US President Donald Trump said he is severing ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll from the disease spiked again in the United States and Brazil.Trump’s move signals an end to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the United Nations agency just when it needs it most, with outbreaks in many parts of the world yet to reach their peak.Countries in Latin America are bracing for difficult weeks ahead, especially Brazil, where the death toll shot up by 1,124 on Friday and there were a record number of new infections. “The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency,” Trump said.Beijing has furiously denied US allegations that it played down or even covered up the threat from the virus after it was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, insisting it has been forthcoming.Read also: Twitter attaches disclaimer to Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence”Living in fear’ The pandemic has since claimed almost 364,000 lives globally and the number of cases is nearing six million.Populations are now learning to adjust to life with the long-term threat of infection as the virus continues its march around the globe and a vaccine remains elusive.As the disease spreads across South America, the poor have been hit hard in countries like Brazil, which now has the second highest number of cases in the world after the United States.Lockdowns have interrupted the meager services many depend on, such as school lunches for hungry children and water deliveries.”In 26 years, I’ve never seen so many people living in fear, so many people going hungry,” said Alcione Albanesi, founder of charity Amigos do Bem, which distributes supplies to communities in the hot, dry and impoverished Sertao region of Brazil’s northeast.”Everything has ground to a stop. But hunger doesn’t stop.”Chile also logged another record number of deaths on Friday, pushing its total to almost 1,000. The surge in the Americas comes as the number of infections continues to fall in much of Europe, which is pressing on down the path to economic re-opening after months of crippling lockdowns.Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is set to open Saturday, cinemas will reopen in Austria, and parks are scheduled to throw open their gates in Paris.Tourism-dependent Greece said it will restart its two main airports for arrivals from 29 countries from June 15 as the summer travel season picks up. But some European nations hard hit by the virus are not on the list, such as France, Spain, Britain and Italy.In Austria, hotels were on Friday allowed to take in tourists again under special guidelines, provided masks are worn.”It’s of course a lot more effort now. But the most important thing is that guests return,” Gilbert Kratschmann, marketing manager at the Das Triest boutique hotel in Vienna, told AFP.Turkey too moved ahead with easing its restrictions as mosques opened for the first time in months, drawing hundreds of worshippers in masks for mass prayers in Istanbul.And Denmark said it would reopen its border to visitors from Germany, Norway and Iceland from June 15, although Britain and the rest of the European Union will have to wait a few more months for access.Across the Atlantic, the US capital Washington resumed outdoor dining with social distancing precautions in place, and in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state was “on track” to begin reopening in the week of June 8, even as the death toll in the US spiked again by 1,225 on Friday.Disney World in Florida said it will be up and running again from July 11.The economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with Chile taking out a two-year $24 billion credit line with the IMF Friday to tackle the virus fallout.India’s economy grew at its slowest pace in two decades in the first quarter, and Canada and Brazil also said their GDP figures shrank.Germany and the European Commission meanwhile reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for virus-hit Lufthansa, a commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said.But there were signs of progress in the sporting world, with England’s FA Cup final set to take place on August 1, football authorities announced, and competition in Spain’s La Liga will resume on June 11.Topics : Trump initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the early spread of the virus and being too lenient with China, where the virus emerged late last year.On Friday he made that decision permanent in a major blow for the UN agency’s finances, as the United States is by far its biggest contributor, pumping in $400 million last year.”Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters.The Republican leader said the US would be redirecting WHO funds “to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Feb 2019 7:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link869Shares Comment (Picture: Getty)‘We knew today was going to be hard but we are happy with the three points in the race at the top of the table,’ he said.‘We knew we had the quality to win today, it’s about us and we did that.’MORE: Unai Emery insists Arsenal working towards clean sheets away from home Lacazette scored one of Arsenal’s goals (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette admitted Arsenal should have scored more than two goals in their win over Huddersfield.The Saturday afternoon clash saw Arsenal pick up their first away win in the Premier League since November, but Huddersfield caused a late scare with an injury-time goal.Arsenal have struggled on the road this season, with costly defeats and draws away from home seriously denting the Gunners’ top four hopes. Lacazette’s goal turned out to be the difference (Picture: Getty)Lacazette was on the scoresheet for Arsenal, but conceded the Gunners need to make more chances.ADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘Yes, I think we should have had more situations to score more goals, but we played against a strong team today in the second half.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We were in a difficult moment so these three points are good for us.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Arsenal scored twice, Huddersfield fired off 15 shots to the Londoner’s nine and had more efforts on target than the Gunners.Huddersfield created two clear-cut chances, the same as Arsenal, and couldn’t captilise with the lion’s share of the possession.Lacazette admitted the away win drought was playing on Arsenal’s mind, but the striker insisted it was a tough encounter with the Terriers. Alexandre Lacazette wants more creativity from Arsenal after win over Huddersfield Advertisement Advertisement
By Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The Premier League has cancelled its contract with Chinese broadcasters PPLive Sports International after just one season, the league said in a statement yesterday.The broadcasters, part of retail group Suning, paid around $700 million for three years of English Premier League (EPL) streaming rights from the 2019-20 season.“The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for Premier League coverage in China with its licensee in that territory. The Premier League will not be commenting further on the matter at this stage,” the league said in a statement.The Daily Mail had reported last month that the Chinese broadcasters had withheld payments due to the league in March.In a statement posted on their official company Weibo account, PPLive Sports International said that it had held negotiations over the price of the rights with the league.“COVID-19 has brought many challenges, and it’s especially obvious during broadcasting rights negotiations,” the statement said.“After rounds of meetings, PPLive Sports and the Premier League have a disagreement on the price of broadcasting rights. We regret we couldn’t have an agreement with the Premier League.“The direction of PPLive Sports’ strategic development will not change. Broadcasting rights strategy adjustment is based on objective reality and strategic thinking. PPLive Sports will continue to dedicate itself to providing high quality services to fans, copyright holders and partners.”The deal with PPLive Sports International was struck during the peak of Chinese interest in international football and marked a huge increase in revenue on the previous deal.Beijing-based Super Sports Media was the previous rights holder in China with local media reports suggesting they paid more than 1 billion yuan ($145.13M) for a six-year deal until the end of the 2018/19 season.The ending of the PPLive Sports International deal is a further loss of income for Premier League clubs following the coronavirus outbreak, which forced a stoppage in play lasting several months. The League resumed games in June and July without fans.