Argentina coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000

first_imgArgentina’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 10,000 on Monday, the government said, as the South American nation struggles to bring its infection rate under control.There have been 10,129 deaths, with 488,007 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government data. Almost half of coronavirus tests are yielding a positive result.Argentina has been under lockdown since March 20, though cases have spiked in recent weeks. Some areas of the country, including capital Buenos Aires, remain under varying levels of quarantine, though some activities, like exercise and outdoor restaurant dining, recently resumed. Topics :last_img

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Protests, clashes, arrests continue amid jobs law outrage

first_imgClashes between protesters and the police continued for a third day on Friday, as cities throughout the country saw public outrage at the passage of the Job Creation Law and observers raised concerns about the treatment of detainees.In Bandung, West Java, the police detained at least 200 people during clashes on Wednesday, many of whom were later discharged. But about 20 people were still struggling to get legal assistance on Friday.“We have not been given access for legal assistance. They were detained because of possession of sharp weapons and Molotov cocktails,” Bandung Legal Aid Institute (LBH Bandung) director Lasma Natalia said on Friday. After Thursday’s protests, at least 89 more were detained at the Central Bandung Police station, while at least 100 others were detained at the Bandung Police headquarters, Lasma said.Read also: Civil groups urge police to stop ‘repressing’ omnibus law protestersIn Yogyakarta, the police arrested 95 people during chaotic demonstrations against the jobs law in front of the Yogyakarta Legislative Council building on Thursday.Four people were charged under the Criminal Code for allegedly destroying the police post at the end of the famous shopping street, Jl. Malioboro. Those who were not charged were released on Friday afternoon.LBH Yogyakarta director Yogi Zul Fadhli criticized the police for not allowing families and lawyers to visit the demonstrators after they were arrested, saying it violated human rights.In Malang, East Java, the police arrested at least 129 people during violent protests that took place around Tugu Malang square on Thursday, which led to at least eight vehicles being damaged.Malang Police chief Sr. Comr. Leonardus Simarmata said some of the protesters had come from areas outside of Malang, including Jombang, Banyuwangi and Pasuruan.Eighteen police officers received medical treatment at Saiful Anwar Hospital in Malang for mild injuries.Read also: Semarang Police arrest dozens of students protesting jobs lawIn Makassar and Palopo, South Sulawesi, the police detained 250 people, 72 of whom were minors, in clashes from Thursday to Friday morning.A number of government and police facilities were damaged. Five police officers and a civil servant were reportedly injured.South Sulawesi Police public relations head Sr. Comr. Ibrahim Tompo said on Friday that the police were investigating the incidents and had not yet named any suspects.In Jambi, protests against the passage of the law continued on Friday. About 100 students clashed with authorities in the courtyard of the Jambi Legislative Council building at noon.“We urge all members of the council to sign a petition against the omnibus law,” shouted one protestor.On Thursday, Jambi Legislative Council chairman Edi Purwanto signed such a petition, witnessed by about 30 members of a student alliance.Jambi Police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Shantyabudi said the police had apprehended four people and were investigating their potential roles in the chaos that damaged the council building.Read also: Govt encourages critics of jobs law to apply for judicial review rather than staging protestsIn Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, a number of student associations under the Cipayung Plus group protested in front of the East Nusa Tenggara Legislative Council building on Friday.The protest, which started peacefully with a march and joint prayers involving both protesters and authorities on the street, ended in chaos after protesters began a discussion with East Nusa Tenggara Legislative Council speaker Emilia Nomleni and deputy speaker Inche Sayuna.After two minutes of discussion, water bottles and stones flew from the back of the crowd toward the police. Emilia and Inche were escorted away by the police.The students were later disbanded after clashes with police officers. None of the students were reported injured.East Nusa Tenggara Police chief Insp. Gen. Lotharia Latif, who was at the scene of the protests, called on everyone to cooperate and keep the peace. (syk)–Andi Hajramurni from Makassar, Jon Afrizal from Jambi and Djemi Amnifu from Kupang contributed to this story.Topics :last_img read more

