Myanmar, Russia pose early tests for Biden’s foreign policy

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A military coup in Myanmar and a mass crackdown on dissidents in Russia are presenting early tests for the Biden administration as it tries to reestablish American primacy as a worldwide pro-democracy leader. President Joe Biden and his nascent foreign policy team have been confronted with two serious challenges in two parts of the world. The U.S. has invested decades of time, energy and money into promoting democracy in both Myanmar and Russia but now faces challenges in each that could affect the global balance of power. Yet, the tools at its disposal — sanctions — have proved unreliable in prompting change in the past.last_img read more

Diakali leads home Mullins four

first_img Press Association Diakali took full advantage of the absence of Our Conor to win the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown. The trainer said: “He’s a horse who can be a bit hard on himself, but he jumped well today. “We’ve a lot more work to do at home to teach him to settle, but the hood certainly helped today. He’s very keen, but I think there’s a lot more to come if we can get him to settle properly.” center_img Having seen the rear end of Dessie Hughes’s Triumph Hurdle winner the last twice,. the Willie Mullins-trained grey made every yard of the running to give Ruby Walsh another winner at the big meeting. Sent off the even-money favourite, Diakali looked vulnerable turning in as his three stablemates queued up behind him, but Walsh had plenty up his sleeve when Blood Cotil attacked at the final flight and scored by two lengths, with Dogora in third and Djakadam fourth as the Mullins horses filled the first four places. last_img read more

Liverpool, Atletico UCL Clash ‘Led to 41 Additional COVID-19 Deaths’

first_imgA report in the Sunday Times explains how Edge Health, a group that analyse NHS data through data-modelling, believe the game at Anfield led to 41 additional deaths between 25 to 35 days later.Imperial College London and University of Oxford have estimated Spain had around 640,000 positive coronavirus cases at that time that the match went ahead.There were 100,000 in Britain at that stage, the report continues.At the time the match went ahead, many businesses, schools, restaurants and some matches had already moved to behind-closed-doors in Spain.Last month, Mayor of Madrid Jose Luis Martinez-Almedia admitted that it was a ‘mistake’ that the game was allowed to go on.‘It didn’t make any sense that 3,000 Atletico fans could travel to Anfield at that time,’ Martinez-Almedia told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.‘It was a mistake. Looking back with hindsight, of course, but I think even at that time there should have been more caution.The UK government defended the decision to allow major events such as the game at Anfield and Cheltenham Festival to go ahead despite the fact 10 days later, social distancing measures were introduced.Cheltenham Festival attracted more than 250,000 people in the second week in March and research by Edge Health, reported in the Sunday Times, found that Cheltenham ‘led to 37 additional coronavirus-related’ deaths.Organisers insisted they introduced special hygiene measures for the event, including extra hand-washing stations for spectators.They have also said they followed clear guidance from the government and science experts which, at that time, was still allowing sporting events to go ahead as planned.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram An analysis of NHS data has discovered that Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid at Anfield ‘led to 41 additional deaths’ due to coronavirus.Jurgen Klopp’s side hosted their Spanish rivals at Anfield on March 11 in front of 52,000 fans. There were 3,000 Atletico Madrid fans in attendance.The match was the last major game played in England before lockdown restrictions were enacted and the league was temporarily suspended due to the scale of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more