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Survey finds most Britons reject COVID-19 ‘vaccine nationalism’

first_img“While this virus thrives anywhere, it threatens people everywhere.”The World Health Organization called last week for an end to “vaccine nationalism” and warned against “hoarding” as a growing number of countries agreed bilateral deals to buy millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines.The One Campaign poll results found that of more than 2,000 people surveyed, 82% said a country that develops a COVID-19 vaccine should share that knowledge, and 76% think COVID-19 shots should be available in all countries at the same time.More than 80% think that when a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it should be distributed in the most effective way to beat the pandemic globally. Some 71% think that if it means the pandemic could be ended more quickly, health workers in Britain and then other countries should get vaccines first, even if healthy people at home have to wait a bit longer. Most Britons reject COVID-19 “vaccine nationalism”, and say they would be willing to wait until health workers in other countries have had vaccines if that would help end the pandemic sooner, according to poll findings released on Monday.Conducted in mid-August by polling firm Savanta ComRes for anti-poverty organization The ONE Campaign, the survey found significant public support for COVID-19 vaccines being made available to all countries at the same time, regardless of how rich or powerful they are.”British people clearly understand this global pandemic demands a global response. It simply won’t work for each country to go its own way,” said Romilly Greenhill, The ONE’s UK director. Topics :last_img read more

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Sidewalk vendors given leeway but need to follow rules – BCPO

first_imgAs of December 16, at least 135 vendorshave processed permits to sell their goods at the plaza area. Some 400 vendors have been displaced inthe downtown area, including the Central Public Market, during the 60-dayclearing operations ordered by the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment. Colonel Henry Biñas, the city’s top cop,said these small traders should still abide the law as police cannot justalways tolerate them. In the past weeks, it has been observedthat a number of sidewalk vendors have started to return to the downtown areaafter the clearing operations ended in the last week of September. “It’s part of our job. Our role is tosustain or continue the clearing of the sidewalks. (But) in the spirit ofChristmas, we’ll be lenient for now. After Christmas, they should expect us tostrictly implement it,” said Biñas, who was scheduled to meet with the CityLegal Office personnel on Friday to discuss concerns related to the sidewalkvendors. They have been transferred to the Vendors’Plaza at the Reclamation Area, but this Christmas season, they have beenallowed to sell at the Public Plaza as part of the “Paskwa sa Plaza” event fromDecember 3 to January 6. Concerned police stations, he said, areassigned to monitor the presence of violators with the assistance of trafficand mobile units. In his executive order dated December 3,Leonardia stated that “in balancing the mandate of the DILG in its MemorandumCircular 2019-193 and the purposes mentioned in the proceeding paragraphs, a“Paskwa sa Plaza” shall temporarily be established in the Bacolod plaza and itssurrounding parking areas for the duration. Although after they have been warnedearlier this month, their presence has become scarce in the area this week.center_img BIÑAS BACOLOD City – In the spirit of Christmas, authorities here gave sidewalkvendors leeway in plying their trade in the downtown area under severalconditions. “(Those violating), we will see if wecan let them be and forego confiscating their items, considering it’sChristmas. But if they will continue to violate thelaw, we will be forced to confiscate,” Biñas said. He said the police will call out thevendors if they occupy the sidewalks, and tell them to move to the publicplaza, where they are allowed to sell goods for now. Earlier, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said thepolice are tasked to ensure that the sidewalks remain free of obstructionsposed by vendors, but they could be given consideration by the authoritiesbecause of the Christmas holidays. “I hope the vendors will not abuse it,” hesaid. “We recognized the need for a commonplace where people or their families can get together and enjoy themselvesduring the Christmas season as well as to provide opportunities for theless-privileged vendors to display local products or sell their wares, at thesame time providing convenience to the general consuming public,” Leonardiaadded. (With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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EIAC Football

