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«Мотор» вдруге поспіль програв у гандбольній Лізі чемпіонів

Єдиний представник України у гандбольній Лізі чемпіонів «Мотор» програв на виїзді данському «Ольборгу». Запорізька команда відстала від суперника на 9 голів – 29:38.

Для «Мотора» це вже друга поразка. 17 вересня український клуб поступився дев’ятиразовому переможцю єврокубка «Барселоні» із рахунком – 25:30.

У турнірній таблиці групи «Мотор» посідає останню сходинку. У чвертьфінал вийдуть дві найкращі команди з групи. Клуби, що посіли в таблиці місця з третього по шосте, зіграють в додатковому раунді плей-офф.

У наступному турі, який відбудеться 30-го вересня, запорізька команда зіграє вдома з угорським «Веспремом».

 

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Американці прощаються з суддею Верховного суду Гінзбург – відео

У Сполучених Штатах 23 вересня розпочалася триденна жалоба за померлою найстаршою суддею Верховного суду Рут Бейдер Гінзбург. Вона померла 9 вересня у віці 87 років. Тіло покійної судді Гінзбург доставили до будівлі Верховного суду США. Тут представники громадськості матимуть можливість віддати Гінзбург останню шану. Експрезидент США Білл Клінтон, який у 1993 році призначив Гінзбург суддею, разом із колишньою кандидаткою на президента від Демократичної партії Гілларі Клінтон також прийшли вшанувати пам’ять покійної судді. Перед цим всередині будівлі Верховного суду США відбулася приватна церемонія, присвячена життю Рут Бейдер Гінзбург. У п’ятницю тіло покійної судді Гінзбург буде переміщене в Національний скульптурний зал, це зробить її першою жінкою, яка буде похована в Капітолії США. Гінзбург була другою жінкою-суддею Верховного суду в історії США. Під час своєї роботи вона голосувала за захист прав жінок, права на аборти та розширення прав ЛГБТ-спільноти. Її вважали лідеркою ліберального крила Верховного суду. Верховний суд США складається з дев’яти суддів. Їх призначає президент за погодженням Сенату. Суддя отримує посаду довічно. (Відео Reuters)

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World Becoming Less Accepting of Migrants, Poll Finds

As the European Union introduces a new migration and asylum plan after a blaze at an overcrowded camp in Greece left thousands without shelter, a FILE – Venezuelan migrants on their way to Peru sleep along the Pan-American Highway between Tulcan and Ibarra in Ecuador, after entering the country from Colombia, Aug. 22, 2018.”Many of the countries leading the global downturn have been on the receiving end of the mass exodus of Venezuelans fleeing the humanitarian crisis in their country,” the report shows. Biggest shiftThe most significant change came from Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, which have absorbed millions of Venezuelans since 2015. “Initially, many of the migrants and refugees were welcomed in these countries, but public sentiment started to turn against them as their economies, and their health, education and social assistance programs buckled under the strain,” according to the report.FILE – Volunteers carry donated items towards a group of undocumented migrants looking for work as day laborers alongside a hardware store in San Diego, California, Feb. 4, 2017.Ray added that despite the Trump administration’s efforts to curb immigration, the U.S., which ranked sixth overall in the index, has generally positive attitudes toward newcomers. “Despite the fact that immigration is such a hot topic in the U.S., Americans are mostly very accepting of migrants,” she said. Experts note that, around the world, greater acceptance is often displayed by younger generations and people with advanced levels of education. 
 

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У Білорусі жорстко затримують учасників протестів після інавгурації Лукашенка. Є поранені

У центрі Мінська силовики жорстко затримують і б’ють протестувальників, які вийшли на вулиці білоруської столиці в зв’язку з раптовою інавгурацією Олександра Лукашенка.

За даними правозахисного центру «Весна», по всій країні затримані щонайменше 160 людей. Чути вибухи світлошумових гранат.

