China virus death toll passes 1,110: Govt

first_imgThe number of fatalities from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,113 nationwide on Wednesday after another 97 deaths were reported by the national health commission.The figure is only the second time there has been a decline in the daily death toll and follows Tuesday’s data showing 108 new fatalities.More than 44,600 people have been confirmed as infected by the pathogen across China. Around 2,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday, with 1,638 in the hard-hit province of Hubei, where the outbreak emerged in December.The new virus is believed to have emerged last year in a market that sells wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.The virus was officially named “COVID-19” at a conference in Geneva held by the World Health Organization, where the body’s chief said countries had a chance of stopping its global spread.WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday that although 99 percent of cases are in China, where it remains “very much an emergency,” it also “holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world.” He urged countries to share data in order to further research the disease.Topics :last_img read more

Switzerland roundup: Government rejects expert view on interest rate

first_imgHans-Peter Wiedmer, Bernische PensionskasseSeparately, Hans-Peter Wiedmer has been appointed CEO of the CHF13.5bn (€11.8bn) Bernische Pensionskasse. He was previously deputy managing director.Wiedmer has been with the pension fund for the city of Berne for almost 40 years and has led the asset management department since 1994.IPE revealed in June that Werner Hertzog was leaving the fund after almost two years as managing director.According to his LinkedIn profile Hertzog is now “independent, freelance”, after leaving the Pensionkasse in October, but no details of his new job were revealed.He told IPE in June that he “was going to pursue other tasks”.Last year the Bernische Pensionskasse managed a return of 8.2%, beating the market average. As at the end of September 2018 the fund yielded a net return of 1% while the market average stood at around 0.3%, according to samples compiled by Credit Suisse. The Swiss government has left the minimum interest rate for accrual in Pensionskassen unchanged at 1%, despite the recommendation of an expert group to cut it to 0.75%.It was the first time the Swiss government had not followed the BVG commission’s advice on adjusting the minimum interest rate (Mindestzins).The BVG expert commission this year changed the formula for calculating the interest rate Pensionskassen have to guarantee on active members’ accrued assets. It removed the seven-year average yield on Swiss government bonds to allow for further declines in interest rates.Based on these calculations, the BVG commission had issued a recommendation to cut the minimum interest rate from 1% to 0.75%. Pension fund association Asip also supported this move. In addition, other commentators and employer representatives advocated a reduction in the rate as the recommendation would have been 0.5% using the old formula.The Swiss Employers’ Confederation said the government’s decision to ignore the recommendation was “proof that decisions on the rates in the second pillar are purely political ones”.Asip argued that, even with the BVG’s recommended cut, the mandatory second pillar would still have contributed more than one third to people’s pensions.Currently this part of the pension system makes up 41% of individuals’ retirement income on average.Asip also called for the “depolitisation” of decisions regarding key rates in the second pillar.New head for Bernische Pensionskasselast_img read more

Monument for injured public safety workers on the horizon

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs voted Thursday at the Statehouse to recommend the construction of an injured public safety officer monument in Indianapolis, according to Republican state representative from Greensburg Randy Frye.Frye, chair of the committee, said the monument could be built close to the Indiana Law Enforcement and Firefighters Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.“The sacrifice our public servants make in service of others could result in their lives being forever affected, sometimes lost, by the injuries they sustain,” Frye said. “The committee looked into the planning of the monument and how other states and cities handled similar monument projects. This could be a way to show our gratitude for the service these men and women gave to our communities and offer a place for Hoosiers to reflect on the sacrifices made by our public safety officers.”Frye said state lawmakers will work together to present this recommendation and funding options to the General Assembly next session.last_img read more

Martin, Roche lead Irish charge

first_img Press Association The pair will be joined in Ireland’s four-man team by Sam Bennett, a stage winner at the Tour of Britain, and Matt Brammeier, four times the Irish road race champion. The duo are capable of winning in Florence after strong seasons on the road, and were confirmed in Cycling Ireland’s team on Monday. Birmingham-born Martin won the prestigious one-day race Liege-Bastogne-Liege and stage nine of the Tour de France, and his cousin Roche, the son of 1987 world champion Stephen Roche, won a stage of the Vuelta a Espana, in which he finished fifth overall. center_img Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche will lead Ireland’s challenge in the Road World Championships road race on Sunday.last_img read more

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw Joined The Morning Show To Give Us Some Important Updates

first_imgWill you go to jail if you defy a quarantine order?Sheriff Bradshaw joins us to answer that question and many more.You can hear it all here.

