first_imgThree centuries ago, Harvard’s Commencement guests could expect to hear quite a bit from graduating students: namely, lengthy thesis defenses given in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.Today’s versions of those early orations are decidedly shorter and more audience-friendly. But as this year’s student speakers hope to prove, a fair amount of wisdom can be packed into five minutes.Each spring, the Harvard Commencement Office holds a competition to select an undergraduate speaker, a graduate student speaker, and a Latin speaker. (The latter is a graduating senior and typically a classics concentrator, though rogue classicists with a knack for the dead language are welcome to submit.) At Morning Exercises on May 30, the chosen three will give their addresses before an audience of tens of thousands gathered in Tercentenary Theatre.Below, the Class of 2013 speakers share their stories and offer a glimpse at the insights and advice they plan to offer their fellow graduates.Fanaye Yirga, Latin speakerFanaye Yirga, 21, had never studied Latin before coming to Harvard. Born in New York, at age 5 she moved with her parents to their native Ethiopia and attended an international school in the capital, Addis Ababa.“If you told me freshman year that I’d be giving the Latin oration at Commencement, I’d probably have laughed you out of the room,” said Yirga, who took her first class in the language as a College sophomore.At Harvard, she had planned to study visual and environmental studies, but her General Education courses in the classics convinced her to switch concentrations.“My rationale at the time was that I’d rather stay up all night writing papers than stay up all night editing films,” the Cabot House senior said with a laugh.Last summer, she spent five weeks in a spoken Latin program at the Paideia Institute in Rome, an opportunity that helped prepare her for the speech she will give at Morning Exercises. The address — written, appropriately, in a night-before-deadline burst of inspiration — “uses the all-nighter as a metaphor for the Harvard experience,” she said.While her immediate future is up in the air, Yirga plans to apply to graduate school to continue studying the languages and texts she discovered at Harvard. She recognizes the irony of majoring in classics, a discipline whose small ranks of undergraduate concentrators often defend it on the grounds that it provides the best training in Western thought.“As Ethiopians, we have our own classical traditions, so the Western civilization argument doesn’t quite do it for me,” she said. “But I love the literature, and that you get access to this whole tradition.”Quoting a line from Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys,” one of her favorite plays, she said, “The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”Felix de Rosen, undergraduate speakerBorn in Paris and raised in Philadelphia, Felix de Rosen has long inhabited two worlds.“Growing up, I was always an outsider,” de Rosen said, “the French kid” at school, “the American” on his family’s many visits to their relatives back home. “It’s taught me to always judge a situation or environment from outside that situation’s values,” the Leverett House senior said.That hard-earned perspective, he insisted, wasn’t a bad thing — especially at Harvard, where imposter syndrome can plague even the brightest students. For de Rosen, a sharp observer, Harvard was a place to find himself, even if that meant rejecting a culture of constant achievement that can be hard to ignore.“I’m glad I’ve been here, because the challenges Harvard presents only become a prison if you don’t want to learn from them,” he said. He was drawn to the University’s history and diversity as well. “If an outsider can come here and feel at home in some way, then anyone can.”The 21-year-old government concentrator — who after graduation plans to explore his varied interests, from documentary production to museum work to consulting in developing countries — satisfied his wanderlust during breaks by traveling to far-flung places. He photographed villages in Afghanistan and Iran; visited the Kumbh Mela, India’s massive gathering of Hindu pilgrims, with an interdisciplinary team of Harvard students and professors; and spent six weeks in the rocky, barren islands of Cape Verde off the West African coast, researching the musical culture.“I have a terrifying fear of public speaking,” admits undergraduate speaker Felix de Rosen ’13. “But I can do something well while still being terrified of it.” Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerDe Rosen also did a fair amount of exploring in Cambridge. At one of his favorite spots, Mount Auburn Cemetery, he stumbled upon the tombstone of Charles Ditmas, “Keeper of the Clocks at Harvard College,” who died in 2001 after taking care of the antique timepieces for more than half a century. De Rosen’s research into Ditmas’s legacy provided the inspiration for the speech he will give at Morning Exercises.In the lead-up to the big day, de Rosen seemed to be tackling his Commencement duties with characteristic equanimity.