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World leaders warn coronavirus could roll back progress for women

first_imgAs vulnerable members of society, particularly in poorer countries, women are likely to take a big economic hit and have a hard time recovering, said Clark.Several leaders said community-level interventions are the best solution, such as a campaign in Senegal to distribute food and information about health resources to women working in markets.”If it is small, it is still important,” said Awa Marie Coll-Seck, minister of state to the president of Senegal.President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia urged countries to look for innovative solutions.”Traditional tools are not sufficient. Therefore let us try to do things differently, reach out more at grassroots level,” said Kaljulaid.”If something positive can stem from this pandemic at all, it is the wider acceptance of the importance of global communal goods … and supporting the weakest in society, the children, adolescents and women,” she said. Topics : “We are hearing stories from the front lines of the immunizations not being able to be done, the pregnancy services not there, the sexual health and reproductive health services generally not there,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”It doesn’t have to be like this, but there’s not currently enough global solidarity.”The United Nations estimates the pandemic could cause 7 million unwanted pregnancies over the next six months as women lose access to contraception and reproductive health care.Child deaths are expected to spike by up to 6,000 per day due to reductions in routine services such as postnatal check-ups and vaccines, which could mark an increase in the under-5 death rate for the first time in decades, according to the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF).center_img Coronavirus is threatening to undo recent gains made toward gender equality as millions of women and girls are predicted to have unwanted pregnancies and fall into poverty, world leaders said on Thursday.A “wake-up call” is needed to protect women’s and children’s rights amid the pandemic, said the president of Estonia and former prime minister of New Zealand who held a virtual summit with leaders from Canada, Costa Rica and Senegal and United Nations officials.”We’ve all come together because none of us are prepared to stand by and see this pandemic erode the significant progress that has been made on the health and rights of women and children and adolescents,” said Helen Clark, who served as prime minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008.last_img read more

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New Farm character home snapped up in no time

first_imgThis art deco house at 26 Griffith St, New Farm, has sold. Picture: realestate.com.au. This art deco house at 26 Griffith St, New Farm, has sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house was built in 1925 and sits on a 587 sqm block in one of New Farm’s prestigious river streets.Named ‘Alexandria’, the home is full of historical features including leadlight windows, wood panelling, polished timber floors and decorative light fittings.The median house price in New Farm is $1.6 million, according to property analysis firm CoreLogic.It comes as new research reveals more than half of homeowners spend less than an hour inspecting a house before they buy it.A survey of 1000 property owners by ME Bank found 58 per cent spent less than 60 minutes checking out the house they then went on to buy. This art deco house at 26 Griffith St, New Farm, has sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.A BUYER with a serious case of FOMO has spent $2 million on a house in a sought-after inner Brisbane suburb after just half an hour of laying eyes on it.Nabbing a home in New Farm is now so difficult, it took just six days and a super quick inspection for this art deco gem at 26 Griffith Street. to be snapped up.The buyer had been looking at another property in Paddington when she stumbled across the online listing of the character home. This art deco house at 26 Griffith St, New Farm, has sold. Picture: realestate.com.au. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Selling agent Ivo Kornel of Belle Property said he got a call from her asking to view the New Farm house that night.After inspecting it for just half an hour, Mr Kornel said the buyer signed the contract on the spot.He would not disclose the exact sale price, but said it was around $2 million. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThis art deco house at 26 Griffith St, New Farm, has sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Kornel said he sold more properties north of $3 million in the New Farm/Teneriffe area last year than ever before.“I think entry level now would have to be $1.4 to $1.5 million in a half decent spot in New Farm,” he said.“There is just no stock around.” FIRE SAFETY WARNING FOR BRISBANE MUST READ IF YOU’VE EVER LOST YOUR KEYS UPGRADE ON THE WAY FOR AIRBNB last_img read more

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Public able to comment on high-rise brothel

first_imgNZ Herald 25 Feb 2012Controversial plans for New Zealand’s first high-rise tower brothel on the site of a historic hotel got a rough ride through Auckland Council yesterday, resulting in the public being able to object. Wellington’s John and Michael Chow wanted to keep official processing of their 15-level brothel out of the public arena so no one could object. But councillor Cameron Brewer said plans for the block, to be built at the intersection of Federal St and Victoria St West, were out for full public comment and he expects a strong level of interest….Mr Brewer said yesterday his move was not based on any moral objections. “The motion was that the public be given an opportunity, given the unique nature and the fact that this was a former heritage site,” he said. “There was unanimous backing.”FeedbackDirect public feedback on the brothel to Resource Consents, Auckland Council, Private Bag 92300, Auckland or online at the resource consent section of www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nzhttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10787918last_img read more

