The KCDC reported five more deaths from the virus, bringing the total in the country to 37. The flu-like virus that emerged from China late last year has infected more than 95,300 people and killed almost 3,300 around the world, mostly in China, according to a Reuters tally.KCDC Deputy Director Kwon Jun-wook advised all South Koreans to stay home and avoid “any gatherings, especially those that take place in enclosed places with many people such as religious events”.He also advised employers in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, home to tech giants like Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, to work from home. Gyeongsan has seen a spike in new cases in recent days, many of them linked to a fringe Christian group at the center of the South Korean outbreak. Similar zones have been declared around neighboring Daegu city and Cheongdo County.About 75% of all cases in South Korea are in and around Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).”Every day is sad and tough like a war. But our Daegu citizens are showing surprise wisdom and courage,” Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin told reporters on Thursday.About 2,120 patients were waiting for hospital beds in Daegu, city officials said. Dozens of newly commissioned military nurses were due to begin work in the city on Thursday, the health ministry said. ‘Deeply regrettable’US Forces Korea (USFK) reported two new cases, for a total of six cases in soldiers, employees or people related to the roughly 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.Despite the new cases, USFK had resumed sending troops to bases in Daegu and surrounding areas, according to military newspaper Stars and Stripes.Commanders believed the bases were protected from the outside population, and that the troop rotations were needed to maintain readiness in the face of continued threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, the newspaper reported.Australia’s move to ban the arrival of foreigners from South Korea is a blow to Seoul’s efforts to prevent the United States from imposing such restrictions.”It is a deeply regrettable step, and we will closely consult Australian authorities for a swift revocation of the measure and to minimize inconvenience for our citizens,” South Korean foreign ministry spokesman Kim In-chul told reporters.South Korean officials met the US ambassador in Seoul on Wednesday to urge the United States not to limit travel. Similar talks would be held on Friday with diplomats from other nations, the foreign ministry said.According to the US State Department, anyone with a fever of 38 Celcius is already banned from boarding direct flights from South Korea to the United States.Korean Air Lines said on Thursday it would screen all passengers departing Incheon airport for high temperatures and reject those deemed a risk.South Korea sent three “rapid response” teams to Vietnam on Thursday to assist more than 270 citizens quarantined in that country over coronavirus concerns, the foreTopics : South Korea declared a “special care zone” on Thursday around a second city hit hard by the coronavirus and the US military confirmed two new cases among relatives of its troops in the country, as it battles the biggest epidemic outside China.Australia became the latest country to impose travel restrictions on South Koreans, with almost 100 nations now limiting arrivals from the East Asian country which reported 438 new coronavirus cases on Thursday for a total of 5,766.The South Korean government declared a “special care zone” around Gyeongsan, a city of about 275,000 people 250 kilometers southeast of Seoul, promising extra resources such as face masks and warning against travel there.
Sixty UK local authority pension funds, with around £120bn (€147bn) in assets, are to vote against appointing Anthony Hayward as chairman of GlencoreXstrata, citing his inability to create a mixed-gender board.The public sector funds, under the guidance of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) said it would oppose Hayward’s nomination due to his links to the directors nomination committee.GlencoreXstrata is now the only company in the FTSE 100 index with an all-male board and will put forward two males for election as non-executive directors.The LAPFF said, given that the company has yet to set targets for female board representation, Hayward, as chair of the nomination committee over the last year, must bear responsibility. Hayward is former chief executive of oil giant BP, before his resignation following the company’s part in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Councillor Kieran Quinn, chair of the forum, said: “The forum will be advising members to oppose his re-election.”Quinn, who also chairs the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, a £12.5bn scheme, said the forum warned companies it was going to be increasing its engagement approach.“The company has yet to set any target for female representation, nor has it disclosed to shareholders the proportion of women in executive management positions in this year’s annual report,” he said.“There is no 2015 target disclosed for a proportion of women on the board. The LAPFF signalled a firming up of its engagement approach, that it would review the diversity status and disclosure of all FTSE 100 companies and recommend oppose votes where progress was lacking.”The current level of holdings between the 60 funds in GlencoreXstrata is difficult to tell given the mix of active and passive mandates held by the members.Given the level of assets held by the schemes, and the company’s significance to the FTSE 100 index, exposure to GlencoreXstrata would be both widespread and significant, a spokesman said.The funds were also one of several institutional investors to reject Barclay’s remuneration report, although eventually they lost out by a two-thirds majority.At the time, the forum said pressure from institutional investors was the only meaningful way to spur change at the banks, and other holdings.
