Climate summit in Glasgow postponed to 2021 because of coronavirus pandemic

first_imgA climate summit that had been due to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Wednesday, throwing new uncertainty into talks to tackle global warming.With the world currently on track for catastrophic temperature increases, the two-week summit had been meant to galvanize a renewed international commitment to an accord brokered in Paris in 2015 aimed at stabilizing the Earth’s climate.But with the British hosts and other countries struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought large sections of the global economy to a standstill, officials decided to push the summit back to give governments more time to prepare. With financial markets in turmoil, hopes that 2020 would prove a pivotal year for climate diplomacy and action to reverse accelerating extinctions of plant, animal and insect species have rapidly faded.Nevertheless, some investors, diplomats and campaigners welcomed the postponement, saying it could buy governments time to prepare a more successful outcome than might be possible in the face of a pandemic.”A delay gives the UK hosts and other governments the ability to ensure that sufficient diplomatic momentum is generated heading into COP26,” said Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, a European group of mainly pension funds and asset managers with more than £26 trillion of assets under management.Climate chessboard The chessboard of climate diplomacy could also shift significantly before a 2021 summit, depending on the outcome of talks this year between the European Union and China, and the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election.President Donald Trump, a Republican, began withdrawing the United States, the second biggest greenhouse gas emitter after China, from the Paris deal last year.If a Democratic presidential candidate wins the White House, then climate diplomats say many countries may be more likely to pursue bolder climate plans in anticipation of the United States rejoining.A postponement could also enable a potential shift in emphasis at the summit towards aligning economic stimulus packages launched to buffer the shock of the pandemic with wider climate goals, diplomats say.”COP26 next year should become a centerpiece of revitalized global cooperation,” said Laurence Tubiana, a former French diplomat who was instrumental in brokering the Paris accord.Climate campaign groups had raised concerns that even if Britain had managed to contain the coronavirus by November, many developing countries might still be struggling with outbreaks.The planned November summit was supposed to have been a deadline for countries to make more ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the terms of the Paris accord.Existing commitments are nowhere near enough to avoid accelerating impacts from droughts, sea-level rise, floods, wildfires and other disasters that could ultimately put the survival of industrial societies at risk, scientists say.So far, only a handful of countries have made new pledges. Japan, a major backer of coal-fired power, came under fire from campaigners this week when it submitted a pledge that stuck to a climate target from five years ago. “We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference,” said British Business Minister Alok Sharma, who is due to serve as president of the conference, known as COP26.A parallel summit on preserving threatened species, which had been due to take place in Kunming, China, in October, was also being pushed back to next year, a U.N. official said.The European Union’s climate chief, Frans Timmermans, said the bloc remained committed to the Paris process and a Green Deal to decarbonize its economy launched in December.”As for the European Commission, we will not slow down our work domestically or internationally to prepare for an ambitious COP26, when it takes place,” Timmermans said in a statement.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Abe criticized over stay-at-home Twitter video showing him lounging

first_imgIn the post, Abe asks people to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus and to return to normal lives as soon as possible for meeting and talking with others.”You look so elegant at a time when many people feel they are being strangled slowly (with the virus outbreak). Why don’t you go and see hospitals that have been the battleground?” a Twitter user said.”If I stay at home, I won’t be paid…if you really want everyone to stay at home, please give us cash as compensation. We have seen companies starting to fail. Please think seriously,” another user said.Film director Kazuya Shiraishi said on Twitter, “I don’t know any such insensible person. Do you know how many people are suffering from a hard life and what Mr. Hoshino was thinking of during his video creation?” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has drawn criticism from some Twitter users for a video showing himself relaxing at home to encourage people to stay indoors as ignoring those struggling to make a living amid the coronavirus spread.Abe lounges on a sofa with his dog, sips from a cup and reads a book in the video that was a response to one on social media of Japanese singer and actor Gen Hoshino performing a song, “dancing on the inside.”Hoshino in his video invites people to collaborate, and numerous musicians, actors and others in the entertainment business have responded to his call.友達と会えない。飲み会もできない。ただ、皆さんのこうした行動によって、多くの命が確実に救われています。そして、今この瞬間も、過酷を極める現場で奮闘して下さっている、医療従事者の皆さんの負担の軽減につながります。お一人お一人のご協力に、心より感謝申し上げます。 pic.twitter.com/VEq1P7EvnL— 安倍晋三 (@AbeShinzo) April 12, 2020 However, some users expressed support for Abe, saying it is important for him to rest as he has been busy handling the virus outbreak.”Please take good care of yourself,” one Twitter user wrote.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga defended the premier’s post during a press conference Monday.”The number of infections is rising among young people, especially those in their 20s. Using social networking services is extremely effective in urging the youth to refrain from going out,” the top government spokesman said.Infection cases have risen to more than 8,000 in Japan, including over 2,000 confirmed in Tokyo, as the capital and six other prefectures had their first weekend since a state of emergency was declared last Tuesday.Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido issued its own declaration of a state of emergency again on Sunday, following one issued in late February, after seeing the pace of coronavirus infections picking up.Topics :last_img read more

