Grave diggers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carry a coffin while burying a coronavirus disease victim in the special purpose section of a graveyard on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg, Russia May 5, 2020. REUTERS It also reported 95 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll in Russia to 1,451. (Reuters) MOSCOW – The number of new coronavirus cases in Russia has risen by 10,102 over the past 24 hours, compared with 10,581 the previous day. This brought Russia’s nationwide tally to 155,370, the country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said on Tuesday.
Johannesburg: Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith is all set to become Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket, according to the board’s President Chris Nenzani.Nenzani said that he had spoken to Smith about his appointment on Saturday morning.”I am happy to announce that we have engaged Graeme Smith and I am confirming that by next week Wednesday all of the negotiations around the contract terms that need to take place would have been concluded,” said Nenzani, speaking after a special board meeting of CSA.If Smith, who is likely to accept the new role, will have just around a couple of weeks to put a selection panel and coaching staff in place before the first of four-Test series against England gets underway in Centurion on December 26.On the other hand, the CSA crisis is still the same as with Nenzani with his remaining board members refused to resign from their post as Tony Irish, Chief Executive of the SA Cricketers Association (SACA), who had asked the CSA President to step down on Friday.Irish said in a tweet: “Appalled that the President and board of CSA have taken no responsibility for cricket’s biggest crisis. Now clinging to power.” IANS Also Read: Graeme Smith in line for becoming first-ever South Africa Director of CricketAlso Watch: Assam is heating up, Lakhs of People take to street to protest against CAB on Saturday, Watch Here
James DeGale has pledged to “bounce back in style” when he returns to the ring on Saturday.DeGale will challenge Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski for the European super-middleweight title in the Harlesden man’s first outing since a controversial split-decision defeat against rival George Groves in May.He is expecting a tough fight against the experienced Wilczewski, who is ranked two in the world by the WBO and has lost only one of his 30 fights.“It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m going to grab it with both hands,” DeGale told West London Sport.“I haven’t seen too much of him but his record speaks for itself. From what I have seen of him he’s tough, durable and is technical as well – he can box too.“It’s going to be a difficult fight. He isn’t coming here just to let his title go. But I want that European title and have trained for a very tough night. I’m ready.”A victory would put DeGale, 25, in line for a world title shot or a rematch with Groves, who defends his British and Commonwealth crowns against Paul Smith at Wembley Arena next month.“All the great fighters have setbacks, it’s about how they come back from them, and I’m looking to bounce back in style and be European champion,” DeGale declared.“I don’t want to run before I can walk, but I feel I can mix with the big boys and once I’ve got that European title that’s what I’ll be aiming to do.” www.twitter.com/westlondonsportwww.twitter.com/robbrennan82
SAN JOSE — Micheal Haley will replace Dylan Gambrell on the Sharks’ fourth line Sunday as San Jose looks to take a 2-0 series lead against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center.Haley missed the final four games of the Sharks’ series against Vegas and Game 1 against Colorado after he blocked a shot from Shea Theodore in Game 3 against the Golden Knights on April 14. Haley blocked the shot with the inside of his left foot, but has been skating regularly in recent days.Gambrell played just 6 …
20 FebruaryThe important role that regional organisations can play in matters of peace and security has long been recognised. In Africa, the regional economic communities are increasingly taking on a role in responding to matters of peace and security, including post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD).However, as intra-state conflict rises, spills over borders and often resurges after appearing to die down, implementing PCRD remains a daunting challenge. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an important actor in matters of peace and security, but, at present, it lacks the capacity to implement PCRD.A new paper by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) finds that while there is some opportunity for South Africa to enhance and facilitate PCRD through SADC, the organisation must first overcome a number of challenges.South Africa plays a significant role in matters of peace and security on the African continent. It contributed to the evolution of the African Union (AU) and the African Peace and Security Architecture, and also facilitated the AU’s decision to establish the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises. South Africa was also involved in various mediation efforts as a member of SADC, notably in Zimbabwe’s post-2012 electoral crisis and Madagascar’s constitutional mediation process. Even so, South Africa’s ability to implement PCRD in the region through its SADC membership has been constrained for various reasons.Firstly, it has to manage perceptions over its actions within SADC, so as not to arouse accusations of hegemony. Secondly, South Africa is inadequately represented within SADC structures. This could be attributed to a combination of SADC staffing rules, diplomats’ perceptions of Gaborone not being a prime posting, and South Africa’s tendency to be inconsistent in its foreign policy. Thirdly, SADC espouses a state-centric, rather than human-centric definition of security. This makes post- conflict development difficult even at a conceptual level.In addition to this, SADC’s main policy documents – namely the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (SIPO) – do not provide an easy basis from which to operate. Both of these have undergone review and version two of SIPO has already been adopted. The documents are long, extremely ambitious, and would arguably be better if merged into one.To an extent, both the RISDP and SIPO II focus on promoting peace and security through integration.There are a number of opportunities for South Africa to implement PCRD through SADC. South Africa has an impressive track record in conflict resolution; it has the largest economy of all the SADC member states; and also has substantial military power and experience to offer SADC. South Africa is also establishing the South African Development Partnership Agency, which could potentially partner with the SADC Development Fund for implementing PCRD.As the current head of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co- operation, South Africa should use this opportunity to positively influence the organisation and involve more of the member states to achieve a SADC brand (as opposed to an individual member-state brand) of multilateral PCRD implementation. However, in moving forward, South Africa must also clarify its commitment to SADC through solid foreign-policy actions, such as sending well-trained diplomats to Gaborone.If SADC is to move forward, it needs to find a real post-liberation middle ground and achieve a unified agenda from which the organisation can operate.It is critical that SADC better communicates with international partners – once again an area where South Africa can provide valuable technical assistance, based on its domestic experience of establishing the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.While there is certainly a lot that South Africa can offer SADC, it also needs to demonstrate that it is committed to the organisation beyond merely incorporating that commitment in its foreign policy documents. As soon as SADC establishes a clear and logical policy basis from which to operate, it can also make great strides in its ability to respond to matters of peace and security in the region.Source: Institute for Security Studies
