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Усі гравці «Шахтаря» здали негативні тести на COVID-19 перед матчем з «Реалом»

Усі гравці донецького «Шахтаря» здали негативні тести на COVID-19 перед матчем з мадридським «Реалом».

«Гравці і персонал «Шахтаря» здали тести на COVID-19 перед матчем Ліги чемпіонів з «Реалом». Усі результати – негативні. Також негативні результати тесту у дев’ятьох футболістів команди, у яких коронавірус був виявлений 8 жовтня», – повідомили «гірники» у твіттері.

На початку жовтня COVID-19 виявили в гравців донецького «Шахтаря» Андрія П’ятова й Тараса Степаненка. Згодом позитивні тести на хворобу здали ще дев’ять гравців та дев’ять представників персоналу.

«Шахтар» стартує в групі Ліги чемпіонів 21 жовтня. «Гірники» поїдуть до Мадрида на матч з «Реалом».

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Чехія: після протестів проти обмежень через COVID-19 у Празі затримані понад 150 осіб

У столиці Чехії Празі після заворушень, які почалися з протесту футбольних і хокейних хуліганів проти обмежень через COVID-19, затримані понад 150 осіб, повідомила поліція країни. Керівництво держави підтримало дії правоохоронців.

Як повідомила речниця поліції Праги Ева Кропачова, понад сто демонстрантів затримали на місці акції на Староміській площі в історичному центрі чеської столиці. Їх підозрюють у порушенні громадського порядку, насильстві проти представників влади чи невиконанні вимоги владних органів. Ідеться про осіб, які нападали на працівників поліції при розгоні демонстрації, яка порушила правила проведення таких заходів.

Іще близько 50 осіб, які мали з собою «предмети, що могли завдати поранень», поліція затримала ще перед акцією.

Унаслідок сутичок потерпіли близько 20 працівників поліції, додала речниця. Три з них потрапили до лікарень.

За даними служби швидкої допомоги, загалом у перебігу сутичок потерпіли і потребували доставки до лікарень дев’ять осіб, із них згадані троє працівників поліції.

Демонстрація в Празі була скликана як протест проти урядових обмежень, пов’язаних із пандемією COVID-19. Але на неї прийшло в кілька разів більше людей, ніж 500, що дозволено нині чинними в країні протиепідемічними заходами. Більшість їх при цьому не мала на собі належних захисних масок і не дотримувалася визначених дистанцій між собою.

Як наголосив у твітері начальник поліції Чехії Ян Швейдар, для правоохоронців було б незаконним вдатися до дії лише через порушення демонстрантами протиепідемічних постанов уряду, бо Хартія засадничих прав і свобод людини гарантує право на зібрання, і його не можна обмежити під приводом порушення підзаконної правової норми. Тому, звернув увагу він, поліція почала діяти тільки в момент порушення закону з боку частини демонстрантів. А порушення постанови уряду було належно задокументоване і буде передане для розгляду відповідному органові.

Відтак правоохоронці вдалися до дії, з застосуванням, зокрема, подразливого газу і водомету, тільки після того, як після офіційного оголошення організаторів про закінчення акції частина її учасників почала нападати на правоохоронців.

Ян Швейдар висловив подяку всім працівникам і працівницям поліції, які були причетні до заходів у Празі, й заявив, що пишається ними.

Міністр внутрішніх справ Чехії Ян Гамачек назвав цілком професійними дії поліції після того, як після завершення акції її організатором через порушення постанови уряду «кількасот хуліганів напали на присутніх працівників поліції».

Він побажав швидкого одужання потерпілим працівникам поліції і подякував усім поліціянтам.

Прем’єр-міністр Чехії Андрей Бабіш так само подякував поліції й заявив, що пишається її високопрофесійними діями.

Також і президент Чехії Мілош Земан підтримав дії поліції і розкритикував учасників акції. Як повідомив речник голови держави Їржі Овчачек, президент «рішуче підтримав дії поліції проти футбольних хуліганів і засудив тих демонстрантів, які не дотримувалися під час демонстрації противірусних заходів».

Чехія, яка навесні вдалася до суворих карантинних заходів і уникла значного розмаху епідемії COVID-19, нині, навпаки, засвідчує одні з найгірших у світі показників нових заражень. Уряд запровадив стан надзвичайної ситуації і низку обмежень, серед них і обмеження на спортивні акції, хоча вони значно менш суворі, ніж були навесні. Зокрема, міжнародні спортивні змагання можуть відбуватися тільки без глядачів, усі ж інші спортивні акції в Чехії наразі скасовані.

