UN chief: COVID-19 signals need for global approach to problems

first_imgUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday  called on the world to strengthen multilateral cooperation, saying a global approach has been the key to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.Speaking on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Charter, he said the world is in turmoil, struggling with the coronavirus and climate change, as well as widespread racial injustice and increasing inequality — all best solved by a renewed sense of multilateralism.”We cannot go back to the way it was and simply recreate the systems that have aggravated the crisis,” he told reporters. Topics : And its support for developing a vaccine, and his own effort in March to bring about ceasefires in various conflict zones to slow the virus’s spread, underscore the value of the 75-year-old institution’s multilateral approach, he said.The UN charter was signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945 at the end of World War II and entered into effect four months later. Among people in many countries, the response to the pandemic has eroded their confidence in political establishments and institutions, Guterres said.The pandemic has bared “severe and systemic inequalities,” and world leaders need to acknowledge the value of global cooperation to address these and other, unpredictable crises, he said.”As we mark Charter Day and look ahead, we must reimagine the way nations cooperate.””We need to build back better with more sustainable, inclusive, gender-equal societies and economies.”Priorities indicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, are ensuring universal access to healthcare, tightening bonds between people and nations, and rethinking the global economy to reduce inequality.Guterres said he hoped that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — would be able to meet in September to smooth over conflicts.”Nothing replaces personal contact, personal diplomacy… that can generate empathy, consensus, common feeling to work together,” Guterres said.center_img “We absolutely must come together to reimagine and reinvent the world we share.”We need an effective multilateralism that can function as an instrument of global governance where it is needed.”Guterres said the United Nations proved its worth in reacting to coronavirus, shipping 250 million items of personal protective equipment to more than 130 countries, supporting children’s education and the needs of families and caregivers.The UN supply chain was also important in moving medical goods around the globe as COVID-19 spread, Guterres said. last_img read more

Step off on the Right Foot on a First Day Hike at a Pennsylvania State Park

first_img By: Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET Environment,  Holidays,  The Blog What are your New Year’s resolutions? Stay healthy, reduce stress, spend more time with family? We can help with all these things starting January 1 on a First Day Hike. Held in 28 Pennsylvania state parks, the guided hikes are free, and are part of a national effort to promote both healthy lifestyles and get people outdoors for year-round recreation at state parks.An invigorating walk or hike in a beautiful state park helps burn off holiday calories, cure cabin fever and spend time together with friends and family.State involvement has grown to the point where all 50 states sponsor First Day Hikes. Pennsylvanians are fortunate to have a state park within 25 miles, as well as 2.2 million acres of state forest land that they can explore. In addition to improving our quality of life and giving us places to play outdoors, state parks and the visitors they draw contribute close to a billion dollars in economic activity in nearby communities each year.The following Pennsylvania state parks are participating during daylight hours January 1, 2017:BeltzvilleCaledoniaCanoe CreekCodorusCowans GapDelaware CanalFrench CreekGreenwood FurnaceGifford PinchotJacobsburg Environmental Education CenterJennings Environmental Education CenterKeystoneKings Gap Environmental Education CenterLittle BuffaloLyman RunMoraineNescopeckNolde Forest Environmental Education CenterParker DamPine Grove FurnacePrince GallitzinPymatuningR.B. WinterShawneeSinnemahoningPresque Isle State Park in Erie will offer a New Year’s Eve or “Last Night” hike for those who wish to ring in the new year while hiking. This 3-mile easy hike begins at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, and will end around 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1. Also, Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County is offer an evening hike Dec. 31 that will focus on owls in the park.Most of the hikes are about one or two miles, but some can be longer depending on the park and its terrain. The treks are guided by state park staff or volunteers. For a complete list of hikes and times check the DCNR Calendar of Events.Last year in Pennsylvania, participants hiked more than 3,000 miles on the first day of the year.If you’d rather hit the trail on your own, somewhere closer to home, Pennsylvania has more than 5,800 local parks. This online map lets you search for one by county, name or location.The ‘welcome mat’ is out at our state and local parks and trails. I’ll be bundling up and heading to the First Day Hike at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County. Join me!Hikers are invited to share their experience on social media using #FirstDayHike and #GetOutdoorsPA. December 21, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Step off on the Right Foot on a First Day Hike at a Pennsylvania State Parklast_img read more

