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‘Many, many more challenges’ But the IOC warned that the logistics of postponing the Games were extremely complicated, with venues potentially unavailable, millions of hotel nights already booked and a packed international sports calendar.”These are just a few of many, many more challenges.”The IOC is responsible for making any final decision on the Games, and has come under increasing pressure as the coronavirus crisis grows, with more than 14,300 deaths worldwide by Sunday, according to an AFP tally.The virus has already had an impact, with qualifiers cancelled and events to celebrate the Olympic torch arrival and relay scaled back.Despite the measures, tens of thousands of people flocked to a cauldron displaying the flame in northeastern Japan, raising fears about whether the relay can be held safely.The idea of holding the Games on schedule has drawn a swelling chorus of objections.On Sunday, nine-time Olympic track and field champion Carl Lewis, and the head of French athletics, became the latest to urge a delay.”I just think it’s really difficult for an athlete to prepare, to train, to keep their motivation if there’s complete uncertainty. That’s the hardest thing,” Lewis told Houston television station KRIV.”I think a more comfortable situation would be two years and put it in the Olympic year with the Winter Olympics [Beijing 2022] and then make it kind of a celebratory Olympic year.” ‘So irresponsible’ The head of the French athletics federation Andre Giraud also said postponement was inevitable. “Everyone agrees that the Games cannot be held on the dates planned,” Giraud said. And for some athletes, the IOC’s announcement was too little, too late.”So wait… does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training — whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway,” tweeted Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, the world 200m champion.”So irresponsible,” she added. “I was really hoping to hear an announcement that they’d postponed it to 2021 this week.”Canada said it would not send its athletes to any Games held this summer, calling on the IOC and International Paralympic Committee to “postpone the Games as a part of our collective responsibility to protect our communities”.But Bach, speaking to German outlet SWR on Saturday, warned postponement was “a very complex operation.””Postponing the Olympic Games is not like moving a football game to next Saturday,” he said. “Cancellation is not an option,” Abe said, echoing comments from IOC chief Thomas Bach, who ruled out scrapping the Games, saying it “would not solve any problem and would help nobody”.The IOC has also shifted its position on the Games, issuing a statement on Sunday saying it was stepping up planning for different scenarios, including postponement.It said it would hold “detailed discussions” on the “worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including the scenario of postponement”.A decision should come “within the next four weeks”, the body added.”Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games,” Bach wrote in an open letter to athletes. Topics : And Australia’s Olympic committee told athletes to prepare for a Tokyo Olympics in the northern-hemisphere summer of 2021.”It’s clear the Games can’t be held in July,” Australian chef de mission Ian Chesterman said.For weeks, Japan and Olympic officials have held the line that preparations are moving ahead to hold the Games as scheduled, but there has been increasing pressure from sports federations and athletes whose training has been thrown into turmoil.On Monday, Abe told parliament that Japan was still committed to hosting a “complete” Games, but added: “If that becomes difficult, in light of considering athletes first, it may become inevitable that we make a decision to postpone.” Postponing the Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic may become “inevitable”, Japan’s prime minister conceded Monday, after the International Olympic Committee said a delay was being considered as pressure grows from athletes and sports bodies.The comments from Shinzo Abe were his first acknowledgement that the 2020 Games may not open as scheduled on July 24, as the coronavirus marches across the globe causing unprecedented chaos.Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic committees meanwhile announced they will not send teams to the Games if they are held this summer, citing the health of their athletes and the general public.
