KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah addresses the nation yesterday during his annual televised address on the occasion of the last days of the holy month of Ramadan. – KUNAKUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said yesterday that it was paramount for the people of Kuwait to support government efforts to counter the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, standing in unity to defeat this menace. In his annual television address on the occasion of the last days of the holy month of Ramadan, HH the Amir stressed the importance of following guidelines set by the country’s health authorities, namely the upcoming full lockdown.“Ramadan this year came during the fast spread of COVID-19 with the whole world and Kuwait being affected,” indicated HH the Amir, who stressed that efforts should be focused on finding a successful cure for the virus. Cooperation between state entities and private bodies had successfully set procedures to address the current challenge, HH Sheikh Sabah affirmed, thanking all individuals who participated in the fight against the virus.HH the Amir also commended government efforts which led to the successful repatriation of Kuwait citizens abroad. HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, the Cabinet, as well as senior officials played an important role in countering COVID-19, said the Amir, who asked the people to ponder the lessons learned from the current dilemma. He added the pandemic had resulted in various challenges including the decrease in oil prices and investments, noting that it was time to focus on using resources wisely and effectively.The legislative and executive powers now have the role of wisely spending resources to overcome the current dilemma and move forward towards a bright future, said HH the Amir, who took also the chance to congratulate the people on was remaining period of the current blessed month, Ramadan. – KUNA
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ARLINGTON, Texas: No dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face – the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could have imagined prior to the coronavirus pandemic.They did it without Justin Turner, their red-headed star who received a positive test for COVID-19 in…
ARLINGTON, Texas: No dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face – the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could have imagined prior to the coronavirus pandemic.They did it without Justin Turner, their red-headed star who received a positive test for COVID-19 in the middle of their clinching victory.Turner was removed from Los Angeles’ 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night after registering Major League Baseball’s first positive test in 59 days and wasn’t on the field as the Dodgers enjoyed the spoils of a title earned during a most unusual season.“Thanks to everyone reaching out!,” Turner said on Twitter. “I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA.”Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Turner’s positive test moments after presenting the World Series trophy to Los Angeles — a jarring reminder of all that’s been different in this season where the perennially favored Dodgers finally broke through.Mookie Betts, who came to the Dodgers to make a World Series difference, had a mad dash to home plate in the sixth inning to put Los Angeles over the top.The end of a frustrating championship drought for LA — and perhaps just the start for Betts and the Dodgers, whose seventh World Series title was their sixth since leaving Brooklyn to the West Coast in 1958.Betts bolted from third for the go-ahead run on World Series MVP Corey Seager’s infield grounder, then led off the eighth with a punctuating homer.“I just came to be a part of it. I’m just happy I could contribute,” Betts saidClayton Kershaw was warming in the bullpen when Julio Urias struck out Willy Adames to end it and ran alongside teammates to celebrate in the infield, later joined by family who had been in the bubble with them in North Texas. Players were handed face masks as they gathered, although many of their embraces came mask-free even after Turner’s positive test.The Dodgers had played 5,014 regular season games and were in their 114th postseason game since Orel Hershiser struck out Oakland’s Tony Phillips for the final out of the World Series in 1988, the same year Kershaw — the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner who won Games 1 and 5 of this Series — was born in nearby Dallas.Los Angeles had come up short in the World Series twice in the previous three years. Betts was on the other side two years ago and homered in the clinching Game 5 for the Boston Red Sox, who before this season traded the 2018 AL MVP to the Dodgers. They later gave him a $365 million, 12-year extension that goes until he turns 40 in 2032.Betts’ 3.2-second sprint was just enough to beat the throw by first baseman Ji-Man Choi, pushing Los Angeles ahead 2-1 moments after Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled ace left-hander Blake Snell despite a dominant performance over 5 1/3 innings.“I’m not exactly sure why,” Betts said when asked about the move. “I’m not going to ask any questions. He was pitching a great game.”Randy Arozarena, the powerful Tampa Bay rookie, extended his postseason record with his 10th homer in the first off rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin, the first of seven Dodgers pitchers. The Rays never got another runner past second base as LA’s bullpen gave reliever-reliant Tampa Bay a taste of its own medicine.About 2 1/2 weeks after the Lakers won the NBA title while finishing their season in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, the Dodgers gave Los Angeles another championship in this year when the novel coronavirus pandemic has delayed, shortened and moved around sports seasons.Seager, also the NLCS MVP, set Dodgers records with eight homers and 20 RBIs this postseason.The MLB season didn’t start until late July and was abbreviated to 60 games for the shortest regular season since 1878. And the expanded postseason, with 16 teams making it instead of 10, almost went the full distance.It ended when Urias got the last two out Tampa Bay batters on called third strikes — the 15th and 16 Ks by the Rays, with catcher Austin Barnes stuffing the last pitch in his back pocket. Along with the 11 strikeouts by the Dodgers, it was the most combined strikeouts in a nine-inning World Series game.
EU warns Houthis against blocking access to decaying tanker
AL-MUKALLA: The Houthis will be held accountable for a “regional catastrophe” if they continue to block access to a decaying oil tanker in the Red Sea, the EU has warned. The Iran-backed militia is under pressure to allow inspection and maintenance of the Safer tanker, amid reports that parts of it have been eroded by rust. …
AL-MUKALLA: The Houthis will be held accountable for a “regional catastrophe” if they continue to block access to a decaying oil tanker in the Red Sea, the EU has warned.