PH eyes local production of test kits for COVID-19

first_img“We hope to be able to expedite thevalidation process with the WHO so that as soon as it is validated, we can makethese local test kits available for all hospitals for use under physician’sdiscretion,” Nograles told reporters in Malacañang. Currently, health authorities checkpatients for COVID-19 using foreign-manufactured test kits. Duque said thePhilippines has about 3,000 test kits from Japan while another 3,000 was sentby the WHO. While the Philippines is hoping for aspeedy validation process for the kits, Duque emphasized the need for the testkits to be “vetted strictly for sensitivity and specificity.” Should the locally-produced kits passWHO standards, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said it could cost just “almosthalf” of the foreign-manufactured test kits. MANILA – The Philippines is eyeing tolocally produce test kits that could detect if a patient is positive for thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), officials said Friday. As of Friday, health authorities havechecked 455 people for possible COVID-19 contraction. Of that figure, 386tested negative for the virus.  Commuters wearing face masks pass through a turnstile at the LRT Line 1 Baclaran station, Manila on Feb. 12. ABS-CBNcenter_img Sample test kits were developed by agroup of scientists, most of whom are from the University of thePhilippines-Manila, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. It willbe submitted to the World Health Organization for validation before a marketrollout. “We will have to apply the moststringent standards of accuracy and sensitivity,” he said. “The testing we have done is about 500so we do have a sufficient buffer stock of test reagents,” the health chiefsaid. The acute respiratory disease has killedat least 1,400 and infected over 60,000 people in China. (ABS-CBN) So far, the Philippines has reportedthree cases, all Chinese nationals who came from the Chinese city of Wuhan,epicenter of the virus outbreak. One died on Feb. 1.last_img read more

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Gillespie backs McNair to thrive

first_img Press Association Gillespie, who was speaking at the filming of the new Vauxhall Home Nations Football Show, told Press Association Sport: “He’s still very young, still has a lot to learn, but he’s done himself no harm in the (United) games that he’s played so far. “They’ve had injuries at the back and he’s taken his chance. “They’ve probably looked more solid in the games he’s played than they have in the other games when they’ve been conceding goals. “He’s done very well. There’s an opportunity for him there if he continues to progress the way he is.” McNair’s rise has, in part, been as a result of Jonny Evans’ ankle injury. Gillespie believes O’Neill will find a way to accommodate Evans when the defender is fit. The 39-year-old, who won 86 caps in a career which began at Old Trafford, added: “He’s a very important player for us. He’ll find a position for Jonny somewhere, whether he plays left-back or goes three at the back.” Northern Ireland have already beaten Hungary and Greece to top Group F by two points from Romania ahead of this week’s Bucharest clash. Paddy McNair has been backed to make an impression for Northern Ireland and Manchester United by former winger Keith Gillespie after his rapid ascent. The 19-year-old defender from Ballyclare made his United debut against West Ham in September after just 11 under-21s appearances. Gillespie, who believes Northern Ireland have a strong chance of automatic qualification for Euro 2016, hopes McNair seizes his opportunity after being called into Michael O’Neill’s squad for the first time for Friday’s clash in Romania. Gillespie is optimistic for the qualification campaign. He said: “When the draw was made I thought we could sneak third place; now I feel as if we could definitely get one of those top two places (and automatic qualification). “We’re in an ideal position, three wins out of three. One thing that’s really helped us is three of our first four games are away and they’re our hardest games. “To win our first three games has been an incredible start – Greece away, Hungary away. “We’re capable of beating anyone at home, so I really think we’ve a great chance. “If we were to qualify, it would be 30 years since Mexico 86. It’s a long time to wait for the people of Northern Ireland. “We’ve got such great support. I know they’ll be going in their thousands to France if we were to make it.” :: Check out the new Vauxhall Home Nations Football Show with Ian Wright, Keith Gillespie, Kevin Gallagher and Iwan Roberts go to www.YouTube.co.uk/VauxhallFootballTV last_img read more

