Planned mass women’s strike in Mexico like ‘Cinderella’ dream come true, organizer says

first_imgActivist Arussi Unda knew many across Mexico shared her fury over violence against women and impunity for the perpetrators, but she was still surprised when her vision of women staging a national one-day strike took off beyond her home state.In many towns and cities, women next Monday will skip school, work and other activities to show how public life looks without them, delivering a critique of the violence that has led to a surge in femicides, or gender-motivated killings of women.”It’s like a Cinderella story,” Unda told Reuters, marveling at how her obscure 15-member feminist collective Brujas del Mar [“Witches of the Sea”] had suddenly been thrust into the national spotlight by the protest it helped inspire. Topics : “This is like the lost village, the tiny collective, the nobody women … but sooner or later, it was going to happen,” said Unda, whose group in the eastern state of Veracruz lives off its own funds, plus sales of bandannas and key chains.Femicides in Mexico jumped 137% in the past five years, according to Mexican government statistics, as gang violence pushed the national murder tally to record heights. Most violent crimes go unsolved.In Veracruz, one of the main battlegrounds of warring drug cartels, femicides leapt almost 300% to 159 in 2019, fueling the indignation of women’s advocacy groups.”Women in Mexico are fed up,” said Unda, 32, the spokeswoman for Brujas del Mar, which became known in Mexico late last year for its advocacy of abortion rights.center_img “It’s not just the obvious crisis of femicides in Mexico but also what happens every day at home, at school, at work. There’s no place that is safe for us.”Notorious cases including the recent kidnapping and killing of a young girl, and the newspaper publication of photos of a 25-year-old woman’s mutilated corpse, have pushed the strike known as “a day without us” to the center of national politics.Support for next Monday’s protest, one day after International Women’s Day, has cut across a swath of society from companies and universities right up to government ministries.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said government employees are free to join the walkout. But he has also accused political opponents of seeking to exploit the country’s security problems to undermine his administration.Unda dismissed his comments as a macho and condescending attitude toward the organizers.”So, we’re stupid, or what?” she said. last_img read more

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UN chief says coronavirus has sparked ‘tsunami of hate and xenophobia’

first_imgAccording to Guterres, migrants and refugees have been “vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment.”Meanwhile, “contemptible memes have emerged suggesting” that older people, some of the most vulnerable to the virus, “are also the most expendable,” he said.Additionally, “journalists, whistleblowers, health professionals, aid workers and human rights defenders are being targeted simply for doing their jobs,” Guterres said.The UN chief appealed for “an all-out effort to end hate speech globally,” and singled out educational institutions to help teach “digital literacy” to young people — whom he called “captive and potentially despairing audiences.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for an “all-out effort” to end the “tsunami of hate and xenophobia” sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic, without naming specific countries.”The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering,” Guterres said in a statement.”Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred.” Guterres also called on “the media, especially social media companies, to do much more to flag and… remove racist, misogynist and other harmful content.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Vaccines do not guarantee end of COVID-19 pandemic: Task force

first_imgEditor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap National COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito has said that having vaccines for the virus does not solely guarantee the end of the pandemic in the country.“Vaccines are not the only reassurance for the country to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wiku said in a virtual press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.He went on to say that vaccines were to only serve as a form of medical intervention to boost people’s immunity during the pandemic. Therefore, once the country had vaccines, people were expected to support the vaccination program by continuing to comply with handwashing, mask-wearing and physical distancing rules, he added.The said three activities are believed to be effective in curbing the virus spread.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed the much-anticipated regulation on COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination on Monday. Presidential Regulation No. 99/2020 on vaccine procurement and vaccination to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic came into effect on Tuesday. In a separate event, another task force spokesperson, Reisa Broto Asmoro, said people needn’t be worried about the possible side effects of the future vaccines. Reisa referred to a certain belief surrounding vaccines causing autism.“Let’s not be worried about illnesses that have nothing to do with immunization,” she added.The aforementioned presidential regulation breaks down requirements for the procurement, implementation, funding and support and facilities from ministries, institutions and regional administrations concerning COVID-19 vaccination. Read also: How to distribute vaccines is the big questionAccording to the regulation, frontline workers, from health workers and contact-tracing paramedics to military and law enforcement personnel, will be prioritized for vaccination. They number some 3.5 million people. The second-priority group are religious and community leaders, local authorities at district, village, community and neighborhood units, who number more than 6 million individuals. The third-priority group includes more than 4 million teachers at various levels of education. The fourth group is government officials and legislative council members, of which there are over 2 million. The fifth group is members of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) whose fees are paid by the government. Their number exceeds 86 million individuals. The last group of more than 57 million is the general public.Indonesia has forged cooperation with several countries regarding the supply of potential vaccines. Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech partnered with Bio Farma to launch the late-stage human trials of a candidate vaccine in Bandung, West Java. The trial involved some 1,620 volunteers since August. Kimia Farma struck a deal with Group 42 (G42) Healthcare, an artificial intelligence company in the United Arab Emirates, to develop a potential vaccine. The Research and Technology Ministry is also leading a national consortium, comprising research bodies and universities, to develop the Merah Putih vaccine. In addition, the Health Ministry signed an agreement with UNICEF to procure COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX, a global vaccine allocation plan co-led by the World Health Organization aiming for even distribution of the vaccine. (nkn)last_img read more