The Iran-backed militia is under pressure to allow inspection and maintenance of the Safer tanker, amid reports that parts of it have been eroded by rust.
The Houthis insist on sharing the proceeds from the sale of the tanker’s cargo – more than a million barrels of oil – and including engineers from China, Russia and Germany in the UN team of experts that would visit the tanker.
“The EU Heads of Mission call on Ansarallah (Houthis) to fully cooperate with the UN by allowing the team of experts to have unhindered access to the vessel and without preconditions or delay,” the EU delegation to Yemen said on Tuesday. “Unless the UN team is provided unhindered access, Ansarallah would be accountable in the event of a regional catastrophe and must therefore act with a sense of urgency and responsibility.”
The delegation warned that an oil spill would paralyze the port of Hodeidah, where most of the country’s food, fuel and goods pass through, and exacerbate Yemen’s already dire humanitarian situation. “It would heavily affect fisheries in the Red Sea coast as well as the marine ecosystem and may affect maritime trade,” the EU statement added.
The internationally recognized government of Yemen has accused the Houthis of using the decaying tanker as leverage to extract concessions, putting the lives of millions of people at risk and endangering the Red Sea’s entire marine ecosystem.
On Sunday, Information Minister Muammar Al-Aryani told the official news agency Saba that the international community had not been able to convince the Houthis to allow UN experts to board the tanker.
“For years, the Houthi militia has continued to play with this file, using it to achieve political and financial gains,” the minister said.
Earlier this month, a virtual meeting between the UN Yemen envoy’s office and the UN Office for Project Services with the Houthis about access ended in a deadlock after the rebels rejected the request.
On the battlefields, heavy fighting broke out in the northern province of Jouf during the last two days as government forces announced recapturing areas from the Houthis.
Yemen’s Ministry of Defense and local media reports said that army troops and allied tribesmen seized control of mountains near Al-Khanjer military base, east of Jouf, following a fresh assault on the Houthis.
Arab coalition aircraft targeted Houthi military gatherings and equipment east of Hazen, the provincial capital, preventing the Houthis from launching counterattacks on government forces.
At least two dozen Houthis were killed on Tuesday in heavy fighting in the Al-Makhdara region, west of Marib province. Fighting also claimed the lives of dozens of government troops, including high-ranking officers.
State media reported that Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his deputy Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmer were mourning Brig. Saleh Al-Farja Al-Shanani, a military commander, who was killed in Jouf.
Col. Abdullah Bin Dhaen, the director of Jouf’s Al-Matammah District, was killed on Tuesday during an offensive, Rabia Al-Qurashi, the Yemeni army spokesman in the province, tweeted.
5 Spooktacular Latin Music Events Over Halloween Weekend: Rauw Alejandro, J Balvin & More
TECATE’S DAY OF THE DEAD LIVESTREAMKicking off Dia de los Muertos, El Patio Tecate presents the second episode of its virtual concert series with an all-female lineup, including Natalia Lafourcade, Tatiana Hazel, San Cha and Orange Calderón, and special guest Chiquis Rivera. The Day of the Dead-themed event brings to life “Mexico Is in Us,”…
TECATE’S DAY OF THE DEAD LIVESTREAMKicking off Dia de los Muertos, El Patio Tecate presents the second episode of its virtual concert series with an all-female lineup, including Natalia Lafourcade, Tatiana Hazel, San Cha and Orange Calderón, and special guest Chiquis Rivera. The Day of the Dead-themed event brings to life “Mexico Is in Us,” the new Tecate campaign.When to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 30Where to Watch: Tecate’s official YouTube channel, Twitter page and Facebook, as well as online at tecatebeer.com/elpatiotecateLearn more here.J BALVINJ Balvin was announced as the headliner for Fortnite’s annual game-wide “Fortnitemares” event, which includes new gameplay, challenges, in-game rewards and more, with an exclusive performance taking place on Halloween. During his set, the Colombian artist will be joined by Sech to perform their new song “La Luz.”When to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 31Where to Watch: Party Royale and simultaneously on Houseparty appLearn more here.LUNAYLunay is set to kick off SBS’ LaMusica Live concert series on Halloween, where he will be live from Miami for a virtual performance. According to a press release, the concert series will feature some of the “hottest” Latin artists in this virtual space to provide “joy and entertainment” to those in quarantine.When to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 31Where to Watch: Free via LaMusica’s app or Lunay’s YouTube channelLearn more here.RAUW ALEJANDRORauw Alejandro is doing Halloween with a twist this year, offering fans an exclusive virtual live show from a haunted mansion in Miami. Produced by Mad Music, Duars Entertainment and Sony Music Latin, the event promises to be a “unique virtual experience with all of Rauw’s hits and much more.”When to Watch: 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 31Where to Watch: LivePassPlay; tickets available hereLearn more here.DIA DE LOS MUERTOS DRIVE-THRUThe City of Los Angeles and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez presents the Dia de Los Muertos walk and drive-thru experience in remembrance of those who died of COVID-19. “Every year, our Latino community celebrates Day of the Dead, a holiday to remember family members or people who are no longer with us,” Rodriguez said in a statement. And this year will be no different.When: Sunday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 15Where: Day of the Dead altars will be on display at Pacoima City Hall in Pacoima, Calif.Learn more here.