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Serie A picks June 13 as return date from covid-19 suspension

first_img After a videoconference with all 20 clubs on Wednesday, a large majority selected June 13 as the resumption date over the other option, June 20. The Italian top flight still requires government approval before it can officially confirm play will resume on June 13. “Regarding the resumption of sporting activity, the date of June 13 June for the resumption of the championship was indicated, in accordance with government decisions and in accordance with the medical protocols for the protection of players and all professionals,” a statement from Serie A said. Serie A has been on hiatus since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Italy one of the countries hardest hit by the virus. With teams in Serie A having returned to individualised training, government minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed on Wednesday that teams have now been cleared for group training starting on Monday. Serie A clubs have selected June 13 as the date the league is set to return from its coronavirus suspension. Loading… “A few minutes ago I received a letter from the president of the FIGC [Italian Football Federation] [Gabriele] Gravina, in which he announced that the FIGC had accepted all the comments of the Scientific Technical Committee, readjusting the protocol allowing without other difficulties to resume training from May 18,” Spadafora said. Serie A also confirmed in a statement that all TV rights holders will be complying with payment deadlines, an important step as the league looks to avoid a major financial crisis. “The Assembly of the Serie A League met today with all the companies present and connected via video conference. Serie A reiterates, in the relationship with the licensees of the audiovisual rights 2018 through 2021, the need to comply with the payment deadlines set by contracts to maintain a constructive relationship with them,” the statement read. Juventus currently lead the Serie A table by just one point ahead of Lazio, with Inter in third place, nine points behind Juve. read also:Serie A: French star returns to Juventus today The Bundesliga will be the first major European league to return from its coronavirus suspension, as the German top flight gets set to resume play on Saturday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketMesmerizing Wedding Looks From Different Countries11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Showslast_img read more

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Greenwood admits to ‘poor judgment’ after inhaling laughing gas

first_img Greenwood apologised for his actions and said he has been made aware of the health risks associated with the practice, and urged others not to follow his example.Advertisement Mason Greenwood has apologised and admitted to “poor judgement” after “historical pictures” of him inhaling laughing gas emerged. The 18-year-old Manchester United forward appeared to inhale nitrous oxide from a balloon in a video, reportedly filmed a number of weeks ago, which was shared on social media platform Snapchat. Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do “I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice and accept that even trying it, as shown in these historical pictures, was poor judgement on my part. I strongly urge others not to follow my example,” he said in a statement. read also:Breach of rules: Icelandic lady weeps for Foden, Greenwood. “As an 18-year-old I am learning all the time, however, this week I have also learned that I will be judged to a higher standard because of my career as a footballer and I must respect that in future. I am determined to repay the faith shown in me by my manager and coaches.” He was sent home from the England squad last week after he and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, 20, breached quarantine rules while on international duty in Iceland. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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AG Curtis Hill: Truckers’ protest is motivated by legitimate concerns

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — On Thursday a group of truck drivers participated in a “slow-roll protest” on Interstate 465 in Indianapolis to express their displeasure with federal regulations burdening their industry. In particular, truckers and trucking companies are frustrated by new rules requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by commercial drivers.While their methods of protest might be debatable, the truckers’ concerns are legitimate, Attorney General Curtis Hill said.“The ELD requirements might very well be motivated by good intentions,” Attorney General Hill said. “Everyone supports the idea of creating a safer work environment for drivers. Everyone sees the logic of making it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share data related to driving hours. I still believe, however, that the current ELD requirements were rushed through the approval process without sufficient attention to their expense and practical workability.”Attorney General Hill acknowledged that federal officials have addressed several of his initial concerns about the ELD regulations since he first got involved with the issue in 2017. He called for further study, however, into ways to address truckers’ concerns and lessen burdens on the industry.Attached are 2017 and 2018 letters between Attorney General Hill and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding this issue.last_img read more

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The Latest: Red Sox, Jays set for exhibition games at Fenway

first_img___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Red Sox, Jays set for exhibition games at Fenway Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener.Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24. July 10, 2020last_img read more