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India, Japan firm LNG memorandum of cooperation

first_imgIndia’s minister of petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan signed a memorandum of cooperation on LNG with Japanese minister of economy, trade and industry Hiroshige Seko. Under the MoC signed during Pradhan’s visit to Japan the two countries will work on establishing a liquid, flexible and global LNG market.The MoC provides a framework to cooperate in facilitating flexibility in LNG contracts, the abolition of destination restriction clause and also explore possibilities of cooperation in establishing reliable LNG spot price indices reflecting true LNG demand and supply.This agreement would help in promoting bilateral relationship between India and Japan in the LNG sector, the ministry said in a statement.They also explored joint cooperation in the areas of LNG sourcing, swapping and optimization of LNG sources and commercial exploitation of methane hydrates.During his visit to Japan, Pradhan held a speech at the LNG conference in Tokyo, noting that the global LNG market is undergoing a major transformation driven by new supplies which has created a situation of oversupply.He urged the global LNG markets, in which producers and consumers of LNG have equal stakes, to join hands to design flexible terms such as pricing review, flexible take or pay, the abolition of destination restriction clause in the LNG contracts.Pradhan stressed that these reforms are essential for developing a transparent, efficient, global and balanced LNG market.last_img read more

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Rooney impresses on Derby County debut with brilliant assist

first_img Loading… The Rams were beaten 2-1 by Charlton on Monday and are without a win since beating Preston North End 1-0 on November 23 – a run spanning eight games. Rooney was used as a midfielder by Cocu, where he played regularly during his final seasons at Manchester United. It was revealed back in August that Rooney would join the Rams in January as a player-coach on an initial 18-month deal. Rooney still had more than two seasons remaining on his contract at DC United but cited a desire to be closer to his family back in England. The 34-year-old enjoyed a successful period in the MLS, scoring 23 goals in 41 league games for the Washington-based club. Prior to his move to America, Rooney spent 13 years at Manchester United between 2004 and 2017, where he became the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 253 goals. Read Also:Rooney debuts in Derby win against strugglers Barnsley Rooney also achieved the same feat for England, scoring 53 goals in 120 appearances for the Three Lions before retiring from international football in November 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 34-year-old was named in Derby County’s starting XI and handed the captain’s armband for the Rams’ clash with Barnsley. Derby boss Philip Cocu had hinted Rooney would make his debut as a substitute but has thrown him straight into the action in a bid to revive his struggling side. Rooney is tasked with injecting new life into a Derby team sat in 17th place in the Championship table ahead of the game. And he achieved that early doors as he provided an assist from a free-kick for Jack Marriott to put Derby ahead before the half-time break. In the second half Rooney could and should have scored Derby’s second but he miscued his header from just a few yards out, as the ball dribbled wide. He was in the thick of the action again as he hit a brilliant crossfield pass to Andre Wisdom, who crossed for Martyn Waghorn, who made it 2-1. Wayne Rooney impressed on his Derby County debut as he provided a stunning assist in a 2-1 win over Barnsley at Pride Park. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Amazing Pictures Of Unusual Objects Cut In HalfThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

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McIlroy named golfer of the year

first_img McIlroy also played in all five sessions as Europe won the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, claiming three points as the United States were defeated 16.5-11.5 “To be named the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year for a second time is a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of,” he said. “If I had won any one of those four titles it would have been a good year, but to win all four, to win The Race to Dubai, and to be part of another fantastic European victory in The Ryder Cup, means it is a great one. “This award is a very nice way to round off the year. The European Tour has always been good to me, so it is always special to be recognised in this way. Hopefully I can have more years like this one and win the award again.” The award is decided by a panel comprising members of the Association of Golf Writers and commentators from television and radio and McIlroy has been awarded the honour for the second time after also winning in 2012. European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said: “The 2014 season will go down as one of the greatest in the European Tour’s history, and it will be defined by Rory McIlroy’s astounding accomplishments on the global stage. “Europe’s performance to retain The Ryder Cup and Martin Kaymer’s dominant victories in the US Open and Players Championship on the US PGA Tour alone would have made it a year to remember for European golf, but Rory’s victories in four of the biggest championships on our international schedule will ensure the story of this season is retold for many years to come. Quite rightly, therefore, it is Rory who receives our Golfer of the Year Award for 2014. “Rory is a fine ambassador for the game of golf and a loyal supporter of the European Tour, as he has shown with his backing of the Irish Open next year, so we are all very proud of his success, not only during this year but across his career to date.” The Northern Irishman won the Race to Dubai and topped the PGA Tour money list, as well as winning the Open Championship and US PGA Championship as he reclaimed the world number one spot. The 25-year-old also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and adds the honour to the Golf Writers Trophy he was awarded last week. Rory McIlroy has been named the 2014 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year after a stunning season on both sides of the Atlantic.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Teenager fatally shot in mall parking lot