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UN agencies: 117 million children may miss measles shots due to COVID-19

first_imgMore than 117 million children could miss out on immunization against measles as the COVID-19 pandemic forces social distancing and piles pressure on health services, United Nations health agencies warned on Tuesday.Measles immunization campaigns in 24 countries have already been delayed, and more will be postponed, potentially putting children in 37 countries at risk, according to the Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI), which is backed by the World Health Organization, the UN children’s fund UNICEF and others.”If the difficult choice to pause vaccination is made due to the spread of COVID-19, we urge leaders to intensify efforts to track unvaccinated children, so that the most vulnerable populations can be provided with measles vaccines as soon as it becomes possible to do so,” the group said in a statement. “While we know there will be many demands on health systems and frontline workers during and beyond the threat of COVID-19, delivering all immunization services, including measles vaccines, is essential to saving lives.”The respiratory disease COVID-19 has killed more than 113,000 people and left countries around the world in virtual lockdown as they try to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes it.But in its shadow, a surge in measles outbreaks poses another major global health threat.The World Health Organization (WHO) said in December that measles had infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, in what it described as “an outrage”. The viral disease is highly contagious but can be prevented by mass immunization, which would normally mean babies and children being vaccinated as part of routine health services.With the fight against COVID-19 in most countries focused on keeping health workers safe from infection and imposing strict social distancing measures, the WHO has recommended that governments temporarily pause preventive immunization campaigns, such as those against measles, where there is no active outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.In many parts of Africa, medical aid projects that might normally include measles and other vaccine campaigns have stalled as countries have closed their borders and limited routine health services due to the pandemic.The M&RI group said it supports the need to protect communities and health workers from COVID-19, but warned that this should not mean that children permanently miss out.”Urgent efforts must be taken now … to prepare to close the immunity gaps that the measles virus will exploit,” it said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Iran parades medical gear, not missiles, for Army Day amid outbreak

first_imgIran on Friday paraded disinfection vehicles, mobile hospitals and other medical equipment as it marked its national Army Day, to underscore the military’s role in battling the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the country hard.The small “Defenders of the Homeland, Helpers of Health” parade, held at a training center before a group of commanders in face masks, was a far cry from the typical Army Day parades, which normally feature marching infantry, missiles, submarines and armored vehicles, with warplanes flying overhead.”Due to health and social protocols, it is not possible to hold a parade of soldiers … The enemy now is hidden and doctors and nurses are at the frontlines of the battlefield,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a message to soldiers, disseminated by state media. Army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi thanked the more than 11,000 military medical staff who are fighting the coronavirus.Iran is the Middle East’s worst-hit country by the COVID-19 respiratory disease. The official death toll rose to 4,869 on Thursday, and a parliamentary report said the actual number might be almost twice as many.Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi has warned that the infection could spread further in autumn. Topics :last_img read more

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New Zealand Rugby warns of 70% hit to revenue from coronavirus

first_imgNew Zealand Rugby (NZR) faces a 70 percent decline in revenue in 2020 amid a global shutdown of sport due to the coronavirus, officials said on Thursday.NZR Chief Financial Officer Nicki Nicol said in a video conference the coronavirus had affected all areas of the game in New Zealand.”At NZ Rugby we are forecasting up to a 70 percent decline in revenue,” she told reporters. “We have had to quickly adjust our cost base accordingly.”The shutdown to contain the coronavirus has frozen all rugby in New Zealand, idling hundreds of staff and players in the country’s five teams that compete in Super Rugby along with sides from Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Japan.The All Blacks’ two-test series against Wales and one-off test against Scotland scheduled in July are also expected to be postponed or cancelled, which would deliver a further hit to NZR’s finances.NZR’s gloomy revenue forecast came after reporting a better-than-expected NZ$7.4 million ($4.53 million) loss in 2019. With 2019 a World Cup year, NZR had budgeted for an NZ$11.8 million loss from a reduced international programme but said strong results from sponsorship and licensing had helped mitigate the damage.Revenue of NZ$187 million in 2019 was down 1 percent on the previous year but represented a 40 percent increase compared to the previous World Cup year in 2015.”When you consider the significant impact on broadcasting and match day revenue in a Rugby World Cup year due to a condensed international programme, the commercial income from sponsorship and licensing has been a real success story,” Nicol said.She added that cash reserves of NZ$93 million had been a vital buffer in a year where there had been a “massive shock” to revenue.New Zealand, which has recorded over 1,400 COVID-19 infections and 19 deaths, eased a strict month-long lockdown on Tuesday, allowing some 400,000 people to return to work.Sports remain frozen, however, and NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said the governing body was working with authorities to make sure rugby could “get back on the field as soon as possible.”Topics :last_img read more