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Boys soccer Warriors turn back Cazenovia, Skaneateles

first_imgControlling long stretches of the game and patiently waiting to convert its many opportunities.Westhill didn’t get rattled when, less than a minute after Rusden Bryant scored in the 25th minute to give the Warriors a 1-0 edge, Spires took the ball at midfield, tore through several defenders and then fired a hard shot from the right that Westhill goalie Ian Prebish had no chance to stop.Right before halftime, Westhill took the lead for good when Andrew Centore fired home a shot fed from the left by Bo BenYehuda. Then the margin doubled in the second half thanks to Bryant, whose header off a BenYehuda corner kick just trickled across the goal line.With 1:25 left, Cazenovia was awarded a free kick in its own end. Spires took it and delivered a long shot that rode the wind and flew past Prebish –but a Lakers foul inside the box negated the goal. Tags: boys soccerskaneatelesWesthill Skaneateles now would get its chance against Westhill on Thursday night, and this proved more difficult for the Warriors as it had to go to the wire to pull out a 3-2 decision over that other group of Lakers.They would go back and forth in the first half, with playoff-level intensity as, twice, Skaneateles solved the Westhill defense, Tylar Moss getting one goal and assisting on the other by Noah O’Connor.However, Westhill’s defense settled down in the second half, blanking Skaneateles, while it moved back in front and stayed there, having seen BenYehuda, Dan Carkner and Phil Bogan net one goal apiece. Each of Prebish’s eight saves proved important.Before that, Skaneateles had romped past Phoenix 9-0, O’Connor going to the forefront with a three-goal hat trick, plus an assist. Moss and Owen Cheney both had two goals and one assist, with Alex Arefyev and Colin Gaglione earning the other goals.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img On the way to all the glory it attained the last three years, the Westhill boys soccer team always had to get past Cazenovia to earn the Section III Class B title.Each time, the Warriors won, and it would again try to conquer the Lakers when the two had their lone regular-season encounter last Tuesday night at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.Westhill was 2-0 and Cazenovia was 3-0, but from the outset it was the Warriors in control, overcoming the occasional spectacular effort by the Lakers’ Joe Spires to record a 3-1 victory.last_img read more

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WCHA, Big Ten should have little effect on polls

first_imgThe Wisconsin men?s basketball and hockey teams currently find themselves in a similar situation. Both squads are ranked among the nation?s top 15 teams, and both host a conference foe also ranked in the top 15 this week. While the hockey team finds itself battling in the middle tier of one the country?s premier conferences, the basketball team is at the top of one of the nation?s weakest conferences. Their respective national perceptions, and the rankings that come with them, are derived largely from the so-called ?strength? of their conferences.When comparing the two teams and their rankings, it becomes easy to see just how stupid it is to consider a particular conference?s strengths and weaknesses and how little either actually matters.The men?s basketball team, currently tied for second in the Big Ten, enters Thursday night?s game with Indiana as the No. 13 team in the nation while Indiana is ranked No. 11. Neither one is the conference?s highest ranked team (that honor belongs to No. 8 Michigan State), but many experts are still calling it a ?down year? for the Big Ten. Wisconsin?s overall record of 16-3 and high conference ranking may appear solid, but because there are more teams in the league struggling than usual, the team?s success is often attributed to a weak conference and their ranking is often deemed inflated.Entering the season, experts predicted the Big Ten wouldn?t be as strong this season as it has been in years past, especially in comparison to last year when the conference had two teams earn the nation?s No. 1 ranking, with Ohio State finishing as the runner-up to Florida in the national championship. Yet here, as February is about to begin, there are three Big Ten teams ranked in the nation?s top 15 and two others (Ohio State and Purdue) capable of cracking the top 25 by the end of the season.Is the conference ?strong? this year? There?s no way to answer it right now because it?s too early to tell. In the unlikely scenario that MSU, OSU and UW are the Big Ten?s only representatives in the NCAA tournament, it would be easy to call it a disappointing season for the league. What if those three teams made it to the Final Four, however? Is it still a weak year then? Or is it just a top-heavy season for the Big Ten?Maybe the conference doesn?t have as many elite teams as it usually does, but there isn?t enough evidence to warrant calling it a down year for the conference, and there?s even less cause for punishing Wisconsin for it.And even if the Big Ten isn?t outstanding, that has little bearing on Wisconsin. It doesn?t make sense to judge the Badgers (either in print or when the tournament seeds are handed out) by how well (or poorly) Illinois has been this year.If UW?s No. 13 ranking is going to be called soft, it should be due to skepticism about the team?s ? and not the conference?s ? talent level.Unlike the basketball team, the hockey team is benefiting from its conference?s perception.This weekend, the men?s hockey team, currently ranked No. 11 in the nation, will host No. 12 Minnesota-Duluth. Wisconsin sits only at fourth place in the WCHA ? tied with Minnesota-Duluth ? in what looks to be another strong season for arguably the nation?s premier conference (currently, six WCHA teams are ranked in the national top 20).The Badgers hold a rather unimpressive record of 11-10-5, however, and while they haven?t been a total disappointment this season, it is unlikely this will be one to look back on for fans of the cardinal and white.Sure, the Badgers have a high ranking and play in a tough conference, but do the Badgers hold their spot at No. 11 in spite of the conference, or because of it?Judging by its poor record, Wisconsin?s national ranking comes largely from the perceived strength of the WCHA, not exactly a factor that reflects how talented UW really is (or isn?t).Though their rankings may be similar, the way they earned them is anything but. Wisconsin?s hockey team deserves just as much credit for playing in a ?strong? conference as its basketball team does for playing in a ?weak? one.In the end, either in basketball or hockey or both of them, it’s no consolation for Wisconsin fans to see Ohio State or North Dakota win national titles. Nor is it a consolation to watch Northwestern or Michigan Tech suffer because those teams don?t determine how well UW does. The only thing that really matters is how the Badgers play. And as long as championships are still decided on the court and on the ice, pay no attention to how anyone else does because, in the end, it holds absolutely no weight.Mike is a sophomore majoring in political science. Where does his column rank in the Big Ten? Let him know at mackerstein@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Men heads to Big Tens