“I have a terrifying fear of public speaking,” he said. “But I can do something well while still being terrified of it.”Jon Murad, graduate speakerGraduating Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) student Jon Murad has a message for the hordes of nervous graduates he’ll be addressing in Tercentenary Theatre: Despite the pressures and expectations they feel as newly minted alumni, their futures are wide open.No one knows that better than Murad ’95, whose “inchoate desire to serve” took him, quite unexpectedly, from Harvard College to the New York Police Department.A native of tiny Underhill, Vt., Murad, 40, studied English and theater as an undergraduate. After graduation, he moved to Hollywood and spent several years finding steady, if not exactly gratifying, work in front of and behind the camera.“It wasn’t a contributory life,” Murad said, “and Sept. 11 made me come face to face with that.”It wasn’t until a few years after the terrorist attack, when Murad was living in New York and engaged to his college sweetheart, that he stumbled upon the opportunity to take the New York Police Department civil service exam. At 33, he became a beat cop at a housing project in the Bronx, and steadily progressed to plainclothes work, including a major wiretapping case.“It was a lot like HBO’s ‘The Wire,’ with fewer alcoholic cops,” he joked. “When it’s exciting, it’s more exciting than just about anything else.”At 33, Jon Murad became a beat cop at a housing project in the Bronx, and steadily progressed to plainclothes work, including a major wiretapping case. “It was a lot like HBO’s ‘The Wire,’ with fewer alcoholic cops,” he joked. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAfter a few years, he was found out: A chief read a report Murad had written “in which I had made the mistake of using the word ‘ostensibly,’” a dead giveaway of an Ivy Leaguer.That chance encounter led to a promotion to the department’s in-house think tank, where Murad joined a small team that studied controversial issues, such as officer-involved shootings, and worked on major development projects like the design of a new policy academy. With scholarships from the New York City Police Foundation and the Harvard Club of New York City, he was given a year off to pursue a mid-career master’s degree at HKS.“My path toward service required overcoming misplaced biases about what was or was not appropriate for someone with a Harvard degree,” Murad said of his post-College years. “But there’s so much value in work that may not be what we think of when we think ‘Harvard graduate.’”When he returns to New York with his wife and two children, Murad will once again work the streets, this time as a sergeant. While his newly acquired policy skills won’t be put to immediate use in his new role, he said, his Kennedy School experience was invaluable.“It’s given me a reinvigorated sense of purpose,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThis fall, Harvard Divinity School brings Russell Banks, one of the United States’ most celebrated writers of contemporary fiction, to Harvard to deliver the annual Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality.Banks’ topic will be “Feeding Moloch: The Sacrifice of Children on the Altar of Capitalism.” He will argue that immortality, if it exists, lies with people’s descendants—their children, and their children’s children, and on. In  the modern era, he states, it has become increasingly difficult to protect children from dangerous forces in the world. Today, children have become the largest single segment of the consumer economy.The Ingersoll Lecture, which dates to 1896 and has been delivered by such distinguished luminaries as Paul Tillich, Stephen J. Gould, and Toni Morrison, will take place on Wednesday, November 5, at 5:15 pm, Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall.Admission is free but tickets are required. There will be a limit of two tickets available per person. Visit the HDS public events calendar or read the press release for more information. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_img Moving online allows viewers to visit sites, affiliates, researchers around the world Harvard Worldwide Week truly goes global Related The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of life, including social movements such as the struggle for LGBTQ rights. As part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, on Wednesday the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs hosted “Rethinking Resistance Politics in Troubling Times: Transnational Queer Solidarity During COVID-19,” an online panel discussing recent work examining the international situation.The two-hour-plus forum began with a look at the Arab world. Sa’ed Atshan, visiting assistant professor of anthropology and visiting scholar in Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and assistant professor peace and conflict at Swarthmore, opened the Zoom event by discussing the Arab Spring, the series of nonviolent protests launched in Tunisia in 2010. Although these succeeded in toppling dictatorships there and in other nations, the region has in recent years been experiencing a reactionary pushback that has included a rise in officially sanctioned homophobia.Atshan, who had been a graduate student at the Weatherhead Center, cited as an example the persecution of those who mourned the recent suicide of Sarah Hegazi, who became a cause célèbre for the gay community in the Middle East and beyond. The Egyptian writer and lesbian activist was arrested and tortured by authorities for waving a rainbow flag in 2017 at a concert in Cairo — a city once considered “the queer capital of the Arab world,” said Atshan. She emerged deeply traumatized and depressed and was granted asylum in Canada, where she died in June. This loss, explained Atshan, was exacerbated by the isolation of the pandemic, with widely shared images of Arabs “shaming anyone who mourned her,” he said.