Douvan leads Flyer field

first_img Douvan, already challenging for favouritism for this year’s Supreme after a thrilling Irish debut at Gowran Park in November, is also likely to be prohibitive odds when he faces five rivals this weekend. Mullins said: “Vautour won the race last year so we have taken the same route with Douvan and hopefully we might get the same results.” Douvan heads the betting for this season’s Cheltenham curtain-raiser along with the Nicky Henderson-trained L’Ami Serge, winner of last weekend’s Tolworth at Sandown. Big-race jockey Ruby Walsh feels Douvan is likely to be an even better horse next season. “L’Ami Serge has looked very good in England, but Douvan looked very good first time out,” Walsh told Racing UK. “The form of the second horse has worked out, if not the third, as Sizing John came out and won a Grade One (Future Champions Novice Hurdle, Leopardstown) “He looks good but I think with another summer’s grass and when he fills out his frame, he’ll be even better next year. “On looks he looks like a horse who will improve with time.” Willie Mullins is keeping his fingers crossed that Douvan can follow in the hoofprints of stable companion Vautour and cement his Cheltenham Festival claims in the sportinglife.com Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Press Associationcenter_img Vautour was made to pull out all the stops to justify long odds-on favouritism in the Grade Two contest 12 months ago, but went on to run out a brilliant winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham before following up at Punchestown. The champion trainer also struck gold with the talented Mikael D’Haguenet in 2009 before his Festival success in what is now the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. last_img read more

Advocaat eager to get going

first_imgDick Advocaat is looking forward to the challenge that awaits at Sunderland after agreeing a short-term deal to become the embattled club’s head coach. The 67-year-old has been given the reins at the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the season and is charged with halting Sunderland’s slide as just one point separates them from the drop-zone with nine matches remaining. “Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Advocaat said upon his appointment. “We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started.” A trip to West Ham lies in wait for Advocaat as Sunderland look for a much-needed win which would be only their second in 13 top-flight matches if they manage it. Avoiding relegation will be a big ask but the Dutchman looks as well placed as any to do so, given he has more than 30 years management experience. Advocaat has twice coached Holland, as well as the national teams of the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and, most recently, Serbia. He has won league titles in his homeland with PSV Eindhoven, at Russian club Zenit St Petersburg and with Rangers, securing the league and cup double twice during his reign between 1998 and 2002. This is Advocaat’s first role in English football yet Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is confident he has the right man. Last weekend’s embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Villa proved the catalyst to Gus Poyet’s departure, with the north-east outfit bringing his 17-month reign to an end on Monday. The Black Cats have wasted little time in naming a replacement, with the vastly-experienced Advocaat announced as successor just 18 hours later. “Dick has an incredible CV and vast experience of managing at the very highest level,” he told the club’s official website, www.safc.com. “We have one aim only now – to climb the table and everyone is fully focused on the task ahead of us.” The appointment did not come as too much of a surprise, given the former Rangers boss was mentioned as soon as news of Poyet’s exit emanated. Advocaat will be assisted at the Stadium of Light by first-team coach Zeljko Petrovic, his assistant with Serbia, as well as former Swansea and England Under-20 goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker. Former Fulham manager Paul Bracewell, now Sunderland’s academy coach, will also support the Dutchman for the final nine games of the season. Whether Advocaat can keep the Black Cats up will play a huge role into the level of replacement they can attract, with the Dutchman a temporary measure ahead of a long-term summer appointment. Former Sunderland defender Sam Allardyce, whose contract at West Ham expires at the end of the season, has been strongly linked with the post, as have Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement and Derby boss Steve McClaren. Press Associationlast_img read more

