WHO urges ‘dialogue’ with virus protesters

first_imgTopics : The World Health Organization urged governments Monday to engage with people demonstrating against COVID-19 restrictions and listen to their concerns, but stressed protesters needed to understand the virus was dangerous.Asked about recent demonstrations in a number of countries against coronavirus restrictions, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was important to “listen to what people are asking, what people are saying”.”We should engage in an honest dialogue,” he told reporters, stressing though that demonstrators have a responsibility to ensure protests are  safe. “The virus is real. It is dangerous. It moves fast and it kills,” he said, insisting “we have to do everything to protect ourselves and to protect others”.German police on Saturday halted a Berlin march by tens of thousands of people opposed to coronavirus restrictions in the biggest of several European protests against facemask rules and other anti-virus curbs.Several hundred of the Berlin protesters then broke through barriers and a police cordon to storm Germany’s parliament, in a move German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned as “shameful”.Speaking about the broader protests, WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan pointed out that “epidemics and emergencies create strong emotions, and acceptance of measures is always very, very tough. “It is really important that governments don’t overreact to people protesting against measures,” he told the virtual briefing.”The real important thing to do is to enter into a dialogue with groups.”  ‘Avoid amplifying events’ While acknowledging the importance of allowing different viewpoints to be heard, Tedros took issue with the opinions voiced by some that high death rates were not really a concern if it is mainly the elderly who are dying.”Accepting someone to die because of age is moral bankruptcy at its highest, and we shouldn’t allow our society to behave this way,” he said.”Every life whether it is young or old is precious. And we have to do everything to save it.”Tedros voiced understanding for the growing frustration felt as people continue to have to deal with restrictions eight months into the pandemic.”We understand that people are tired and yearn to get on with their lives. We understand that countries want to get their societies and economies going again,” he said.The UN health agency, he stressed, “fully supports efforts to re-open economies and societies… but we want to see it done safely.”He also insisted that “no country can just pretend the pandemic is over”.”If countries are serious about opening up, they must be serious about suppressing transmission and saving lives,” he said, insisting that “opening up without having control is a recipe for disaster”.One major thing countries could do to control the virus is prevent so-called “amplifying events” like filling stadiums with sports fans, large religious gatherings or packed nightclubs.”Avoid these amplifying events so that the other economic sectors can actually open up and the economy can go back into life,” Tedros said.”I think we can live without going to the stadium.”last_img read more

Fate of Wimbledon Championships to be decided next week: All England Club

first_imgLondon: Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club has said that they will decide whether to postpone or cancel this year’s Wimbledon Championships next week after an emergency meeting.The club in a statement on Wednesday confirmed that “it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak”.An emergency meeting is scheduled for next week and “in preparation we are communicating closely with the LTA, and with the ATP, WTA, ITF and the other Grand Slams. The build for The Championships is due to begin at the end of April”.The club also stated that they have a very short window available to stage the Championships “due to the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty”. Besides, playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out.This year’s Wimbledon competition is scheduled to be held between June 29-July 12. IANS Also Read: Wimbledon champ Robert Farah suspended over positive doping testAlso Watch: East Siang District Administration in Arunachal Pradesh cautious over corona viruslast_img read more

Former Syracuse commit Isaiah McDuffie: ‘The lack of communication made me have to part ways’

first_img“This is well thought out,” McDuffie said of the timing in his announcements. “I didn’t just act right away.”He also communicated with Louisville, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The latter two were the biggest contenders.“That’s a lot of (Atlantic Coast Conference) schools,” he said, laughing. “… I liked the environment (at BC). I like everything they have to offer. That’s the best decision for me to advance my career.”Because McDuffie picked Boston College, which is in the ACC Atlantic, he will play against Syracuse every year of his college career if he stays with BC.“I think it’ll be exciting to play Syracuse and to come back to my home state,” McDuffie said. “You can say (I’ll have a chip on my shoulder) I guess, when I play Syracuse. But that’s OK. This is the (recruiting) process and I understand that things happen.“I have nothing against Syracuse, I love the fan base, but the lack of communication made me have to part ways.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse commit and Class of 2017 outside linebacker Isaiah McDuffie said he chose to leave the Orange’s recruiting class after receiving two phone calls and one text in two months from the new coaching staff.“They would talk to me, but it wasn’t a priority,” McDuffie said. “It wasn’t like I was committed or like you’d expect. … I just wasn’t comfortable with the atmosphere, I mean the attitude of the program. I didn’t like the new feel of the coaching staff. They’re great men, no doubt about it, but it was not what I was looking for.”The Buffalo, New York prospect from Bennett High School had previously committed to Syracuse in July 2015 under then-head coach Scott Shafer. SU fired Shafer on November 23, 2015, which McDuffie said left him shocked and confused. Six months later, on Tuesday night, Shafer’s last future commit decommitted from SU. McDuffie committed to Boston College on Wednesday afternoon.He joins a team that finished winless in eight tries in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season, the last loss coming on a final-second field goal in Syracuse. Paul Pasqualoni, who coached SU’s football team from 1991 to 2004, is an assistant coach on the defensive line at BC.McDuffie met Syracuse’s new coaching staff, lead by Dino Babers, on Junior Day at Syracuse. On Feb. 20, he toured the football facilities, saw SU men’s basketball play Pittsburgh and introduced himself to his then-future coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe then-commit stressed that he liked the coaches personally, but the lack of communication made him decide that he’d be better off parting ways with Syracuse.“(In the times we talked), they said they liked me a lot and that I’m going to be a good player in their system. We just had normal conversation,” McDuffie said. “… But if they are not communicating with you enough then you kind of get the message that they might not want you.”In March, weeks after his Syracuse visit, McDuffie talked with his parents and quietly re-opened his recruitment.center_img Published on May 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more