Syracuse overcomes slow start to blow out Penn, 4-0

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Eight minutes into Sunday’s game, Liz Sack intercepted a pass from a Pennsylvania defender and began to push the ball toward the Quakers’ half of the field. As she crossed the midfield line, she curved between two Penn defenders and carried the ball all the way to the end line.The ball skirted harmlessly out of bounds after a misjudged dribble, but it was still an important moment for the Orange.Sack’s offensive surge was the first time an SU attacker carried the ball past midfield, and it was the Orange’s first real chance at a goal after facing an offensive onslaught early from the Quakers.“At least we got something going there,” an SU fan yelled from the stands.After a slow start from the Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) offense, a surge in the final 50 minutes of the game led SU to a 4-0 romp over Penn (5-2, 1-0 Ivy League) on Sunday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The win came just two days after the Orange dropped a 3-2 double-overtime game to No. 5 North Carolina, its first and only loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPenn posted three shots in the first six minutes of the game as the Orange defenders stood on their heels. Just five minutes in, SU goalie Regan Spencer was forced to save a dangerous shot from close range. A minute later, a Penn shot clanged off the post to Spencer’s left, missing the net by mere inches.After an SU pass drifted out of bounds, Orange head coach Ange Bradley began pacing on the sideline in front of the bench, leaning toward the field as she shouted at midfielder Laura Hurff to get something going.“We just needed to manage (Penn’s) pressure early,” Bradley said after the game. “They pressured us hard and we’ve been working on that kind of stuff. Our backfield was reshaping.”Seconds after Bradley yelled at Hurff, the junior scooped up a pass in the midfield and began a push into the Penn half.A minute later, Hurff was on the receiving end of a pass from Annalena Ulbrich, mashing a one-touch shot at Penn goalie Liz Mata. The ball flew past Mata’s helmet and buried itself in the top shelf of the goal for SU’s first of the day, putting the Orange up 1-0.“Getting a goal always helps, it just gets everybody’s spirits up,” Hurff said. “I think the link-up pattern up the field helped us say, ‘We got this, we’re in this.’”The SU offense transformed after Hurff’s opening goal. Emma Lamison and Sack began pounding the Penn defense, pushing the pace of the attack and launching shots on Mata in the net.After posting just one shot in the first 11 minutes of the game, the Orange finished the first half with 11. And following a goal apiece from Roos Weers and Ulbrich in the second half, the SU attack had notched 28 shots and eight penalty corners.“I don’t think anything specifically changed, it was just the wake-up call that we needed,” Ulbrich said. “We had a lot more link up, combinations, midfielders passing and shooting the gap. It was a really good day for our offense.”As the seconds ticked off the scoreboard and the Orange sat safely ahead of Penn at 3-0, the SU attack had one last chance at a score. After winning a penalty corner with no time left on the clock, Nisje Venrooy curled one final corner into the arc toward Elaine Carey.Carey trapped the ball and slid it to Hurff, who slapped it between Mata’s legs and into the back of the goal. After starting the Orange’s momentum with a goal 60 minutes earlier, Hurff ended the drive the exact same way she had started it.“We came out and executed the game plan,” Hurff said. “We knew what we wanted to do, and we came out and finished it in the end.” Comments Published on September 25, 2016 at 6:21 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

Bennett reflects on Tour stage performance

first_imgThe Bora-Argon 18 rider came 12th.He’s been struggling to overcome the effects of being involved in a crash on the very first day of the race.The Carrick-on-Suir man believes the memories of that incident harmed his chances yesterday.last_img

