General mask use OK where hand-washing, distancing hard: WHO

first_imgRacism row Tedros also lashed out at “racist” suggestions from some scientists that Africa could be used as a testing ground for a vaccine, which is thought to be 12 to 18 months away.Two leading French doctors sparked a storm of criticism last week by discussing on television the idea of testing a coronavirus vaccine in Africa, citing its relative lack of resilience to the pandemic in its infrastructure.They insisted Friday they had been misunderstood and apologized for any offence caused.Africa has confirmed relatively few cases and deaths so far compared to other continents.But the WHO and others have long warned that it could be badly exposed should the virus, both in terms of preparedness and health care.”Africa cannot and will not be a testing ground for any vaccine,” Tedros said.”It was a disgrace, appalling, to hear during the 21st century to hear from scientists…  this kind of racist remarks.”The hang-over from the colonial mentality has to stop. WHO will not allow this to happen.”We will follow all the rules to test any vaccine or therapeutics all over the world using exactly the same rules,” said Tedros, who previously served as minister of health and foreign affairs in Ethiopia. The WHO said Monday that asking the general public to wear facemasks could be justified in areas where hand-washing and physical distancing were difficult, but warned masks alone could not stop the coronavirus pandemic.World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also slammed suggestions that Africa should be used as a testing ground for a vaccine as racist.The global COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 70,000 people, while more than 1.2 million people have tested positive for the new coronavirus. A vaccine is thought to be at least a year away. “Countries could consider using masks in communities where other measures such as cleaning hands and physical distancing are harder to achieve because of lack of water or cramped living conditions,” Tedros told a virtual briefing in Geneva.Tedros said he understood that some countries had recommended or were considering the use of both medical and non-medical masks in the general population to prevent the spread of the virus.However, he stressed that the mass use of medical masks could exacerbate the shortage of protective equipment for healthcare workers, saying some were now facing “real danger”.And he said that outside of health facilities, medical masks were recommended for those who were sick, and their carers.center_img Free online concert Meanwhile the WHO teamed up with US superstar Lady Gaga to launch a giant coronavirus awareness concert on April 18 entitled “One World: Together at Home”.The free oTopics :last_img read more

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Khan ends FACC 2016 season on a high

first_imgBERBICIAN Zaman Khan ended the 2016 Flying Ace Cycle Club’s (FACC) cycling season on a high note last Sunday, winning the club’s 28-mile road race in convincing fashion.The event, which was opened to FACC members only, saw Khan and other juvenile riders benefit from a five-minute head-start after being sent on their way by Guyana Police Force (GPF) `B’ Division Coordinator of the Police Community Relations Department, Assistant Superintendent Keith Williams, at 09:15hrs at Tacama Turn, Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, from where the participants of the GPF `B’ Division-sponsored event proceeded to the Rose Hall Town Arch before turning back for the finish line at Main and Alexander Streets, New Amsterdam.Relishing his five-minute advantage, Khan, the national juvenile road race champion, rode at a steady pace and captured all six prime prizes that were on offer and crossed the finish line unchallenged.Second was Curtis Dey, while veteran cyclists Sybrone Fernandes and Samuel Mootoo placed third and fourth respectively.By winning the overall event, Khan automatically won the juvenile category ahead of Rakheel Gordon, Ralph Seenarine and Alex Burnett in that order.The event was coordinated by the club’s coach Randolph Roberts.Trophies for the event, which was held under the theme `Youth Cycling Against Crime’, were donated by Acting Commander `B’ Division, Senior Superintendent Errol Watts, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis, Superintendent Budnarine Persaud, Assistant Superintendent Keith Williams, Inspector Clay Rose, businessman Sherwin Ford, Crystal Net Internet Café, the Foster Family and Naziam Khan among others.last_img