The 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, featuring headliners Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, Danko Jones, and others, announces Charity VIP Ticket Auctions that will put fans onstage with their favorite bands.Proceeds will benefit MusiCares.Beginning Thursday, July 11, 2013 and running for ten-days, fans can bid on eBay for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive two (2) VIP passes to the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. In addition, the top bidder and their guest will watch their favorite band perform from the best seats in the house: ONSTAGE! They will also receive: Level 1 premium reserved seats OR General Admission ‘Pit’ tickets, a backstage guided tour to see the “inner workings” of a large scale concert festival (who knows who you’ll meet?), an autographed Evans custom UPROAR artwork drum head autographed by your favorite band, two UPROAR tee-shirts, and front-of-the-line access to all band signings.Fans who have purchased Charity VIP Tickets in the past state, “Worth every penny,” “Our expectations were exceeded,” “Everything as promised!,” “Unbelievable experience at the festival!, “Hands down, the best item I have ever bought on eBay,” and “The concert was awesome!”The all-day outdoor Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, drawing as many as 11,000 to 17,000+ fans per event, will make stops in 25 US and Canadian cities, coast-to-coast, beginning on August 9, 2013 in Scranton, Pennsylvania and concluding September 15, 2013 in Chula Vista, California. Each festival date features 12 of the biggest names in Hard and Alt Rock, performing on three stages, as well as other attractions, including a concourse midway filled with vendors and activities. The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which has grown to become one of the nation’s leading, most anticipated, and successful annual concert festival events, will feature multi-platinum headliners, Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, and Circa Survive on the mainstage. The Festival Stage will feature Walking Papers, Danko Jones, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, and last year’s Uproar battle of the bands winner, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show. The Coldcock Spirits stage will feature The Dead Daisies, Beware of Darkness and Charming Liars.25 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay Charity VIP ticket auctions will begin on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. PST, CST and EST and will run for ten days only. Those individuals interested in bidding on these very special auctions can access them at this direct link or by searching for “UPROAR VIP Tickets” on eBay.com.
APTN National NewsA group of Saskatchewan First Nations have declared a state of emergency as water levels rise near their communities and anticipate mass flooding.The 11 First Nations of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council issued the warning and are seeking resources to mitigate the upcoming flood season.They argue the provincial disaster assistance program (PDAP) doesn’t work because it takes too long to obtain funding and leaves First Nations to fend for themselves.“The current PDAP system is failing our First Nations communities,” said Edmund Bellegarde, chairperson of the FHQTC, in a news release. “The provincial program imposes barriers for our First Nations to access adequate funding and puts our citizen’s basic needs at risk. There are serious health issues as a result of flooding impacts such as families forced to live with mold.”Located in southern Saskatchewan the communities are in a flood zone expected to be impacted by the spring run off.One of the 11 communities directly impacted is Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation situated in the Qu’Appelle Valley located between the Pasqua and Echo Lakes near Fort Qu’Appelle.“It’s rather alarming how PDAP is operated. Our First Nation has to take on the financial burden of preparing for this years flood,” said Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation Chief Rodger Redman in a press release. “PDAP is still dealing with flood claims from 2010/2011. How are we supposed to carry this financial responsibility when we have not received adequate compensation from two years prior, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our citizens, lands, animals while also protecting and securing safe passage for those who travel across our lands or make their homes in our territories.”The federal government funds PDAP.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt confirmed Tuesday afternoon he intends to meet with the FHQTC discuss “flood planning and response.” The FHQTC requested the meeting to discuss an agreement where First Nations can access flooding relief funding quicker.“We are working with the province of Saskatchewan and First Nations to ensure communities are prepared for potential floods,” said an Aboriginal Affairs spokesman. “In order to help mitigate flood damages and in preparation for spring 2013, our government has provided funds to over 60 Saskatchewan First Nations for preparedness activities.”Valcourt is also scheduled to meet with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that defender Dejan Lovren sustained a hamstring injury during their 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Monday night.Lovren was replaced by 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever after just six minutes into the game at the Molineux.In his post-match press conference, Klopp confirmed the injury and gave an update on his condition.“[It is his] hamstring, is what I heard – without any signs before. I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that’s the decision you have to make,” he told the club’s website.“I am not sure what you all would have said if immediately from the beginning if our centre-half situation was Fabinho and Ki-Jana; then probably a few very smart people would tell me that I don’t respect the competition or whatever.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“So, we tried to do all the things [we could]. Of course, on the other hand, it doesn’t make sense to bring in a 16-year-old boy from the start.“You don’t bring him, you wait until he is completely ready, but he did well. He came on and did well.“That’s how it sometimes starts – when you are really needed then it is only about if you are good enough and not how old you are.“He did well, so that was all OK. That’s it.”Asked when the defender might return, Klopp answered: “I don’t know in this moment.”