China’s foreign ministry said on Friday that it extended congratulations to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, who won the Nov. 3 election that President Donald Trump has refused to concede.“We respect the choice of the American people. We extend congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular daily briefing. “We understand the results of the U.S. election will be determined according to U.S. laws and procedures,” he added. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands with U.S Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People on December 4, 2013 in Beijing, China.Getty Images
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Topics : Iran’s death toll from coronavirus reached 145 on Saturday after another 21 people were confirmed to have died during the last day, among them a conservative lawmaker from Tehran, officials and local news agencies said.Announcing the latest deaths from the virus, a health ministry official said in a televised briefing that the tally of confirmed infections had increased by more than 1,000 during the last 24 hours, totaling 5,823 by Saturday.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for world opposition to US sanctions which he said were draining Iran’s resources needed in the fight against COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. Iranian Lawmaker Fatehmeh Rahbar was among those who died on Friday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, in another sign that the disease is spreading within state institutions.On March 2, Tasnim reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi. He was a member of the Expediency Council, an entity that resolves disputes between parliament and the Guardian Council – a hardline watchdog body.Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi and another member of parliament, Mahmoud Sadeghi, have said they have also contracted the virus.As authorities work to contain the outbreak, Iran’s Mosque Authority postponed all gatherings and celebrations until further notice, the Mehr news agency said.Iran is the epicenter of the outbreak in the Middle East as most of the cases reported in the region are either people who were in Iran or who caught the virus from people who had visited the country. “[President Donald Trump] @realDonaldTrump is maliciously tightening US’ illegal sanctions with aim of draining Iran’s resources needed in the fight against #COVID19 – while our citizens are dying from it,” Zarif said in a tweet.”The world can no longer be silent as US #EconomicTerrorism is supplanted by its #MedicalTerrorism,” Zarif said, without referring to any new sanctions.Trump has said he hopes the sanctions will limit Tehran’s ballistic missile program and influence across the Middle East. Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and its missiles are for deterrence and defensive purposes.In Zurich, a senior Swiss government official said on Saturday that a Swiss channel to export food and medicine to Iran’s struggling population without running afoul of US sanctions is off to a good start, with dozens of companies keen to take part.
Nolan wants them to make the step up in the coming games and he also hopes free agent Carlton Cole will play his part if he persuades manager Sam Allardyce to give him a short-term contract. “When your major signing cost £15million and he’s not playing, it’s going to affect you, but it’s down to the lads to step up to the plate,” Nolan added. “Mo [Maiga] has had a few chances on Saturday and he probably could have done better with a couple, but it wasn’t to be. “At the end of the day, we’ve just got to keep fighting and creating the chances and one of them will go in. “Mladen Petric is getting up to full speed with us and we’ve got Carlton Cole who is going to join in with us soon in training. “Hopefully we’ll start creating more and better chances and converting them.” West Ham have not put a date on Carroll’s return from an Achilles injury, but the striker has been keeping fans updated with his treatment through an online diary that charts his work with Belgian physio Lieven Maesschalck. Carroll praised West Ham fans for the support they have given him during his rehab. “I just want to say a big thanks to all our fans that are sending me good luck and supportive messages,” Carroll wrote in his latest diary entry. “It means a lot and I am looking to be back as soon as I can to do my bit for the team.” Kevin Nolan has told his West Ham team-mates they must not panic despite their poor start to the season. To make matters worse, fixtures against Tottenham and Manchester City are just around the corner, but the Hammers captain is not a concerned man. “We can’t afford to panic,” midfielder Nolan told West Ham’s website. “We understand the position we’re in. I’ve been in this type of position at this stage of the season before. “At the minute, things are just not falling for us and refereeing decisions are absolutely killing us. “Tottenham are in a great run of form but it’s a local derby and we’re going to go there with nothing to lose and have a good go at them. “Hopefully it’ll be the start of the little run that we need.” Carroll’s absence was felt more than ever during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Hull, where the Hammers lacked penetration in the final third. All West Ham’s goals have come from midfield with Modibo Maiga, Mladen Petric and Ricardo Vaz Te all failing to find the net in the Barclays Premier League. West Ham finished 10th last season but they have struggled so far this term, winning just one of their opening six fixtures. The absence of injured striker Andy Carroll has hit the east London club hard as they have only been able to find the net five times. Press Association
