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World offers support, condolences to Lebanon after devastating blasts

first_imgEmergency medical aid and pop-up field hospitals were dispatched to Lebanon on Wednesday, as the world offered assistance and paid tribute to the victims of the huge explosion that devastated Beirut.The blast centered on the city’s port caused massive destruction and killed more than 100 people, heaping misery on a country already in crisis.Emergency medical aid from Kuwait arrived in the Lebanese capital on Wednesday morning, as the Lebanese Red Cross said that more than 4,000 people were being treated for injuries after the explosion which sent glass shards and debris flying. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called on “friendly countries” to support a nation already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades as well as the coronavirus pandemic.Gulf states were among the first to respond, with Qatar announcing it would send field hospitals to ease pressure on Lebanon’s strained medical system.Crews at Doha’s Al-Udeid airbase loaded hundreds of collapsible beds, generators and burn sheets onto an air force cargo plane, one of four due to fly from the Gulf to the Mediterranean on Wednesday.Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said in a message to his Lebanese counterpart that Tehran was “ready to offer medical and medicinal aid and help treat the injured”. Jordan’s King Abdullah II also promised to dispatch a field hospital.  ‘Stay strong, Lebanon’ Close allies and traditional adversaries of Lebanon alike sent their condolences, with Iran and Saudi Arabia — long rivals for influence over the country — both sending messages of support.”Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.”Stay strong, Lebanon.”Saudi Arabia said it was following the situation with “great concern”.Unusually, neighboring Israel offered humanitarian aid — to a country with which it is still technically at war.”Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, on behalf of the State of Israel, have offered the Lebanese government — via international intermediaries — medical and humanitarian aid, as well as immediate emergency assistance,” a statement said.UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed his “deepest condolences … following the horrific explosions in Beirut” which he said had also injured some United Nations personnel.US President Donald Trump said “it looks like a terrible attack” and that US generals had told him that the powerful explosions appeared to have been caused by a “bomb of some kind”, without offering evidence.Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani wished “a speedy recovery for the injured,” while the United Arab Emirates’ vice president and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, tweeted “our condolences to our beloved people in Lebanon”.Egypt expressed “deep concern” at the destruction, and Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit offered condolences, stressing “the importance of finding the truth about the explosions”.Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad wrote to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun that “on behalf of the Syrian Arab people, we extend our sincere condolences to you and the Lebanese people”.Outside the region, President Vladimir Putin said that “Russia shares the grief of the Lebanese people”, according to a Kremlin statement.”I ask you to convey words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery to all affected.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the pictures and videos from Beirut “shocking”.French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet in Arabic that “France is at the side of Lebanon. Always.”His office said two military planes would take off for Lebanon later Wednesday with search and rescue experts, 15 tons of sanitary equipment and a mobile clinic. “The field hospital will include specialists and medical staff, to contribute in offering medical services and treatment to support our brothers in Lebanon,” Jordanian state television said in a report.Dutch authorities announced that 67 aid workers were headed for Beirut, including doctors, police officers and firefighters. Topics :last_img read more