As part of the tourismplan, Divinagracia said that they plan to develop local tourism products andservices and increase year-round experiential tourism activities. Divinagracia said thetourism sector aims to sustain and support the Iloilo MICE program as part ofits initiatives to bring more visitors to the metropolis. She added that the citywill also sustain its compliance to international tourism standards and itsglobal competitiveness. (With a reportfrom PIA/PN) ILOILO City – The citygovernment here, through the City Tourism and Development Office, will beimplementing aggressive tourism marketing and promotions campaign next year. In the Local DevelopmentCouncil meeting held recently, City Tourism officer Junel Ann Divinagracia saidthe city will identify, develop and utilize a tourism brand for Iloilo as partof its Tourism Development Plan from 2020 to 2022. “Iloilo City seeks to be apreferred destination particularly for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences,and exhibitions),” she said. “At present, Iloilo Cityhas 74 accommodation establishments and eight MICE facilities,” she said. “The city will also createinitiatives to promote tourism and cultural awareness to the general public andstakeholders,” she said.
Rice farmers from Panay Island will benefit from the second phase of the Emergency Rice Support Project of the Korean International Cooperation Agency. DA-6 REGIONAL DIRECTOR REMELYN RECOTER FB Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter, in a social media post, said that KOICA Philippines Program Manager Eugene Baclig said that their country director Song Minhyeon is happy that ERSP has benefitted the rice farmers of Panay Island. ILOILO City – Rice farmers from Panay Island will benefit from the second phase of the Emergency Rice Support Project (ERSP) of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The project was in support of the relief efforts of the national government against the coronavirus disease 2019.(PIA6 Iloilo/PN) “Especially the rice farmer-members of the KOICA funded projects such as the Bayanihan Tipon Centers (BTCs) and the KOICA Rice Processing Complex,” she said, adding that Baclig, and Sheena Balinsoy, also of KOICA, mentioned about the second phase of KOICA’s ERSP worth $200,000 or about P10 million. Recoter said that according to KOICA Philippines, the second phase will be implemented in partnership with the municipality of San Miguel, Iloilo, which is the managing partner of the Local Food Terminal under the Panay Island Upland Sustainable Rural Development Project. Meanwhile, the first phase of the rice support project worth P5 million of 200 metric tons or 4,000 bags of rice will be turned over to the national government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development at the DSWD National Resource Operation Center in Pasay City.
The England international has not featured this season after struggling with a foot injury but could come to Allardyce’s rescue as the club look to end a torrid week with a victory in south Wales that could take them out of the bottom three. Cup defeats at Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, by an aggregate score of 11-0, have piled the pressure on Allardyce. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits he will be taking a “calculated risk” if he involves Andy Carroll in the Hammers’ crunch Barclays Premier League meeting with Cardiff. A win would take West Ham above their hosts in the league though, Allardyce is prepared to take a chance on Carroll’s match-sharpness earlier than he would usually. “Andy’s training okay,” Allardyce said. “We have to talk to the lads who are looking after him. Whether he’s ready or not… it’ll be a calculated risk. “If everything goes okay and according to plan, I’ll make a final decision from the information I get. “He’s feeling fine and training well, but he’s not played since last May. He’ll not have his match-fitness. Ideally, we’d like to progress it a little slower but, based on the circumstances and where we are, it’ll be a calculated risk.” Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga have managed just four Premier League goals between them so far this season so a return for Carroll, who moved to Upton Park on a permanent deal in the summer, would boost West Ham’s goal threat. But it is in defence where Allardyce has been plagued by injury in recent weeks. With James Collins, Winston Reid and James Tomkins all missing, the 59-year-old has had to resort to playing his squad out of position. The loan signing of Wolves’ Roger Johnson, as well as a timely return to fitness for Tomkins, means Allardyce has fewer worries at the back – although Joey O’Brien is now missing. “We’ll have James Tomkins back in the squad,” he confirmed. “James Collins is close but not quite there. But we lost Joey O’Brien on Wednesday night as well. “So it doesn’t clear our problems; they continue due to the number of games and fatigue. We get one back and lose another. Central defensive problems have been the biggest issue in terms of results.” With Johnson the only addition to his squad so far this month, Allardyce remains keen to add further players – with a striker still high on his agenda. Inter Milan’s Ishak Belfodil and Lacina Traore of Monaco have been strongly linked with loan moves in recent days and Allardyce hopes to be closing in on new recruits sooner rather than later. “We’ve been trying for several weeks,” he said. “I thought I’d be talking about one new player in the country and nearly signed, but that fell into some paperwork problems again on Thursday. “All the players you (the media) are talking about, we are interested in but we’ve not completed any of them yet. Traore is all about a work permit situation if that’s to progress. It would have to be a tribunal for that situation. That’s what we’re looking at progressing as quickly as possible.” Press Association