Big East : South Florida win highlights undefeated start for Big East

first_img Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Skip Holtz couldn’t have written a better start to the season. Not even two weather delays could spoil the South Florida head coach’s return to his alma mater, Notre Dame.Despite his defense allowing 508 total yards to the Irish and the offense scoring just one touchdown, the Bulls came away with a win behind five forced turnovers.‘I said we couldn’t have written a better script,’ Holtz said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘I don’t think we played very well in a lot of respects, and there were other things I thought we did a great job of.’South Florida was far from perfect, but nonetheless impressive in its 23-20 win at Notre Dame on Saturday. The Bulls overcame two weather delays totaling two hours and 53 minutes to secure the most notable win by a Big East team to open the season. USF is now ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25.The win also caught the attention of many around the conference as the marquee victory on a weekend when Big East teams went 8-0.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHoltz is hoping the win will serve as a launching pad for this team to do something past USF teams couldn’t do. The head coach wants to see the Bulls become competitive in the Big East, as USF has finished each of the last three seasons with a losing conference record.And though many head coaches are cautious about reading too much into the first week, winning games in the Big East will be no easy task for the Bulls or any other team. The conference’s undefeated start serves as a sign of parity in the conference.‘You better be disciplined about what you’re doing because you’re playing a bunch of close football games,’ Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham said in the teleconference. ‘And this is no doubt a competitive league.’No team made a stronger first impression than USF.The Bulls scored early on a fumble recovery for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. USF then tacked on three field goals, and Notre Dame missed multiple opportunities to score due to penalties and turnovers.USF’s controlled play coupled with Notre Dame’s mistakes gave the Bulls a 16-0 lead at the half.Then lightning struck, Notre Dame Stadium was evacuated and the game was delayed for two hours and 10 minutes.It was the first weather delay in Notre Dame’s 123-year history. And Holtz said it’s something a team can’t prepare for. But his team did have some practice during training camp in Vero Beach, Fla., when its first scrimmage was delayed 90 minutes by lightning.Saturday, Holtz and his players repeated exactly what they did Aug. 13 to stay loose during the delay at Vero Beach Sports Village. The players took their shoulder pads and shoes off and lay down in the locker room, staying relatively quiet and focused on the game.‘I didn’t want it to be a locker room where everybody took a naptime,’ Holtz said. ‘But at the same time I didn’t want it to be Comedy Central where everybody was just joking around. So I thought they were very mature about it.’Expecting a 10-minute warning, the team’s focus was jolted when the Bulls were suddenly told Notre Dame was out on the field ready to resume action. Five minutes of chaos ensued as the players put their pads and shoes back on and returned to the field.Holtz felt the team was affected by the abrupt return from the first delay. Notre Dame cut the lead to 16-7 with the only score in the third quarter. USF pushed the lead back to 16 early in the fourth quarter and led by 10 when the second delay was called with 4:21 to play.Holtz said he was proud of how his team handled the adversity. Throughout the day, the head coach reminded his players how long they had prepared for this game.‘We kept talking about how we train one month a year for a game,’ Holtz said. ‘And so with it being, whether this is a three-hour focus, a five-hour focus, an eight-hour focus, let’s stay focused on it because of the preparation and the work we’ve put into this game.’USF did stay focused enough and held off Notre Dame after the 43-minute delay for the three-point win.Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni was impressed with the Bulls after catching a glimpse of the game Saturday night.‘They looked fast and they looked very, very well-coached and very well prepared,’ Pasqualoni said.  But after watching the film of the game on Sunday, Holtz and his players saw they have a lot to work on fundamentally. Though the script couldn’t have been written any better, USF’s execution could have been. And Holtz knows his team must improve that if it wants to compete in the Big East.‘They realized how much better that we can get as a program and how much more we need to improve as we go forward if we want to compete at that level week in and week out,’ Holtz said.West Virginia’s opener cut shortNo. 19 West Virginia defeated Marshall 34-13 on Sunday to finish the Big East’s undefeated weekend. The Mountaineers and Thundering Herd played just over three quarters before the game was called due to lightning and heavy rain with 14:36 remaining in the game. Quarterback Geno Smith played well in the win, completing 26 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