“The deeply entrenched nature of homophobia meant that even in her death she could not rest in peace,” he said. “Queer Arabs had to process this alongside living through a global pandemic.”Although Beirut appears to be rising as a new center of the queer Arab world, he said, the hard-won gains of 2010 are endangered. “It is clear that the crisis is offering totalitarian regimes cover to consolidate their power,” said Atshan. “The world cannot turn its back on the people of the region, both queer and straight.”Language offers another frontier in LGBTQ rights, explained the next speaker, Nicole Doerr, associate professor of sociology, and director of the Copenhagen Centre on Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies, University of Copenhagen. Delivering her paper “Queer Solidarities in Postmigrant Societies,” she focused on translators, saying, “Social movements today are multilingual movements.”Doerr’s study of queer migrants and people of color in European movements uncovered both weaknesses and strengths in these increasingly multicultural movements. Looking at Denmark and Sweden, for example, she uncovered that resident migrants, rather than refugees, are the most effective at being heard. “Members of the resident LGBTQ community will not take the refugees seriously,” she said. “You always need some white, middle-class citizen group who wants to work with the multilingual migrant activists.”However, the translators who work with the migrant and refugee communities — and often come from these communities — have responded. Many are expanding their roles in ways that defy their traditional job definition. “Whites assume translation has to do with language and nothing else,” said Doerr. In the migrant and refugee community, she explained, translation has more to do with ideas and understanding cultural norms.As translators pushed back against marginalization or racialization, Doerr said, “They develop a counter-hegemonic awareness.” In response, these translators create spaces for new solidarities and dialogue about silenced topics. Translation works by “disrupting dominant culture while remaining in dialogue.”George Paul Meiu, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology and Department of African and African American studies, tackled the identification of homosexuality with illness and how that association is playing out amid a global pandemic. Equating homosexuality with illness has deep historical roots. In Africa, in particular, homosexuality is often cast as a Western idea that has “infected” native cultural traditions. The leap to associating it with actual sickness has been made overt by such figures as the president of Burundi, who claimed that “homosexuality is the origin of curses like AIDS and the coronavirus.During the pandemic especially, homosexuality has been lumped in with globalization as a source of pollution, if not contagion, an idea that supports the fallacy of gay “recruitment.”In fact, in his study of objects and art that represents “gayness,” Meiu found a surprising similarity of attitudes toward homosexuality and plastics. “Homosexuality or gayism is like a plastic foreign import from the West,” he said, “a form of environmental pollution [that has] nothing to do with African bodies.” Meiu discussed the intentional use of plastics to reclaim the idea of the homosexual body. As the pandemic has restricted mobility, he cited the sharing of queer art over social media as an important entry point for solidarity. International forum cites strong government response as key in battle against COVID Containment works, but a vaccine is still needed Beginning his talk on “The Great Refusal: The West, the Rest, and the Geopolitics of Homosexuality,” Jason Ferguson, acting assistant professor, department of sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, began by discussing the 2015 arrest of seven men for homosexuality in Senegal — and the international pushback that followed. Both, he said, may be understood as part of larger global trends.In Western consciousness, Ferguson pointed out, the trend toward liberalization seems clear. Starting in the 1970s, European countries in particular began to move away from homophobic laws toward gender and sexual equality. More recently, however, African and some European countries have begun to swing back toward repression and even criminalization of homosexuality, and the trend toward liberalization has slowed. “By 2015, 40 percent of countries still had to decriminalize homosexuality,” he said. “Gambia increased criminal penalties for homosexuality. Ankara banned LGBT events; even Europe is moving backward on gay rights.”While these may seem random, such trends may be explained in terms of sociodemographics, he said. That first wave of normalization, for example, coincided with the loosening of the Eastern bloc and Eastern European countries’ desire to join with the more democratic, and wealthier, West. On the other hand, increasing nationalism — particularly among colonized countries — has sparked a pullback from what may be cast as Western decadence or immorality. “The global struggle for gay rights always plays itself out in this theater of inequality,” he said.Tunay Altay, Ph.D. candidate in social science, Humboldt University of Berlin, focused strictly on Turkey in his paper “In the Grip of Rising Nationalism and the Pandemic: Examining Turkey’s Emerging Digital Queer Spaces.”Intolerance is increasing in Turkey, said Altay. As an example, he pointed to the canceled production this past July of the original Turkish Netflix series “If Only” because of conflict over a gay character. Although that character was a supporting role and had only nonsexual scenes, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Netflix of “attacking Turkey’s national and spiritual values,” and the series was pulled.Nevertheless, the country held a digital Pride Month in June, incorporating a slate of online activities that began as early as March and continue today. This has created a divide between the official line and what Altay called “the growing digital visibility of Turkey’s queer communities.”