An operation by France’s Chinese community to help the diaspora during the coronavirus outbreak by distributing masks, disinfectant and gloves has prompted questions and legal problems for some of its backers.Sceptical of the French government’s response to the epidemic, the Chinese embassy, business leaders and ex-pat associations have handed out so-called “COVID kits”, masks and other protective equipment to their compatriots.But this landed some in trouble with the law. FFP2 masks were included in some of the kits, along with protective gloves, disinfectant wipes and Chinese traditional medicine.The Chinese embassy in Paris insisted in a statement that there was nothing illegal. It was doing “its best… to defend the rights and legitimate interests of Chinese compatriots in France.”‘Chinese health diplomacy’ The health crisis has strained ties between Paris and Beijing.France this week summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest a string of controversial comments by Beijing’s embassy in Paris on France’s handling of the coronavirus.And French President Emmanuel Macron told the Financial Times that things “happened that we don’t know about” in the response to the virus by China, where the pandemic originated.The “COVID kit” initiative came in response to a letter dated March 31, in the form of an urgent appeal signed by about 20 bodies representing France-based Chinese people, whom they judged to be “in danger”.Faced with “the inability (of the French authorities) to take appropriate protective measures”, said the authors of the letter, penned in Mandarin, they were launching an appeal for “certain protective products and medical materials”.Two days after it was sent out, the Chinese embassy in Paris launched a distribution programme of “COVID kits”, using students who organise deliveries with the help of popular Chinese messaging app WeChat.There are 125,000 Chinese nationals living in France on residency permits, a small proportion of all foreigners residing in the country.If ex-pats granted French nationality are included, the number could be as high as 700,000, according to local groups.Many are keen to go home to China, which they believe is in control of the epidemic five months after the coronavirus outbreak started there last December.But “Beijing wants to avoid the returns for fear of having imported cases,” said Simeng Wang, a researcher at France’s CNRS institute.”So the government decided to help the Chinese abroad, to calm the situation. This can be called Chinese health diplomacy,” she said.’Non-official channels’ Besides official aid, there has been massive private mobilisation, including the supply of millions of masks via “non-official channels,” said Tamara Lui, president of the Chinese Association of France.She said the community felt itself “marginalised”, partly because they insisted on wearing face masks even as the French government refuted their efficacy as a means of virus control for the general public.”Teleconsultations with doctors based in China has exploded,” she added.Chinese national Jimmy Gov’s father, was among those arrested on April 5.”We wanted to help the nationals who do not speak (French) well. The community is shocked. We were there to help and we received a slap on the wrist,” said Gov, whose father is to appear in court in September.The community stresses it is extending a helping hand beyond its own, tight-knit group.In the 13th district of Paris, where many Chinese ex-pats live, associations and business leaders are “using their networks to distribute masks to health personnel,” said Laetitia Chhiv, president of the Association of Chinese Youth in France.Just Thursday, 250,000 masks were delivered to the municipal council in the district for redistribution.”The entire community is mobilised on this issue,” said Adeline Dai, who handles logistics for several Chinese associations.Topics : Among the masks given out were the highly sought-after FFP2 type, which in times of critical supply shortages have been reserved for medical personnel on the frontlines of France’s coronavirus battle.Early in the outbreak, France had requisitioned all face mask stocks and production for distribution to doctors, nurses and caregivers.Yet on April 5, police in Paris detained two representatives of Chinese associations for possession of some 15,000 masks. Two days later, three students were arrested while handing out Chinese embassy-sponsored “COVID kits” in the Paris suburbs, an operation which caused people to amass in contravention of France’s strict social distancing regulations to stem the virus spread.
Where do you live and why? More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoI live in Drury Street, West End. My cousin had the house and was urgently looking to sell. I was looking in the Paddington/Red Hill area but West End was an option as I grew up on Skinner St where my 94-year-old mother still resides. I have worked in West End for the past 38 years and it was only five minutes to work. It’s great not having to sit in traffic. It’s the centre of the universe. The diversity of culture, and the acceptance of colour and race, truly a multicultural suburb. Everything so handy and literally minutes away. The cafes and restaurants, Southbank and the arts precinct, multiple educational options, transport, and the people living or renting in the area are generally very nice and friendly. And naturally the home of the Greek Orthodox Community of Brisbane and the iconic Paniyiri festival. A large crowd joins in the Greek dancing at the Paniyiri Greek Festival, South Brisbane. Picture: Liam Kidston.It is also close to where Brisbane’s famous celebration of Greek heritage and culture happens in May every year.Mr Kazonis is a former president of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George and for his services to the community, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal this year.The Paniyiri Greek Festival is on May 18 and 19 at Musgrave Park and the Greek Club, South Brisbane. It is so convenient to everything. We have Orleigh Park, and river just around the corner from home, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, Southbank parklands, the arts precinct, and the city close by. Our home is very comfortable for us and we also has a nice yard. Our grandchildren have a great time when they come over. What would you change about your home? Nothing really. We have renovated it twice over the past 42 years and it suits us well. Plenty of room for the grandchildren to sleep over. We have had overseas relatives and friends stay over when in Brisbane. Paniyiri Greek Festival president Chris Kazonis OAM loves living in West End, with Orleigh Park, the Brisbane River, and work a short stroll from home. What was the best piece of property advice you were given? If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Paniyiri Greek Festival president Chris Kazonis OAM with his family. What is the best thing about your suburb? What do you love about your home? You have to crawl before you walk. Buy what you can afford in a good area. Paying rent is dead money. I would say Rhodes Island in Greece. My family roots are from this island and it is a magnificent island with so much history and beauty.
HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Guyana first to implement HIV drug resistance monitoring by: – April 25, 2011 26 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana is the first Caribbean and Latin America country to implement HIV drug resistance monitoring.Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy made the disclosure and indicated that, from an investment of zero dollars in 1989, Guyana’s investment in the fight against HIV/AIDS has mounted to more than $2 billion on an annual basis.The Kaieteur News reported that the minister, however, explained, that it was no fault of those in authority at the time.He pointed out that at that time the vast majority of countries in the region and around the world did not see the need to invest in this regard.“In 1989 we invested the grand sum of zero dollars in the fight of HIV because then Guyana did not see HIV as a public health threat, at least not in our setting. This is not a criticism of those who were in authority,” he said.According to Ramsammy, it was only in 1987 that the president of the United States decided to make his first statement on HIV.The minister said that governments around the world were not attuned to the HIV pandemic, which was emerging even in 1989. This is one area, he noted, where non-governmental organisations and people living with the disease were able to make a big difference and were thus able to propel some level of change in this regard.He revealed that in 1989 about US$200 million per year was expected among developing countries, an amount which had increased slightly to $250 million per year in 1996. However, by last year this sum had increased phenomenally to $10 billion per year.The findings of the HIV/AIDS programme sustainability analysis tool, which was funded by USAID, has achieved universal access in many of the key HIV series, including antiretroviral treatment prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, treatment support for orphans and vulnerable children, blood screening, HIV/tuberculosis treatment, as well as comprehensive care and support for people living with HIV.Caribbean News Now Share Share Share Tweet
If you put young gun Cody Leonard in anything, he’ll make it go fast. Last weekend Leonard broke a motor during hot laps at a race at Texana Raceway. Marcus Berndt stepped up and let Leonard jump in his car for the feature, which he won. On Saturday at Pleasanton, Leonard, who started ninth, took the lead from Bill Pittaway after halfway then motored on to the win. Pittaway was the runner-up and third was Dillon Tindall. “We blew my car up last week at Texana and Marcus came through and asked me to drive his car,” explained Leonard. “I’m real grateful for that. We won last weekend in it and he asked me to drive it again this weekend. We’re two for two now.” PLEASANTON, Texas (April 27) – Borrowed car ? No problem. By JM Hallas Cody Leonard borrowed a car and won Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at I-37 Speedway. (Photo by J.M. Hallas)
Louis van Gaal was spreading a message of joy and pride to the rank and file at Old Trafford after Manchester United climbed to the top of the table on Saturday. Press Association It was the first time United had topped the table under Van Gaal and he made sure he was not the only one with a beaming smile as he left Old Trafford on Saturday night. “I am proud, of course,” the United manager said. “I said to the security guy: ‘You are now a security guy of a club that top of the league’ and that makes a huge difference. Also for him. He is proud and I am proud. “Last week it was the first time I was second. He was smiling.” Once Depay had broken Sunderland’s admirable resistance in the fourth minute of first-half injury time, United looked certain to grab all three points. Just 38 seconds after the restart, Rooney bundled in his first Premier League goal in 999 minutes and Mata converted Ashley Young’s cross in the dying stages to round off the win. Sterner tests lie around the corner. United travel to Arsenal on Sunday and after the international break they face tough tests against Everton and City. But Van Gaal does not think October will define whether his team are genuine title challengers. “I know exactly where I stand,” the United manager said. “We have a good team but we can win and lose. You need luck but the balance of the team is better than last season. “I don’t have to wait until October. We shall improve every week, yes.” Few predicted United would be top of the pile following a summer of upheaval. Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Angel di Maria left the club while David de Gea’s contract situation proved to be a real distraction in pre-season. Van Gaal believes the addition of six new faces was key to United’s good start. “It’s because of the players you select (buy). The manager has influence but the players much more,” Van Gaal said. “They have to build up a structure in the dressing room and that’s really important. “They have to accept that structure. That is why I do that every season – every season I shall do that – because I think we need that new stimulus.” For the first time since he moved to United, Anthony Martial failed to score in a Premier League game, but he did set up Rooney. The United captain had some strong words of praise for the £36million Frenchman “He’s been incredible,” Rooney told MUTV. “He’s a 19-year-old lad who doesn’t speak English and has moved over from France with a young family, so we have to understand that. “He’ll be a big player for us throughout the season and in the future, but we need to let him enjoy his football, and I’m sure he’ll bring magic moments for us.” Bottom club Sunderland are yet to win in seven matches, but Steven Fletcher insists the squad’s resolve remains strong. “There is a great bunch of lads here so we will keep upbeat and hopefully the win will come sooner or later,” the striker said. “We will work hard on the training field and the gaffer is working hard for us. He is the same, the way he always is. He is not going to change no matter what has gone on. He is a strong man as you can tell by looking at him.” Fletcher insists the Sunderland players still support manager Dick Advocaat. “We do (back him), not that he needs it,” Fletcher said. “He is a very experienced manager. He knows what he is doing. I am sure we will get the result we need.” Manchester City’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham left the door open for United and they did not pass the opportunity to leapfrog their local rivals. United ran out 3-0 winners over Sunderland thanks to goals from Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the remains found in Alabama earlier this month are those of 5-year-old Taylor Williams.Williams remains were found in a rural area of Alabama on November 12th just a few days after her mother Brianna Williams, reported her missing.Brianna told police that she put her daughter down for bed on November 6th and woke up the next morning to find the child was not in the home and one of the doors was left unlocked. As investigators looked further into the child’s disappearance, Brianna then stopped cooperating with them.At that point, authorities identified Brianna as a suspect and expanded their search to an area in Alabama were the mother is known to have friends and frequently visit.During their search of the area, authorities announced that they located human remains. That same day authorities moved to arrest Brianna for child neglect and making false statements, however, during the arrest officers found Brianna suffered an overdose and rushed her to the hospital as they continued their investigation.Officials confirmed Tuesday, that the remains belong to Taylor Williams but that they would not announce the child’s cause of death at this point in their investigation:“That information we’re going to keep with us. It’s a very intense, very long, very detailed investigation. And those are things we are going to keep with our investigation until we go through the courts and everything else,” The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters said.Waters also reported that they have yet to notify the child’s mother about the confirmation as she is continuing to be uncooperative, but they plan to inform her soon.Brianna has since been released from the hospital and is now at the Duval County jail on a $1.1 million bond. She is due in court on December 4th for arraignment.
GUYANA’s senior men’s national team has been drawn in Group A of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, which will be played in Paramaribo, Suriname, from June 25 – 29.The tournament next year will serve as a qualifier to FIBA’s AmeriCup. The drawing took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, and will see Guyana being grouped with long-time rivals and host Suriname, along with Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Meanwhile, Group B will bring together Haiti, Bermuda, Montserrat, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda.Nigel Hinds, president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) said he’s committed to sending a male and a female team to the championship, since “it is consistent to what we’ve (the GABF) been doing over the past four years.”Guyana has featured at every tournament under Hinds’ tenure at the helm of the GABF, with their best finish being fifth place in 2015, behind former Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks shooting guard, Rawle Marshall.“What we will try to do is bring in, as much as possible, players, those born in Guyana and living overseas. We have some people helping us to identify some players. We know of the James brothers, there are four of them; they’ve played a lot of basketball in Europe,” Hinds said.According to the GABF boss, he’s projecting that the teams–both male and female–should start assembling at least by March, adding “Suriname is close by and we would really love to medal at this championship. So, right now, we’re working on identifying Guyanese who would’ve played College and semi-professional.”Guyana had a horrid showing at the last CBC tournament, held in the British Virgin Islands, 2015, finishing last in the 10-team tournament, where they failed to pick-up a win.
