Seven dead as coronavirus measures trigger prison riots across Italy

first_imgTopics : Three prisoners died there, and another four in prisons where they were moved after the violence started, a prison administration official at the justice ministry, said.Some died from overdoses of drugs they had stolen from prison clinics, a justice ministry source said, without giving details on what had caused the other fatalities.Police and fire trucks massed outside the prison as black smoke swirled into the sky on Sunday. A justice ministry spokesman said the situation there was under control by Monday, and officials were assessing the damage.Two guards were taken hostage in a prison in the northern town of Pavia on Sunday night, and then freed in a police raid hours later, the prison police group UILPA said.Inmates revolted in Milan’s San Vittore prison, taking to the roof and unfurling a banner demanding a general pardon.Further south, prisoners in the Tuscan city of Prato set fire to mattresses.On Sicily, inmates rebelled at Palermo’s Ucciardone prison, which houses some Mafia convicts, but guards managed to regain control, officials said.Italian media said about 50 inmates managed to escape from a jail in the southern city Foggia. The majority were rapidly captured, but by nightfall nine prisoners were still missing.Italy’s prisons are among the most over-crowded in Europe. “The spread of the virus is a real concern,” said Andrea Oleandri of the Italian prison rights group Antigone.  Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede said the government was open to discussing prison conditions but the rebellions had to stop.In a sign of the political pressures piling onto his coalition government, the leader of the far-right opposition League, Matteo Salvini, called for an “iron fist” response.Italy – the worst-hit country in Europe – has reported 463 deaths linked to the virus.The biggest rebellion began on Sunday in a prison in the northern town of Modena.center_img Seven prisoners have died as riots spread through crowded jails across Italy over measures imposed to contain the coronavirus.Inmates, many angered by restrictions on family visits, went on the rampage and started fires from Sunday into Monday, authorities said. In one prison, inmates took guards hostage and in another some escaped.By Monday afternoon, violence that started at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy had spread south, hitting more than 25 penitentiaries nationwide.last_img read more

Lombok Travel Mart promotes tourist destinations in Sumbawa

first_imgAn annual travel exhibition held in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), recently attracted at least 150 local and foreign buyers mostly involved in the leisure business, in particular travel agencies.The seventh Lombok Travel Mart was held by the Regional Representative Council (DPD) in collaboration with the Indonesian Association of Tourism Professionals (ASPPI). The event, held from March 1 to March 4, adopted the theme “Magical Moyo” to promote top tourist destinations on Moyo Island in Sumbawa, NTB.The head of the event, Ade Devi Handayani, explained that sellers came from tourism-related industries such as hotels, restaurants, travel agents and tourist attraction operators. “From 400 applicants, only 150 of the best buyers were chosen to join the event,” Ade said at the Golden Palace Lombok Hotel in Mataram during the opening on March 1.The event showcased travel destinations on Moyo Island such as Mata Waterfall, which is already a tourism icon of Sumbawa, and a snorkeling spot called Poto Jarum that is considered to be the best snorkeling spot on the island.The chairman of ASPPI, Ahmad Ziad, said the event was held annually to promote tourist destinations in the province to both domestic and foreign tourists.“The annual event brings together buyers and sellers in tourism,” he said, adding that last year the event attracted 175 buyers and 35 sellers.The head of the NTB Tourism Agency, Lalu Moh Faozal, said that “Magical Moyo” was chosen as the theme to promote popular tourist destinations in Lombok such as the famous Amanwana resort.  (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

Pep Guardiola issues blunt response when asked if he is missing Mikel Arteta

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jan 2020 2:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8kShares Pep Guardiola issues blunt response when asked if he is missing Mikel Arteta Pep Guardiola had been keen for Mikel Arteta to remain at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City have already moved on from Mikel Arteta and denied the Premier League champions are missing the presence of his former No.2.Arteta has made a positive impact since his appointment as Arsenal’s new head coach and celebrated his first win at the helm after masterminding a convincing 2-0 win over Manchester United on Monday.Guardiola had been keen for Arteta to remain at City until the end of the season but sympathised with the dilemma the 37-year-old faced when Arsenal came calling following their decision to sack Unai Emery.City slumped to a shock defeat at Wolves last week, which all but ended their hopes of retaining the league title, but subsequently recovered to record back-to-back wins over Sheffield United an Everton.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he was missing his former sidekick Gaurdiola responded bluntly, saying: ‘We have already readjusted our routine day by day, our way to work and now he is the manager of Arsenal.’ Advertisement Aymeric Laporte is closing in on making his return after missing four months with a knee injury (Picture: Getty)City are a distant 14 points behind Liverpool in the table with Jurgen Klopp’s side continuing their relentless winning run over the festive period.Guardiola’s side, however, remain in contention for three other trophies and their hopes of ending the season with significant silverware will be boosted by the imminent return of Aymeric Laporte, who has been out of action since August with a knee injury.‘Yesterday was the first time he training 10-15 minutes with the team and today again,’ said Guardiola ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Port Vale.‘The rest individually and he is getting better. He feels good, i think next week he will complete all the training sessions with us.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I don’t know [when he will play again]. You think about it but I think he will dictate with how he feels, he has been out for four months and needs time.‘So it is not like he can immediately play 90 minutes. What is important is he has not had any setbacks during his time out – the same with Leroy – and that is incredibly good.  I’m grateful to the physios.’Are Man City missing Mikel Arteta?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mikel Arteta responds to David Luiz’s dig at former Arsenal boss Unai EmeryMORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future and clarifies January transfer plans Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Jobs are key to Haitian recovery, CARICOM leaders told

