UK envoy in Washington backs probe into origins of pandemic, WHO reforms

first_img“We would see these sorts of reviews and reforms and investigations as something to come later,” she said.The US government has repeatedly criticized China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began late last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has grown into a global pandemic. The outbreak has killed nearly 217,000 people globally, including more than 27,000 in Britain and over 58,000 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.US President Donald Trump has suspended US funding of the WHO, accusing the U.N. agency of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the outbreak. WHO officials have denied this and China has said it has been transparent and open.  The committee asked if the government planned to make representations at international gatherings such as the World Health Organization, Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies or Group of 20 (G20) major economies to “hold China accountable for its attempts to mislead the international community in order to control the narrative around COVID-19.”Asked about the issue during an online event with The Washington Post newspaper, British Ambassador Karen Pierce said an investigation was certainly needed into how the virus emerged and the health risks associated with wet markets in China, which have spawned at least three virus outbreaks since 2000.The British government also favored a review of the WHO’s handling of the outbreak and reforms of the organization, she said. “We need to learn after all these crises, just as we did after Ebola in 2014. We need to learn how we can always do things better,” she said.However, she underscored that it was crucial now to focus on bolstering international cooperation to respond to the pandemic. Britain’s ambassador to the United States on Wednesday backed calls for an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus and the response of the World Health Organization, but said the first priority should be containing the outbreak.The comments came after Britain’s foreign affairs parliamentary committee asked the government whether it plans to use international bodies to hold China to account over the COVID-19 pandemic.The cross-party body asked for the government’s strategy in dealing with China, taking into account Beijing’s role in giving early information on the pandemic, its role within medical and industrial supply chains and the reliance of the UK and its partners on the country.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nezworski scores Maquoketa Late Model win

first_imgBy Rob HinckleyMAQUOKETA, Iowa (August 11) – The focus was driving to the front.Andy Nezworski put all the national implications in the back of his mind Saturday evening at Maquo­keta Speedway. He slid by Jeremiah Hurst and then Terry Neal to win the 25-lap Andover Meat IMCA Late Model feature.“We’re pretty much out of the national thing,” Nezworski said in victory lane. “We’re a ways back in the points and you have to win a track championship, which we won’t. So we just come out to win races. We’ve had some bad luck recently so this really feels good.”Neal took the top spot from Marty Scheckel early before Hurst passed following a restart about halfway through. Nezworski then made his charge to the front for his third victory on the 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.Matt Ryan passed Hurst late for second. Neal and Doug Nigh rounded out the top five.IMCA national point leader Ryan started eighth, but spun early to cause a caution. He restarted at the rear and maneuvered back up to that runner up finish. Hurst runs second in the national stand­ings.Bryce Garnhart used the high groove to get to the front and then to stay there en route to the IMCA Modified 20-lap feature win. He sped by Ray Cox Jr. with seven circuits left for his fifth Maquoketa win.Tyler Soppe sped to the B&D Pit Stop IMCA SportMod 15-lap checkers after starting eighth. He held off point Gage Neal, Joe Grant, Brandon Setser and T.J. Fortmann.Timmy Current raced to his fourth straight Ueland Auto IMCA Stock Car 15-lap win. After a hand­ful of restarts he was able to lengthen the advantage each time over a charging Greg Gill, Donnie Louck, Jimmy Comins and Tim Bader.Daniel Wauters passed Roger Winkers on lap five and held off Randy Byerly for his seventh IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature victory. Shane Oberbroeckling, Dakota Simonsen and Wink­ers followed in the 12-lapper.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win CC Meets Against Decatur County Teams-Chargers Results

first_imgThe Batesville High School Cross Country Teams were both victorious last night against the 4-way meet with North Decatur, South Decatur and Greensburg. In fact the Boys scored a perfect score of 15 with the first 6 to cross the finish line being a Bulldog.  Greensburg came in second with 47, followed by South Decatur, 94 and North Decatur, 101.  The Dogs were led by Joshua Myers winning the meet at 17:07, followed closely by Adam Moster (17:16), Ean Loichinger (17:19), Benjamin Moster (17:24), Adam Hollowell (17:35) and Daren Smith (17:47).  Finishing out the top 7 for the boys was Dillon Murray placing 10th at 18:34. On the Girls side, they also had a strong showing as they placed 1st with 26 points, outscoring Greensburg with 34.  North Decatur came in third with 87 followed by South Decatur at 101.  Leading the Lady dDgs were Lily Pinckley coming in 2nd at 19:50.  She was followed by teammate Liz Loichinger in third at 20:17.  The dogs came in a nice pack finishing from 6th-12th place…led by Ava Hanson (20:44), Madison Rahschulte (20:57), Sophie Myers (21:15), Maria Lopez (21:27), Trysta Vierling (21:29), Sarah Ripperger (22:00) and Carley Pride (22:23). Also, running person best times for the evening were: Daren Smith, Ava Hanson, Madison Rahschulte, Maria Lopez, Sophie Myers, Carley Pride, Hope Kroen, Jada Eisert, Carla Patapat and Kali Wickersham.  Way to go dogs!   Batesville will have a week of great training until they compete again next Saturday at the Rushville Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.Charger Boys Results: Brandon Gearhart 20:14; Cameron Medsker 27:01; Jack Cathey 24:01; Adam Mack “24:25 PR”; Collin Bryant INJ; Brady Espinda “22:01 PR”; Caleb Bowles 22:51; Ethan Neimeyer “27:07 PR”; Owen Geis 21:41; Ryan Hancock “25:42:00.000 PR”. Courtesy of Chargers Coach Kyle Nobbe.last_img read more