However, Carver is concentrating only on the trip to Anfield, where Newcastle have not won a league game in 21 years, and the chance to belatedly put things right. He said: “It is a great place to go. Manchester United have just been there and won, they had a difficult situation against Arsenal, they had an FA Cup game against Blackburn on a difficult surface. “They are in the semi-final of the cup and still have a chance, in my opinion, of finishing in the top four, because they have got so many good players. “Anfield – the history of football, for me, is Anfield. If you don’t want to go there and have a go, then don’t be a professional footballer.” Few will give the Magpies any chance of addressing their recent record on Merseyside after an insipid display at the Stadium of Light. Carver’s squad has been ripped apart by injury and suspension – skipper Fabricio Coloccini completes his three-match ban on Monday – but the response he got form those who remained on Wearside was simply not acceptable. He said: “Maybe I need to change the team to start with. Maybe I need to change a few positions of one or two players, and hope that sparks something. “That will be about characters too. Going to Anfield you are going to need characters. I want to see some energy. I didn’t see energy last weekend. We talked about out working the opposition. They out-worked us again.” John Carver is convinced Anfield is the perfect stage on which to resurrect Newcastle’s faltering season. Newcastle will need to be significantly better if they are to emerge from Anfield with reputation repaired and anything tangible to show for their efforts. To that end, they will need to find a way to get their more influential players into the game with midfielder Moussa Sissoko in particular struggling to make an impact at the Stadium of Light. Carver said: “It is important you get the best out of your players. You talk about Moussa, which is interesting, but also look at Jack [Colback]. He has had to play in a different position. “He drives the team forward. Has been the most consistent performer of the season. Because of circumstances, he has had to play in a different position. “Moussa to an extent – and I have said this before – we had had to put the shackles on him because of circumstances. You want him free-running forward, dominating games with his pace and strength. At the moment that is not happening.” Sissoko wore the captain’s armband in Coloccini’s absence at Sunderland, and he will have an important role to play once again at Liverpool. Carver said: “The captain is your leader, and what you don’t see is he is excellent with the French guys. He keeps them in check, he is the enforcer, which is good. “Sometimes you give extra responsibilities to players and they thrive, sometimes they freeze. I have seen him have excellent games as captain – Arsenal – but he had one of his quieter games against Sunderland.” Press Association The Magpies head for Merseyside on Monday evening in some disarray in the wake of Sunday’s derby defeat at Sunderland, a reverse which left them with just nine Barclays Premier League points from the 36 they have contested since Carver replaced Alan Pardew as head coach. Many fans are in open revolt, pushed past the point of no return by a fifth successive humiliation by the Black Cats, and the more militant among them are garnering support for a boycott of next weekend’s home clash with Tottenham.
It is the first time that Mikel will make an appearance at the Olympic Games after he shunned his invitation to Beijing 2008 Games where Samson Siasia led the Nigerian squad to a silver medal.Table tennis star Funke Oshonaike has been named assistant captain.Rio2016 is Oshonaike’s sixth appearance at the Olympics after she debuted at Atlanta ’96.“Mikel is a young, patriotic footballer of international status and we believe he will be a role model to the upcoming athletes while Funke Oshonaike is experienced and is one of the oldest athletes in the team. We believe that their combined efforts will bring goodwill to Team Nigeria and project the county’s image positively to the world,” stated the head of mission, Christian Ohaa.The football team known as the Dream Team VI is expected to depart for Rio from Atlanta, United States on Friday July 29 while other athletes including the table tennis team will leave in batches on the same day The Olympics in Brazil will be staged between August 5 and 21.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles captain and Chelsea FC midfielder, John Mikel Obi has been named the Team Nigeria captain for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The sports ministry stated that the midfielder has been picked as he is regarded as “a role model to the upcoming athletes.”The 29-year-old is one of the over-aged players named in Nigeria’s Under-23 national team for the men’s football event at the Olympics.