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ONE Championship partners up with big players in global IT industry

first_imgTopics : “It’s been a world-class sports property. This major initiative will provide a valuable platform to cross-pollinate the fan base of ONE Championship with Mi Fans around the world. Through this, we can work in tandem to grow a shared passion for Xiaomi’s products and change the world through real-life superheroes.” Singaporean global sports media property ONE Championship has announced new strategic partnerships with big names in the IT industry, including Xiaomi, Intel, HP and Logitech.These revenue partnerships will leverage multiple ONE content stacks and platforms, including ONE Championship’s martial arts and e-sports businesses, as well as ONE Studios. Commitments span martial arts and e-sports platforms in 2020 and will also include an upcoming TV show, The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition. “The partnerships are a testament to our commitment to working alongside global brands. By harnessing the power and reach of our content stacks and platforms, brands can benefit from engaging with our millions of fans across the globe,” ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong said as quoted in a press statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Friday.A senior executive of Xiaomi, Shou Zi Chew, said the company was very excited to partner up with ONE Championship.last_img read more

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Zoom says China demanded shutting activists’ accounts over Tiananmen events

first_imgTopics : US-based Humanitarian China founder Zhou Fengsuo said his account was suspended after holding a Zoom event to commemorate the 31st anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square. The event was joined by viewers based in mainland China.Zoom said the Chinese government had notified it about four large planned commemoration meetings that were being publicized on social media. The authorities demanded they terminate the events and linked accounts, it added.Zoom decided to end three of those meetings and temporarily suspend the host accounts as it is currently unable to remove specific participants from a meeting or block participants from a certain country from joining a meeting, the company said.California-based Zoom, said it left the last meeting “undisturbed” as it did not have any participants from mainland China. It has now reinstated the accounts. The company said it was developing technology to enable it to remove or block at the participant level based on geography, and would publish an updated global policy on June 30..”This will enable us to comply with requests from local authorities when they determine activity on our platform is illegal within their borders,” it said.”However, we will also be able to protect these conversations for participants outside of those borders where the activity is allowed.”Reuters was not immediately able to contact China’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China.The anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown is a highly sensitive matter in China and content related to it is regularly blocked or censored by authorities.China’s cyberspace is tightly controlled, with Western social media and chat platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp blocked. Microsoft’s Skype was removed from China’s Apple and Android stores in 2017 though a Skype for Business option remains available.Zoom, which said in its SEC filings it has many research and development personnel in China, is not blocked and has become a popular tool for Chinese users told to stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak.Wang Dan, a US-based dissident and exiled Tiananmen Square student leader whose account was also shut down, said he was shocked to hear Zoom admit it had interrupted their meetings. His June 3 event with about 200 participants was deactivated midstream, he said.”Zoom compiled with China’s request, preventing us from going about our lives smoothly. It cannot get away with just a statement. We shall continue to use legal means and public opinion to ask Zoom to take responsibility for its mistake,” he said. center_img Zoom Video Communications Inc said on Thursday it suspended user accounts and ended meetings linked to the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown on its platform after the Chinese government demanded it do so.Zoom, which has seen its global popularity as a video conferencing tool soar during the COVID-19 pandemic, said it did not provide any user information or meeting content to the Chinese government, adding it would not allow further requests from China to impact users outside the country in the future.The company’s statement https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/06/11/improving-our-policies-as-we-continue-to-enable-global-collaboration comes after it temporarily shut three accounts belonging to activists, one of whom is based in Hong Kong and two in the United States.last_img read more