Ближче до вечора 23 вересня біля стели «Мінськ – місто-герой» зібралися близько п’яти тисяч людей. ОМОН у зеленій і чорній формі розігнав присутніх за допомогою водометів.

Кілька десятків людей затримали, інші розбіглися по найближчих дворах і магазинах.

Частина протестувальників сховалася від силовиків у прилеглому торговому центрі, але жорсткі затримання почалися і там.

Співробітники ОМОНу валять людей на асфальт і заламують руки за спину. До деяких при затриманні застосовують силу, кажуть очевидці. Учасники акції при цьому скандують «Ганьба!», повідомляє телеканал «Настоящее время».

Затримання відбуваються також біля Немиги і Палацу спорту. На тротуарах уздовж вулиці Машерова залишаються кілька тисяч протестувальників. По місту формуються локальні колони. Надходять повідомлення про поранених.

Біля ТЦ «Галерея», до якого відступили протестувальники, люди вишикувалися в ланцюг. Вони не пропустили машину ДАІ і вийшли на проїжджу частину. Автомобілі сигналять їм на знак підтримки.

Співробітники ОМОНу хотіли пройти в торговий центр, але охоронці не пропустили їх і закрили всі двері. Силовики затримали багатьох людей біля бізнес-центру Royal Plaza на проспекті Переможців.

У Бресті також пройшли масові затримання. Як розповіла телеканалу «Настоящее время» журналістка і головний редактор видання «Бінокль» Ксенія Петрович, у місті ОМОН зачищав двори, в яких ховалися протестувальники, до деяких при затриманні застосовують силу.

Масові акції проти інавгурації Лукашенка також пройшли у Вітебську, Могильові, Жодіно, Солігорську і декількох інших містах.

Олександр Лукашенко 23 вересня таємно вступив на посаду президента Білорусі. Координаційна рада опозиції заявила про безстрокову акцію непокори. Кандидатка в президенти Білорусі Світлана Тихановська назвала інавгурацію фарсом: «Насправді сьогодні Лукашенко просто пішов на пенсію».

Легітимність Лукашенко як президента також не визнали США, вісім країн ЄС і Україна.

 

 

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Judge: Eric Trump Cannot Delay Testimony in New York Probe

A New York judge on Wednesday ordered President Donald Trump’s son Eric to make himself available by Oct. 7 to be interviewed under oath for a state probe into financing for properties owned by his family’s company.
 
Justice Arthur Engoron of the Manhattan Supreme Court said Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, offered no grounds for delaying his deposition by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James until after the Nov. 3 presidential election.
 
At a hearing, the judge rejected as unpersuasive an argument that Trump, as a “vital and integral part” of his father’s re-election bid, was too busy to be interviewed, and said he was not “bound by the timelines of the national election.”
 
Lawyers for Eric Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
 
James has been conducting a civil probe into “potential fraud or illegality” concerning whether Donald Trump and the Trump Organization overstated the value of assets to obtain loans and tax benefits.
 
Her probe began after Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, told Congress the president had inflated some asset values to save money on loans and insurance, and deflated other asset values to reduce real estate taxes.
 
James originally subpoenaed Eric Trump’s testimony on May 26. A scheduled July 22 deposition was canceled as Trump changed his legal team, and his new lawyers sought a further delay until Nov. 19 or later.
 
Matthew Colangelo, a lawyer for James, said the threat of “personal inconvenience” to Eric Trump did not justify that long a wait.
 
“Mr. Trump shouldn’t be able to profit from his own dilatory conduct,” Colangelo said.
James’ probe has focused on four properties: the Seven Springs Estate in Westchester County, New York; 40 Wall Street in Manhattan; the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, and the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.
 
There has been no determination any laws have been broken.
 
The investigation is separate from a criminal probe by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who is seeking eight years of Donald Trump’s tax returns through a separate subpoena.
 
Vance has said in court filings he might have grounds to investigate Donald Trump and the Trump Organization for tax fraud, and that his probe related to reports of possible insurance and bank fraud by the company and its officers.
 
