View post tag: Defense View post tag: US View post tag: usa PENTAGON PRESS SECRETARY NAVY REAR ADM. JOHN KIRBThe U.S. Navy’s forward deployed ships to Europe have not changed their course, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said yesterday, denying potential move of the Navy ships to the Mediterranean Sea, and possibly the Black Sea, to oust Putin’s troops from Crimea. March 4, 2014 View post tag: Mediterranean View post tag: no View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: ships No Change to US Ships’ Posture in Europe or the Mediterranean View post tag: europe Though some media outlets are speculating on possible ship movements in the region, Kirby said, there has been no change to U.S. military posture in Europe or the Mediterranean Sea.“Our Navy units continue to conduct routine, previously planned operations and exercises with allies and partners in the region,” the press secretary said.Ukrainian officials reported that four Russian navy ships in Sevastopol’s harbor had blocked two vessels controlled by Kiev, writes the Washington Post.The U.S. Defense Department has “put on hold” military-to-military activities with Russia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said last evening.In a statement released to reporters, Kirby said the suspended activities include exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences.“Although the Defense Department finds value in the military-to-military relationship developed in recent years with the Russian Federation to increase transparency, build understanding and reduce the risk of military miscalculation, Kirby said, ‘we have, in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the United States and Russia,’”Pentagon release read.The Defense Department is closely monitoring the situation and remains in close contact with the State Department and other government agencies, as well as with allies, partners and NATO, the admiral said. “We call on Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and for Russian forces in Crimea to return to their bases, as required under the agreements governing the Russia Black Sea Fleet,” he added.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 4, 2014, Image: US DoD Back to overview,Home naval-today No Change to US Ships’ Posture in Europe or the Mediterranean Share this article View post tag: Posture View post tag: change View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: Navy
The sprawling and densely populated working-class neighborhoods of Mexico City have been among the hardest hit in the region by the virus and the ensuing economic pain.Alejandro Castillo, 68, never stopped selling colorful women’s leggings at his stall in Mexico City’s outdoor Tepito market during the pandemic, but sales have dropped to a third of what he is used to.”It’s like a nightmare, because you can’t see when it’s going to end,” Castillo said.Still, Castillo considers himself lucky. One fellow vendor and his son recently tested positive for COVID-19, two weeks after a nephew died of the disease. Another nephew of his colleague was so weakened by the virus that he can barely speak. Latin America remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, even as infections spike again in Europe and the global death toll is likely to surpass 1 million this weekend.In Mexico, numbers have remained stubbornly high for months even after coming off summer peaks, as the government prioritized increasing hospital capacity over tests and contact tracing.The confirmed coronavirus caseload rose to 710,049 on Wednesday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a reported death toll of 74,949.With the testing rate far below most other large countries, Mexican officials recognize the true numbers are much higher.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday reiterated that infections and deaths were declining.”In Mexico we haven’t had – knock on wood – a new outbreak, we’re trending downwards in general,” he said in his morning news conference.But for stall-holder Castillo the danger still feels uncomfortably present.”Cases have been growing closer recently. And there’s still not really a policy to deal with the pandemic, at least that’s what we see,” Castillo said. Topics : Mexico was set to surpass 75,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as the pandemic ravages Latin American nations with large informal economies where workers have grappled with the twin threats of hunger and contagion.Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest coronavirus death toll, according to a Reuters tally, behind the United States, Brazil, and India. Despite closing schools and offices six months ago, the Mexican government has struggled to contain the virus’ spread.More than half of Latin America’s active population have informal jobs in areas such as street commerce and domestic labor. In Mexico, working from home or strict social distancing measures can mean no income, since the welfare safety net is small.
Cech has fallen below Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and made only seven appearances in the Barclays Premier League last season. The 33-year-old has one year remaining on his contract and is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs including Arsenal. Jose Mourinho has warned clubs wanting to buy Petr Cech this summer that they may have to give up one of their own players to land the Chelsea goalkeeper. Mourinho is reluctant to let Cech join the Gunners and suggested he may even demand a player in exchange if the veteran is allowed to leave. “Every club that is interested in Petr, I can find a player that I like in that team too,” said Mourinho, speaking at the launch of BT Sport’s European football coverage. “My answer is not important. My answer is not important because the owner is the owner, he is the person with the perspective I admire a lot, respect a lot. “He respects a lot of people who do important things for him. “Since 2004 to 2014-15, 10 years of success with the club, 10 years of unbelievable behaviour. I will have to accept any decision that the owner has. “I’m different. I have the same respect for Petr that everybody at the club has, but my answer would be, no way. If the answer is different I will accept that.” Chelsea finished eight points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table but the Blues disappointed in the Champions League, where they were beaten by Paris St Germain in the last 16. Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are all expected to spend significant money on transfers this summer and Mourinho believes he needs three new players to stay ahead. “We have to improve. If we have the same team the other teams will be better than us,” Mourinho said. “If I keep Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – for us that’s the first target. “I think we need three (new) players. A striker because we lost our legend (Didier Drogba), a defender and a midfield player. “(It will) give a little bit more competitiveness to the squad, bring some new blood in, put some players a little bit under pressure. “They know they have someone waiting, I need that to support my way of working. “Now they’re the champions I need that but basically the same squad, the same team, the same manager and stability in the club.” Press Association