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Syracuse men’s basketball is never out of a game because of its full-court press

first_img Published on March 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Jim Boeheim isn’t afraid to let everyone in an arena know when his team is desperate, when he has no other choice but to change his defense.Then, he turns to the press.It propelled the Orange to the Final Four last year, overcoming a 14-point deficit with 10 minutes left in the Elite Eight. And it’s what has led to three comeback wins in the past month.“At that stage, you’re desperate. You’re just trying to fly around and make a play,” said Syracuse’s head coach. “It’s been at the end of games. … You’re down 10, it’s a desperation situation and you just try to make the play and make something happen. … There’s no other chance but to force a turnover.”The Orange (17-13, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) has trailed by double digits in eight straight games. Outside of a 20-point loss at then-No. 7 Louisville, the contests were decided by an average of 4.3 points and SU went 4-4 in the eight-game stretch. Even in the three games Syracuse lost, the press made it close.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn many ways, the full-court press salvaged the Orange’s entire season. Boeheim applies the tactic sparingly and knows a good team can figure out a way to beat it easily once it adjusts. But in short segments, SU has relied on the press to climb back into games in which it previously had no chance.“It catches (opponents) by surprise. They don’t expect it,” freshman forward Taurean Thompson said. “We don’t use it all game and then all of a sudden they take a breath. They’re not ready for it. I don’t think they prepare for it as much in practice.”At the start of the season, Boeheim said his team would likely press more because of the depth he had at his disposal. SU used it in nonconference play to test out what he had. Early on, his players didn’t execute the scheme to his standard.After a season-opening 28-point win over Colgate on Nov. 11, Boeheim said the press was horrendous.“I guess they can’t do it,” Boeheim said when asked why it was ineffective. “Why did Donald Trump become president? I don’t know.”A week and a half later, Boeheim explained Syracuse would need the press at some point later in the year. That’s why he was experimenting in games such as a 42-point win over South Carolina State. Even as late as 14 games into the year, Boeheim cited it as an area for concern. After a 15-point loss at Boston College, he described the press as something “we can’t do.”Two months later, the press is a key reason SU is still in the mix for an NCAA Tournament bid. Instead of playing the nine or 10 players like Boeheim expected, Syracuse uses only six or seven each game as a result of injuries. The starting lineup now consists of four first-year players and a sophomore. Once they meshed together, the press improved, too.Sophomore forward Tyler Lydon attributes the press’ success to the urgency with which he and his teammates play it. Tactically, not much changed from the full-court approach, graduate transfer Andrew White said. Except recently, Syracuse’s press is causing turnovers unlike in the beginning of the year.“I’m amazed at how effective it is and how infrequently they use it,” Pittsburgh head coach Kevin Stallings said. “I wish I could do that is what I’m trying to say.”With SU down 10 against North Carolina State late in the second half, Boeheim flipped to the press from his traditional 2-3 zone. The Orange forced four turnovers down the stretch, pushing the game into overtime and eventually winning.A week later, SU pressed with the same amount of time remaining against Clemson. The Tigers committed three late turnovers and Syracuse won at the buzzer.“They take away the primary pass, they get you in the corner, they take away the second pass to the guy taking it out, they take away the middle pass,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “You’ve got to attack it quickly or you’re going to be in trouble. It’s an outstanding press.”Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner said opponents can’t simulate it in practice. The Orange ranks as the 12th tallest team in the country, per Kenpom.com. As opponents try to play cautiously to protect leads, SU pounces when it should be squirming.Considering Syracuse’s short rotation, playing defense for 94 feet isn’t an option for more than a few minutes at a time. Lydon and White both have played every second in the Orange’s last 10 games. They can only go so far until fatigue sets in.But the infrequency with which Boeheim uses the press is part of what makes it so effective. In short spurts, it accomplishes what it needs to.SU’s hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament are dangling. But with only one regular-season game left and the ACC tournament remaining, the press is why Syracuse is never out of a game.“We work on it all the time. Every year,” Boeheim said before the season. “We work on our press every year a lot. Almost every practice. And some years we just don’t use it much at all and other years it’s been very important for us.”This year it has been the latter. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Bosnian Goal-Machine Ends Carrier at the Age of 44

first_imgAleksandar Đurić, the great Bosnian goal keeper, also known as the best shooter of the league competitions, ended his career at the age of 44. He played his last match on Friday.Đurić started his career in his hometown Doboj, by playing for the FC Sloga. In 1999 he came to Singapore and became one of the biggest football legends in that country.This experienced shooter scored 376 goals in the Singapore league, and when he obtained their citizenship, he debuted for their national team and played there 53 matches and scored 24 goals.(Source: Sport Centar / photo: blogimages.thescore.com)last_img

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