“Zoom created a safe space” for drag queens, DJs, and others in the community, he said. People learned “we are everywhere.”The situation remains complex, he pointed out, with a double standard for what is permissible online and in real life. Still, Altay credits the digital world with “giving form to a new regional queer consciousness.”“It’s a matter of survival,” he said, quoting a Turkish proverb that translates to: “If we ever stop dancing, we shall all turn to stone.”last_img read more

first_imgLloyd’s of London Steps Back From Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest insurance market, has become the latest financial firm to announce that it plans to stop investing in coal companies.Lloyd’s will start to exclude coal from its investment strategy from 1 April. The definition of what is a coal company and the criteria for divestment will be set over the coming months.The firm has long been vocal about the need to battle climate change, with insurance one of the worst affected industries by hurricanes, wildfires and flooding in recent years.The insurance market decided last month to implement a coal exclusion policy as part of a responsible investment strategy for the central mutual fund that sits behind every insurance policy written by the Lloyd’s market.Inga Beale, Lloyd’s of London chief executive, said: “That means that in the areas of our portfolio where we can directly influence investment decisions we will avoid investing in companies that are involved mainly in coal.“Is there more the insurance sector could be doing to help the world transition to a low-carbon economy by choosing sustainable or low-carbon stocks?”Lloyd’s does not underwrite operations directly, but offers a marketplace to almost 90 syndicates of other insurers.Lloyd’s has been slower to take action than others. Other big UK and European insurance companies, including Aviva, Allianz, Axa, Legal & General, SCOR, Swiss Re and Zurich, have been shifting away from coal and other fossil fuels due to concerns about climate risks. About £15bn has been divested by insurers in the past two years, according to a recent report from Unfriend Coal Network, a global coalition of NGOs and campaigners including 350.org and Greenpeace. It said 15 companies – almost all in Europe – have fully or partially cut financial ties by selling holdings in coal companies and refusing to insure their operations.More: Lloyd’s of London to divest from coal over climate changelast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re trying to build or maintain healthy credit, knowing what’s considered a “good” score can be helpful. As you know, a good credit score can help you get approved and get better rates for loans and other credit.Higher is generally better, but it’s hard to say specifically what a “good” score is. What’s considered a good score can differ by lender and based on the credit you’re applying for. There are also different scoring models, so a good score may vary depending on what product or services you use to see your scores. That said, read on to learn what a good credit score range is when you check your score with TransUnion.Credit score rangesThe credit score you see from TransUnion is based on the VantageScore® 3.0 model. Scores in this model range from 300 to 850. A good score with TransUnion and VantageScore 3.0 is between 661 and 720. As your score climbs through and above this range, you can benefit from the increased freedom and flexibility healthy credit brings. Some people want to achieve a score of 850, the highest credit score possible. Having this “perfect” score may feel like a win, but nothing specific unlocks if you hit that magic number. This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data…center_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSale offers for the Vivo V20 SE on the company’s e-store include 10 percent cashback with ICICI Bank on CC/CC EMI transactions (excluding ICICI-Amazon co-branded cards), 10 percent cashback with Kotak Mahindra Bank on CC regular & CC/DC EMI transactions, and a one-time screen replacement option within six months of the purchase date.Other sale offers for the Vivo phone include VI (Vodafone Idea) twelve months extended warranty on Rs. 819 recharge with 100 percent cashback with PayTM, 10 percent cashback with Bank of Baroda and Federal Bank, 10 percent Cashback with Zest Money on six months EMI transactions through Pinelabs machines, Rs. 1,500 exchange bonus on any old smartphone, up to 80 percent assured buyback on vivo upgrade application, and more.Vivo V20 SE specificationsVivo V20 SE features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone runs Funtouch OS 11 on top of Android 10. Under the hood, it has the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC with 8GB of RAM. The phone comes with 128GB of storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 1TB).