Integral Begins Sale of Hospitality Packages for FIFA Women’s World Cup

first_imgIt is the only company worldwide authorized by FIFA to offer and guarantee exclusive ticket-inclusive hospitality packages for all matches directly or through its appointed sales agents.MATCH Hospitality has years of experience in delivering world-class hospitality for FIFA and at other international sports events.The Company has successfully operated the FIFA Commercial Hospitality Programmes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and more recently the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.MATCH Hospitality has also delivered the FIFA Hospitality Programme for the last two FIFA Women’s World Cup events which were hosted in Germany and Canada.Given the tremendous growth in interest and development of women’s football worldwide, MATCH Hospitality is gearing up to deliver an unforgettable FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ experience to its ever-growing clientele via its global network of sales agents.The Chief Operating Officer of MATCH Hospitality, Pascal Portes said: “We feel a tremendous sense of pride in the product range offered by MATCH Hospitality as FIFA’s official hospitality rights holder for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.“Nigeria is an established and very passionate market, and we are extremely optimistic about the sales potential for our hospitality programme in 2019. We know that Integral are our best partners to open the door to a thriving Nigerian market ready for the extraordinary experiences promised by this exceptional FIFA Women’s World Cup environment.”The Managing Director of Integral Abimbola Ilo, added: “We are delighted to act as the Exclusive Sales Agent of MATCH Hospitality in Nigeria for the sale of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 Official Hospitality Programme. Having successfully operated the recently concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Official Hospitality Programme as the exclusive sales agent in Nigeria catering to satisfied clients, this deal clearly confirms Integral’s pedigree to have been selected yet again, and on an exclusive basis in Nigeria. This basically means that we have the entire inventory to deliver unforgettable experience to all our clients during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, right from the moment they think about attending the event to support their team.“The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will take place from June 7 to July 7 in nine French cities. The Super Falcons of Nigeria will play in Group A alongside hosts France, Norway and South Korea.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Integral, Nigeria’s leading sports event and hospitality company has begun the sale of hospitality packages for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.After running a very successful hospitality package sale for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, MATCH Hospitality has once again appointed Integral as its exclusive sales agent for Nigeria.MATCH Hospitality is the industry leader in the management and sale of commercial hospitality programme for major sports events and is the exclusive rights holder of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 Official Hospitality Programme.last_img read more

Jamaica moving quickly on medical cannabis industry

first_imgJamaica’s Agriculture and Commerce, Minister Audley Shaw, says he is moving to ensure Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry.Jamaica must move quicklyShaw, in a recent address at an Agricultural Technology Symposium noted that while Jamaica has only decriminalized the use of up to two ounces of marijuana and issued a few licenses for production and processing, the product is now legal in Canada.  Also, 31 states in the United States have been producing and using it for medicinal and recreational purposes.He said the country needs to move quickly to take advantage of opportunities in the growing of cannabis and the manufacture of related products.Time is not on Jamaica’s side He provided information that he is working with the Ministry of Health and the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) “to move faster and more aggressively to get up to the level of world competition. Time is not on our side.” Shaw told participants at the symposium which included farmers, that agriculture is a key sector in enabling Jamaica to achieve sustained, high levels of economic growth. He noted that the sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) has improved, moving from 6.6 per cent in 2015 to 7.3 per cent in 2017. Shaw said that focus is being placed on research and development in order to transform the industry.last_img read more