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 8 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share NewsRegional Jobs are key to Haitian recovery, CARICOM leaders told by: – February 17, 2012 Haitian flag. Photo credit: cia.govPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Job creation and strengthening the capacity of the Haitian government were the top two priorities laid out to the Bureau of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during its two-day mission to Haiti. Both the president and prime minister of Haiti emphasised those points in their meetings with the Bureau led by chairman Desi Bouterse, president of Suriname, and including Dr Denzil Douglas, prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis; Phillip Pierre, deputy prime minister of Saint Lucia, representing the prime minister, Dr Kenny Anthony; and Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general of CARICOM. Haitian President Michel Martelly stressed the importance of job creation not only for Haiti but also for the Community. With jobs and economic opportunities at home, he said, his people would not need to migrate as it was the lack of those prospects that forced them to go elsewhere. Martelly saw agriculture as a major factor in the economic renaissance and in creating employment given the “vast amount of land available.” It is an area in which the Community has been assisting with the distribution of crop seeds to farmers through the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) in conjunction with the Inter-American Institute and the support of the Government of Australia through AusAid. The president added that a strong Haitian economy would be a benefit to CARICOM, given the size of the Haitian market. It was a point reinforced by Bouterse, who pointed out that in helping Haiti “we are helping ourselves”. Minister after minister of the Haitian cabinet stressed the importance of CARICOM’s continuing involvement in Haiti at a working lunch in the National Palace, a building that shows significant signs of the heavy damage wrought by the 2010 earthquake. The ministers outlined their priorities and indicated how the Community could assist them in meeting the challenges. Those priorities were codified in large measure through a memorandum of understanding signed by the secretary-general and Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Lamothe. Noteworthy was the fact that in large measure the priority areas for Haiti were in consonance with those identified for the Community by the heads of government following their retreat in Guyana last May. One of the major players in creating the necessary jobs and opportunities, the private sector underscored to the delegation, which included the special representative of heads of government to Haiti, PJ Patterson, the need to make CARICOM work for the benefit of all its members. They expressed their concern that travel between Haiti and the rest of CARICOM was hindered by visa issues, a point also raised by Martelly. The heads of government had decided that business people with United States, Canadian and Schengen Area visas would not require visas to enter CARICOM states but this has not yet been fully implemented. The Bureau assured the private sector representatives that this matter would be raised at the forthcoming Intersessional Meeting of the Heads of Government on 8-9 March in Suriname. There were also calls for improving transportation and communication links and it was noted that three airlines based in the Community were exploring the possibility of regular service between Haiti and the rest of CARICOM. The establishment of such links would enhance the possibilities for partnerships and exchanges, buttressed by another suggestion for a fund to facilitate cross border investments. Already one company from Jamaica has made a significant investment in Haiti. “How does one strengthen the capacity of the Haitian government?” was the question posed by Prime Minister Garry Conille. The prime minister argued that there was need for a paradigm shift in the way aid was delivered to Haiti and called on the Community to advocate on behalf of Haiti for that shift. He suggested that Haiti should be made a pilot project in that regard with donor projects including performance criteria, one of which would be training Haitians to replace the foreign experts. Such a move would build capacity and also assist in job creation. Both the Haitians and their CARICOM colleagues were pleased at the outcome of the mission. Douglas summed it up when he stated that he had heard clearly from the Haitians what their priorities were and their message that they wished CARICOM to advocate on their behalf to the international community. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

