US delivers first batch of supplies to blast-devastated Beirut

first_imgMany Lebanese are angry at the country’s leadership that is widely viewed as corrupt and incompetent, and some fear international aid may be diverted from those needing it most.”We’re well aware of some of the concerns with whom the aid would go to and ensuring that the aid gets to the people of Lebanon that need it most,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.Further assistance will be coordinated with the Lebanese army, the US embassy in Lebanon and the US international aid agency, USAID, Centcom said.Public anger in Lebanon is on the boil over the blast caused by a massive pile of ammonium nitrate that had for years lain in a ramshackle portside warehouse. It left at least 149 dead and 5,000 injured, and hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Rescuers and families are still searching for dozens more missing since the blast.The death toll was expected to rise as rescue workers keep digging through the rubble. The blast zone is now a wasteland of blackened ruins, while whole neighborhoods were largely destroyed. The fallout is expected to cost billions in a small country already plunged into an unprecedented economic and social crisis, battling the coronavirus, and where almost half of the inhabitants live in poverty. Topics :center_img The US military on Thursday delivered a first batch of food, water and medical supplies to Lebanon, two days after a massive explosion devastated Beirut and left hundreds of thousands homeless. A C-17 military plane from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar the delivered 11 pallets of aid, with two more shipments of food and water coming in the next 24 hours, US Central Command said in a statement.”The US is actively engaged in delivering food, water, and medical supplies to the Lebanese Armed Forces to meet the critical needs of the Lebanese people,” General Frank McKenzie was quoted as saying.last_img read more

Thousands march in France to condemn ‘domestic violence’

first_imgAround 35,000 people participated inthe march in Paris, police said. PARIS – Tens of thousands of peopletook to the streets in this capital and other French cities on Saturday toprotest against domestic violence, after over 130 women were believed to havebeen killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year. The #NousToutes association, whichorganized the protests, estimated the turnout much higher around 100,000 inParis and 150,000 across France. The demonstrations took place two daysbefore the government is due to publish the results of an investigation intodomestic violence.  center_img Demonstrators carry signs to protest “femicide” and violence against women in Paris, France on Nov. 23. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN Other marches took place in Frenchcities such as Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Lille.(Reuters)last_img read more

Exclusive – Former England captain slams Sterling’s tired excuse

first_imgAlan Shearer has told talkSPORT he still cannot understand why Raheem Sterling said he was “too tired” to turn out for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia.Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson confirmed after the 1-0 win in Tallinn the Liverpool attacker had admitted to being fatigued on the eve of the game and was therefore left on the bench.Sterling, 19, did appear as a substitute on 64 minutes, but the England manager’s revelation has prompted fans and former players to lay into the Reds star. And Shearer, who captained England 34 times out of his 64 caps, says he still cannot understand the teenager’s decision.Asked if he had any sympathy for Sterling the Newcastle legend told Drivetime: “No. I understand a guy saying to a manager, ‘Look is there anything you can help me with? I’m feeling a bit tired or can the sports scientist help me out, or the nutritionist. But don’t ever think I don’t want to play the game tomorrow night, I’m desperate to play.’“I would never ever give the manager an excuse to leave me out. I was amazed that it came out and that Raheem went and said it. I look at the best players in the world and I look at Lionel Messi and I’m pretty certain he started when he was 17 and look at the way he’s going.“I’m fascinated to find out whether he would have told the manager he was tired if it was a World Cup final. I don’t think he would have. Was it because it was Estonia away or what? I’m not sure.”Shearer added no one during his era of the game would ever admit to being too tired to feature in a match.“I understand that players do need rests and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a working man or a footballer you can be tired at times,” he said.“But in the time I was brought up and I was playing I never heard it and never would have said it. I do find it hard to understand and I don’t think the man on the street would ever understand someone who played football to say they’re tired.“It’s very rare you’re a 100 per cent fit in any game you go into because you’re always carrying some kind of knock and you’ve got to get through that game.”last_img read more