Uzbekistan cruised through to the Asian Cup knockout stages on Sunday, moving top of Group F with an impressive 4-0 win over Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan coach Yazguly Hojageldyev had urged his side to cut out the mistakes following their 3-2 loss to Japan, yet his message seemingly fell on deaf ears as Uzbekistan ran riot in the first half. Javokhir Sidikov got the rout started after 17 minutes by sliding in to convert Dostonbek Khamdamov’s cut-back cross, with Eldor Shomurodov doubling the lead soon after. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And perhaps spurred on by Qatar’s 6-0 thrashing of North Korea in Group E earlier in the day, Uzbekistan wrapped up the game with two goals in as many minutes before the interval. Jaloliddin Masharipov expertly drilled home a loose ball to make it 3-0 before Shomurodov coolly rounded Turkmenistan’s goalkeeper to grab his second of the game in the 42nd minute.HALF-TIME:17′ Javokhir Sidikov24′ Eldor Shomurodov40′ Jaloliddin Masharipov42′ Eldor ShomurodovTurkmenistan 0-4 UzbekistanThe White Wolves bag the biggest first half result of the #AsianCup2019 so far! pic.twitter.com/jlUvNWraI2— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 13, 2019Otabek Shukurov almost added another with a venomous long-range effort midway through the second half, but the upright sparred Turkmenistan further humiliation. With progression into the last 16 secured, Uzbekistan’s focus will now switch to their final group game against Japan, who have also already qualified, with top spot in the group up for grabs. As for Turkmenistan, they must beat Oman – who are also yet to pick up a point in this year’s tournament – to stand a chance of going through as one of the best third-placed teams.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Health has reduced the prices of 67 medications for several common chronic diseases.The ministry announced on Friday that this decision is part of its ongoing review of drug prices in Morocco. The reduction, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), concerns medications used in the treatment of chronic diseases, such as asthma and high blood pressure, as well as antibiotics and drugs to reduce the cholesterol levels and to fight against certain types of cancer. Prices were reduced by more than 30 percent for some cancer treatments. The ministry also reduced prices of medicines used to treat mental illnesses by 50 percent. The prices for antiviral medications were also been slashed by more than 50 percent, while asthma medicines decreased in price by upwards of 35 percent, according to the ministry. The ministry’s decision to reduce prices falls within the framework of the national drug policy, specifically the application of provisions in decree 2.13.852, issued on December 19, 2013. Since the issuance of Decree No. 2.13.852 on the pricing of pharmaceutical drugs in 2013, the ministry has been able to reduce the prices of more than 3,600 medications.The health department also added that the National Drug Policy aims to encourage the local pharmaceutical industry to ensure fair access to medications and treatments for all Moroccans.In July 2017, the ministry reduced prices of medicines to treat several common illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, infectious diseases, and inflammatory illnesses. read more
The exchange “once again underscored the extreme sensitivity of the Blue Line and the important role our liaison and coordination arrangement with the parties plays in preventing escalation,” UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas said after the meeting. “The tripartite mechanism is at the core of this arrangement, as evident yet again in today’s deliberations when we were able to address a range of critical issues with the parties,” he added, calling on both parties to act with maximum restraint and avoid any kind of unilateral action, including action that might be perceived as provocative by the other side. He also urged both sides to fully use UNIFIL’s coordination mechanism and address all issues of tension through the peacekeeping force, which has more than 12,000 uniformed personnel on the ground in southern Lebanon. “Both the parties reaffirmed their continued commitment to the implementation of resolution 1701 and their willingness to work with UNIFIL to maintain the cessation of hostilities,” he said, referring to the Security Council resolution that ended the month-long fighting between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah in 2006. Earlier this month, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams warned that incidents such as the exchange of gunfire could easily flare up into something more dangerous. Maj.-Gen. Asarta Cuevas discussed the implementation of resolution 1701 with the two sides, including the situation along the Blue Line, violations and incidents, visible marking of the Line and the issue of withdrawal of Israeli forces from northern Ghajar, north of the Line. The UN has repeatedly condemned violations of Lebanese sovereignty by Israeli over-flights as a violation of the resolution, which also calls for disarming all militias and armed groups outside the national army, including Hizbollah. In his regular reports to the Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called Hizbollah’s refusal to disarm a serious challenge to the State’s ability to exercise full sovereignty and control over its territory. Israel has cited the alleged lack of enforcement of the arms embargo against Hizbollah to justify its over-flights. Mr. Ban has reported that while UNIFIL has not found evidence of the unauthorized transfer of arms into its area of operations, it is not in a position to verify Israeli claims of significant breaches of the embargo across the border between Lebanon and Syria. 18 August 2011The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon today discussed “critical issues” with Lebanese and Israeli commanders to prevent a recurrence of the exchange of gunfire earlier this month between the two armies across the line separating the countries. read more