UN aid chief to G20 on coronavirus: ‘Step up now or pay price later’

first_imgCoronavirus support to poor countries has been so far “grossly inadequate and that’s dangerously shortsighted,” UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Thursday as he asked wealthy countries for billions more dollars in assistance.The United Nations increased its humanitarian appeal by more than a third to $10.3 billion to help 63 states, mainly in Africa and Latin America, tackle the spread and destabilizing effects of the coronavirus. This is up from the world body’s initial $2 billion request in March, then $6.7 billion in May.So far, Lowcock said, the United Nations has only received $1.7 billion. As finance ministers from the Group of 20 major economies prepare to meet virtually on Saturday, Lowcock told reporters: “The message to the G20 is step up now or pay the price later.”The coronavirus has infected at least 13.6 million people and there have been more than 584,000 known deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally. The United Nations has warned that if action is not taken, the pandemic and associated global recession will trigger an increase in global poverty for the first time since 1990 and push 265 million people to the brink of starvation.”The response so far of wealthy nations, who’ve rightly thrown out the fiscal and monetary rule books to protect their own people and economies, the response that they’ve made to the situations in other countries has been grossly inadequate and that’s dangerously shortsighted,” Lowcock said.Lowcock added he had lobbied US lawmakers for funding earlier this week. A House of Representatives committee has proposed $10 billion in international aid. So far, Congress has provided $2.4 billion in emergency foreign aid.In May, China’s President Xi Jinping pledged $2 billion to help deal with the coronavirus and economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing states.Lowcock said he would “very much welcome it if some significant proportion of those resources could be used directly to support the global humanitarian response plan.”Topics :last_img read more