- Advertisement – Vivo V20 SE is now available in India in a new Aquamarine Green colour variant. Key specifications of the smartphone, which was launched in India last week, include an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC and a 32-megapixel front camera. The Aquamarine Green colour variant will be available for sale from today on Vivo India’s e-store, e-commerce websites, and retail stores across the country. Vivo V20 SE is also available in a Gravity Black colour variant. As per the company, the latest colour variant is inspired by the sea, and has a hint of blue around the edges to reflect it.Vivo V20 SE Aquamarine Green price, sale offersThe Vivo V20 SE Aquamarine Green variant is priced at Rs. 20,999. It is available for purchase via the Vivo India e-store as well as e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart. It is offered in the single storage configuration of 8GB + 128GB.- Advertisement – In terms of optics, the Vivo V20 SE has a triple rear camera setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens. It also has an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 lens for bokeh effect. The smartphone has a 32-megapixel camera sensor in the front with an f/2.0 lens that is placed inside a small notch.The Vivo V20 SE packs a 4,100mAh battery that supports 33W FlashCharge fast charging. Connectivity options for the phone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, and a USB Type-C port. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Lastly, the Vivo V20 SE measures 161×74.08×7.83mm and weighs 171 grams.Which is the bestselling Vivo smartphone in India? Why has Vivo not been making premium phones? We interviewed Vivo’s director of brand strategy Nipun Marya to find out, and to talk about the company’s strategy in India going forward. We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgApr 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today held to its position that more information is needed before a decision can be made about changing its pandemic influenza alert status from the current phase 3 to phase 4. Moving to phase 4 would mean that the new virus is transmissible enough to cause large outbreaks.At a briefing this morning, the WHO’s Dr. Keiji Fukuda reiterated yesterday’s message that the emergency committee wants more information to help it make the phase-change decision. “The committee will be reconvened on Tuesday unless there’s additional information indicating we should meet earlier,” he said.When prodded by reporters’ questions about the appropriateness of waiting, Fukuda said, “If WHO makes a decision that the phase has changed, this is really a very serious signal to the world. I have no doubt that many countries are already taking these actions, but it does send a signal, so we want to make sure we’re standing on pretty good solid ground.”He also acknowledged that many groups are waiting for a WHO decision and promised that the agency would not delay it for long.Fukuda, who is the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment, emphasized how little is known yet about the new swine flu virus, and particularly why it seems to have caused severe illness in Mexico but only mild cases in the United States.”We don’t know how often it causes serious disease as opposed to mild disease, but apparently we see both of those things occurring right now,” he said.He noted that only some of the cases reported in Mexico are lab-confirmed swine flu cases, whereas those reported in the United States are confirmed. “So it’s very difficult to know if we are seeing a quite different situation in the United States and Mexico. The typical picture for influenza viruses is that they cause both mild and severe cases.”Mexican authorities are trying to determine the fatality rate for the cases there, he noted.Experts have yet to determine the incubation period for the new virus, though flu viruses in general incubate anywhere from 1 to 4 days before causing symptoms, Fukuda said.In other comments, he said the WHO has seen no evidence that the illnesses are related to a bioterrorist attack.In response to a question about global preparedness, Fukuda said the past 5 years of pandemic preparedness efforts, though inspired primarily by the H5N1 avian flu virus, have left the world “much, much better prepared than we’ve ever been for dealing with this kind of situation.”He said communications have been good, lab investigations have been completed quickly, and genetic sequences for the new virus are in public databases, among other positive developments. “I’m really impressed at how well countries have handled this,” he commented.Replying to a question about the speed of Mexico’s response to its outbreak, Fukuda defended the Mexican government’s actions. He said the first cases surfaced while the country was still dealing with seasonal flu, making it harder to recognize them as something unusual.”When they did notice they were seeing an increase in pneumonia cases and in serious pneumonia cases I think they took actions that were prudent,” he said.When a reporter said that Russia has banned pork imports from Mexico and asked if the action was appropriate, Fukuda responded, “Right now we have no evidence to suggest that people are getting infected from exposure to pork or to pigs.”Fukuda also noted that the WHO has 5 million doses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in regional stockpiles, but he did not mention any immediate plans to deploy them.See also:Current WHO pandemic alert phasehttp://www.who.int/influenza/preparedness/pandemic/h5n1phase/en/Oct 24, 2008, CIDRAP News story about revision of pandemic alert phaseshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/oct2408who.htmllast_img read more