Wisconsin falls in Rose Bowl for 2nd straight year

first_imgMarcus Cromartie (center) along with Marquis Mason (left) and Alec Lerner (right) feel the sting of their second consecutive Rose Bowl loss. Cromartie had 47 tackles this season after stepping in to a starting role after Devin Smith suffered a season-ending injury in week two.[/media-credit]PASADENA, Calif. – The scoreboard flashed a Rose Bowl record of 83 points, and more than half a mile’s worth of yards were covered. But once the dust settled in the fourth quarter of the wild west shootout between Oregon and Wisconsin, there sat a lifeless football along the sideline.And a Duck landed on it.The No. 10 Badgers (11-3) dropped their second consecutive Rose Bowl Game, 45-38, to the No. 5 Ducks (12-2) on Jan. 2 amid a vibrant display of offensive skill.Driving with nearly four minutes remaining in regulation, University of Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis fumbled just before being run out of bounds after hauling in a 29-yard pass that would have situated the Badgers inside the Ducks’ 30-yard line.The ball slipped from his grasp and came to rest near the sideline, where Oregon linebacker Michael Clay pounced on it.Wisconsin’s defense ultimately managed to give its offense the ball back with 16 seconds left, but with no timeouts the Badgers ran out of time with 25 yards still to go for the tying score.“I’m kind of tired of tears of sadness, I want to come out here and experience tears of joy at some point,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “I wouldn’t trade any place in the world for that locker room that I have right now, the way that they continue to persevere. Obviously, it’s not an outcome that we’re happy with, it’s something that will carry with us for the rest of our lives [and] the entire coaching career for me.”What might occupy Bielema’s mind in the aftermath of the game is an episode in the third quarter that resulted in the team’s second timeout being utilized not but five minutes into the second half.Down 35-31 after a 29-yard field goal from Philip Welch, Wisconsin kicked off to Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, who kneeled the ball in the endzone with his foot on the goal line.Bielema recognized Thomas potentially could have erred to the extent that his knee would be ruled as a downed ball on the 1-yard line and subsequently a timeout was taken.Postgame, Bielema said he asked the referee if the play was reviewable. But because the official could not answer in time, Wisconsin was charged a timeout rather than a challenge.“It looked like the ball was out over the line and I was trying toask the official on my sideline if I could challenge,” Bielema said.“Couldn’t get the answer, so they called a timeout and actually cameback to me and said because they couldn’t give me the information in anadequate amount of time they weren’t going to use that as a challenge,they were going to use it as a timeout.”In the end, the series of events resulted in Wisconsin getting the ball back with seconds left in the fourth quarter and no timeouts. On the Ducks’ 25-yard line, the Badgers could not spike the ball before the clock struck zero.Away from the sidelines, however, was a back-and-forth offensive circus in which only once did a team score two consecutive touchdowns. The affair featured three lead changes in the second half and 1,129 yards of combined offense in the game.Badger quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns while his counterpart, Darron Thomas, threw for 268 yards and three scores for the Ducks.UW running back Montee Ball ran for 169 yards and a touchdown, tying Barry Sanders’ single-season NCAA record of 39 in one season. UO back LaMichael James put up 161 yards and two touchdowns himself, while De’Anthony Thomas crossed the goal line on both of his two carries and ran for 155 yards.Wideouts Nick Toon and Abbrederis both eclipsed 100 receiving yards and each scored for Wisconsin, while Oregon’s Lavasier Tuinei caught eight passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.Neither defense could stop the other’s offense, but in the end it was Oregon who finished with more points and yards despite having for the ball for 11 fewer minutes.“There were plays where we stopped them, we got off the field and there were plays where we [had] blown coverage and blown assignments,” linebacker Mike Taylor said, who forced a fumble that resulted in a touchdown. “They make you pay for it; they’ve got fast guys and when you do that a lot of the time they’re just going to score.”Wisconsin and Oregon knotted up at 28-28 at the half after sledgehammering each other’s defenses for two quarters. Scores included a 38-yard pass from Wilson to Abbrederis to kick off the day and a 33-yard fumble recovery by defensive end Louis Nzegwu in the second quarter.Oregon countered with 91 and 54-yard strikes of their own in the highest scoring half of any previous Rose Bowl.While yards continued to pile up in the second half, points eventually slowed somewhat. Wisconsin outscored Oregon in the second quarter but was shut out, 10-0, in the fourth.Despite winning the third-down conversion battle, Wisconsin’s offense was slowed and stopped in important moments in the second half. The Badgers committed both of their turnovers in the period, and after gaining 123 yards in the first half, Ball was held to just 47 in the second.“They started to come down pretty fast, their safeties – as soon as I got the ball, going through the hole, they were right there in front of me, within three yards,” Ball said. “…Other than that, we fell out of rhythm a couple times.”last_img read more