Feminists, conservatives join forces to call for an inquiry into porn

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 12 April 2017Outspoken left-wing feminist parliamentarians and the conservative right have joined forces to call for an inquiry into porn.Family First spokesman Bob McCroskie has presented a petition to Parliament on the issue supported by an unlikely coalition of Labour MPs Louisa Wall and Aupito William Sio, Green MP Jan Logie, National MP Chester Borrows, NZ First’s Ria Bond and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox.McCroskie said he believes porn should be treated as a public health issue similar to obesity and smoking, saying it was creating ”hyper-sexualisation” of teenage boys and more research was needed into its effect.He said an expert panel of health, science and psychology experts and counsellors should undertake an inquiry into the societal harm of porn and propose solutions.He said he was not trying to censor all porn and he had viewed some himself.“I’ve probably watched more porn because it has been targeted at me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me … but blood wouldn’t be flowing through my veins if porn wasn’t attractive.”He said the question was what harm it did.“We’ve acknowledged the obesity epidemic, and we’re not against food. But we do need to acknowledge when something gets harmful.“Today’s pornography is far more explicit and its also aggressive. That’s what people are concerned about and the effect it is having on attitudes.”McCroskie said porn was also easily obtainable online for free.“A lot of parents are concerned about what their children are able to access. And often they don’t go looking for porn, the porn comes looking for them.“Many families don’t want the porn industry determining the values of their kids.”Logie said she suspected there might be a different understandings of what was pornography.“We wouldn’t necessarily in the Greens be having a starting point of assuming all erotic representations of sex are bad.”However, she said there was concern about sexual violence and addressing the harm where it existed.Borrows said he was not speaking on behalf of the Government and did not know what its stance on the inquiry was, but MPs across Parliament were concerned.“The point is we are not talking about a couple of well-read Playboys tucked under a kid’s bed now. We are talking about people able to look at pornography on their telephones and computers which can’t be monitored by those in charge of them.”“Parents are frequently negligent in passing on to their children the ramifications of pornography and we have to recognise the law hasn’t kept up with technology has taken us.”Sio said the petition and wide range of MPs supporting it reflected concerns in the community about the link between porn and sexual violence.“If we are going to tackle sexual violence meaningfully we do need to have the evidence before us.”Last year Auckland Grammar principal Tim O’Connor started a ”healthy relationships” programme for students, teachers and parents which included education about porn addiction.McCroskie said he believed it was an important step to take.He said a societal response was needed, including education and parental responsibility, but the government had a role as well, such as regulating the responsibilities of internet providers.He suggested an ”opt out, opt in” choice for internet providers in which porn was blocked unless someone proactively opted in, something being trialled in the UK.Prime Minister Bill English has said he does not see the need to boost the requirements for what schools offer by way of sex education, saying he does not think it is a fast-growing problem.The petition was signed by 22,334 people and will go to a select committee to consider.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/feminists-conservatives-join-forces-to-call-for-an-inquiry-into-porn/Cross-party backing for petition on investigation into pornography harmStuff co.nz 12 April 2017Family First’s Bob McCoskrie has called for an investigation into the health and social impact of pornography, saying the number of times he has “stumbled across it” show how prevalent it is.McCoskrie has presented politicians with a petition, signed by more than 22,000 people, calling for an investigation into “the public health effects and societal harms” of pornography.MPs from National, Labour, the Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party greeted McCoskrie outside Parliament in a rare show of cross-party support.McCoskrie said people were starting to realise the damaging effects of explicit images, which were more readily available and more extreme than ever before.We believed that smoking wasn’t harmful, then society started to catch up with the science on the harms of smoking – we would argue the same with pornography.”McCoskrie admitted to having watched porn, saying: “I’ve probably watched more porn because it’s been targeted to me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me.“Blood wouldn’t be flowing through my veins if porn wasn’t attractive – the question is, what is best for people?”Porn was particularly damaging to young people, with concerns about its effect on rape culture and sexual consent, but men were also affected by addiction which damaged their relationships and families.An expert panel, made up of biologists, neurologists, counsellors and other professionals, could assess the current research on the harm of pornography and look at potential solutions, McCoskrie said.“It’s actually a societal response, it’s education in schools, it’s in families…but it’s also at a governmental level, in terms of what we expect internet providers to do and laws around protecting vulnerable people.”One option was an “opt-in” system to block internet pornography by default, as was the case in the UK.However, he claimed he was not advocating for censorship.“We’ve acknowledged there’s an obesity epidemic and we’re not against food, but we do need to acknowledge when something becomes harmful.