When Wisconsin fell to then-No. 4 Virginia by seven points in the Battle 4 Atlantis Title game this fall, it served as validation more than a crushing defeat. The No. 25 Badgers mustered up just 46 points, as the Cavaliers’ usual stout defense stymied the Wisconsin backcourt. Despite outscoring Virginia in the second half, Wisconsin was limited to just 18 percent 3-point shooting. Ethan Happ led the Badgers with 22 points, but with no one else in double figures, Wisconsin was simply outlasted by an elite opponent.But after a 2017-18 season in which Wisconsin missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades, the showing in Atlantis was promising. By competing toe-to-toe with a stacked Virginia team — last season’s No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament — and dominating other tough opponents early in the season, Head Coach Greg Gard’s bunch gave fans reassurance that this season would not be like the last — Wisconsin would find its way back to the big dance, where it has had a place for so many years.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin struggles in Big Ten Tournament Semifinal with loss to Michigan StateThe No. 4 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (23-9, 14-6 Big Ten) fell to the No. 1 Michigan State Read…Ever since the Badgers rattled off an 11-2 start to the season, it’s been somewhat up-and-down. To put it plainly, Wisconsin has been severely inconsistent.While students were away for the winter recess, the Badgers went just 3-5, including home losses to Minnesota and Purdue and road losses to Western Kentucky and Maryland. Then came a brilliant stretch from Happ, who led Wisconsin to a Jan. 19 upset of then No. 2 Michigan at the Kohl Center, kicking off a six-game win streak that fittingly ended Feb. 6 in Ann Arbor. Over the regular season’s home stretch, Wisconsin’s inconsistencies were dramatically exposed. The team shot just 29 percent from deep over the season’s final month after shooting a remarkable 41 percent during the winning streak. Opponents exposed Happ’s brutal free-throw shooting struggles, while his teammates struggled to pick up his slack over a difficult stretch of Big Ten play. Wisconsin’s backcourt, which looked poised to properly and consistently supplement Happ’s offensive production at the beginning of the season, significantly lost its steam. Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice could not deliver on a nightly basis despite shouldering heavy responsibility, and Nate Reuvers has not looked the same after a promising January.Men’s basketball: Ethan Happ becomes first three-time All-Big Ten honoree in UW historyFor the third consecutive year, Ethan Happ earned himself a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team. Happ becomes just Read…In their place, role players like Khalil Iverson and Brevin Pritzl have demonstrated leadership, carrying the team at times down the stretch. Iverson’s revival over the last few games of the season gave Wisconsin’s offense a newer, more explosive dimension that had yet to be unleashed. Pritzl’s premier outside shooting has opened up the floor for Happ and, in turn, given others open looks. And Kobe King, whose role on the team has seemed murky at times, looked more confident in the Big Ten Tournament, particularly against Michigan State where he helped the Badgers force 15 turnovers. Wisconsin has dealt with the ups and downs of a season that many critics did not see coming with resilience. A 23-10 record, one of the nation’s top players and an emerging supporting cast give Wisconsin much to celebrate and look forward to entering the big dance.But even as the South Region’s No. 5 seed, the Badgers face a difficult path ahead. They will face No. 12 seed Oregon — the Pac-12 Tournament champions and winners of eight straight — in the First Round in San Jose, California Friday. A win there will secure a date with either No. 4 seed Kansas State, a team that heavily relies on its tough defense and experienced upperclassmen, much like Wisconsin, or No. 13 seed University of California-Irvine, who won 30 regular season games and relies on a slow tempo similar to Wisconsin’s.Men’s Basketball Roundtable: Questions before March Madness kickoffAs Wisconsin men’s basketball begins postseason play Friday, we asked a panel of our basketball writers — Ben Kenney, Harrison Read…Yes, the south region is loaded with slowed-down offenses and stingy defenses. It’s fitting that its No. 1 seed is none other than Virginia, who Wisconsin would likely face in the Sweet 16 if they are still dancing.It’s unclear whether the Badgers’ supporting cast will show up, or whether Davison and Trice can shoot like they did to open the season. Perhaps more concerning is Happ. Will his free-throw shooting be an open wound that opponents will expose? Will teams expose a one-dimensional Badger offense that relies heavily on low-post scoring?We’ve shouldered these questions and concerns all season. It’s time for Gard, Happ & Co. to finally answer them and present themselves in their true form with their season on the line.