As COVID-19 resurges, Johnson pleads with UK: Obey the rules

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img#usesoap Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the British people on Wednesday to obey rules imposed to tackle a rapidly accelerating second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, cautioning that otherwise a tougher lockdown could follow.New cases of COVID-19 are rising by more than 7,000 per day in the United Kingdom though Johnson is facing growing opposition to lockdown measures which have wrought some of the worst economic damage in at least a century.After a reprimand from the speaker of the House of Commons, Johnson defused a rebellion in parliament over the way such onerous rules were imposed by promising angry lawmakers more say over any new national measures. Topics : But at a briefing in Downing Street flanked by his chief medical and scientific advisers, Johnson acknowledged the opposition to his curbs on freedom but said the British people should follow lockdown rules.”I know that some people will think we should give up and let the virus take its course despite the huge loss of life that would potentially entail,” Johnson said.”I have to say I profoundly disagree and I don’t think it’s what the British people want. I don’t think they want to throw in the sponge, they want to fight and defeat the virus,” he said.Britain, which has the worst official COVID-19 death toll in Europe, is facing a rapid acceleration of outbreaks across the country, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said. Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said the outbreak was not yet under control.Swathes of the United Kingdom and millions of citizens are subject to local restrictions brought in to try to slow the second wave of COVID-19 infections. Britain has reported more than 42,143 deaths from the virus – the world’s fifth highest total.”If the evidence requires it, we will not hesitate to take further measures that would, I’m afraid, be more costly than the ones we put into effect now,” Johnson said.Lockdown backlashJohnson, who has had to apologize after getting muddled over local lockdown rules on Tuesday, is facing growing anger within his own Conservative Party over the most severe restrictions in peacetime history that are destroying swathes of the economy.In a rare intervention by the chief officer of the House of Commons, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle scolded Johnson for making rules in a “totally unsatisfactory” way.”The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,” Hoyle told parliament.After Johnson’s government offered concessions, lawmakers passed the extension of the Coronavirus Act, which hands the government emergency powers to introduce restrictions, voting 330 to 24 in favor.As Johnson grapples with both COVID-19 and dissent in party ranks, the economic damage was laid bare. The United Kingdom’s economy shrank by a record 19.8% in the second quarter of 2020 – meaning it contracted more than any other Group of Seven economy in the first half of 2020. last_img read more

Smacking: Welsh Govt rejects call for swift ban

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Christian Institute 3 April 2014Fresh pressure to ban parents from smacking their children has been rejected for now by the Welsh Government.A new campaign group of Welsh academics says the prohibition should be enforced quickly, and that only a small change is needed.However the Government says “extensive consultation” would be required before any such move is made.ExamineCritics of a ban on smacking say such a move would criminalise loving parents simply seeking to discipline their children.In February an amendment to ban smacking was rejected by Welsh Assembly Members, as they debated the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill.At the time Deputy Minister Gwenda Thomas signalled there would be opportunities to “examine this issue” before the 2016 election. read more

Charlton delighted with Van Gaal

September 21, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Of the failures of Moyes’ reign, the biggest was his failure to qualify for the Champions League. Van Gaal believes his team have a chance to prove they still belong among the European elite on Saturday though when they face Real Madrid, who won their 10th Champions League trophy last term. United will play the Spanish giants on the outskirts of Detroit, where a record 109,000 crowd is expected at Michigan Stadium, more commonly known as the ‘Big House’ as it is the third-biggest sports arena in the world. A win will guarantee United a place in the International Champions Cup final – and Van Gaal thinks victory would also go some way to proving his men are still a force to be reckoned with. Reflecting on the three wins he has registered so far, the United boss said: “We played against AS Roma, who were second in the Italian league, then against Inter Milan, who were third in the Italian league. “Now we play Real Madrid and it is nice to play against such teams, so you can show you are at least equal.” Making Monday’s final, and beating potential opponents Liverpool or Manchester City to take home a prize of 1 million US dollars (£600,000), would be a perfect way to round off what has been a successful tour for Van Gaal. After their exploits in the United States, Van Gaal will take his squad back to Manchester, where they play Valencia at Old Trafford before the season begins on August 16 against Swansea. Van Gaal has always been a fan of the English game and he is looking forward to experiencing his first taste of Premier League football. “I have always looked to matches of England,” said Van Gaal, who lists Charlton and Nobby Stiles among his favourite United players. “I like the atmosphere of the English games. “To work for the biggest club in England and the world makes it more of a challenge for me.” Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has stepped up his fitness work at Real Madrid’s base in Los Angeles in the last few days and could feature against his old club. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti later confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Ronaldo would not feature at the Michigan Stadium as he wants to keep him fit for the European Super Cup tie against Sevilla in Cardiff on August 12. “Ronaldo is working hard but we won’t put him out tomorrow,” the former Chelsea boss said. “He will begin training with the squad (in Spain) after the tour as we plan to use him in the Super Cup.” Sir Bobby Charlton is sure Louis van Gaal is the perfect man to right the wrongs of last year’s woeful season for Manchester United. Press Association United are embarking on a new era with Van Gaal at the helm following David Moyes’ disappointing 10-month spell in charge. Under the Scot, who was selected by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him, United endured their worst campaign in Premier League history, finishing seventh. Van Gaal appears to be slowly putting United back on track. The Dutchman has enjoyed a successful pre-season tour so far, registering wins over Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma and Inter Milan. And off the pitch the players have responded well to his demands for unity, strength and commitment. “It’s marvellous. I am so pleased with the way it has turned out,” Charlton, the club’s record goal scorer told MUTV. United have been quick to make their move in the transfer market this summer, sighing Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera last month for a combined fee of £55million. More signings are expected. The Moyes era began with a failed attempt to sign Herrera and his compatriot Cesc Fabregas. Charlton, a director at Old Trafford, concedes errors were made in Moyes’ only year in charge. “We struggled a little bit last year and maybe a few people made a few mistakes but I don’t think we will make them now,” said the 76-year-old, who made 758 appearances for the club. “Hopefully we will be well-served by a really clever man.” last_img read more

Former Mohun Bagan General Secretary Anjan Mitra Passes Away

November 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Anjan Mitrafootballindian footballMohun Bagan First Published: November 8, 2019, 4:27 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kolkata: Former General Secretary of Mohun Bagan club Anjan Mitra died at a private hospital in the state capital following multiple problems, family sources said. Mitra was 72.”He died at the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital at 3.10AM.,” his son-in-law and former Indian football team goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey told IANS. He is survived by his wife and only daughter. Mitra was suffering from several complications that cropped up after a bypass surgery five years back.A chartered accountant by profession, Mitra was an ardent football and Mohun Bagan fan since his childhood, and remained associated with the famous club as an administrator for three decades. He served as the club general secretary for 23 years, before stepping down last year.Under his stewardship, the club won a large number of top-rung tournaments in India, including the National Football League and I-league.He also played a big role in bringing title sponsor for the club.Mitra’s body was taken to his residence in the morning, before being brought to the Mohun Bagan club premises where officials, former and current players and a large number of fans paid their last respects. last_img read more