Vaccine rollout faces challenges in France’s poorest region

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Many people lining up for vaccines in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis are particularly grateful for the injections. The surrounding region is the poorest in mainland France, with 130 languages spoken and the country’s highest rise in mortality last spring. Up to 75 percent of the population is made up of immigrants and those with immigrant roots. France’s already troubled vaccine campaign faces special challenges in this region. So officials are sending out a special bus to visit street markets and assigning “vaccination ambassadors” who speak several languages to provide vaccine information — and fight disinformation that spreads fast.last_img read more

Virus-wary Ilonggos find ways to mark ‘Freedom Day’

first_imgA recovery plan for the city is being crafted to enliven economic activities and give the people their much-needed jobs, he stressed. Mayor Treñas and Governor Defensor, on the other hand, urged Ilonggos to work together to achieve freedom against an unseen enemy, COVID-19. “The bill aims to give the executive branch of the government powers that undermine our fundamental right to free speech, right to peacefully assemble, the right to petition the government to redress of grievances, privacy of our communication, and right to due process,” according to the Movement Against Tyranny-Panay in a statement. “But we cannot just let the virus steal the bright future of Iloilo City. We cannot cower in fear forever. We have to overcome our fear and move forward,” said Treñas. “I advise those planning to hold rallies not to insist. We would strictly enforce the prohibition on any form of mass gathering during Independence Day,” said Dampal. “As we celebrate Independence Day, let us unite and fight as one in combatting this until the end. We will win against COVID-19,” said Defensor. ICPO director Police Colonel Eric Dampal cited the Department of Justice’s position that the holding of rallies are “temporarily banned” during quarantine to avoid direct transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019.  He assured Ilonggos that the provincial government is preparing a recovery plan which will prioritize agriculture, tourism and public transportation, among others. Protesters wear facemasks and observe physical distancing at the University of the Philippines Visayas – Iloilo City Campus. They mark Independence Day on June 12, 2020 by rallying against the Anti-Terrorism Bill. PHOTO BY BAYAN PANAY Prior to the rally, there was a public forum at the UPV City Campus Little Theater. The past two and a half months had been tough for the Ilonggos. The pandemic resulted in unemployment, closure of business establishments and loss of income. He reminded Ilonggos that the Philippines “gained independence because the people united and fought oppressors from other lands.” He also offered a wreath at the statue of Ilonggo Philippine Revolution hero General Martin Delgado at the plaza where, in 1898, the latter declared war against colonial Spain. On the other hand, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. led the provincial government of Iloilo in a subdued  flag-raising ceremony at the historic plaza of Santa Barbara town. The rally at UPV centered on the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill. The city government of Iloilo livestreamed a muted Independence Day program in its official Facebook page in lieu of a grand celebration at Plaza Libertad. A video presentation of the national anthem that featured local government officials and frontliners was shown. The Movement Against Tyranny-Panay spearheaded progressive groups in a brief “Mañanita Kontra Terorismo” rally with participants observing physical distancing and wearing facemasks at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) – Iloilo City Campus. ILOILO City – How did Ilonggos mark the 122nd Philippine Independence Day on June 12 amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? “We are frustrated that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives and the Senate prioritized this repressive bill over the urgent needs of the people for additional financial support to those affected by the lockdown, acquiring more test kits and establishing more testing laboratories, upgrading hospital facilities, providing adequate support for our health workers, and facilitating the safe and systematic return of overseas workers and stranded individuals,” according to the movement. “Right now, we are fighting again. We are fighting for independence from an enemy we cannot see,” said Defensor. The bill authorizes the arrest of terrorism suspects without judicial order from the court, and their detention for a maximum of 24 days without charges. There were no arrests made yesterday related to the Independence Day celebration, especially in Iloilo City. A day before it, the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) vowed to arrest and jail people holding rallies. Movement Against Tyranny-Panay also pointed out the bill’s vague definition of “terrorism” would be prone to abuses and would ultimately infringe on people’s democratic and civil liberties. Mayor Jerry Treñas also delivered his Independence Day message “virtually”. This year’s Independence Day celebration carried the theme “Kalayaan 2020: Towards a Free, United, and Safe Nation.”/PNlast_img read more