first_imgHospitals in Venezuela have lost huge numbers of medical professionals and are so dilapidated that, in some, staff use paint buckets as improvised toilets and reuse surgical gloves. Maduro insisted Venezuela is prepared for a COVID-19 outbreak, but health workers have expressed concern that the country’s health system will be quickly overwhelmed.Maduro said that all restaurants in the country would be permitted to make orders to-go, but would no longer be allowed to serve patrons on-site, along with bars, clubs and movie theaters. He added that he was evaluating whether or not to suspend work.Earlier in the week, he suspended flights from Europe and Colombia and said public gatherings would be canceled.Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said earlier Friday that schools will be closed as of Monday. Topics : Rodriguez said the two people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 had arrived from Spain and had been placed in quarantine. Maduro added that those who had come on the flight were also in quarantine.Earlier in the day shoppers flocked to pharmacies in search of hygiene products such as alcohol to sanitize hands, which is a struggle due to lack of running water that has resulted from the decay of public services.”People in Venezuela are accustomed to crisis situations, we move quickly in reaction to anything that happens,” said Juan Silva, 23, a chef who shopping at a Caracas pharmacy for soap and hand gel.He said he wasn’t overly worried about the disease due to the low mortality rate, but added “I don’t trust the government as a source of information.”Maduro says his government has been hindered in fighting the virus because U.S. sanctions, meant to force him from office, have led banks and foreign businesses to refuse services.The Pan American Health Organization said last week it would be prioritizing Haiti, Venezuela and a handful of other Central and South American countries who have “challenges to their health systems.”Hania Salazar, head of the nurses’ association for the western state of Zulia, said hospitals are not even guaranteeing that employees will have access to face masks.Interior Ministry Nestor Reverol on Friday said the government would provide border control authorities with face masks, gloves and thermometers, without mentioning supplies to for citizens and hospitals.On the street, citizens were already figuring improvised ways to handle the situation.Neima Arocha, 46, managed to buy the last bottle of cough suppressant at a Caracas pharmacy but got there too late to buy alcohol for hand sanitation.As a substitute she planned to buy cocuy, artesanal cactus liquor similar to tequila.”There’s no [rubbing] alcohol,” said Arocha. But in the liquor stores they still have all kinds of things.”center_img Venezuela on Friday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus amid concerns that the economically struggling South American nation is unprepared to confront a pandemic that is spreading rapidly around the globe.”We are declaring a state of alarm,” President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised appearance Friday night, urging Venezuelans to take precautionary measures and asking those over 65 to stay inside.Speaking with a blue mask covering his mouth, he encouraged people to wear face masks – even if it means making their own – and said no one would be allowed to board the metro or take trains without one.last_img read more

first_img Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick as Chelsea moved two points behind leaders Arsenal and a point behind second-placed Manchester City in a result which leaves seventh-placed United 14 points adrift of the summit. Mourinho thinks David Moyes will be unable to overturn the deficit to all three teams in the remaining 16 games of the season and that United will not be able to retain the title Sir Alex Ferguson won before his retirement in May. Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United’s hopes of a successful Barclays Premier League title defence are all but over following Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge. “I want to win the next match. This was the last match, but it’s quite a coincidence: the first (Premier League win) was against Man United, the 100th was against Man United. “The previous owner of the record was Man United manager (Ferguson), so quite a coincidence. “The important thing for me is that these 100 matches, they gave 300 points to Chelsea and especially today these three points are very important for us.” Mourinho will demand more from his side, who started the contest second best. “We have to improve,” Mourinho said. “I want better. The first 20 minutes were not good. “I want the game to be in our control since the beginning and it was not.” But he praised the character of his team to strike when the opportunity presented itself, unlike United. “They started the match better than us and they were a bit unlucky that we scored in that moment,” Mourinho added. “When you are better than the opponent, you have to go and try to kill the