35 Antique PWDs assessed for free prosthesis

first_imgDr. Faith Legaspi-Sorrilla, a PARMphysiatrist, said in an interview that along with VMMC technicians, they haveassessed and measured the PWDs that will be provided prosthesis during thetwo-day activity that started last Feb. 27. SAN JOSE, Antique – Some 35 persons withdisabilities (PWDs) in this capital town were assessed by the PhilippineAcademy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) and the Veteran Memorial Medical Center(VMMC) so that they can be given free prosthesis. “Through the help of the officers of theAssociation of the Persons with Disability, we were able to inform the PWDs toavail of the services from the PARM and the VMMC,” he said. “There were also those that hadcongenital anomalies, said Sorilla. She also added that many of thoseamputees were victims of road crashes, while some are diabetic, among others. According to him, it was the initiativeof Gov. Rhodora Cadiao to partner with VMMC, who sent its two technicians forthe activity. center_img For his part, Paolo Castillo, head ofthe Provincial Disability Affairs Office in this region, which is under theProvincial Social Welfare and Development Office, said that they are gratefulfor the free prosthetics. This person with disability gets assessed by a health officer in order to be given free prosthesis. The two- day prosthesis assessment activity was done through the initiative of Gov. Rhodora Cadiao. PSWDO-ANTIQUE “Most of the PWDs who were assessed hadtheir below the knee or above the knee amputations and needed to have theprosthetic,” she said. The beneficiaries will get theirprosthetics after two months.(With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Covell Mills

first_imgWell known area farmer and land developer Covell Mills, 63 of Dillsboro passed away Friday January 22, 2016 at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Covell was born Monday November 17, 1952 in Milan the son of Denver and Viola (Broughton) Mills. He married Connie (Cleeter) Mills March 14, 1981 and she survives. Covell graduated from Milan High School in 1971 and Purdue University in 1974. Covell was a member of the Dillsboro Investment Club and a former member of the Ripley County Planning Commission. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, quad riding, grilling, playing cards, and telling jokes to his family and to the guys around the table at the Reservation. Covell loved spending time with his family and friends.Covell is survived by wife: Connie Mills of Dillsboro, daughter: Sarah Mills of Milwaukee, WI; son: Tyler Mills and fiancée: Jessica Stark of Indianapolis, father: Denver Mills of Dillsboro, sisters: Maxine (Ron) Gall of Cincinnati and Charlene (Jerry) Olson of Kokomo, IN. He was preceded in death his mother: Viola Mills, brother: Dennis Mills, nephew: Jeff Kersey.Funeral services will be at 10:00AM Thursday January 28, 2016 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, with Rev. Brent Raitz officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery south of Milan. Visitation will be 4-8PM Wednesday January 27, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Milan Scholarship Fund, Milan Fire Department or Dillsboro Fire Department. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street, Box 243 Milan, IN 47031. (812)654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message.last_img read more

Chico signs new Swansea deal

first_img The 26-year-old has been a regular at the heart of the Swans defence after making a £2million summer move from Genoa. The Spaniard’s previous deal was until 2015, but the club were keen to tie down the former Real Mallorca man for a further year. “I’m very happy,” the centre-half told his club’s official website. Press Association Swansea have announced that Chico Flores has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2016.center_img “Everything has gone better than I ever expected considering I only arrived in Wales in the summer. I have found it easier to settle here than when I moved from Spain to Italy. “The language issue can still be difficult at times, but I’m getting there. My English is improving all the time and I have good communication on the pitch alongside Ash (Ashley Williams), who can also speak a bit of Spanish. “In my debut season the club has won its first major trophy and is safe again for another year in the Premier League. “It’s been a fantastic experience and a massive achievement for the club, both individually and collectively. “I had no hesitation in signing a new contract for a number of reasons, but mainly because I can only see the team and the club growing. “We play good football, which I think suits me, and the warmth of the fans towards me has been unbelievable. To hear them singing my name is amazing; phenomenal. I love them all. “If you put all that together, everything is perfect, and I hope to stay at Swansea for a long, long time.” last_img read more