A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear Trump’s appeal on Friday of an order letting Vance obtain his tax returns.
 
Trump is a Republican, while James and Vance are Democrats.
 

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Britain Imposes Pub Curfew as Coronavirus Cases Soar

Britain became the latest European country to impose restrictions on socializing Wednesday following a sharp rise in coronavirus transmission rates. The number of new cases is roughly doubling every week, and the chief medical officer has warned of 50,000 new infections daily by mid-October if the pattern continues.Britain has suffered the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, with over 41,000 fatalities.Under the new rules, pubs and restaurants will be forced to close by 10 p.m. and will be restricted to table service. Bar and wait staff, taxi drivers and shop workers will be required by law to wear face masks, and there will be stiffer penalties for anyone breaking the new rules. People are once again being encouraged to work from home if possible.People drink at the outside tables of a cafe in Soho, in central London, Sept. 23, 2020.In a televised address Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the blame partly on the public.”While the vast majority have complied with the rules, there have been too many breaches, too many opportunities, for our invisible enemy to slip through undetected. The virus has started to spread again in an exponential way,” Johnson said. Conflicting messagesOver the summer, the message from government was very different as transmission rates were lower following the hard lockdown in March and April. During August, the government tried to get people back out and spending by paying half of diners’ food bills under its “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme. Workers were encouraged to return to the office, in the hope that people would begin spending money again on take-out meals, and in bars and restaurants, hair salons and the numerous other services that had suffered amid the lockdown.Shoppers wear face masks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic as they walk along the streets of Preston, Lancashire, Sept. 23, 2020.Following the prime minister’s address Tuesday, many people expressed confusion at the changing message.”It is all a bit back and forth, up and down, no one knows which way to go,” said London resident Adam Veasey, a photocopier salesman.”I think people have forgotten because there hasn’t been one clear, specific message that has resulted in this sort of behavior that we’re seeing now, and I think everyone has relaxed,” said fellow London resident Richard, who declined to give his family name.Some medical experts have voiced concern that the new restrictions don’t go far enough. “Things have already really started to escape our grasp, especially with testing breakdowns,” Dr. Peter Drobac, a global health expert at the University of Oxford, told VOA in an interview Wednesday. “Given all of that, I do have concerns about whether the measures that were announced … will actually be enough to stem the tide.”Others, including Carl Heneghan, director of the A man, not wearing a face covering, passes signs telling travelers they must wear face masks unless they are exempt, as he leaves Victoria station during the evening rush hour, in central London, Sept. 23, 2020.”If you look at the countries that have been most successful, including countries that never had to resort to full lockdowns, one of the big differences is they invested early in testing and tracing capabilities. We’ve never, I think, met the mark here in the U.K. on that,” he said.Business groups, especially pubs and restaurants, have voiced alarm at the tightening of restrictions. Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, an industry group, said the new curfew could bankrupt businesses.”We’ve still got one in five premises closed, 900,000 people still supported by full furlough, which is coming to an end in a matter of weeks. And a 10 p.m. curfew means that businesses have to be empty, closed and locked up by 10 p.m. That means last orders at 9:00. That halves restaurant revenues, it decimates pub sector trade,” Nicholls told Britain’s ITN News.The furlough scheme has supported around 10 million jobs by paying up to 90% of workers’ wages. That program is due to end next month, and the government is under increasing pressure to extend it amid warnings of soaring unemployment. 
 