first_imgWhen the EIAC added Connersville and Rushville, the question of how to play the football part of the conference became a sticking point.  An anonymous member of the EIAC inner circle told me that Lawrenceburg did not want to play East Central, and East Central in return did not want to play Lawrenceburg.  At that time, Lawrenceburg was a 2A school and East Central thought they were going to become a 5A school.  The two schools felt that playing each other would not be beneficial to either school.  By the time the new schools were added, however, Lawrenceburg was 3A and East Central stayed 4A.  This same person surmised that East Central still was opposed to playing Lawrenceburg, and thus, the split was created for football only.  Schools in the 4A portion are East Central, Connersville, Franklin County, and South Dearborn leaving Batesville, Greensburg, Rushville, and Lawrenceburg in 3A.  Since East Central supposedly would not play Lawrenceburg, a 4A/3A conference format was created.  There will be a 4A winner and a 3A winner!  Watch for tomorrow’s article for my opinion on this split!last_img read more

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Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans

first_imgRelatedPosts Plateau United target 2021 CAF champions league berth Breaking: NFF adopts PPG, sets new date for league kick off CAF postpones Africa Cup of Nations, unveils new format for CL, CC Plateau United has dedicated its CAF Champions League ticket to the massive support of its fans and the club owner, Plateau State Government.The Jos-based Premier League team won the concluded 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League season. The Media Officer of the club, Albert Dakup, in a statement on Tuesday quoted the club’s General Manager, Pius Henwan, as saying the team enjoyed unprecedented support and encouragement, which was the driving force that propelled them to pick the continental ticket.Henwan said: “The continent ticket which is heartwarming is a manifestation of the hard work, commitment and dedication put in by the entire team in the outgone season halted by the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world.“We herewith thank the Head of the Rescue Team in Plateau, Governor Simon Lalong for his untiring support, motivation and encouragement to the team.”The general manager further commended the technical crew headed by the soft-spoken Abdu Maikaba, for rejuvenating and reviving the fortunes of the club as one of the bests in the country.He also saluted the players for their hard work, dedication, commitment, diligence and cooperation which helped them emerge “true champions” of the 2019/2020 NPFL season. He said: “The club also thank our teeming fans and the people of Plateau  who usually troop out in their numbers to cheer the team to victory and assured that the team will continue to strive hard and put smiles on their faces.“The management in a special way appreciates the efforts of all the major stakeholders of football in Plateau.“We recognise their unwavering support and solicit for more as the team prepares to represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League next year.“With the September/October kick off date for the 2020/2021 season fast approaching, the management of the club assures that efforts are on to recruit tested and quality players to beef up the team.“We also urge those who will be seeking greener pastures elsewhere to pray for the success of the the team.” The League Management Company, organisers of the NPFL, declared the 2019/2020 league season conclusive, with Plateau United top of the log with 43 points from 25 matches as champions.Tags: CAF Champions LeaguePlateau State GovernmentPlateau Unitedlast_img read more

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Why Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez has been one of the stars of the season

