It is important to move “from general statements to actions” when it comes to reducing social and economic inequality, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in his address to the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.
“A person should have a comfortable environment to live in,” thanks to adequate infrastructure, he said, adding that developed countries should focus on building “an economy that doesn’t view people as a means, but places them at the center.”
According to Putin, the traditional measures used to stimulate the economy have already been exhausted, and further economic development will be largely based on budgetary incentives.
“It is absolutely clear that the world cannot follow the path of building an economy that works for a million people or even for the wealthiest. It’s just a destructive policy. Such a model is unsustainable by definition,” he said.
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The president pointed out that it’s important to direct real efforts and resources at reducing social inequality within countries as well as to gradually even out the level of economic development of both different nations and regions of the planet.
After Roman Abramovich dismissed club legend Frank Lampard from the Chelsea dugout this week, Chelsea fans have voiced their disapproval as Thomas Tuchel becomes the THIRTEENTH permanent boss of the Russian billionaire’s reign.
Abramovich moved to remove Lampard from the Chelsea head coach position on Monday after a spell of poor form which saw the Blues lose five of their last eight Premier League games, replacing the club’s all-time top goalscorer with German coach Thomas Tuchel.
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The former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager will take charge of his first assignment at home to Wolves on Wednesday evening, but just hours before kick-off a selection of Chelsea fans have made known their disapproval at the ever-constant managerial merry-go-round which has provided significant tumult at the club in recent seasons.
Supporters demonstrated outside the club’s Bovril Gate entrance early Wednesday, displaying a banner which read “The circus continues” as well as discharging blue flares outside Stamford Bridge as Tuchel plots to elevate the Blues’ from their mid-table position in the Premier League – some eleven points behind pace-setters Manchester City.
And as the image increases steam online, Chelsea fans have signalled mixed reactions to the decision to sever ties with one of their most legendary figures.
“So true, God bless Frank,” wrote one fan in response, while another said that the criticism of the Chelsea hierarchy was “spot on.”
“Our best ever player was still manager whilst the club were recruiting another manager, wasn’t able to say goodbye to players and staff, experienced players making younger players feel uncomfortable, could go on,” that same supporter elaborated.
Always thought the managers were mercenaries I now know it’s us the supporters who are the hired hands. I backed Super Frank just like I’ve backed every CFC manager, through ups and downs, for the first time I feel guilty, the connection isn’t the same. Win or lose up the Blues💙
Another wrote that “the connection isn’t the same” between the club and its supporters after the ruthless decision to remove Lampard from his role.
The reaction certainly wasn’t unanimous, however. Chelsea spent more than £200 million on a galaxy of summer imports but to date the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have yet to repay the significant faith placed in them by Lampard and the club.
“Circumstances gave Lampard the job at that point and he should be grateful for it. Maybe in the future his time will come and maybe he will stay longer. We move,” one fan added.
German boss Tuchel was the chosen candidate to replace Lampard, with suggestions that he was selected for the role in part to help acclimatize both Werner and Havertz into being productive members of the Chelsea first team squad.
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But with the clock ticking ever-nearer to the end of the current campaign, Tuchel – who has handed an 18 month contract – will be expected to hit the ground running.
And if Tuchel, one of the most highly-rated young coaches in Europe, doesn’t? Then questions will be surely be asked if the problems which are stifling Chelsea’s progress on the pitch are down to the man on the sidelines or the collection of executives who sit on the Chelsea board.
The facility was severely damaged in March 2011, after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean caused a massive tsunami that hit the plant, resulting in the meltdown of three nuclear reactors. High radiation levels forced some 160,000 people to evacuate from Fukushima Prefecture.
The UK’s coronavirus measures will be toughened to tackle the threat of Covid-19 variants from abroad, after the country’s death toll from the pandemic climbed above 100,000, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
“The Home Secretary will be setting out later today even tougher measures for those red-list countries where we are particularly concerned about new variants,” Johnson told parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
Under the UK’s current travel rules, arrivals into the country must provide a negative Covid-19 test from within 72 hours before their departure and a passenger locater form, while those arriving in England must self-isolate for 10 days.
Home Secretary Priti Patel will outline further restrictions later on Wednesday after the discovery of two new Covid-19 variants in Brazil and another in South Africa.
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The measures will see hotel quarantine measures brought in, forcing arrivals to the UK to self-isolate at hotels near airports, where they will be supervised by security guards, according to a report in the Times, citing government sources.
Some 30 high-risk countries will be added to a so-called “red list,” the report says, including South Africa and Brazil, as well as other South American countries, Cape Verde and Portugal – due to their travel links with Brazil.
On Tuesday Johnson said he was “deeply sorry” as the number of people to have died from Covid-19 within 28 days of a positive test reached 100,162, as a further 1,631 deaths were reported.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Biden administration has issued a general license authorising transactions involving securities of certain Communist Chinese military companies, overturning a ban imposed by former President Donald Trump, the Treasury Department said in a notice on its website on Wednesday.
Iranian officials have dismissed recent military threats made by Israel’s armed forces as nothing more than “psychological warfare” from a government that has “virtually no plan” to follow through on its rhetoric.