PB County Commission on Ethics (COE) hear complaints

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics (COE) took the following actions at its monthly public meeting held on November 2, 2017.Four complaints were heard in the executive session. These were: C17-018:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE issued a letter of instruction and dismissed the complaint finding that the violation was unintentional, inadvertent, or insubstantial.C17-019:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE issued a letter of instruction and dismissed the complaint finding that the violation was unintentional, inadvertent, or insubstantial.C17-028:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE issued a letter of instruction and dismissed the complaint finding that the violation was unintentional, inadvertent, or insubstantial.C15-023:  The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate. The COE found probable cause existed and dismissed the complaint as the public interest would not be served by proceeding further.RQO 17-015: Two members of the town of Jupiter Planning and Zoning Commission asked:1)     Would it violate the misuse of office prohibitions or the voting conflicts prohibitions for them to  participate in discussions or vote on proposed amendments to a previously approved planned unit development (PUD) when they are named parties in a circuit court action filed against the Town of Jupiter by a not-for-profit citizen’s group, Citizen Owners of Love Street (COOLS), challenging the procedural correctness of the 2016 project approval by the Jupiter Town Council, and they are both also listed as officers or directors of COOLS?2)     Would such a vote under these conditions violate the corrupt misuse of official positions prohibitions under the Code of Ethics?3)     Did their motion, participation in discussions and vote at the July 11, 2017, PZC meeting concerning tabling the issue of the Love Street PUD amendments until they were able to obtain an advisory opinion from the COE as to whether they were precluded from participating in discussions or voting on the Love Street PUD amendments, constitute a violation of the voting conflicts section of the Code of Ethics?The COE opined as follows:(1)   No. Such actions will not result in a prohibited “special financial benefit” to themselves or to any other person or entity set forth in §2-443(1-7) of the Code, including COOLS.(2)   No. The fact that an official holds a well-known position on a controversial issue, and takes that position in discussions or votes concerning that issue, does not make those actions a “corrupt misuse” of their official position by being “inconsistent with the proper performance of their public duties,” even where that position is in the minority among voting members, so long as they receive no prohibited special benefit by these actions.(3)   No. The motion to table was not a discussion or vote on the relevant matter of the Love Street PUD amendment itself, and it also did not provide an improper benefit to them or to COOLS.RQO 17-022: A city of Delray Beach employee asked if the city is prohibited from accepting a donation of streetlights and other lighting components from a company located in Delray Beach.The Commission On Ethics opined as follows:  The Code of Ethics does not prohibit the city from accepting a donation of streetlights identical to the ones used throughout the city from the company as long as the donation is determined to have a public purpose and the general contractor providing the streetlights does not receive any unlawful benefit for providing such goods.For recent article on Palm Beach County, click the link: Palm Beach County launches challenge to end homeless youthlast_img read more

Is NHL labor peace on the horizon?

first_imgThe current CBA expires in just over three years. However, the league can opt out Sept. 1, while the PA can do so on Sept. 15. If one or the other goes that route, the CBA will expire in Sept. 2020. That could set the stage for another lockout.NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31Neither Daly nor PA director Donald Fehr indicated if their respective sides intend to use their opt-out clause. Daly told Johnston there seemed to be a lot of agreement regarding the general state of things. He felt there wasn’t a huge sticking point on any of the issues discussed thus far.The deputy commissioner’s remarks echoed those by league commissioner Gary Bettman. Prior to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game last January, Bettman told reporters talks between the two sides were cordial and constructive. At the same time, PA representative Mathieu Schneider indicated there was a lack of tension compared to the previous round of CBA negotiations.With three lockouts (1994-95, 2004-05 and 2012-13) on his resume, Bettman seems intent on avoiding a fourth. Last November, the New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported the league was doing all it could to prevent another work stoppage.Daly didn’t indicate if escrow was part of the recent discussions but it’s bound to be the biggest stumbling block. Other issues, such as Olympic participation and post-career medical coverage, are also of concern to the players but none are as potentially contentious as escrow.The current system ensures a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue (HRR) between the league and the players. During each season, a predetermined percentage is clawed back from the players’ paychecks and put into a separate fund. Once the full HRR for that season is determined, the players learn how much of that money will be refunded to them.The problem for the players is as much as 15 percent can be withheld from their pay during the season. What they get back by season’s end is often less than what was originally deducted.In June, the Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno reported the players lost upward of 10 percent of their pay to escrow over the last seven seasons. In a survey of the 31 NHL player reps, Whyno said 25 of them consider escrow the biggest bargaining issue.The claw-backs could be reduced by cutting salaries, but the players won’t be interested in that notion.Eliminating escrow won’t fly with the league as it is seen as an essential component toward achieving a 50-50 balance of revenue.NHL home jersey rankings: The best and worst looks for 2019-20The PA could eliminate or reduce their annual salary-cap escalator clause, used to increase the salary cap by up to five percent each year based on revenue projections. In recent years, the PA has voted for only marginal increases as a way of reducing escrow payments. The downside to this is players due to become free agents could receive less than they would have with the escalator clause.Meanwhile, there are three possible outcomes to the current negotiations. Last Friday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston he was “cautiously optimistic” over the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association. In fact, he felt the two sides could agree to stage a World Cup of Hockey in 2021 if the current CBA is extended or renewed.Johnston also reported representatives from the league and the PA met throughout the summer and will sit down together again this week. Meanwhile, both sides have an opportunity next month to exercise their respective early-out options. The first and obvious best-case scenario sees both sides announcing they’ve hammered out a new CBA. It would probably go into effect next September to allow both sides a year to adjust for the potential changes under the new agreement.They could also decide not to take the early out and continue negotiations with an eye on reaching a new agreement before the 2022 expiration. That seems the least likely outcome. Given the current pace of discussions, both sides seem keen on a new deal sooner rather than later.Finally, one or the other could take the early out, triggering the countdown toward a lockout next September if an agreement isn’t reached by then.last_img read more