Blatant misinformation by Minister Patterson

first_imgDear Editor,The Parliamentary Opposition is fully aware of its role and functions, and it is for that expressed reason it made known publicly its reason for not attending the Parliamentary tour of the CJIA Expansion project.We noted in the letter columns of the state’s newspaper of Friday, April 27, 2018 a letter signed by Mr David Patterson, Minister of Public Infrastructure, which contains at least five (5) blatant inaccuracies. We suspect that in the mad rush for cover — having been exposed of an attempted raid on the public purse – this is an attempt at damage control.For clarification, we have no knowledge of any member of the Parliamentary Opposition requesting a tour of CJIA Expansion Project. Could the Minister tell the nation when and where that request was made, and by whom?The second blatant and deliberate offering of misinformation was the Minister’s claim that the “parliamentary opposition, in fact, had raised vehement protest following a visit to the project in January by the Cabinet.” This statement is a concoction. It is the most visible manifestation of desperation, and it shows the APNU+AFC government’s mastery at the fine art of deception. There was never a protest, vehement or otherwise, as stated by the Minister.Could Minister Patterson tell the nation when and where this vehement protest took place, and by whom? And could the Minister point us to the evidence to substantiate this ludicrous statement?Thirdly, the Minister continues to spew dishonesty when he stated that Mr Edghill had been invited to other “Tours” of the CJIA project, and would have attended at least one of them. He could have simply said the truth: that Mr Edghill was invited once, and he attended. Why go at length to convey the impression that there were other tours?Continuing, the Minister seems to be annoyed over being made to account for his stewardship in the National Assembly, by saying my questioning in the National Assembly has been “deliberately obtuse.” The fact is, this particular Minister has always sought to obfuscate issues by bringing in “red herrings” in his answers, and has now perfected the skill of “talking much” but “saying little.”This current tour is nothing but a smokescreen, a shameless attempt to siphon off $346.5 million Guyana dollars from the public purse to finance what was already paid and catered for in the original “fixed price design and build contract.”From the figures provided by the Minister on Financial Paper #2/2018, one can easily do the math and conclude that when this project was redesigned by the APNU+AFC Administration, just on the alteration of moving from eight (8) air bridges to two (2) air bridges, the contractor benefited from US$5M, or in excess of $1 billion Guyana dollars in avoided cost.Could the honourable Minister say what was the “appreciation” bonus for this contract as altered and redesigned?Yours truly,Bishop Juan EdghillMember of ParliamentSpokesperson onPublic Infrastructurelast_img read more

Guardiola won’t revel in Mourinho’s woes

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t glorying in Jose Mourinho’s problems at Old Trafford © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to gloat over his old rival Jose Mourinho’s troubled start to the season at Manchester United.Guardiola was asked about the pressure which is mounting on his United counterpart following consecutive Premier League losses to Brighton and Tottenham. The pair have had a strained relationship since their days as rival managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.But, despite United’s problems and the growing storm around Mourinho, Guardiola insisted City’s arch rivals remain a force to be reckoned with.“We’re in August. There are a lot of points to play for and the real season starts after the international break,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“We dropped two, or won one, point at Wolves. The secret last season was when we did that we won the next game.”Champions City finished 19 points ahead of second placed United last season and have made an unbeaten start to the new campaign, while Mourinho’s team have stumbled from one crisis to another.Asked about the personal pressure on Mourinho, who has faced speculation about his relationship with United midfielder Paul Pogba and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, he added: “Unfortunately it’s our job. Our job depends on results.“When we win we are good, when we don’t we are not good. When you get to this level, they are top, top managers.”– Gomes potential –Meanwhile, Guardiola wants another option in his City midfield, but refused to confirm if that would mean making a signing in the January transfer window.City missed out on landing Jorginho from Napoli during the summer when the Italian opted to join Chelsea instead.Guardiola can call on former Paris Saint-Germain teenager Claudio Gomes, who is on the fringes of the first-team squad after arriving in the summer from the French club.When asked about the 18-year-old ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, the Catalan admitted he has been impressed by the youngster, but also did not rule out adding a new face.“Claudio Gomes is a young player. He was in pre-season with us and we were delighted with him, his personality,” Guardiola said.“The January market is a long time away. We’re looking at options for the future. We decided to pick Claudio up because of his potential.”City will face a defensively-minded Newcastle team at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola insists dealing with teams who set out to thwart them with a negative approach is not a concern.“That is not a problem. They believe in their styles. It’s in our hands to solve that. That is the trick,” he said.“We spend more time on ourselves and what we need to do. We can only imagine what our opponents maybe will do but we don’t know 100 per cent.“Huddersfield we expected five at the back and they were four.“We analyse our games, we spend our times analysing training and games on ourselves to improve. The players have to adapt, of course.“You have to know what they do and inform the players what they are going to do. But it’s more productive to concentrate ourselves, what we can do.“We talk about ourselves, normally about 80 per cent of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more