game. “When the opponent is better than you, you have to identify that moment, you have to be humble and you have to control the game. “For these 20 minutes they were better than us, but my team was compact, was solid, showed solidarity. And we controlled them. “Normally we need four, five chances to score a goal. Today first shot, first goal, second shot, second goal. Things were going in our direction.” It was not without worry and the Portuguese was particularly concerned when United substitute and goalscorer Javier Hernandez ran down Petr Cech in the second half as the Chelsea goalkeeper struggled to deal with a back-pass. “Today was the game in my career where I was close to a heart attack,” Mourinho said. “It was not Petr Cech (at fault), it was the guy that passed to Petr Cech and Petr Cech dribbling on his own goal line.” Mourinho reserved special praise for captain John Terry for a “fantastic performance” in a match which saw United finish with their skipper, Nemanja Vidic, sent off in stoppage time. Rafael might have followed for a two-footed lunge on Gary Cahill, but Mourinho had no complaints with the decisions of referee Phil Dowd. “When players are frustrated, things like this can happen,” Mourinho said. “Frustration with the result, last part of the game, (Eden) Hazard was running with the ball, Nemanja fouled. It’s in the limit; maybe it’s an orange card. “The kid Rafael I think is just frustration. But I think the ref was good.” Mourinho took the opportunity to criticise rival managers, who he believes should control their players better and allow officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want players to complicate the life of the referees,” Mourinho said. “It looks like other managers told (their players) exactly the opposite, and I’m not speaking about David; I’m speaking about other managers. “Their players make the referees’ lives very difficult, and because of them the referees make wrong decisions and because of them the referees are criticised. “Maybe we need some managers’ meeting with the referees, like we had in the summer, because I think some managers forgot (what was discussed).” Press Association The Chelsea boss said: “It’s a 14-point difference. And 13. And 12. Can they recover to one of these teams? They can. “But to recover to three of them, it needs three teams to have almost a collapse. “For the title it will be difficult for them. What I hope to do is they beat all of them (Chelsea’s rivals) to finish top four and they beat all of them.” Mourinho insists it is not just a race between Arsenal, City and Chelsea. “It’s not just three,” Mourinho said. “The distance is short. Six points from us to Liverpool. Six points to Tottenham. “Tottenham are winning lots of matches, Liverpool too, and scoring goals. Everton, if they win tomorrow (at West Brom), they jump into that.” The win saw Mourinho extend his home unbeaten Premier League run to 71 games with his 100th win in the competition, becoming the manager to reach the landmark in the shortest time. “I don’t care about records,” he added. last_img read more

first_img City’s midweek victory took them two points clear of Liverpool at the top and they also have a significant goal difference in their favour. With Liverpool simultaneously playing Newcastle on Sunday the potential for a nervy finish is still there, but Fernandinho expects them to come through that situation. He said: “The whole squad is calm. Every training session is about doing what we do and keeping calm. “Maybe there were a few nerves in the first half (against Villa) but in the second half we changed slightly the way we play – and scored four goals. That’s great for us. “In the next few days we’ll be just the same, we’ll keep calm and hope that we play a very good game on Sunday.” Fernandinho has been a mainstay of the City side but has come off the bench in the last three games to manage a minor injury. He said: “I have a little problem with my leg, a small injury. “So we’ve been trying to manage it so I play in the right situations. “We’ll see how we get on in the next few days and if I can start on Sunday.” Press Association Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is hoping Sunday signals the start of the greatest summer of his career. After that the Brazilian will hope to cement a place in his national squad for this summer’s World Cup in his homeland after being named in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s provisional party. Fernandinho learned of his initial call-up hours before helping City take top spot in the table with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday. The 29-year-old said: “It was a great day. “Being called up for the Brazil World Cup squad was the news I’d been waiting for. A massive win makes it even better. “Of course it’s a big thing for me, but I cannot start thinking about it until after Sunday. “That’s when I may start to feel emotional about it. “Maybe on Sunday night or Monday will be the time for me to celebrate my call up and the league title. For now I need to be calm and concentrate on Sunday’s game. After that I can do anything. “I hope it’s going to be the best summer – one I will always remember.” Fernandinho can cap a superb first season in the English game by helping City secure the Barclays Premier League title. City head into their final game against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium knowing that a draw should be good enough to clinch the crown. last_img read more