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/91507943/crossparty-backing-for-petition-on-investigation-into-pornography-harmFeminists, conservatives join forces to call for an inquiry into pornNZ Herald 12 April 2017Outspoken left-wing feminist parliamentarians and the conservative right have joined forces to call for an inquiry into porn.Family First spokesman Bob McCroskie has presented a petition to Parliament on the issue supported by an unlikely coalition of Labour MPs Louisa Wall and Aupito William Sio, Green MP Jan Logie, National MP Chester Borrows, NZ First’s Ria Bond and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox.McCroskie said he believes porn should be treated as a public health issue similar to obesity and smoking, saying it was creating ”hyper-sexualisation” of teenage boys and more research was needed into its effect.He said an expert panel of health, science and psychology experts and counsellors should undertake an inquiry into the societal harm of porn and propose solutions.He said he was not trying to censor all porn and he had viewed some himself.“I’ve probably watched more porn because it has been targeted at me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me … but blood wouldn’t be flowing through my veins if porn wasn’t attractive.”He said the question was what harm it did.“We’ve acknowledged the obesity epidemic, and we’re not against food. But we do need to acknowledge when something gets harmful.“Today’s pornography is far more explicit and its also aggressive. That’s what people are concerned about and the effect it is having on attitudes.”McCroskie said porn was also easily obtainable online for free.“A lot of parents are concerned about what their children are able to access. And often they don’t go looking for porn, the porn comes looking for them.“Many families don’t want the porn industry determining the values of their kids.”Logie said she suspected there might be a different understandings of what was pornography.“We wouldn’t necessarily in the Greens be having a starting point of assuming all erotic representations of sex are bad.”However, she said there was concern about sexual violence and addressing the harm where it existed.Borrows said he was not speaking on behalf of the Government and did not know what its stance on the inquiry was, but MPs across Parliament were concerned.“The point is we are not talking about a couple of well-read Playboys tucked under a kid’s bed now. We are talking about people able to look at pornography on their telephones and computers which can’t be monitored by those in charge of them.”“Parents are frequently negligent in passing on to their children the ramifications of pornography and we have to recognise the law hasn’t kept up with technology has taken us.”Sio said the petition and wide range of MPs supporting it reflected concerns in the community about the link between porn and sexual violence.“If we are going to tackle sexual violence meaningfully we do need to have the evidence before us.”Last year Auckland Grammar principal Tim O’Connor started a ”healthy relationships” programme for students, teachers and parents which included education about porn addiction.McCroskie said he believed it was an important step to take.He said a societal response was needed, including education and parental responsibility, but the government had a role as well, such as regulating the responsibilities of internet providers.He suggested an ”opt out, opt in” choice for internet providers in which porn was blocked unless someone proactively opted in, something being trialled in the UK.Prime Minister Bill English has said he does not see the need to boost the requirements for what schools offer by way of sex education, saying he does not think it is a fast-growing problem.The petition was signed by 22,334 people and will go to a select committee to consider.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11837074Petition calls for investigation into pornRadio NZ News 12 April 2017A 22,000-strong petition headed by Family First director Bob McCoskrie calling for a investigation into the health and societal harms of pornography today was delivered in Parliament today.AUDIO :  http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201840207http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201840207/petition-calls-for-investigation-into-pornPorn petition calls for expert panelNZ City 12 April 2017Times have changed since pornography consisted of a couple of “well-read Playboys” tucked under the bed according to a group of MPs who have accepted a petition for a review of its health impacts.More than 22,000 people signed the Family First petition which was presented to MPs on the steps of Parliament on Wednesday morning.In handing over the petition, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said an expert panel including counsellors, neurologists, biologists, psychotherapists and others would be best placed to determine the health and societal ramifications of pornography and how to prevent harm.He believes pornography is similar to smoking in that it took time and research to understand its danger.Family First isn’t suggesting censorship, instead Mr McCoskrie wants to leave the problem solving to the experts.But he did suggest an opt in system where porn would be blocked by default, saying issues don’t necessarily arise where people seek out pornography, but rather where it finds them.“I’ve probably watched more porn because it’s been targeted at me or I’ve stumbled across it, so porn has come looking for me,” he said.READ MORE: http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=246129&cat=984&fm=newsarticle+-+Living+%26+Travel%2CnurPetition calls for inquiry into pornography harmRadio NZ News 13 April 2017The petition was led by Family First director Bob McCoskrie and received over 22,000 written signatures in just two months.The government have not ruled out an investigation, but said regulating porn was a complicated issue.Bob McCoskrie was not calling for porn to be banned, but said more research was needed to understand the impact of pornography.“It’s the same as we’ve acknowledged that there’s an obesity epidemic and we’re not against food. But we do need to acknowledge when something becomes harmful.“Yesterday’s pornography is now mainstream media, today’s pornography is far more explicit and it’s also aggressive and that’s what we’re concerned about.”He wanted the expert panel comprising of neurologists, biologists, councillors, psychotherapists, researchers, youth workers and teachers – to investigate and then make policy recommendations to Parliament.READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/328730/petition-calls-for-inquiry-into-pornography-harmlast_img read more

