett is unimpressed. He believes Fifa is trying to gain positive publicity by unfairly striking out at an easy target, and unless it changes its approach a court case is looming.“I would love myself and a couple of agents to sit down face to face with Fifa with a blank sheet of paper,” he says. “I am sure we can do something really spectacular that would help everybody.”Around the BBC - SoundsAround the BBC footer - Sounds– Advertisement – In 2018, the Football League investigated Mendes’ relationship with Wolves and said it complied with their regulations.Elsewhere in the industry, though, there are widespread allegations of malpractice.Fifa, the sport’s world governing body, has vowed to step in and regulate – saying it wants to “eliminate or at least reduce the abusive and excessive practices” in football. – Advertisement –center_img The work of football agents remains a mystery to most, but their reason for being is obvious – in June, the Football Association revealed Premier League clubs had paid £263.3m to agents in the year from 1 February 2019.With such huge amounts of money has come increased scrutiny and significant questions.For instance, around the role of Jorge Mendes in Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty’s move from Wolves to Tottenham for £15m in August. Mendes is Doherty’s agent. And the agent of both clubs’ managers – Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves’ owners Fosun, meanwhile, have a 20% stake in Mendes’ world-renowned Gestifute agency.- Advertisement –last_img read more

S. Korea urges staggered vacations, warns against gatherings as coronavirus cases rise

first_imgKCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong warned against small religious gatherings where participants shared food and sing together without properly wearing masks.About 1,600 members of a Christian church in southern Seoul are undergoing a check after one attendee was confirmed to have contracted the virus, and 28 of them have tested positive so far, Jeong said.However, the government is discussing allowing limited numbers of spectators at professional sport matches including baseball, football and golf starting as early as next week, said Yoon Tae-ho, a senior official at the health ministry.  Topics : As of midnight Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 42 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 12,757 cases with 282 deaths. On June 20, the daily tally reached 67, its highest since in more than three weeks.South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in expressed concerns about the persistent infections ahead of the summer holiday season, calling for strict steps to prevent the virus.”I hope it will give a breathing room for the domestic tourism industry and chances to rest and recharge for the people,” Moon told a meeting with senior aides.”We need everyone’s cooperation in ensuring watertight virus prevention measures in tourist sites and spreading a safe travel and play culture,” he said, urging people to stagger breaks and avoid crowded attractions.center_img South Korea’s health authorities called on Monday for citizens to stagger vacation schedules ahead of the holiday season and avoid gatherings at workplaces and religious facilities, as coronavirus infections from small clusters persist.After battling the first major coronavirus epidemic outside China, South Korea managed to reduce the rates of daily infections to single digits by late April, propelled by an intensive tracking and testing campaign.But just as social distancing rules were eased in May, a series of small outbreaks erupted from nightclubs, retailer warehouses, churches and door-to-door sales businesses, prompting the government to declare the beginning of a “second wave” of infections last week.last_img read more

Liverpool left to wait and wonder after virus strikes

first_imgLiverpool have stumbled in recent weeks, knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid and dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.But they have been peerless in the Premier League, leaving their rivals in their wake to race 25 points clear of defending champions Manchester City.With Alisson Becker in goal, Virgil van Dijk marshalling the defence and their devastating front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Klopp’s men have been irresistible.Paul Hayward, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said Liverpool should be crowned champions for the 19th time even if no more games are played.“If a season ends too soon, its natural winning line is the point it reached before the halt was called: emphatically so, 29 games into a 38-match campaign, which is a respectable distance,” he wrote.“‘Voiding’ the 2019/20 football season would be nonsense,” he added. “Handing over the trophy at any point where clubs were forced to give up would feel morally correct.”Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber said if the season were to be “frozen” it would be unjust on Liverpool.“Everybody in the game appreciates what a fantastic season they’ve had and what a wonderful team they are,” he told the BBC.“But equally it would be unjust for teams to be relegated when there are still eight, nine, ten games to play of the Premier League.”But West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said if the fixtures could not be completed, the only fair solution would be to declare the season “null and void”.Writing in the Sun, Brady, whose club are just two places above the relegation zone, said: “Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?“A huge blow to Liverpool, who might be robbed of their first title in 30 years.”Nobody knows when football will return but, when it finally does, many in the game hope Liverpool are given the chance to complete their long journey back to the top.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool could have been crowned Premier League champions on Monday for the first time in a generation at the home of local rivals Everton. Instead, the stadium will be silent.Jurgen Klopp’s team would have needed Manchester City to lose to Burnley on Saturday to have given them a chance to seal the deal at Goodison Park.Regardless of whether it would have happened on Monday or over the coming weeks, Liverpool’s first top-flight title for 30 years was a mere formality.But now fans are wondering when, or even if, they will be crowned champions after the coronavirus laid waste to the global sporting calendar.The message coming from Liverpool is that there are more important issues than football to talk about, even with the club tantalisingly close to glory.“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things,” Klopp said in a statement on Friday.“Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.”Klopp’s stance won him the support of World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who thanked him for his “powerful message”.Liverpool supporters, desperate to reclaim their position at the pinnacle of the English game, agree with their German manager, saying the pandemic overshadows football.Supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly is focusing on the damaging fallout from the COVID-19 virus.“In talks with @lfc we asked for assurances that non-playing staff will not lose their pay as a consequence of shifts being cancelled,” it said in a statement.“We also need to keep in mind those most vulnerable. Cancelling football games means (foodbanks) will be hit hard.”– Deserving winners –last_img read more

Vantage Physician’s Dr. Samantha Ritchie Reflects on her Medical Trip to…

first_imgFacebook54Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Dr. Samantha Ritchie for Vantage PhysiciansDr. Samantha Ritchie of Vantage Physicians examines a child on her recent medical trip to Haiti.In March, I went on another medical trip to Haiti. (I think it was my seventh trip with Friends of Haiti.) We saw over 1400 patients in the short time we were in the village of Grand Boulage.  Most weren’t sick, at least not right then.  They all lived a hard life, without electricity or running water, or the everyday things we take for granted, like books or newspapers, or even a change of clothes.  We gave the residents vitamins, medicine against worms, soap, and toothbrushes.  We did what we could to help.Some people we saw were quite sick, like the woman with third degree burns over much of her body after a kerosene lantern exploded.  One three month old baby died.  We coded him on the same table where, several hours later, we ate dinner. I have not yet gotten over the grief of that one.The group of volunteers had real cohesion this year.  We felt that a strange combination of “This is fun” and “I am doing some good” to “This is terrible” and “I know nothing.”One evening, I gave a talk on high blood pressure, attended by about five elderly Haitians.  We see a lot of hypertension in Haiti.  Afterwards, one of the participants asked me why it was dangerous to touch a person who had just had a stroke.  In Haiti, many believe that if you touch a person who has fainted, they will become paralyzed in the part of the body you touch.The elders in the class have had no chance to go to school, but they know how to persevere despite hardships I cannot imagine. They may not understand human physiology, but they understand life. In many ways, they are the teachers.Heartfelt thanks to all those who supported Friends of Haiti!last_img read more