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Czechs to Wait 2 Weeks Before Considering COVID Lockdown

The Czech Republic, which has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe, will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to order a full lockdown to stem its epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlicek said Sunday.In the past week, bars and restaurants in the country of 10.7 million have been ordered to close except for takeout orders, and schools have moved to distance learning. Sport and fitness clubs, theaters and cinemas had already shut, but shops have remained open.The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said it had registered 828 cases per 100,000 population in the last two weeks, more than 10 times the rate in neighboring Germany.Since schools reopened in September, the cumulative number of cases has risen almost seven times.Czech RepublicOfficials have warned that hospital admissions are set to rise sharply until the restrictions show an impact.”We will not decide this week about a lockdown,” Havlicek said on Czech television. “We have clearly said we will wait (until Nov. 2) for results.”Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on CNN Prima’s Sunday show the new measures should cut the R number, which measures average spread from one infected person, by 30-40%. A number above 1.0 indicates an exponential increase, and the current rate is estimated at 1.4.If the latest restrictions are not effective enough, he said there were few options other than a lockdown.The growth in COVID-19 cases with more than 100,000 this month, bringing the total to 171,487 as of Saturday evening, and 1,402 deaths overall, according to Johns Hopkins University data, is forcing authorities to make plans for field hospitals and seeking foreign help.The Czech Fire Rescue Service said it had sent a formal request through European Union channels for ventilators.In Prague, more than 2,000 sports fans according to city hall estimates, including militant soccer supporters’ groups known as ultras, protested against the coronavirus measures, defying restrictions on gatherings.Police used water cannon and tear gas amid clashes. Emergency services reported nine people were injured.

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Lancet: в Україні – найкоротша в Європі очікувана тривалість здорового життя

В Україні – найкоротша в Європі очікувана тривалість здорового життя, йдеться в дослідженні, оприлюдненому в медичному журналі Lancet. Експерти розрахували, що вона становить 61,7 року.

Станом на 2019 рік очікувана тривалість життя (здорового та нездорового) в Україні становила 73,8 року (78,3 року для жінок і 69 років – для чоловіків).

Найдовшу очікувана тривалість здорового життя серед європейських країн має Ісландія (71,9 року).

Для світу середній показник становить 63,5 року.

Під час дослідження експерти проаналізували показники народжуваності, смертності, міграції та кількості населення в 204 країнах та територіях й у вибраних субанціональних регіонах у період з 1950 до 2019 року.

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Turkish Cypriot Hardliner Beats Leftist in Leadership Runoff

A hardliner who favors even closer ties with Turkey and a tougher stance with rival Greek Cypriots in peace talks has defeated the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff Sunday.Turkish Cypriot broadcaster BRT says with 100% of the votes counted, Ersin Tatar secured 51.74% of the vote compared to 48.26% for Mustafa Akinci.Tatar appears to have benefited from a higher turnout in the runoff, managing to rally supporters from the estimated 200,000-strong electorate who may not have voted in the first round.Akinci conceded to Tatar in a speech to supporters at his campaign headquarters, congratulating his opponent on his victory.  “We went through an election contest that wasn’t normal. … These results mark the end of my 45-year political career,” Akinci said. “I wish good luck to our people.”Tatar declared victory in a speech to his supporters.Akinci, 72, is a champion of Turkish Cypriots who oppose Turkey’s complete domination of their affairs. Tatar, 60, advocates fully aligning Turkish Cypriot policies with those of Turkey, the region’s patron.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated Tatar on his election victory.  “Turkey will continue to make all necessary efforts to defend the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people,” Erdogan said on his official Twitter account.  The Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the north that is economically and militarily dependent on Ankara. The island’s internationally recognized government has its seat in the Greek Cypriot south and is part of the 27-nation European Union.The tussle between Turkish Cypriots who seek to retain more say in how they’re governed and those who want to walk in lockstep with Turkey has been a prominent feature in past leadership races, but this contest seems more polarized than ever.  Akinci has alleged that Turkey has engaged in “unprecedented” interference throughout the campaign in favor of Tatar and that he and his family have received threats to drop out of the race.”We know that things happened that shouldn’t have happened,” Akinci said after casting his ballot.A first test for the winner will be a meeting with Greek Cypriots and Cyprus’ “guarantors” — Greece, Turkey and Britain — that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to call soon. The aim will be to figure out if there’s enough common ground to restart dormant peace talks.Nearly five decades of U.N. facilitated attempts at achieving reunification based on a federal framework have failed.Akinci believes that federation is the only way toward a peace accord. Tatar shares the Turkish government view that federation may not be the most viable option and alternatives such as a two-state deal should be pursued.Tensions have soared this summer in waters off Greece and Cyprus over sea boundaries and energy exploration rights after Turkey redeployed a research vessel near the Greek island of Kastellorizo. The move cast doubts on fresh talks aimed at resolving the dispute.Turkey insists it has every legal right to search for hydrocarbons in waters where Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic rights. The Greek and Cypriot governments accuse Turkey of violating international law. The dispute raised fears of a military conflict between Greece and Turkey, which are NATO members but are strong regional rivals.

