‘Times of hardship’ Khamenei advised Iranians that “everyone should follow the instructions” of the authorities to fight the epidemic “so that Almighty God will put an end to this calamity for the Iranian people, for all Muslim nations and for all mankind”.Jahanpour said Tehran province had reported 249 new cases and the central province of Yazd, where 84 new patients had been counted, “could become a new focus of the disease in the coming days”.To limit the spread of the virus, the authorities have asked people to refrain from travelling during the nation’s current New Year celebrations. In Iran “about 68 percent of deaths from COVID-19 disease are people over 60 years of age”, Jahanpour said, stressing that family trips “are generally risk factors for this age group”. Iran has a population of some 81 million and the disease is present in all 31 provinces. While it refuses to seek assistance from the American “Great Satan”, the Islamic Republic has not closed the door to international help. Iran said that by mid-March it had received medical equipment or financial aid from Azerbaijan, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan, Qatar, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced Sunday it would send a 50-bed inflatable hospital and a nine-person emergency team to Isfahan, Iran’s third largest city. “Iran is by far the hardest hit country in the region and Isfahan is the second most affected province in the country, and we hope that our aid will relieve, at least in part, the pressure on the local health system,” said Julie Reverse, MSF’s representative in Iran. Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said Sunday his country would never accept any aid to fight the novel coronavirus from arch-enemy and “charlatans” the United States, as Tehran announced 129 new deaths.Speaking in a televised address, Khamenei charged in a message directed at Washington: “No one trusts you. You are capable of bringing into our country a drug that will keep the virus alive and prevent its eradication.”Iran has been one of the countries worst hit by the COVID-19 illness along with Italy, Spain and China, and the latest fatalities raised the official death toll to 1,685, the health ministry said. More than 1,028 new cases in the past 24 hours meant a total of 21,638 people had now tested positive for the virus, said ministry spokesman Kianouche Jahanpour.US President Donald Trump — who has stepped up sanctions and a “maximum pressure” campaign on Tehran over its nuclear program — said on February 29 that Washington was ready to help Iran fight the virus if its leaders requested it. But Khamenei reiterated Iran’s rejection, charging that Washington, which whom it has had no diplomatic relations for more than 40 years, was “capable” of wanting to intensify the epidemic in the Islamic republic.”Today America is our most ferocious and vicious enemy,” Khamenei said in his address to the nation. “The American leaders are liars, manipulators, impudent and greedy … They are charlatans,” he said, also labeling them “absolutely ruthless” and “terrorists”.The American proposals “to help us with medicines and treatments, provided we ask for them, are strange”, he said, noting that the United States itself suffers from “a horrible shortage not only of disease prevention equipment but also of medicines”. Speaking to Washington, he added: “If you have something, use it for yourself.” Topics :
London: English giants Chelsea on Thursday announced that they have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig over the transfer of hotshot striker Timo Werner, subject to passing a medical examination. The 24-year-old has also agreed personal terms with Chelsea and will join ‘The Blues’ in July. He will remain with Leipzig for the rest of the Bundesliga season. “I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club,” Werner was quoted as saying in the statement released on Chelsea’s Twitter handle. “I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. “I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us,” he added. It is being reported by Daily Mail that Chelsea have agreed to pay 53 million pounds for Werner, which was his release clause and he will reportedly be earning 175,000 pounds week for the next five years at Stamford Bridge. Werner is currently enjoying the most profitable season of his career yet, having already scored 32 goals and registered 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions. IANS Also Watch: Morning Bulletin | 19th June, 2020
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team looks to make history this weekend when it faces Robert Morris at the Kohl Center. Holding a 28-game unbeaten streak, No. 1 Wisconsin (2-0) will play its home opening series with a chance to tie the all-time mark of 30 set by New Hampshire back in 2005-06. Despite yet another record knocking at UW’s door, the team doesn’t seem to notice. “I haven’t thought about it,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “I don’t even know what number it is at to be honest.” “We don’t even think about it,” senior defenseman Emily Morris added. “When you start thinking about stuff like that too much is when you mess up.” Instead, the Badgers are focused on the team at hand — Robert Morris. The Colonials are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Mercyhurst Lakers — No. 2 in the USA Today poll. Despite finishing just 11-22-2 last season, they should provide some competition for the Badgers. “They are going to work hard and be competitive,” Johnson said. “We have to be sharp if we are going to win.” Wisconsin has had some success against Robert Morris in the past. The team went down to RMU and won 10-0 and 5-0 in consecutive games last season. Both teams possess talented returning players and up-and-coming freshmen who are trying to gel early in the season. The Badgers, in particular, have a great deal of experience, returning essentially their entire offense from last season — five of their top eight point-scorers from a year ago — save 2006 Patty Kazmaier winner Sara Bauer.The team also boasts the preseason WCHA rookie of the year, freshman Hilary Knight, along with six other capable freshmen. To continue its success UW must find a way to blend these players effectively. More important than continuing the streak or downing Robert Morris, Wisconsin is focused on simply getting better.“Early in the season it is more about what we are doing, how we are playing, and looking for some chemistry within our lines” Johnson said. “You are trying to find some combinations, looking for some chemistry, and probably the most important thing is for our young players to get some game experience.” The Badgers started off in the right direction with a strong week of practice.“Right now we are working on everything,” Johnson said. “In fact, we still have to work on a couple things, but we haven’t had time yet.” And the team chemistry is building.“We are having a lot of fun,” Morris said. “Getting things to flow, and we are all getting on the same page.”While the NCAA streak could be tied at the conclusion of this weekend’s series for the reigning two-time NCAA national champions, this weekend is about starting fresh. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished in the past,” Morris said. “But, it is a new year, and it being my senior year, I hope it will be just as fun as the past ones.” Making the home opener even more exciting for the Badgers and their fans will be the raising of the 2006-2007 National Championship banner, which will go up 15 minutes prior to gametime. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.