O’Driscoll backed to stay focused

first_img Head coach Schmidt believes the Gatland-O’Driscoll circus is a “non-issue” ahead of Ireland’s second RBS 6 Nations clash this weekend. Gatland was pilloried from many posts after omitting centre O’Driscoll from the Lions’ decisive final Test in Australia in the summer. “It’s just about trying to get as well prepared as we can be in the windows that we’ve had.” Fit-again Gordon D’Arcy has replaced Luke Marshall at inside centre for Saturday’s clash, after missing out with a stomach bug last weekend. Ireland saw off Scotland 28-6 in their Six Nations opener on Sunday, with Schimdt admitting a big step forward will be required to see off the Welsh in round two. D’Arcy and O’Driscoll will extend still further their already world-record combined caps haul for an international centre partnership against Wales. O’Driscoll will retire at the end of the season, with the Six Nations his Ireland swansong. Whatever misty-eyed reminiscences fill column inches and terrace talk, Schmidt said sentiment will not cloud the judgement of his stalwart midfield pairing. “The one thing that they both know, on behalf of the team, is that it’s what they do on Saturday that is of the utmost importance,” said Schmidt. “If we put things in a historical context, it is exactly that, that’s what happened, in the past. “It’s about making sure they make the things happen that need to happen on Saturday and I know they are really conscious of that.” Press Association The rumbling fallout from Warren Gatland snubbing Brian O’Driscoll on the Lions tour will not derail Ireland’s bid to see off Wales in Dublin on Saturday, according to Joe Schmidt. The Lions blasted to 41-16 victory, with boss Gatland feeling entirely vindicated in selecting Jonathan Davies at outside centre. Ireland’s most-capped player O’Driscoll conceded it was hard not to hold a grudge in the aftermath. Both Gatland and O’Driscoll have moved to play down continued frostiness between the pair in the build-up to this crucial Six Nations showdown. Former Ireland boss Gatland even lambasted reporters for continuing to quiz him on the issue at the start of the week. Schmidt, the former Leinster boss, said the fuss has not even registered among the Ireland camp this week. “Certainly the match and a good performance is far more important for Brian and everyone internally,” said Schmidt. “It’s a non-issue for us to be honest. It’s something that happened over the summer, there’s a lot of water under the bridge since then. “I think they’ve both known each other for a long time, I know it’s not a distraction for Brian and it certainly hasn’t been evident that it’s been a distraction for anyone else. last_img read more

Elliott, Wisconsin defense steps it up for opening weekend

first_imgASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Simply put, it was a historic day for the University of Wisconsin hockey programs.Late in the second period in the game between Wisconsin and Cornell here at the Resch Center Sunday, the UW women’s team was, meanwhile, busy winning its first NCAA title with a 3-0 win in Minneapolis. Hours — yes, it turned out to be hours — later, the men’s team capped off what turned out to be one of the most epic games in NCAA tournament history.”I think that’s a college game that everybody who was in the building will be talking about for a long time,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.It was particularly historic for the Burish family, which saw its son, Adam, advance to the Frozen Four, and its daughter, Nikki, win a national title.”Once Coach got done addressing us, I went and got my cell phone and called my sister,” Adam Burish said. “What a special day for us.”As important as Jack Skille’s goal in the third overtime was, it was yet another magnificent performance on defense that stole the show. Wisconsin spent the early part of its regular season proving to the country that it was not simply a defense-first team. But that defense certainly has come in handy in recent weeks.The Badgers came into this weekend riding back-to-back shutouts against Minnesota and Bemidji State, and junior goalie Brian Elliott had recorded four blankings in his last seven starts.”He’s making every save that we need,” UW defenseman Tom Gilbert said. “He’s given us all the confidence in the world.”It didn’t seem like it could get any better … until Sunday.All Elliott did was post yet another shutout, and this time in a little more than 111 minutes between the pipes. He made 40 saves over that time, and especially came up huge in the third overtime period, making a couple of highlight-reel stops.”What’s different for me [this year] is looking into the seniors’ eyes and seeing that excitement and that joy of moving on and their career not ending,” Elliott said. “The young guys on our team, we just want to do that for the [seniors].”The Hobey Baker Award finalist is making quite the campaign pitch down the stretch. The three finalists for the award will be announced Wednesday, and it can’t hurt that he hasn’t surrendered a goal in his last 252 minutes of work. To save you some quick division, that’s nearly 13-straight periods without relinquishing a goal.”As far as having three shutouts in a row, I don’t think that I would have ever thought that could happen,” Eaves said. “It’s just one of those moments when Brian is playing terrific and the people in front of him are playing well, too.”It isn’t all Elliott, and he will be the first to tell you that. His teammates in front of him did their fair share of sacrificing their bodies to block shots and making sure he didn’t have to make even more stops.”The guys in front of me have been unreal lately,” Elliott said. “Everybody’s all out, and you can’t say enough about the guys in front of me.”And perhaps the clincher in showing just how impressive the Badger defense is playing came from sophomore blue liner Josh Engel.He played in just eight games this season before classmate Joe Piskula went down with an injury. Engel stepped in admirably, playing alongside the defensive corps’ leader, Gilbert, and his hard work paid off Sunday when he manufactured the game-ending goal.McKee played the puck off the boards and, for a brief moment, it looked like Engel would step back into defensive position. But in a split second, he changed his mind, moved up to play the puck and made a perfect pass.The result was his fourth point of his UW career — the second of this season, and the biggest of his life.”I was really lucky. I just threw it over there,” Engel said. “It’s exciting.”But as historic as Sunday was for Wisconsin, Burish knows there is much work to be done.”The one thing my dad said was, ‘You can’t let your sister win a national championship and you guys not do it,'” he said. “I’ve got some work left to do.”last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers drop Huskies to move onto WCHA Final Face-Off