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Arsenal board add major restrictions to Unai Emery summer plans

first_img Comment Fraser is a wanted man (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard would like to add to his creaking defence as well, which would likely mean he would have to move others out.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is more than willing to have a summer clearout, however, and is willing to put seven players up for sale.Those on the market include Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mohamed Elneny, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers and David Ospina. Ozil could be put up for sale (Picture: Getty)Whether they can find suitors for all of them is another question.Arsenal take on Wolves on Wednesday night, looking to strengthen their claim for a top-four spot, having slipped outside the Champions League places on Tuesday.Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley saw them move above the Gunners but a win over Wolves can see them return to fourth.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Emery is set to have limitations placed on his spending (Picture: /Getty Images)Unai Emery is set to find himself incredibly restricted in the summer transfer window as Arsenal chiefs tighten the belt on funds.The former Paris Saint-Germain boss is set to have a budget of around £40million to spend – although that could rise to around £75m if he delivers the Gunners into the Champions League – but how he chooses to use that sum could prove problematic.Emery has been told by Arsenal’s hierarchy that the wage bill needs to be kept under control, which could see him need to sell before he can buy, according to the Mirror.A new wide forward is believed to be his priority, with Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser thought to be a good-value option as he approaches the end of his contract but Emery also wants to add to other areas of the pitch.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal board add major restrictions to Unai Emery summer planscenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Apr 2019 9:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsene Wenger plays down Newcastle United rumours but opens door to Premier League return

first_imgAdvertisement Wenger has been keeping busy on punditry duty and worked with Jose Mourinho – also linked with the Newcastle job – during the Champions League final (Picture: beIN SPORTS)Asked about the Newcastle speculation, and whether he is close to a return to management, Wenger told France24: ‘Not in the near future, no. I’m still not ready to go back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I thought yes but I don’t think at the moment I will come back. I’m more open now than a year ago to talk about that but I cannot tell you that in the next two or three days I will go into management again.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 City‘I took a little bit of distance and I enjoyed it. I worked for 35 years without any interruptions, so I think I deserved a little rest.’Wenger has previously suggested he would not be prepared to return to the Premier League given his 22-year allegiance to Arsenal, but that stance appears to have changed slightly. Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Jun 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link400Shares ‘Why not?’ Wenger has surprisingly opened the door to taking over at a Premier League club despite his ties to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Asked his preferred destination, he continued: ‘Well I would prefer to try another country, although my preferred time was in England because the Premier League is the place to be at the moment.‘But for me it is very difficult because I was for so long at the same club. But why not? I still need a bit of time to pass and then maybe make the decision.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Arsene Wenger plays down Newcastle United rumours but opens door to Premier League return Advertisement The former Arsenal boss is still not quite ready to return to management (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has distanced himself from the Newcastle United job and says he is still not ready to return to management just yet – though could consider a Premier League job in the future.It is over a year since the Frenchman left Arsenal and he has been linked with a host of jobs ever since, from national team roles to sporting director positions and even a return to Japan.Most recently, Wenger’s name has been mooted as a potential successor to Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park, but the 69-year-old says he wants to enjoy his rest for a little while longer.last_img read more

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Alexandre Lacazette & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refused to sign new contracts with Unai Emery at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Emery was sacked after a dismal start to the season (Picture: Getty)Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri have already been sounded out to replace Emery.Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta are also options for Arsenal.It is unclear if Arsenal will appoint a new boss in the coming months or if they would prefer to wait until the end of the season to announce a permanent manager.Who should be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal?Freddie Ljungberg0%Mauricio Pochettino0%Mikel Arteta0%Carlo Ancelotti0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Emmanuel Petit names the top three candidates to replace Unai Emery after Arsenal sackingMORE: Stan Kroenke wanted to give Unai Emery more time at Arsenal before sacking Alexandre Lacazette & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refused to sign new contracts with Unai Emery at Arsenal Advertisement Arsenal are keen for Lacazette and Aubameyang to pen new deals (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette told Arsenal they would not sign new contracts while Unai Emery was still in charge, reports say.The strikers are an integral part of Arsenal’s side and led the scoring charts during Emery’s reign.Arsenal took the decision to sack Emery on Friday following another humiliating defeat, this time at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.Pressure was mounting on Emery for several weeks, but the Evening Standard claim matters were made worse when Aubameyang and Lacazette made it clear they would not commit their futures to the club while the Spaniard was in charge.ADVERTISEMENT Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal have been trying to tie their star strike duo down to new deals for six months, but have so far been unable to convince either player to put pen to paper.AdvertisementAdvertisementLacazette’s deal does not expire until 2022, while Aubameyang has less than two years to run on his current deal.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 CityThe mood at Arsenal has darkened steadily since the start of the season and the squad were often left scratching their heads over Emery’s instructions.Emery struggled to get his point across to his players and the squad were reportedly pleased to have Freddie Ljungberg placed in temporary charge.Ljungberg is not presently in the frame to take permanent charge at Arsenal, with the club hierarchy considering a host of names. Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 5:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShareslast_img read more

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