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Pope Calls on World Leaders to Remember All Segments of Society Fighting COVID-19

Pope Francis once again used his weekly general audience Wednesday at the Vatican to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and urged the world’s leaders to remember all segments of society as they fight the coronavirus and work to rebuild world economies. Speaking before a limited group of masked faithful in a Vatican courtyard, Francis said everyone has something to contribute as the world attempts to emerge from this crisis But, he said, society’s leaders must respect and promote “the intermediate or lower levels” of society.    People attend Pope Francis’ weekly general audience at the San Damaso courtyard, at the Vatican, Sept. 23, 2020.He added that multinationals and pharmaceutical companies do not have all the answers.  “The largest financial companies are listened to rather than the people or the ones who really move the economy,” Pope Francis said Wednesday. “Multinational companies are listened to more than social movements. Putting it in everyday language, they listen more to the powerful than to the weak.” The pope called for an inclusive rethink of the economic, social and political structures of the global economy that he says have showed weakness during the health crisis. Francis has long insisted on the need to involve society’s most marginal groups — the indigenous, the poor and the elderly — in making decisions about their own future. “Let’s think about the cure for the virus; the large pharmaceutical companies are listened to more than the health care workers employed on the front lines in hospitals or in refugee camps. This is not a good path,” said Pope Francis.The pope next week is expected to release an encyclical on fraternity and solidarity in the post-COVID world. 
 

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FDA Chief Says Science Will Guide US Coronavirus Vaccine Approval

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday “science will guide our decisions” as the agency decides whether to give full or emergency authorization to a coronavirus vaccine.Speaking to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Dr. Stephen Hahn said those decisions will be made by career FDA scientists following the agency’s “rigorous expectations for safety and effectiveness.”Hahn pledged that the approval process will be “transparent and independent” and that the FDA will not authorize a vaccine that its staff would not feel comfortable giving to their families.Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19.Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking at the same hearing, said that as several potential coronavirus vaccines undergo widescale trials, officials are predicting that by November or December they will know whether there is a vaccine that is safe and effective.Fauci cautioned that while there is optimism about the vaccine candidates, “there is never a guarantee” of finding one that works.He also signaled the need to couple any vaccine program with existing advice to stop the spread of the virus, such as wearing masks and social distancing.“We feel strongly that if we have a combination of adherence to the public health measures, together with a vaccine that will be distributed to people in this country and worldwide, we may be able to turn around this terrible pandemic which we have been experiencing,” Fauci said.The United States is proceeding with a plan to manufacture doses of some of the vaccine candidates currently undergoing trials so that if and when they are approved, the doses can be made available to the public quickly.Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the lawmakers that the country has experienced an average of about 40,000 new daily infections and 800 deaths during the past week, and that the population of those new cases has shifted younger.Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at a Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19, Capitol Hill, Washington, Sept. 23, 2020.Redfield said those between the ages of 18 and 25 make up 26% of new infections in the U.S., more than any other group.Redfield also said his agency has been carrying out widescale serology testing across the country with preliminary results showing more than 90% of Americans have not been infected with the coronavirus and thus remain susceptible. Redfield said he expects the results to be finalized and published in the next week or so.The U.S. has recorded the most coronavirus cases in the world with about 6.9 million along with more than 200,000 deaths.India has the second highest number, with 5.6 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and has for weeks been adding the newest cases of any place in the world.The country had seen a drop Tuesday, but that quickly reversed with more than 83,000 new cases reported by Indian health officials on Wednesday.Elsewhere, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Wednesday to help companies work to keep jobs that have been put at risk by the pandemic.”These are indeed tough times, and I have no doubt that many businesses, many employees are feeling a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty, and we will do our level best to protect them throughout this period,” he said while addressing parliament.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was due to unveil his own economic recovery plans Wednesday in an effort to balance boosting economic activity while also keeping in place necessary measures to stop the spread of the virus.Officials said Trudeau’s proposals included addressing child care and expanding employment insurance.Canada reported 1,200 new cases Tuesday with officials saying the country is at a “crossroads” in dealing with the outbreak.And in Japan, organizers of the delayed Tokyo Olympics said that when the event takes place next year, the plan now is for athletes arriving from other countries to undergo coronavirus testing, but not be subject to a two-week quarantine period.Officials told reporters Wednesday the guidelines are still under discussion and that they hope to have them finalized by December.