first_imgAuthorities in Miami-Dade are currently searching for three suspect who are accused of shooting a teen while she stood in the parking lot of a strip mall.The incident occurred around 2:00 am in the area of Southwest 26th Street and 122nd Avenue.Authorities reported that the 17-year-old victim was standing in the mall’s parking lot when three men in a black Mercedes-Benz approached her and opened fire before driving off.The victim was shot in the head and transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.No other people were injured.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.last_img

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— The head of the Tokyo Olympics says 80% of the facilities needed for next year’s games have “basic approval” to be used. But organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says “there are also venues that already have reservations from other users for next year.” Organizers say that two of the largest venues needed for the Olympics have not yet been secured. They are the 5,000-apartment Athletes Village and the Tokyo Big Sight. That is the venue for the main press center. Organizers are also still unable to say what the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost and who will pay. At other schools, coaches and players have organized team-wide voter registration efforts, marches and rallies.The protest were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes.The NCAA did not mandate a day off for athletes on election day, but instead encouraged schools to assist students in registering to vote and give them a day off from athletics.CINCINNATI-SCHOTT’S NAMEWhat’s in a name? Cincinnati grapples with Marge Schott Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-COLONIALVarner takes early 1-shot lead over SpiethFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One spectator tried to sneak into Colonial on Friday, and it was hard to blame him with all the birdies and big names in contention during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge. Harold Varner III opened with a triple bogey and still managed a 66 for an early one-shot lead. Right behind was Jordan Spieth (speeth). Rory McIlroy bogeyed the last hole and still shot 63. He was two shots behind, with Xander Schauffele (ZAN’-dur SHAWF’-lee) and Justin Thomas in the mix. Bryson DeChambeau had the hot hand in the afternoon and surged to -10, one shot off the lead and tied with Spieth.The PGA Tour has returned after three months because of the pandemic. And if the opening round felt like the first day of school, Friday was a small step toward normalcy, even without fans.AMERICA PROTESTS-TEXASTexas athletes: Rename buildings, drop ‘The Eyes of Texas’AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group of University of Texas football players and athletes across several sports called on the school Friday to rename several campus buildings, change the traditional school song and donate a percentage of athletic department revenue to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. — The Kentucky Derby Festival won’t have any large-scale events this year, including the highly popular Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show that leads off the run-up to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Oaks for fillies and 146th Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thunder Over Louisville was rescheduled for August, but Festival organizers announced last night that the air show and events such as the miniMarathon and Pegasus Parade are off.— Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s governing body says it still hopes to deliver up to 18 races in the rearranged 2020 season. The first eight have already been confirmed and they start with a double-header in Austria in early July. The races in Azerbaijan and Singapore use street circuits and require long lead times to construct them. The Japanese Grand Prix was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions during the pandemic. That was scheduled for Oct. 11.— The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division. Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted. The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.— The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus. Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off. The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni. Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed after a staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.— English Premier League jerseys will feature “Black Lives Matter” instead of player names for the first 12 games after the competition’s shutdown ends on Wednesday. The movement’s campaign logo will then feature elsewhere on jerseys through the July 26 conclusion of the pandemic-delayed season as players decided to highlight racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. The Premier League also announced it would support players taking a knee at matches. Players have insisted they receive 100% of their prorated salaries, the terms the sides agreed to in March. But MLB told the union that playing in empty ballparks without gate revenue would cause a loss of $640,000 for each additional game played and that teams can’t afford 100% prorated pay. The union has said it doubts MLB’s figures but has not received sufficient financial disclosure to make a full evaluation.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NBA has given teams a more definitive timetable for the restart to the season. It includes required coronavirus testing that is set to begin this month and mandatory individual workouts in early July before training camps. The league is still working on completing the health and safety protocols that will essentially become the rulebook for the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Talks with the players’ union on those matters are continuing.—The University of Houston is suspending all voluntary workouts for its athletes after six tested positive for COVID-19 with symptoms. Houston announced it was shutting down workouts due to “an abundance of caution” and an increase of positive tests in the greater Houston area over the last week. The school said the athletes, who were not identified, have been placed in isolation and medical staff is conducting contact-tracing procedure.— An unidentified Boston Bruins player has tested positive for COVID-19. General manager Don Sweeney says the player had not been a part of informal workouts with his teammates. The Bruins say the player was tested as a requirement to enter the team’s practice facility and came up positive. The player has not shown any COVID-19 symptoms. The Bruins say the player has since tested negative twice for the disease. The law goes into effect in July 2021. By then, both the NCAA and Congress could have national legislation in place to lift restrictions on college athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Florida is the third state, joining California and Colorado, to pass a law targeting current NCAA rules that restrict college athlete compensation. Florida’s law goes into effect 18 months earlier than the other two.NCAA-ELECTION DAYNCAA encourages day off from college sports on election dayUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is encouraging its 1,100 member colleges and universities to give athletes the day off from sports on election day.In response to nationwide protests of police brutality and racial injustice, Georgia Tech announced earlier this week it was giving nine fall sports teams a day off from athletic activities on Nov. 3 so athletes can vote in person. UCLA followed with a similar announcement. Associated Press MLB offers players 80% of prorated salaries, 72-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule starting July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. That’s according to details of the proposal obtained Friday by The Associated Press.Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason. The players’ last offer was for an 89-game regular season at full prorated pay.MLB proposed that players be guaranteed about $1.25 billion in salaries, earn an additional $200 million if the postseason is completed plus a $50 million postseason players’ pool even if no tickets are sold.The union’s proposal would guarantee players $2.2 billion. Before the new coronavirus caused opening day to be pushed back from March 26, salaries had been set to total $4 billion. CINCINNATI (AP) — Marge Schott’s slurs and other offensive comments while she owned the Cincinnati Reds have organizations in her hometown reconsidering the use of her name on facilities that benefited from her donations.Schott died in 2004, but her name is still prominent in the community. Most of her estate went to a foundation that funds a wide range of philanthropic ventures. Her name is featured on many facilities, from the Cincinnati Zoo to a baseball stadium on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.Calls for racial justice following George Floyd’s death have renewed questions about how to remember Schott, who was repeatedly suspended and ultimately ousted by Major League Baseball over her slurs and praise for Adolf Hitler.A Catholic high school this week became the first to remove her name from facilities.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS June 12, 2020 The letter said it was sent on behalf of the Longhorn “student athlete body.” It said the football team will participate in all required team activities ahead of the upcoming season, but players would not aid in recruiting future players or participate in alumni events.The two-page, unsigned note posted on social media accounts of dozens of Longhorns athletes noted the school’s motto of “What starts here changes the world.” It said the group was moved to issue its call for campus changes after protests erupted nationwide following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESFlorida governor signs college athlete compensation billTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals.last_img read more