Two events in Madison cancel due to the pandemic

first_imgMadison, IN — Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues Festival, known as one of Indiana’s ‘Best Music Festivals’ and Madison’s annual celebration of BBQ competitions and blues music is now added to the list of festivals canceled due to COVID-19. Festivalgoers that purchased 2020 Wristbands can expect to receive a refund. Please visit their website or social media for more information.The Ribberfest committee still plans to move forward with ‘Pigmania,’ the concrete pig decorating contest that supports the annual Madison Ribberfest Scholarship program. Pigs can be seen around town in front of the participating businesses. A list of businesses and directions for voting on the ‘People’s Choice’ Pig will be shared soon.The Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art (MCFA) will be canceled for 2020. “With the current COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide restrictions associated with it, we cannot feasibly have the festival this year” says Chautauqua Committee President Kara Hinze.The MCFA committee is dedicated to maintaining and growing this Madison tradition and is eager to plan the 2021 festival. Planning and preparation will continue throughout the year to celebrate art and community for the 50th time in 2021.last_img read more

Odemwingie thrilled by Cardiff move

first_img It was understood that the striker had been undergoing a medical in south Wales ahead of a reported £2.5million move from West Brom after his spell in the midlands turned sour. And 45 minutes after the transfer window had officially closed, the Nigerian Tweeted: “Absolutely delighted to be joining Cardiff City FC ! Can’t wait to hear the famous Cardiff fans roar ! I promise GOALS !!!” The 32-year-old, who was also reportedly on Swansea’s radar during the summer transfer window, has not been training with the Baggies this season after falling out of favour at The Hawthorns. Odemwingie hit the headlines in January after driving to QPR on deadline day to close a deal, but the move fell apart as West Brom refused to accept their bid. He told BBC Sport: “It’s a fresh start, a whole new beginning. “I’ve joined a club with a strong determination to achieve their goals. “Cardiff City showed great intent to bring me here. I have to thank the manager and everyone involved in making this transfer happen. “There are talented and dedicated players in the team, everyone is moving in the right direction and I also want to make a strong contribution as well.” Odemwingie signed for the Baggies from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee in 2010 and has scored 30 goals in 87 games for the Barclays Premier League club before his stunt earlier this year meant his days with Steve Clarke’s side were numbered. The Nigerian will become Malky Mackay’s eighth summer signing for the Bluebirds’ maiden Premier League campaign as he joins Andreas Cornelius, John Brayford, Simon Moore, Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Maximiliano Amondarain and Kevin Theophile-Catherine at the Cardiff City Stadium. Peter Odemwingie expressed his joy after completing his deadline-day move to Cardiff.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Monk keen to land investment