first_img BARGAIN The £400,000 Leicester paid French club Le Havre in January 2014 is looking like a snip. Understandably, it has taken the young Algerian time to adapt to the Premier League but now, after a season and a half finding his feet, Mahrez has really come to the fore. The little magician gets fans off their seats and is a joy to watch and, more importantly, he is effective. Mahrez has been directly involved in 18 of the 34 goals that Leicester have scored in the league this season, putting him firmly on course to be a contender for Player of the Year. You will be hard pressed to find a player who represents better value for money so far this campaign. GOALS Mahrez had scored just seven goals for Leicester, three of them coming in the Championship, prior to the start of the 2015-16 campaign. He always looked capable of adding goals to his game as he developed but nobody could have envisaged him being quite so prolific this season. His superb strike against Chelsea on Monday night was Mahrez’s 12th of the season – his 11th in the Premier League. By anyone’s standards, that is a terrific return from a midfielder but perhaps what makes it more remarkable is the fact he has done it in an unfancied team who were tipped to struggle. His three goals in the 3-0 win at Swansea this month saw Mahrez became only the third Leicester player to score a Premier League hat-trick, after Ian Marshall and Stan Collymore. Another goal and another assist helped the Foxes defeat reigning champions Chelsea on Monday night as the little Algerian continued to enhance his growing reputation. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the attributes that have made Mahrez one of the stand out performers in the top flight so far this campaign. Press Association Riyad Mahrez has been instrumental for Leicester as Claudio Ranieri’s side have emerged as this season’s surprise package to lead the Barclays Premier League. ASSISTS A goal maker as well as a goalscorer, Mahrez has been the key supply line to Jamie Vardy this season. His team-mate will surely admit that Mahrez was instrumental in his recent record-breaking run of scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League matches. The 24-year-old has seven assists to his name already with only Arsenal’s World Cup-winning playmaker Mesut Ozil having set up more goals. SKILL Mahrez has a wand of a left foot and there was no better demonstration of it than against Chelsea on Monday night. His vision to spot Vardy’s run and his execution to then find his team-mate with a lovely curling cross to the front post was bettered only by his goal later in the game. The first touch to bring the ball under his spell from Marc Albrighton’s deep cross was instant. He then turned Cesar Azpilicueta one way then the other until he had the yard of space he needed to bend the ball around Thibaut Courtois and into the far corner of the net. It was a finish we saw earlier in the season against Tottenham and one we will see again before the season is over. DEMAND All of which of course means Mahrez is attracting the attention of other clubs. The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal have already been linked with a move for him during the January transfer window. However Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists no one can afford to buy Mahrez, or Vardy, and that all bids will be knocked back. ”Nobody can buy them. They don’t have the money to buy them,” said the affable Italian. ”I don’t want to put a price on them. For me they don’t have a price.” last_img read more

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Muguruza Stops Venus to Win Women’s Title

first_imgSpain’s Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title with a straight-set win over five-time champion Venus Williams saturday. The 23-year-old saved two set points and won the last nine games in a 7-5 6-0 victory under the Centre Court roof.Muguruza denied the 37-year-old a first major title for nine years, which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era. It is 14th seed Muguruza’s second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.“I had the hardest match today against Venus,” said Muguruza. “She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play – sorry,” she added, to the watching American. “I feel incredible to be able to play her here. Of course I’m nervous because I always dreamed about winning it, but I was composed.”Having lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final, Muguruza becomes the second Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title after her coach, Conchita Martinez. She is also the first woman to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.A close contest was forecast, and for 40 minutes it proved impossible to separate the two finalists as their impressive serves dominated. Williams had her chance to take control but failed to convert two set points at 5-4, and her challenge faded dramatically as the last nine games went to Muguruza.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Dublin hurlers and footballers in action.

first_imgGer Cunningham’s hurlers will host Limerick in their Division 1 quarter-final in the National League.After a series of below-par performances at Croke Park in the past, defender Cian O’Callaghan says that the players are hoping to set the record straight today…That match will throw-in this evening at 5pm, which is the same start time as the Division 1B relegation play-off clash between Laois and Antrim at O’Moore Park. Also in hurling the Division 2B relegation play-off will see Mayo clash with Donegal at Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada from 3 o’clock, which is also the time that the Division 3B meeting between Longford and Sligo will get underway at Pearse Park.In the Allianz National Football League tonight, the Dubs will face Derry in their Division 1 shoot-out at GAA headquarters.In Division 2, leaders Down host Meath at Páirc Esler, while Cavan go up against Westmeath and Laois take-on Kildare at O’Moore Park.There’s also one game tonight in Division 3 as Armagh face Louth at the Athletic Grounds.Those matches will all get underway at 7pm.last_img read more

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Action in Under 21 Leinster championship this evening

first_imgDefending champions Dublin host Meath at Parnell Park, Wexford will host Westmeath in Enniscorthy, Offaly visit Kildare and Laois tackle Wicklow at O’Moore Park.All of those games throw-in at half-seven.last_img