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Arravale Rovers through to Tipp West football final

first_imgArravale Rovers are through to this years West senior football final after they defeated a gallant Eire Og Annacarthy in Cappawhite last night.Arravale led 0-5 to 0-3 at half time in a game that was finely poised throughout.The key moment arrived with just under ten minutes remaining when midfielder Brian Jones fired to the net as Arravale ran out 1-10 to 0-10 winners. They will now play Galtee Rovers in the final. Afterwards Arravale selector Tommy Twoomey said it was a tight gamelast_img

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Up for the cup: Ladbrokes agrees one game partnership with Fleetwood

first_img Share Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Fleetwood Town announces one game betting partnership with Ladbrokes for the return of Jamie Vardy in the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Highbury on Saturday. The League one club has announced it’s delight to welcome in a one-match deal that will see Ladbrokes, the fastest growing multi-channel betting and gaming brand in the UK, become the team’s official sleeve partner along with the use of extensive LED perimeter advertising throughout the match. The firm’s advertising will also appear on the giant screen and on stadium TVs, and in the match-day programme.The partnership will give Ladbrokes a prominent presence on Fleetwood Town’s official social media channels to support betting activity prior to the big game.The deal also allows Ladbrokes to nominate the Man of the Match and present the bottle of champagne pitch side at end of the game.Michael Sheehan, Head of Partnerships at Ladbrokes said: “We’re thrilled to be forming this partnership with Fleetwood Town football club for the FA Cup third round. It promises to be an exciting game, especially with the return of Jamie Vardy to his old stomping ground, and we would like to wish the manager, the players and the fans the very best of luck.”Martin Booker, Head of Commercial added: “We are delighted to associate with Ladbrokes for the FA Cup as our Betting partner and first ever Sleeve partner for the FA Cup. This represents another significant sponsorship deal for the club showing that the magic of the FA Cup is still alive and gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our club on national TV. It’s an exciting day for everyone connected with the club.” Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

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