Facebook Twitter Google+ It took three games for John Danowski to stop being ‘dumb.’ After the Duke lacrosse team limped to a 1-2 start, its head coach finally moved freshman Jordan Wolf out of the midfield and back to his normal position at attack.‘The head coach was dumb enough to play him at midfield for the first three games,’ Danowski said of himself in a phone interview. ‘While I thought on paper it was a good move, we moved him back to attack where he was more comfortable.’He can’t explain what happened next.Since his team’s third game of the season — a dismal 7-3 loss to then-unranked Pennsylvania — the Blue Devils (8-2, 2-0 ACC) have become arguably the hottest team in the country. They’ve surged to seven consecutive wins and a No. 3 national ranking behind one of the nation’s best attack units. The third highest-scoring team in the country matches up with No. 1 Syracuse’s vaunted defense Sunday at New Meadowlands Stadium as part of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. This matchup of top-five teams has all the makings of an upset with the recent struggles endured by the Orange (7-0, 2-0 Big East).Wolf is one-third of a Duke attack unit that has already scored 14 or more goals six times this season. He and fellow freshman Christian Walsh join senior leader Zach Howell in one of the most potent and dynamic groups of this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Losing two in a row and only scoring three goals, I think everybody did a lot of soul searching — including the coaching staff,’ Danowski said. ‘And I think practice just became different. I think it became more focused.‘I can’t explain it. I wish I could.’The defending national champions were hit hard by graduation and saw more than the departures of Duke legends Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani. Sixteen seniors left the program, and as a result, three freshmen grace Danowski’s starting lineup this season.Wolf and Walsh have proved to be more than able supporters on that front line. They have combined for 29 goals and 17 assists while putting more than 72 percent of their shots on goal.Wolf, in particular, has caught the eyes of many around the nation. Danowski said Wolf is the fastest and quickest player he’s ever coached. The Syracuse defense has certainly taken notice as well.‘We didn’t hear much about him at all in the beginning, and that’s what happens when you’re a freshman until you have a breakout couple games,’ SU goaltender John Galloway said. ‘We’re going to have to look to stay top-side on him. We’re going to have to look to help John (Lade) if he needs it. He’s a very talented player.’As Galloway mentioned, it will likely be Lade who draws the assignment on Wolf. He has the task of shutting down the freshman who has tallied 15 points in his last three games alone.But he’s accustomed to the role. Each and every week this season, Lade has drawn the assignment of the best player on SU’s opponents.So far, he’s done well. But so far, he’s never faced anyone with the pace of Wolf.‘He’s one of the quickest we’ve seen,’ Syracuse long-stick midfielder Joel White said. ‘John is the best one-on-one defender I’ve ever seen. But we always know that we have his back if he happens to slip up. And the rare times that he does, we’re there for him.’Take away Duke’s two losses in February, though, and the Blue Devils lead the country in goals per game at more than 14.8. Howell’s 25 goals and Wolf’s 18 have led the way.Sunday’s matchup might be a game in which the Syracuse defense has to bail out its offense once again. It’s an offense that was held to just 10 combined goals in its last two contests.Nonetheless, Danowski doesn’t think an up-tempo game necessarily favors his high-scoring Blue Devils. He recognizes the veteran talent SU has and calls the Orange a ‘sleeping giant’ that can ‘explode’ at any time.But being able to put 15 to 20 goals on the board never hurts. And Duke is certainly capable of it.‘You don’t really look at those two slipups in the beginning of the season,’ White said. ‘You look at the games they’ve played (since then), and they’ve played very well. The film that we’ve watched, they’ve shown that they’re the best — one of the best in the country.’email@example.com Comments Published on March 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Michael_Cohen13