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Wheelchair Tennis National Ranking Tourney Serves off

first_imgThe 2016 National Wheelchair Ranking Tournament will serve off today at the National Stadium, Lagos with no fewer than 40 players participating.Nigeria’s wheelchair tennis Head Coach, Frank Tarmena, disclosed that the players that have already registered will represent about 20 states. He expressed optimism that more players will register for the tournament before it gets underway.“Registration so far has been average because we are expecting a large number of participants due to the importance of the tournament. Some few more states have notify us that they are on their way to Lagos and because of this we have decided not to extend registration till Thursday morning after which we will commence the draws,” he stated. Tarmena, who is an ITF Instructor on wheelchair tennis, stated that the players enthusiastic about the tournament as they hope to get a better ranking which will automatically earned them places into the main draw of big tournaments like the Central Bank of Nigeria Open which guarantees them monetary prizes.He revealed that the duo of Alex Adewale and Kafayat Omisore will be the top seeds for the men and women chart which will be competed for in round of 32. The quad division, he added, will feature about 10-12 players.Adewale who represented Nigeria at the London 2012 Paralympics is the reigning CBN Open champion while Omisore, who was a finalist in the women’s singles, will head the women’s chart due to the absence of Foluke Shittu, who is currently abroad.The likes of Wasiu Yusuf, who represented Nigeria at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Jude Uwaize, Lateef Shodipo are also among the favourites to shoot into the top of the ranking for the men’s division while Tosin Dawodu and Remi Basanya also look good to push their way to the top of the ladder board.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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AIMS Confirms May 12 Date for 2018 Okpekpe Race

first_img Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) has confirmed Saturday May 12, 2018 as date for the sixth edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) bronze-label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which will hold in Okpekpe, near Auchi in Edo State.The Okpekpe race is the only road race in Nigeria that is listed on the 2018 calendar of AIMS, a member-based organisation of more than 400 of the world’s leading distance races from over 100 countries and territories.“The Okpekpe race is also the only member of the prestigeous organisation in Nigeria and the first to have its route measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer,” said spokesman for the race Dare Esan.“As we are speaking, the race is also the only road race in Nigeria and West Africa to have an IAAF label rating and one of only three in Africa last year. This means it is the only race in Nigeria today that the IAAF has designated as one of the leading road races around the world. We are hoping for an upgrade to silver this year as we met all the requirements needed for an upgrade following the benchmark organisation of the fifth edition last year in Okpekpe,” he further said.Meanwhile, organisers of the Okpekpe road race have congratulated the Lagos State government and indeed organisers of the Access Bank/Lagos International Marathon for heeding their call to have the 42km route of the race measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer.“We are indeed happy that they have become the second road race in Nigeria to have its route properly measured. This is a good development for road running in Nigeria. What this means now is that athletes can now use the Lagos marathon to qualify for international marathon events like the marathon event at both the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games,” said Esan, a journalist who has covered the marathon event at eight IAAF World Championships and the Olympics.“Now we can begin to say Nigeria is gradually becoming a destination for road races in Africa and the entire world. We are hoping organisers of the marathon will move a step up to have its race designated as one of the leading road races in the world by not only becoming an AIMS member but also by getting an IAAF label for it.“We also want to specially congratulate his excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State for following in the footsteps of his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki who has sustained the legacy bequeathed to him by the his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.Like Obaseki, Ambode has not listened to those who believe spending money on and providing the enabling environment for an event used to showcase the state to the entire world is a waste of resources. Okekpe nay Edo State has become known worldwide for 10km road race and people are eager to know more about the place, its people and its culture. Without the race, the rustic village would have become known only to people around Auchi, We are indeed indebted to Gov Obaseki for sustaining what has become a tradition of excellence,” Esan concluded. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more