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Pelosi Signals Pre-election Coronavirus Relief Deadline

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said that an agreement with the Trump administration on a new coronavirus relief package would have to be reached within the next 48 hours or it won’t get done before the national presidential election on Nov. 3.Pelosi has engaged in weeks of talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, representing President Donald Trump, but the two officials have been unable to reach a deal even as the number of coronavirus cases is surging again in the U.S. and the economic recovery has slowed.Pelosi and Mnuchin are negotiating on a package that could cost between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion but have not agreed on specific terms of a national strategic testing plan, among other issues. Even if they do reach an accord, some Republican senators say they are opposed to spending such a sum in addition to the $3 trillion approved months ago by Congress for coronavirus relief.   Pelosi, on ABC’s “This Week” show, said whether she reaches a deal with Mnuchin by Tuesday “depends on the [Trump] administration” and the commitments it makes.“We’re saying to them we have to [decide] on some of these things (in the legislation). Are we going with it or not, and what is the language,” she said.Mnuchin said last week he would accept Pelosi’s demands for a national strategic testing plan, subject to minor edits.But Pelosi said Sunday she considered Mnuchin’s edits to be significant, including changing “shall” to “may,” “requirements” to “recommendations” and “a plan” to “a strategy, not a strategic plan.”Pelosi said the word changes would give the White House too much flexibility in overseeing coronavirus relief. Mnuchin has said that he does not believe Democratic lawmakers want to hand Trump a legislative victory two weeks before the election.Aside from the legislative language, Pelosi and Mnuchin have yet to agree on funding for cities and states, child care, tax credits for lower-income Americans, liability protections sought by Republicans and other issues. Both sides want to send a new round of $1,200 stimulus checks to most Americans and restore some level of federal unemployment benefits for jobless workers.  Federal unemployment payments totaling $600 a week on top of less generous state benefits expired at the end of July.

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Israel, US Send Treaty Delegation to Bahrain  

An Israeli delegation accompanied by the U.S. treasury secretary flew to Bahrain on Sunday to formalize nascent relations and broaden Gulf cooperation that Washington has promoted as an anti-Iran bulwark and potential economic bonanza.   Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates in agreeing last month to normalize ties with Israel, stunning Palestinians who had demanded statehood before any such regional rapprochement.   Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani delivers a statement upon the arrival of an Israeli delegation accompanied by the U.S. treasury secretary, in Muharraq, Bahrain, Oct. 18, 2020. (Reuters)The breakthrough, overseen by U.S. President Donald Trump, is a foreign policy flourish ahead of his reelection bid next month. For the U.S. allies, it is a chance to close ranks on Iran more overtly.   The Israeli delegation, which boarded an El Al Israel Airlines charter flight to Manama, was accompanied by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. His office said the mission seeks “expanded economic cooperation” among Israel, Bahrain and the UAE.   At a ceremony with Mnuchin at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, U.S. Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz said that Israel and Bahrain would sign a joint communique “bringing forward tourism and banking and diplomatic relations.”  Also speaking at the airport ceremony, the head of the Israeli delegation, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, said talks would also focus on sectors such as finance and aviation.   Relationship upgrade  Israel and Bahrain signed a “Declaration of Peace, Cooperation, and Constructive Diplomatic and Friendly Relations” at a White House ceremony on Sept. 15, a document that fell short of a formal treaty.   An official involved in the visit said the communique would upgrade the relationship between the two countries.   FILE – Bahrain’s FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and United Arab Emirates (UAE) FM Abdullah bin Zayed participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords, at the White House, Sept. 15, 2020.The signing of the declaration with Israel last month drew anger among Bahrainis at home and abroad. Bahrain, where a Sunni Muslim minority rules a Shi’ite majority population, has said the deal protects its interests from Iran.   The route of El Al Flight 973, a nod to Bahrain’s telephone code, was to take it over Saudi Arabia, an accommodation by the Gulf powerhouse that has so far resisted U.S. appeals to normalize ties with Israel.   Mnuchin and the other U.S. officials travel on Monday to the UAE, where accord with Israel has uncorked bilateral commerce. On Tuesday the U.S. dignitaries will join the UAE’s first delegation to Israel.   Though less oil-rich than the UAE, Bahrain — host to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet — has geo-strategic significance.   A Sept. 13 report by Israel’s Intelligence Ministry saw potential for defense cooperation with Bahrain, describing it as threatened by “Shi’ite political sedition, directed by Iran and its proxies.”  Israel could also help Bahrain with renewable energy, food security and banking and finance technologies, it said.  