first_img The 70-year-old Moores previously owned the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball franchise in California but sold the team for $800million in 2012 and it is understood the Texan is in negotiations about taking an equity stake in a club currently sixth in the Premier League. Swansea survive mainly on television money and transfers and club chairman Huw Jenkins said last month that the club were “miles behind” most of their rivals in terms of commercial income and had to look at alternative revenue streams to compete in the top flight of English football. “You get money for staying in the league but to take that next step you need extra investment and it’s only going to get more,” Monk said. “The bigger clubs are going to stretch away with more money and the clubs that are left behind must try to stay on their heels enough to compete. “This is a way of doing it and that’s what the club is looking at. “Of course I can understand the fans’ concerns but Huw and the board are very shrewd in what they do. “That will never change and I’m sure if someone ever comes in they will follow the line of what’s been done before and that the control element will always be the structure we’ve had. “So I don’t think it’s a worry for anyone.” Monk also spoke about his fiancee’s anger after she received a letter which was apparently hand delivered to the couple’s family home criticising his performance at the Liberty Stadium. Lexy Blackwell, who gave birth to twin boys in March, posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon claiming she had received the letter from a neighbour and expressed her disgust at the incident. She has subsequently deactivated her Twitter account and Monk said he had sympathy for his fiancee. “Someone wanted to impart their wisdom on me how he would deal with matters in hand and the best way to go about it,” Monk said. “There was no malice about it but for my missus and kids when we’re at home that’s when football is left at the door. “My property is where I spend my time with my kids and missus and for them not to be exposed to certain situations. “My missus got the letter and she wasn’t too happy that someone could come up and post it where she and my kids are and where we live. “She felt a bit upset about it and vented her anger, and quite rightly so, but it’s not a big issue. “She’s used to speaking her mind but I’ve told her that not everyone is going to write nice things on Twitter.” Press Association Garry Monk has welcomed the prospect of future investment in Swansea with the Barclays Premier League club understood to be talking to American millionaire John Jay Moores. Swansea City Supporters Trust, which owns 21 per cent of the club, remains wary of external investment and ownership change, but Monk says fans must trust a board which has taken the club from the bottom of League Two into the higher echelons of the Premier League and Europe in the past decade. “It’s important as a club that we look to push forward,” Monk said at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s league game at Everton. “The way to do that is maybe attract other interest and other investment and there are areas of the club that need to be strengthened – facility-wise, commercially, infrastructure and expansion of the stadium. “I know we’ve been talking about all these things, to be proactive and attract investment. “But what I would say is over the last 10-11 years you speak to everyone who’s been involved at this club and Huw and the board have always made the decisions with the best interests of the club in mind. “Whatever happens in the future, as long as those guys are here they will do exactly the same. “It’s not about someone coming in and taking over everything, people should have trust in the board that they will do whatever’s best for the good of Swansea.” Monk feels extra investment is essential to keep pace with the Premier League’s biggest clubs, who he says will become even wealthier in the years to come. last_img read more

Romen Dutta elected new President of Assam Cricket Association

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Three of the six officer bearers of the Assam Cricket Association today elected through ballot during its Annual General Meeting held at the ACA stadium, Barsapara here today. Romen Dutta was elected as the new president while Parikshit Dutta and Tridip Konwar would be the Vice President and the Treasurer respectively.Although the strength of the Apex Council of the Assam Cricket Association is six but three of them-secretary, Joint Secretary and Apex Council member, were earlier elected un opposed. Election was necessary for the remaining three posts which however turned out to be a one sided affair.For the post of president Romen Dutta defeated Pradip Buragohain 21-9 margin. Parikshit Dutta, received highest votes among the three winners, defeated Preetam Konwar 24-6. On the other hand Tridib Konwar won the Treasurer post beating Prakash Deka, received highest votes among the loosers, 19-11.Reacting after the election Pradip Buragohain, who is the secretary of outgoing committee, told the local media, “I have nothing to say. In election anything could be happened and I have taken the defeat sportingly. Wish good luck to the members of new committee.”On the other hand newly elected president Romen Dutta said, “A huge responsibility has been entrusted on me and I along with my team will try our best to take forward cricket in Assam. Priority will be given to the development of cricket.”Several former cricketers, including Rajesh Bora, Deep Borah, Nasir Gul Khan, were present at the ACA stadium during the meeting. Later they meet the newly elected committee and urged to take some positive steps so that long dream to produce Test cricketers from Assam can be fulfilled.New committee of Assam Cricket Association:- President: Romen Dutta. Secretary: Devajit Saikia. Vice President: Parikshit Dutta. Treasurer: Tridib Konwar. Joint Secretary: Kamakhya Saikia. Apex Council Member: Saibal Sengupta.Also Read: Annual General Meeting of Assam Cricket Association in Guwahatilast_img read more

