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Maccabi Haifa edge Slavia Prague in UEFA Conference League******
JERUSALEM, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Israeli champion Maccabi Haifa achieved a 1-0 win at home against Czech champions Slavia Prague in Group E of the UEFA Conference League on Thursday.
Haifa's Ghanian striker Godsway Donyoh hit the post in the 23rd minute, and scored the game's only goal one minute later, after a pass by midfielder Ali Mohamed.
By half-time, the visiting team had missed several excellent opportunities to level the scores.
In the 57th minute, Haifa goalkeeper Josh Cohen made an impressive save after a shot by 17-year-old substitute Daniel Samek.
The win lifted the Israeli team to second place in the four-team group, with four points.
Feyenoord, who beat Union Berlin 3-1, top the group with seven points from three games, while Slavia and Union are in third and fourth place respectively, with three points each.
In matchday four, Maccabi and Slavia will meet again, this time in the Czech Republic, while Union will host Feyenoord, with both games to be played on November 4. Enditem
Japan gov't launches smartphone app to display proof of COVID******
The Japanese government on Monday launched a smartphone app that allows people to display proof of the COVID-19 vaccination that can be used for multiple purposes, including immigration procedures, local media reported.。
According to the Digital Agency, the app is called the COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate Application and is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones, showing information including the number of doses a user has received, the dates of inoculation, and the vaccine manufacturer.。
The app allows people to obtain vaccination certification through the "My Number" national identification system. All citizens and residents of Japan are issued 12-digit ID numbers, however, My Number cards need to be applied for separately.。
By scanning their My Number cards with a smartphone, people can have their inoculation status displayed on the app. The vaccination information is saved in a cloud system created by the government, called the Vaccination Record System (VRS).。
The VRS system does not cover people from all municipalities, and the list of municipalities whose residents are eligible for the service is available on the Digital Agency website.。
Users who wish to travel internationally will need to add passport data. So far, instructions on the app are provided only in the Japanese language.。
Besides using the digital certificates for quarantine inspections in destination countries, the agency is also considering domestic use in a program designed to loosen COVID-related restrictions for people with proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests even when the country reenters under a COVID-19 state of emergency.。
The app is "expected to be used for lowering infection risks in daily lives as well as economic and social activities," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a press conference on Monday.。
The agency also warned that some registered vaccination data might be incorrect, and users could seek any necessary corrections at their municipalities.。
Ukraine agrees to negotiate with Russia at Belarus border: presidency******
Ukraine agreed to hold talks with Russia at Belarusian-Ukrainian border, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday via social media.