USC’s offense shows little life in Cotton Bowl loss to Ohio State

first_imgThree minutes into the Cotton Bowl, nothing was going right for the Trojans.On the third snap, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold had tossed a perfect pass to Deontay Burnett for 16 yards, only to watch the ball fly into the air and into Ohio State arms as the receiver crashed to the ground. In a minute and 12 seconds, quarterback J.T. Barrett marched his offense neatly into the end zone, walking one yard to score the first touchdown of the game.It was a pattern the team continued throughout the game, as the Trojans’ offense continuously shot itself in the foot on the way to a 24-7 loss. Despite a lights out performance by the defense, the game descended into a bloodbath in the second quarter and grinded to its sullen conclusion as the Trojans fought back for too little, too late.“The name of the game was turnovers,” head coach Clay Helton said. “We just didn’t finish today.”J.T. Barrett is dragged down – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe wheels came off in the second quarter, as Ohio State notched a field goal to take a 10-0 lead, then pinned the Trojans deep on the punt. Backed up into his own end zone, Darnold tried a quick fake — shifting his hips and head to the right, then pivoting back and throwing blind to his left — and instead threw the ball straight to a defender. He took off at a dead sprint, trying to cut off the defender, but it was long gone. The Buckeyes took a 17-0 lead, and the USC fans in the stands began to deflate.It was an off-kilter and off-brand night for the USC offense. Junior running back Ronald Jones II, a Dallas native who entered the game charged to play in his hometown, only carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards on the half. While the offense leaned heavily on the passing game, Darnold threw 12-for-22, taking three sacks as he notched 170 yards. In eight drives, the offense didn’t make its way into the red zone once.The defense stood as tall as possible throughout the first half. The unit held Ohio State to 237 yards, limiting Barrett to 71 passing yards. Rasheem Green and Uchenna Nwosu each notched a sack, while John Houston and Isaiah Langley led at the half with six tackles apiece.“It doesn’t matter if our [offense] makes a mistake, we have to play calm,” Green said. “It doesn’t matter if the field’s short or the field’s long, we have to do our job.”The pressure of holding down the line after two fumbles and a pick-six was a weight too heavy for the defense to bear. Barrett gashed the Trojans on the ground, sprinting for a 23 yard touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 24-0. Although the defense forced several three-and-outs, they were answered by rickety offensive drives that ended with the same dismal march of the kicking unit onto the field. Punter Reid Budrovich did little to help the Trojans, averaging under 35 yards per kick and sending one out of bounds for a penalty.A rare bright spot came in the dwindling minutes of the second quarter, when K.J. Hill muffed a punt for Ohio State, sending the USC special teams unit scrambling. For a moment, it was almost a slap-stick scene, as the ball bounced and skittered across the grass, slipping out of the hands of several tumbling Trojans.USC’s defense celebrates after making a play – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanMarvell Tell finally flopped onto the ball on the 15-yard line, pounding it into the turf as he shouted in excitement, and the offense lined up in the red zone for the first time. The touchdown came easily, set up by a pass to Daniel Imatorbhebhe and clinched by a one-yard rush from Jones. With points on the board and the lead cut to 17 points, a small sense of hope seemed to inflate the student section in the final two minutes of the half.That hope grew when the Trojans forced a three-and-out, headlined by a brutal sack by Green to drag Barrett back six yards. But a strong kick from Ohio State pinned the Trojans on their six-yard line to attempt a full-field drive in 59 seconds. Darnold botched a pass, and Helton elected to run the ball and the clock to finish the half.The second half stood as a testament to the defense, which shut out the Buckeyes offense and held a team that averages over 500 yards a game to a measly 277. Linebacker Cameron Smith finished the night with 10 tackles, while Nwosu roped up Barrett again to finish with two sacks and four solo tackles.“It was just it being our last game together,” Nwosu said. “As a team, as a brotherhood and as a family, we just had to fight together. No matter what the scoreboard says, play like it’s 0-0.”But a lack of offensive killed any chance of a comeback, as Darnold and the Trojans continued to stall at midfield and fail to find the red zone. The offensive line struggle to hold the Ohio State defensive line, which consistently swarmed Darnold on blitzes, barely giving the quarterback time to scan the field before he took pressure. By the end of the night, Darnold took nine sacks.“I told him in there in front of the team, I thought he was a warrior tonight,” Helton said. “To get off the ground that many times and make the plays that he did, he showed his true class and character.”And even when the Trojans glimpsed the chance to score, it remained out of reach. In the fourth quarter, Chase McGrath’s field goal attempt ricocheted off the right post, sending the kicker to the ground as he grabbed his head in frustration. A pass interference call in the end zone gave Darnold another chance in the end zone, only for a blitzing lineman to swat the ball from his hand for yet another fumble.“Whenever you turn over the ball that much, it’s hard to win games,” Darnold said. “It’s just the little things. There was a lot of stuff where we shot ourselves in our foot.”USC and Ohio State players get into a scuffle in the fourth quarter – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe game ended, almost fittingly, with a fight. As Darnold scrambled towards the sideline on the team’s final drive, he took a hard hit out of bounds, resulting in a personal foul. But Aca’Cedric Ware flew at the defender with a push, and several Buckeyes followed.Darnold held back one Ohio State player, but soon a scrum of players formed, shouting and shoving on the sidelines. Jamel Cook earned an ejection from the game for coming off the bench and taking a swing at another player before the two teams were dragged apart.“Tempers are going to flare in that situation, especially when your quarterback’s over there,” Helton said. “There’s nobody that’s maybe more loved on this football team than Sam. And it was just in the heat of the game, both sides. Unfortunate, but it is what it is.”The end of the game marked the end of a stumbling season for a team stocked with talent that fell just short of its expectations. It left many uncertainties for the team, headlined by the questions surrounding the fate of Darnold, who still insists that he hasn’t decided whether or not to declare for the NFL Draft.But as the team trudged to the locker room, recording its second blowout loss in as many seasons on this field, one thing was certain — AT&T Stadium is not a good place to be a Trojan.last_img read more

Andre Ayew scores 7th goal of the season as Swansea draw with Blackburn [VIDEO]

first_imgAndre Ayew continued his impressive scoring form in recent weeks for English Championship side Swansea as he netted their equaliser in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn.The away side had silenced the fans at the Liberty Stadium with a fourth-minute goal from Danny Graham.Swansea were, however, level six minutes later, with Black Stars captain Andre Ayew heading home from a Matt Grimes corner.Ayew’s last goal for the Swans was in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.Prior to that, he had scored in Swansea’s 1-1 draw with Barnsley, their 2-1 loss to Stoke and also netted his side’s winner against Charlton.Ayew has now scored five goals in the Championship and, in addition to his two league goals, seven overall. The player has also set up three goals for his teammates this season. This was also his 23rd goal for Swansea.George Byers and Sam Surridge went close for the Swans after they were set up by Tom Carroll and Ayew.Ayew himself almost scored twice more as he fired just wide before the break and had a half-volley saved by the Blackburn keeper in the second half.Both Swansea and Blackburn had a player sent off in the second half with Carroll and then Bradley Dack receiving red cards.Swansea have now failed to win any of their last 5 matches, a run that has seen them drop out of the Playoff places and into 11th.Watch the highlights of the game below:last_img read more