Evan Comerford is back in action following ban

first_imgLiam Kearns’ side were also stuck with a number of injuries last year – and the manager says he hopes Tipp will get the breaks this year… Premier goalkeeper Evan Comerford is back in the blue and gold following a lengthy ban for his red card in a club game last season.The Kilsheelan Kilcash clubman was involved in an altercation with referee Paddy Russell over a disputed free – following which he was given a straight red card.Comerford missed the season, with Ciaran Kenrick taking over the shot-stopping duties – however, Comerford featured between the sticks in Tipp’s challenge game against Limerick last weekend.last_img read more

Jaime Barria tosses six scoreless innings in Angels’ 2nd straight victory over Astros

first_img“These last two games I love the way we were pitching,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We need to set a tone on the mound. We did it last night with Andrew. We did it again tonight with Jaime. That’s the foundation we need to get back to.”Although the victories aren’t that significant at this time in this lost season for the Angels, pitching performances like this one bode well for the team’s future, with eight of the nine innings handled by rookies.Barría got things started in the right direction, thanks to some mechanical tweaks he’d made between starts with pitching coach Charlie Nagy, Scioscia said.Barría also said, through an interpreter, he’d made a decision to “attack the hitters” and to establish his fastball first, and then go to his breaking ball. He also avoided the issue he’d cited the last time – the Astros stealing signs when they had runners at second base – but simply keeping runners off the bases.They had a runner at second only once all night. He gave up three hits and a walk, and he retired the last nine batters he faced. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros After that, Anderson worked a hitless seventh and Buttrey got through a grueling eighth. He gave up a single to Josh Reddick and a double to Tony Kemp to start the inning, putting runners at second and third.With the Minute Maid Park crowd roaring, Buttrey struck out George Springer. After a walk to Alex Bregman loaded the bases, Buttrey struck out reigning MVP José Altuve. Buttrey threw Altuve fastballs at 99.6 and 99.9 mph – his hardest two pitches so far in the majors – and then he got him on a slider. Correa popped out to end the inning.“Those pitches I threw (to Altuve), I had no clue they were as hard as they were,” Buttrey said. “But that’s one of the best hitters in baseball. I got that adrenaline and it just kind of took over.”Buttrey, who has pitched just seven games, said escaping that jam will pay dividends down the road.“If I get myself into that situation in the future it will be easier,” he said. “That’s a huge confidence builder, going and getting those guys out. That was great practice because that situation is going to come up again in the future and I’ll have to do it again.”Blake Parker then worked the ninth to protect the three-run lead the Angels had built in the sixth, on a Mike Trout sacrifice fly and an Andrelton Simmons’ two-run homer. Simmons, who had three hits on Thursday, is 9 for 13 with three homers this season at Minute Maid Park.PUJOLS IN 2019After playing 70 games at first base this season – more than twice as many as in the previous two years combined – Albert Pujols ended up needing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.That prompted the question about whether Pujols will be able to handle playing first next year, when he’ll be 39.“We’ll wait to hear what the doctors have to say on that,” General Manager Billy Eppler said Friday, two days after Pujols’ surgery. “He obviously puts a lot of load on those knees and ankles and feet and his lower half in general. He’s diligent about his maintenance program and that’s something that will be part of his regular routine moving forward. I’ll wait to hear from the doctors in their follow-up what they have to say.”ALSOWithout Pujols, the Angels are now free to use Ohtani at DH any time they want, and on Friday he got his 10th start of the season against a left-handed pitcher. He has started five games against lefties since coming back from the disabled list in July. …Scioscia said the Angels are expecting to bring three players up on Saturday, the day of expanded rosters. They will add more players after Triple-A Salt Lake’s season ends on Monday.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-4, 4.52) at Astros (RHP Josh James, 6-4, 3.40 at Triple-A, major league debut), Saturday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles PreviousHOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim high fives Shohei Ohtani #17 after a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. 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(AP Photo/Michael Wyke)NextShow Caption1 of 19Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, left, high-fives teammate Andrelton Simmons after Simmons’ two-run home run during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)ExpandHOUSTON — It’s tough to pitch back-to-back against the same team. It’s even tougher to do it against a team with a lineup as stacked as the Houston Astros.But Jaime Barría bounced back from a rough start last weekend against Houston to pitch six strong innings in the Angels’ 3-0 victory on Friday night.Rookie relievers Justin Anderson and Ty Buttrey helped the Angels finish the shutout, with Buttrey working in and out of a jam against the heart of the order.Barría had allowed four runs in three innings against the Astros at Angel Stadium last weekend. He followed Andrew Heaney, who gave up five runs to the Astros in Anaheim but shut them out over six innings on Thursday night in Houston. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more