In a speech to Israel’s INSS think tank’s annual conference, Aviv Kochavi, the chief of staff of the Israeli armed forces, warned that it will “respond with an extremely significant counterattack” if its adversaries in Iran, Lebanon and Gaza threaten it or target its installations with military strikes.
Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri addressed Kochavi’s remarks on Wednesday by dismissing Israel, claiming it is “not in a position to issue a threat” against Tehran. This was reiterated by Mahmoud Vaezi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff, who claimed that the threats from Israel were nothing more than “psychological warfare.”
They have virtually no plan and no ability do so.
Iranian officials were clear that they “do not intend to go to war” but, in the event that Israel were to show an act of aggression, they stressed that their armed forces are trained and prepared to defend the country.
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The tense words between the two nations come as discussions continue over the US rejoining the Iran nuclear deal in return for relieving sanctions that were imposed on Tehran over the last few years by the Trump administration.
Israel has opposed any return to the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action, as they believe it does not include enough safeguards to prevent Iran from continuing to develop a nuclear weapon.
After contending with a transfer ban during his first season in charge, Lampard was furnished with more than £200 million worth of new talent last summer – including big-money German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
Both have failed to fire so far, however, which is seen as a factor in Lampard’s downfall.
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Klopp said the 42-year-old former Chelsea midfielder could still look forward to brighter days in management despite the bitter nature of his exit from Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Tuchel becomes the 13th different manager to serve under Roman Abramovich since the Russian oligarch rolled into west London in 2003.
Klopp added the culture at Chelsea under the billionaire was clear.
“How many coaches did Chelsea have in the last 15 years? There you are successful or out, that’s the mantra,” the German said.
The Liverpool boss admitted that Tuchel was inheriting a Chelsea squad packed with talent, but added he would not give his countryman advice on adapting to life in England.
“He is a really good manager. I’ve known him a long time and I respect him a lot. This Chelsea squad is a present – they will be good,” Klopp said.
“I will give him no public advice. No advice necessary from my side. I was very lucky at my clubs. Everyone wanted me to do well. I got the time because the owners thought we did the right stuff and knew that it takes time.”
Klopp on Tuchel at Chelsea: "I will give him no public advice. No advice necessary from my side. I was very lucky at my clubs. Everyone wanted me to do well. I got the time because the owners thought we did the right stuff and knew that it takes time." #awlfc [lfc]
Police in New Jersey have reportedly launched an investigation into former Trump adviser and spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway, after her 16-year-old daughter claimed that her mother posted a nude image of her on Twitter.
Four officers with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Alpine Police Department showed up at Conway’s mansion on Tuesday, with papers in hand. Alpine Police Chief Christopher Belcolle told the New York Post that “an investigation is being conducted,” but couldn’t reveal more due to the daughter, Claudia Conway, being a minor.
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A photo published by the New York Post showed four officers leaving the Conway residence.
The latest Conway family feud began on Monday, when Kellyanne allegedly posted a nude photo of Claudia to her Twitter Fleets, before swiftly deleting it. Claudia then posted a video to TikTok declaring that her mother was “going to f**king jail,” adding that the picture was “from months ago,” and said she suspected either that her mother had copied the image to her own phone having confiscated her daughter’s, or that someone had hacked her mother’s phone.
The Conways have gained a reputation as one of America’s most dysfunctional political families. While Kellyanne worked for the Trump administration, husband George Conway dedicated much of the last several years working to remove Trump from office, teaming up with a gaggle of ‘Never Trump’ Republicans to found the ‘Lincoln Project’ PAC.
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Claudia is also an outspoken critic of Trump, and gained a massive social media following for her leftist rants and for publicly accusing her mother of being “physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive.”
Claudia Conway was hailed by anti-Trump #Resistance types for her posts, but the volatility at home eventually took its toll on her mother’s career. In August, Kellyanne Conway left the Trump administration, saying it was time for “less drama, more mama.”
A bomb disposal unit has been called in to a Covid-19 vaccine production and storage plant in Wrexham, Wales after a suspicious package was found earlier. Wockhardt UK is a production partner to AstraZeneca.
North Wales Police have put a cordon in place near the Wockhardt plant on the Wrexham Industrial estate and the public have been told to keep away.
The company said it has partially evacuated the site pending a full investigation.
Pictures taken at the scene showed several police vehicles outside the plant and what appeared to be a bomb disposal robot being deployed.
A local worker at a neighbouring business on the industrial estate told the BBC that he heard “a hell of an explosion or a bang” at around 11:35am GMT.
The Wockhardt plant has the capacity to make and store doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and can produce around 300 million shots of the jab a year.
“Wockhardt UK in Wrexham this morning received a suspicious package. Relevant authorities have responded and upon expert advice we have partially evacuated the site pending a full investigation,” the company said in a statement.
A spokesperson for North Wales Police confirmed they are dealing with an “ongoing incident” at the industrial estate and that nearby roads have been closed.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the Wrexham site in November as it prepared to start production of the AstraZeneca jab. He said the facility could provide “salvation for humanity” in the form of the Covid vaccine.
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