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Rolls-Royce UK pension fund seals record £4.6bn de-risking deal

first_imgThe Rolls-Royce UK Pension Fund has insured the pension benefits of around 40% of its members in a £4.6bn (€5.2bn) deal with a Legal and General unit.The transaction will reduce Rolls-Royce’s post-retirement obligations by around £4.1bn. In addition to offloading these pension liabilities, the trustee will transfer around £4.6bn of assets to the insurer.Rolls-Royce will also make an exceptional cash contribution of around £30m.The deal covers the benefits of around 33,000 in-payment pensioners out of a total of 76,000 members. Joel Griffin, head of global pensions & benefits at Rolls-Royce, said: “This agreement will result in increased security for Rolls-Royce pensioners and reduced risk for our business.“This would not have been possible without the close collaboration and commitment of our trustees and advisers over many years, ensuring that the scheme is well-funded.”Stephen Daintith, Rolls-Royce’s chief financial officer, said: “This is a significant transaction which represents another step on our journey to simplify, de-risk and strengthen the company.”The transaction was structured as a partial buy-in to buyout, meaning Legal & General would also become responsible for administering and paying the pensions.The insurer noted that the deal “involved a number of significant and innovative solutions”, such as the transfer of a hedging portfolio and the restructuring of an existing longevity swap held by the pension fund.The insurer said the deal represented about 30% of the pension fund’s assets and was equivalent to 25% of the market capitalisation of Rolls-Royce Holdings.Legal & General said the transaction was the UK’s largest pension buyout. The previous largest UK bulk annuity transaction was a £4.4bn deal between the British Airways Pensions Scheme and Legal & General.The insurer has struck more than £6bn worth of global bulk annuity transactions this year.last_img read more

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Swiss central bank: sticking with negative rates ‘in pension funds’ interest’

first_imgJordan said: “The SNB is not responsible for social policy. [But] by consistently and credibly pursuing a policy geared to price stability, the SNB is contributing significantly to a solid foundation [for the pension system].”He also ruled out distributing some of its income to pension funds, saying this raised the issue of potential conflicts of interest with central bank’s mandate.  Thomas Jordan, chair of the governing board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), has defended the bank’s policy to keep negative interest rates in front of an audience of pension fund trustees, saying it would not be in pension funds’ interest to do so.Addressing delegates at a conference hosted by PK-Netz in Berne yesterday, Jordan said Switzerland’s negative interest rate – currently -0.75% – and the SNB’s willingness to intervene on the foreign exchange market were still essential in order to ease upward pressure on the Swiss franc. If unchecked, this pressure would lead to lower economic growth, lower share prices and no improvement in earnings for pension funds, he said.Lower economic growth would also provoke higher unemployment, reducing the pension funds’ contribution base, he added.  The SNB has often been called upon to abolish the negative interest rate to relieve pressure on pension funds.  Swiss National BankJordan applauded pension funds’ actions to improve sustainability such as increasing allocations to equities and real estate, and cutting benefits, but said that the measures were now insufficient because of rising life expectancy.“Only a limited number of adjustment mechanisms can be used to restore the equilibrium of a pension system,” he cautioned, suggesting that either benefits could be decreased or the period of benefit payments could be shortened.Last month a group of Swiss pension fund bodies called on politicians to urgently pass reforms to address the harm done to the Swiss pension system from sustained negative interest rates. Denmark, Sweden exemplarsDespite this, he held up Denmark and Sweden as examples of countries that have found workable solutions to the pension fund headache of rising life expectancy and low interest rates.He noted that the two Nordic countries, which are now ranked several places ahead of Switzerland [in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index], had implemented far-reaching and thus painful measures to stabilise and modernise their pension systems.Jordan said: “Denmark has linked the retirement age to life expectancy, and Sweden is making the level of pension payments directly dependent on demographic and economic developments. These two examples show that it is possible, even in this politically fraught area, to find workable solutions.”He concluded: “As pension fund managers, you have fulfilled your obligations and have taken action in the very challenging environment of the past few years.Switzerland’s political bodies, too, recognised some time ago that the pension system must take account of the economic realities. Some initial steps have already been taken along this rocky road. But there is still a way to go.”last_img read more