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Latest Terror Attack in France Sparks Anger, Fear 

France saw countrywide rallies defending free speech and secularism Sunday, while the government discussed a stronger response to Islamist extremism following the brutal killing of a French schoolteacher last week. Masks firmly on, per the capital’s coronavirus rules, thousands assembled at the Place de la Republique in Paris following Friday’s beheading of middle school history teacher Samuel Paty. Some waved French flags, as speakers paid a somber tribute to the country’s latest victim of terrorism.  A national commemoration takes place Wednesday in honor of Paty, who died in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. People gather at the Place de la Republique in Paris, to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, Oct. 18, 2020. Placard reads ‘I am a teacher’. But despite calls of national unity after this second terrorist attack in less than a month, the moment is also being marked by division and criticism over the government’s response to radical Islam.  It also comes amid — and partly shapes — the country’s very different battle against another crisis, in the coronavirus pandemic.  “It’s them or us,” titled Le Point magazine in an editorial on the killing, while the regional Le Telegramme wrote that Friday’s attack “reminds us to what extent our French model of education and separation of church and state is threatened.”  Prophet Muhammad cartoons Nearly a dozen people are being held for questioning in Paty’s killing, which took place as he headed home from class. They include the family of the suspect, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee identified by officials as Abdoullakh A., whom police shot dead shortly after he allegedly stabbed and decapitated his victim.  Posting an image of Paty on Twitter after killing him, the alleged assailant also left a menacing message to President Emmanuel Macron. The Reuters news agency reports Twitter swiftly removed the post, saying the account was suspended because it violated the company’s policy.  FILE – French police officers patrol the area after a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Sept. 25, 2020, in Paris. The incident comes less than a month after a Pakistani immigrant stabbed two people outside Charlie Hebdo’s old Paris headquarters. In both cases, the suspects appeared to retaliate against the publication’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which originally inspired the January 2015 terrorist attack.  And it is backdropped by an ongoing Paris trial over those Charlie Hebdo strikes.  Flowers are stacked outside the school where slain history teacher Samuel Paty was working, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, Oct. 17, 2020. In Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, about 30 kilometers from Paris, bouquets of flowers were stacked in front of Paty’s shuttered school. Residents paid tributes to a teacher many described as kind but strict. Some are calling Paty a “martyr.” “‘We’re in shock,” Sophie Venetitay, a teachers’ union representative told France Info radio. “It’s school as a whole that’s under attack in wanting to open minds.”  Free expression on the line?  The teacher’s killing came after he showed students the Prophet Muhammad caricatures as part of a lesson on free expression. It was not the first time, students say, and they say the teacher notified Muslims in the class they were free to leave, warning they might find the images shocking.  But some parents were not happy. According to reports, one father, in particular, posted his complaints on social media, earning support from a known Islamist, Abdelhakim Sefrioui.  According to Le Journal du Dimanche, authorities considered Sefrioui to be an agitator but not dangerous. They reportedly expected possible protests against the teacher, but never a violent reprisal.   Many questions remain, but investigators have yet to find direct ties between the Chechen suspect, who lived in Normandy, and the Paris area school. On Sunday, Macron presided over a defense meeting to mull tougher measures against extremism. Macron’s ruling On the Move party is also readying new legislation against “separatism” that largely targets radical Islam.  FILE – French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by offcials, speaks to the press, Oct. 16, 2020. The president is already battling negative reviews over his coronavirus response. Critics describe the government’s latest moves against extremism as similarly underwhelming.  Responding to Macron’s recent remarks that extremists would never win, far-right leader Marine Le Pen shot back on Twitter, “They’re already here — including in our schools!” 
 
“Big speeches need to make way for big decisions,” center-right Republicains leader Christian Jacob said, referring to Macron’s penchant for soaring discourse.  For their part, leaders of France’s Muslim community, western Europe’s largest, fear the latest attack will intensify anti-Muslim sentiment they say has been rising in recent years.  “I am devastated by this unspeakable act on behalf of a religion that has nothing to do with it,” Bordeaux Mosque rector Tareq Oubrou told French radio, adding the country’s Muslim community was “doubly affected, as both citizens and Muslims.”