The Latest: Former Browns teammates donate to help children

first_imgThe Oklahoma training track at Saratoga was set to open April 15. The New York Racing Association says it has yet to decide an appropriate date to safely open.The delay does not impact the start of the Saratoga racing season which is scheduled to begin on July 16 and run through Sept. 7. The meet will be highlighted by the Travers and Whitney.In New Jersey, Monmouth Park has pushed back the opening of its stable area until June 1. That’s a month later than the planned opening. Live racing is set to start the Fourth of July weekend.The centerpiece of Monmouth Park’s summer season is the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18. The winner of the 1 1/8 mile race earns a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It also will serve as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, now slated for Sept. 5.___ The league said Tuesday eight teams had already requested the furloughs. It expected nearly all clubs in Spain to eventually reach agreements for the reduction of salaries of their players.The Spanish league estimates $1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in losses if the competition can’t resume.___Former French rugby player Christophe Pras has died after getting infected by the coronavirus.Several of his former clubs announced the death. He was 35. That is up from 21 in the same period of 2019.The 38 match alerts in the year’s first quarter break down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 apiece from the men’s and women’s International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tours.The report concludes the jump indicates that entry levels of tennis “were deliberately targeted” as the sport moved toward suspension because of the outbreak of COVID-19.All pro tours are on hold until at least mid-July.___ Thomas and Hawkins, who since retiring from the NFL have partnered on a popular weekly podcast, also plan to match every dollar in contributions up to $50,000 to the Children’s Hunger Alliance.Donations can be made at CHA serves nutritious meals to Ohio’s at-risk children, helping day care providers, day care centers, local school districts, and after-school and summer programs.A 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas played 11 seasons in Cleveland before retiring after the 2017 season. Hawkins, who played college ball at Toledo, spent three seasons with the Browns and three with the Cincinnati Bengals.___ CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus.Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The former under-18 France international had a short-lived professional career before going into coaching.Pras is survived by his wife and two children.___The group charged with monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase it ties to the coronavirus pandemic.The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit’s quarterly report says it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22. TCU football coach Gary Patterson and his wife, Kelsey, made a $50,000 donation to support the school’s Frog Family Crisis Fund.Athletic director Jeremiah Donati announced the donation in a tweet. The fund supports TCU students and their families who are in need during times such as the current pandemic.Patterson is the second-longest tenured FBS head coach, going into his 20th season next fall leading the Horned Frogs. He was their defensive coordinator three seasons before that.___The opening of the stable area and training track at Saratoga in upstate New York and barn area at Monmouth Park in New Jersey is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich.World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins have donated at least $50,000 to feed Ohio children affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The club says the measure was needed because it was significantly affected financially by the stoppage of competitions in Spain and Europe.It says it reached an initial agreement with the first-team players and coaches regarding their salaries but no details were immediately released.The club says 360 employees in total will be affected. It says workers who can continue doing their jobs remotely will not go on furlough.The current contracts will remain valid after the furloughs end.Barcelona and Atlético Madrid had already requested government furloughs to reduce labor costs. They reached agreements with players to reduce their salaries by 70%. Bobblehead Hall of Fame CEO Phil Sklar will present a virtual $100,000 check Wednesday afternoon to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy after the Milwaukee-based museum launched a fundraising campaign with a Dr. Anthony Fauci bobblehead that became its best-seller ever. More than 20,000 orders had come in as of Wednesday from 50 states and a dozen-plus countries to support the “100 Million Mask Challenge.” The Fauci bobblehead was unveiled April 1.The creation features Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how the nation needs to “flatten the curve” in the coronavirus pandemic.The museum picked Fauci because many people see the plain-speaking expert on the coronavirus as a hero right now, Sklar said. ___center_img Associated Press Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022. The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020.The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players.Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago. A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died from complications of coronavirus.The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic.NYRA says Zapata tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and was hospitalized two days later. He lived and worked at Belmont Park.___Sevilla has become the latest Spanish soccer club to put its players on furlough to reduce labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic. The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts.The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus.The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56. ___Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.”CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut. Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.”___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million).Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered. 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Maryland and Syracuse working on series, Terps’ coach Edsall says

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. — Syracuse and Maryland are working on a series for when UMD moves from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big 10 next year, Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall said at the ACC Football Kickoff on Monday.Edsall was a quarterback for the Orange from 1976-1979 and served as an assistant coach in a variety of capacities from 1980-1990. His son, Corey, was a walk-on quarterback and punter at SU in 2011.UMD is playing in its final season before it leaves for the Big 10 and Syracuse is in its first in the ACC. The two teams — two of the northernmost teams in the conference — will play Nov. 9,  their only meeting as conference rivals. The Terps and the Orange will both play in the Atlantic Division this season and were picked by the media to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, at the ACC Football Kickoff.SU head coach Scott Shafer will speak to the media at the ACC  Kickoff at 5:09 p.m. on Monday. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on July 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hearts defender Philip Boampong fails Chicago Fire trials

first_imgHearts of Oak defender Philip Boampong failed to impress the Technical handlers of Chicago Fire in the American LeagueBoampong was on trials with Chicago Fire Soccer Club but according to reports gathered by, the defender failed to live up to expectations and has been asked to return home.Chicago Fire is based in Bridgeview, Illinois and competes in the Major League Soccer (MLS).Boampong was hoping to pass the text to sign a two and half year deal but was unsuccessful and will thus return to Hearts.The defender is expected back in Ghana on Wednesday to join the Phobians in the remaining league games. The 24 year old defender  was part of  the Ghana national under-20 football team that won the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Although he never played a single game for the Satelliteslast_img read more