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Racism is a practice that is socially unjust, morally condemnable, dangerous and completely unjustifiable anywhere, in theory, or in practice.It happens in almost every sphere of life and in every other corner of the world. When racism started to become a big issue in Sports, football especially, football associations and confederations laid down policies and deterrents aimed at eradicating the demeaning act.England being one of the oldest homes of football and home to the most watched league in the world have come out multiple times to talk about a “zero tolerance for racism”.In 2012, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said “when it comes to racism, we have zero tolerance for it. There is no room for it”.The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and the League Managers Association (LMA) said they have “a zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination”.They openly show support to “Kick-It-Out” – An organisation that fights against discrimination and promotes equality.They keep talking about zero tolerance but recent history suggests that “zero tolerance” has merely been a slogan and they make mockery of their statements with their irregular choices and decisions.Malky Mackay and his Cardiff City colleague, Ian Moody, shared racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic texts between themselves which eventually led to Cardiff City relieving both men of their duties.Everyone would expect the FA to do something right? Wrong, they FA came out to say that after a “thorough” 11-month investigation, they were not taking any disciplinary measures as regards the case.At the start of the extraordinary season which culminated in Leicester City winning the Premier League, Jamie Vardy casually dropped racial slurs directed at an Asian man on camera in a casino.This was just before he scored his 11th consecutive goal in the Premier League to set a new EPL record but in a normal working and living environment, Vardy should have actually been expelled or suspended at the very least.As much as a man can score goals and set records, the FA failed to live to their “zero tolerance” slogan and in the process condoning a socially unjust and dangerous behaviour just because the man can score a bunch of goals.Hateful language has over the years been connected to cases of violence and Jamie Vardy, then already a member of England’s “esteemed” National team, by slurring a man due to his ethnicity, demeaned him.Most Recently, Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko reported that she was racially abused by her manager Mark Sampson, to the FA.On two separate occasions, the man has been cleared of wrongdoing. This comes after Sampson had also been previously accused of jokingly asking a mixed-race England player how many times she had been arrested.Aluko has come out to say the independent inquiry set up by the FA was a farce as the investigators never questioned the said player for either allegations.The FA claimed to not know the identity of the player but Aluko confirmed that the identity of the player was in her official complaint, who at the time was even the only mixed-race player in the England set-up.Aluko’s 11-year career which saw her turn out 102 times for the National team was ended within a week of her reports and complaints. The FA also launched an investigation into her work as a sports lawyer for a Football agency. Coincidence? I doubt it.“I believe all these things are happening because it’s a conversation about race and this is a big problem in the world right now,” Aluko said. “Herman Ouseley [the chairman of Kick It Out] said it. On the pitch, there are clear punishments when it comes to issues involving race. Behind closed doors, we don’t know the FA processes.Aluko tweeted her disdain at the selfishness of the England players yesterday after the whole team obviously showed solidarity with, and ran towards, Mark Sampson in the 11th minute of their World Cup qualifier against Russia as Nikita Parris scored the opening goal.Much is left to be asked of the supposed “Zero Tolerance for Racism” in English football as being popularly brandished by the FA and the Premier League. Whether there will ever be answers is left to be seen.Related
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool enjoyed the early Christmas present of a shock defeat for Manchester City to move four points clear at the top and further raise hopes their near three-decade wait to win the title could come to an end in May.Manchester United’s mood for the festive season was also lifted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making an instant impact, as for the first time in five years United scored five goals in the league by thrashing Cardiff 5-1.United are now just eight points off the top four and the race for Champions League places tightened thanks to Chelsea’s first home defeat under Maurizio Sarri to Leicester and Arsenal’s routine win over Burnley.Tottenham are now five points clear of their London rivals and just six off the top in third as Mauricio Pochettino’s side outclassed Everton in a 6-2 win at Goodison Park.Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Fernandinho City’s unsung starCity have coped admirably without Kevin De Bruyne for almost the entire campaign and even David Silva in recent weeks, but were shocked by Crystal Palace when forced to cope without Fernandinho in midfield for the first time in the league this season.There is little even the Brazilian could have done to stop Andros Townsend’s stunning volley that put Palace into a 2-1 lead against the run of play, but in and out of possession, Fernandinho makes City tick.Unfortunately for the champions, he is also the one player in their squad without a natural replacement. With John Stones pushed into an unfamiliar holding midfield role, City didn’t control the Palace counter-attack.Now chasing in the title race, City need the 33-year-old back quickly for what could be a decisive three-game run starting away at Leicester and Southampton before they host Liverpool on January 3.Solskjaer makes Man Utd smile againThe contrast between the sombre mood of Jose Mourinho’s final days as Manchester United manager and the joy at the final whistle as Solskjaer and his players basked in the adulation of the travelling support in the Welsh capital said it all.For the first time in a long time United’s fans had witnessed the sort of fast, attack-minded and clinical football that Solskjaer was so often involved in as a player at Old Trafford.The Norwegian insisted the result was all down to having “good players”, but with the same squad Mourinho’s sullen nature failed to summon the same response.“He always has a smile on his face and I think that can reflect down on to the team,” said United captain Ashley Young of Solskjaer’s impact.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2