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final Results: Indian tigresses falter at final hurdle against…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ICCAdvertisement t87NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8c4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8mwtk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) w78Would you ever consider trying this?😱2Can your students do this? 🌚7d4fRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian women cricket team failed to grasp their maiden ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title, as the hosts Australia dominated in the tournament’s final match today in Melbourne. India, despite having a flawless run in the earlier matches, ducked in the final hurdle before clinching the trophy, as the Aussie women glimmered in both their batting and bowling performance. With a massive 85 run victory, the 2018 champions successfully defended their title, making it their fifth T20 World Cup trophy.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ICCAlyssa Healy and Beth Mooney, the two Aussie opening batswomen displayed their fireworks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Healy, the wicket keeper put up a swashbuckling knock of 39-ball-75, including seven fours and five sixes.Mooney, who kept her strike til the end, scored 78 runs from 54 balls, with an astonishing ten boundaries. The opening duo did most of the work behind Australia’s behemoth of a total in the first innings, and their skipper Meg Lanning provided some tail end support with 16 runs. Their final score was 184 for 4.Advertisement The Indian bowlers weren’t able to counter the Aussie batting attack, as Shikha Pandey gave off 52 runs from 4 overs, followed by Deepti Sharma, who picked the wickets of Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner, with an economy rate of 9.50.Poonam Yadav, who picked up four wickets against Australia last time, only had one dismissal today. Radha Yadav picked one wicket, ending Healy’s stormy innings in the 12th over.Advertisement With such an astounding target up front, the Indian dugout was dependent on the superstar opening duo of Shafami Verma and Smriti Mandhana. Unfortunately, the Aussie bowlers were equally effective on the pitch, as the Indian batting order fell apart against them.Verma, the young prodigy who was amazing in the earlier games, faced an early dismissal against Megan Schutt’s delivery. Mandhana, although looking to carry the chase forward with two fours, lost her wicket on just 11.Indian keeper Taniya Bhatia suffered a woeful concussion, and had to retire hurt on a score of 0. The rest of Indian batswomen failed to make a mark against the Aussie bowlers, except Deepti Sharma, who’s appreciable effort of 33 was brining some hope in the middle order.Women in Blue skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s bad form continued, and except Veda Krishnamurthy (19) and Richa Ghosh (18), the rest of the batting squad failed to cross the 10 run mark, as Australia exhausted all their wickets on a score of 99.Megan Schutt, who recently expressed her reluctancy on playing India, picked four wickets in the second innings. Spinner Jess Jonassen secured three, and Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince and Nicola Carey had one dismissal each.“Thanks to the 86,000 people that came out tonight, it was something incredibly special,” Healy, the player of the match spoke after the final. The player of the tournament award went to Mooney, who scored 259 runs out of six matches.Also read-Read why Aussie bowler Megan Schutt ‘just hates playing India’ Advertisementlast_img read more