first_imgFor the fifth year in a row, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off.With a packed arena and the pep-band at full volume, the Badgers (26-6-4) delivered an onslaught of offensive power, putting up two first period goals on St. Cloud State Saturday night on the way to a win and a series sweep of the Huskies in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.After a 5-0 triumph Friday night in game one, game two ended with a final score of 4-1 in favor of Wisconsin, sending the team to its fifth consecutive appearance in the semifinals of the WCHA tournament.After Minnesota State-Mankato took UW to a decisive third game a season ago in the first round playoffs, Wisconsin came out strong both nights in the commanding wins.“I thought our energy was good,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We were creating some good, quality chances unlike last Friday when we weren’t able to get the puck past the goaltender. Players were driving through the center of the ice and there were some good connections, some nice, aggressive passes.”Friday night’s game started out well for the Badgers, as they scored four first period goals.Through almost 10 minutes of the first period, it looked as if things would not fall for the Badgers that night. Despite peppering the Huskies star-goalie Julie Friend with 14 shots to that point, and many of them quality chances, nothing was getting past Friend until Sarah Nurse acted instinctively.“[McKibbon] won the faceoff quickly and I saw three people coming at me,” Nurse, the sophomore forward, said. “I just had to get [the shot] off as fast as I could, I was just trying to hit the net.”On that offensive-zone faceoff, fellow sophomore Sydney McKibbon won the draw and then sent the puck back into Nurse’s vicinity at the top of the left circle. With two defensemen rushing her, she fired a one-timer into the upper right corner of the net. If the puck was even just a few centimeters over to the right, it would have rung off the post and out.“The key is to win the faceoff,” Johnson said. “When you win it cleanly, the other team has a tough time defending. You’re going to get a shot, it’s just whether it’s a good shot in a good spot. There aren’t many goalies that are going to stop that shot. That was a laser.”The floodgates opened at that point and Wisconsin would tally three more goals in the period, adding one last on in the final 20 minutes of the game to bring their tally to five.There was an air of confidence surrounding the coaches and players that night that led into Saturday, where the team continued its display of dominance over a relatively helpless St. Cloud State team that got outshot 103-29.Mikayla Johnson, head coach Mark Johnson’s daughter and an unusual scorer, opened up Wisconsin’s offensive spurt less than seven minutes into the game Saturday night, putting a smile on the face of her father as he watched from the bench.That smile would grow even bigger as the night continued and Johnson watched his team control the game with ease.With three seconds remaining in the first period, Emily Clark crashed the net and sent a wrist shot at Friend, who got a pad on it but left a big rebound. Clark continued her stride and then sent snap shot far post before Friend could cover the puck to put UW up 2-0.The team’s energy, something Johnson has been stressing for weeks, was quite visible throughout the full three periods.“It’s a nice feeling going into each period with the lead,” said Turnbull. “We keep the momentum that way and we stay energized. It’s helpful when we have a good start.”With the Huskies trailing 3-0 late in the third period, Molly Illikainen sent a fluke goal past UW goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens as a centering pass was stopped just in front of the net, creating a scrum. Desbiens, unable to see the puck, dove into the scrum while the puck squeaked out to the side of the net and to a waiting Illikainen, who hammered home the opportunity, to cut the Badgers’ lead to two with nine minutes left in regulation.The Badgers would, however, respond within a minute of play. Turnbull coasted her way in on net and sent a wrist-shot flying past Friend’s glove hand at the 12:03 mark.“After you get scored on, that next shift is crucial,” Johnson said. “Obviously they pick up a bit of momentum by scoring a goal, they get excited. But if you come back and respond, even with just a strong shift, you can settle the game down.”The two wins meant a sweep for Wisconsin over St. Cloud State and a trip to Grand Forks, N.D. to face North Dakota, an unfortunate luck of the draw. UND has knocked Wisconsin out of the WCHA tournament for the past two years, and now the Badgers must play the third-seed on their home ice and in a playoff atmosphere.“We really want to win,” senior forward Katy Josephs said. “It’s not an option for us to lose this year … Playing North Dakota away is always fun. They have their band who really heckles you, but we’re working on ourselves. We’re really focusing on our game and not worrying too much about those external things, that is what we’re focusing on.”last_img read more