first_imgFriday afternoon will mark the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament for the men’s tennis team, as they await the winner of No. 7-seeded Minnesota and No. 10-seeded Michigan State after receiving a first-round bye.After a rollercoaster ride of a season, the team clinched a two seed in the tournament with its sweep of Michigan State in the regular season finale and has put themselves in a position for success in the upcoming tournament. In addition to their sweep of the Spartans in the last game of the season, the Badgers also swept the Golden Gophers in their second-to-last game of the regular season, meaning they have seen recent success against both of their potential second-round opponents. Regardless of this fact, sophomore Michael Muskievicz believes the team cannot overlook anyone at this level of competition.“I think every match we play the main thing is just being prepared, going out and giving it 100 percent and letting the results take care of itself,” Muskievicz said. “I don’t think any time we can walk into a match and just expect ourselves to win because then you’re not prepared, and you’ll look past people, and that’s when problems will arise.”After a shaky start left the Badgers at 4-5 early in the season, the team has come together and taken control of their season, winning 12 of their final 15 matches. They went 8-2 in the conference and finished undefeated at home for the first time since 1991.Senior captain Nolan Polley believes that facing adversity earlier in the season will end up benefiting the team down the stretch.“I think we had a tough start in February,” Polley said, “but the losses have really made us a better team and helped us out, so I think we should be in good shape.”The Badgers are looking to feed off of their late season success to keep them rolling throughout their upcoming matches.With their overall confidence high right now, the team feels ready to face any of the challenges that might lie ahead of them.“One of our goals was to do really well in the Big Ten and obviously in the Big Ten Tournament,” Polley said. “We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but we don’t want to go out and take an early exit. We want to do well.”Although it can sometimes be difficult to remain focused on the individual match as you approach a major conference tournament and then the national tournament directly thereafter, coach Greg Van Emburgh and his players realize how important it is to take it one step at a time and remain focused on what challenges are directly ahead for the team.“I think you just have to be ready for everybody. You really don’t want to look past [anyone], saying, ‘If we do win the Big Ten, how is it going to affect our NCAA seeding?’ It’s so far off, so you really don’t want to look that far ahead. You want to try to have the guys ready for each match,” Van Emburgh said.Whether they end up facing Michigan State or Minnesota, Wisconsin knows that this is the time in the season when champions are made, so they must approach this match prepared and ready to fight as if it was their last time on the court.“I think everyone realizes that we’re running out of matches to accomplish our goal, so this weekend is another chance to get it done and keep moving forward with the program,” Muskievicz said. “We’re at the point in our season where if you don’t win, you stop playing.”last_img read more

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