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Bacolod monitoring 20 people for COVID-19

first_imgTan said that this city has no morepatients under investigation. She said that of the 20 PUMs, 13 camefrom Icheon, South Korea; one from Singapore; four from Malaysia; one from Japanand another from Thailand. BACOLOD City – Health officials arekeeping a close watch on 20 individuals due to their recent travel history fromcountries with alarming spike in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). The persons under monitoring (PUMs) –19 Filipinos and a foreigner – arrived in the city last Friday, according toDr. Grace Tan, chief of the City Health Office’s (CHO) Environmentand Sanitation Division Tan clarified that all PUMs are notconfined at a hospital, but they are monitored while being quarantined in theirrespective houses. Personnel of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrate how to put on personal protective equipment in case they are called to respond to confirmed coronavirus disease cases. The city government recently purchased at least 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment that P3,750 each. BACOLOD CITY PIO She added that CHO is checkingeveryday these 20 PUMs in order to know their health status. “We don’t need to admit them becausethey are just for monitoring within 14 days from the day they arrivedhere, and they came from countries which are not restricted for COVID-19,” Tan emphasized. She said that some of them arrived onFeb. 24 and others on Feb. 26 and 28./PNlast_img read more

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Two Decatur County Republicans file for reelection

first_imgNathan Harter, Connie LawsonGreensburg, In. — Two Decatur County Republicans have filed for reelection.Long-time Republican district 2 commissioner Jerome Buening has made his reelection campaign official. Buening also serves as the general manager of St. Paul Municipal Water.Prosecutor Nathan Harter traveled to Indiana to personally file at the office of Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson. Harter was first elected to the office in 2014 and has been known for battling the opioid crisis, property crime and domestic violence. Due to increased case loads Harter added a deputy prosecutor last year.Here’s a look at some important dates associated with the May 2018 Primary Election:April 9, 2018: Voter registration closes for the Primary ElectionApril 10, 2018: First day to vote absentee in-person for the Primary Election · April 30, 2018: Deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received for the Primary ElectionMay 8, 2018: Primary Election DayOctober 9, 2018: Voter Registration Closes for the General ElectionOctober 10, 2018: First day to vote absentee in-person for the General Election · October 29, 2018: Deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received for the General ElectionNovember 6, 2018: General Election Day Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline; online voter registration applications must be submitted on or before 11:59PM deadline day. Absentee-by-mail applications must be received no later than 11:59PM deadline day. Postmarked absentee applications received after the deadline cannot be processed.last_img read more

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Social media leads SCSC to arrest Switzerland County man on several charges

first_imgVevay, IN—Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after an investigation involving social media.Harry, L. Waller, of Bennington, was arrested on allegations of attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor. Waller is currently being held in the Switzerland County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond.last_img

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New deal for Villa youngster Johnson

first_imgAston Villa have confirmed midfielder Daniel Johnson has signed a new two-year deal with the club. He added: “I’m really looking forward to coming back into training and I’m hoping that this year can be even better for me and for the team.” Forward Andreas Weimann and defender Nathan Baker, both Villa academy graduates, have also recently signed new contracts with the club. Press Associationcenter_img The Jamaica-born 20-year-old, who is yet to make his senior Villa debut, joined the midlands outfit’s academy in 2010 and had a loan spell last season with Yeovil, featuring in five matches. Johnson told avfc.co.uk: “I’m really happy to have signed the new contract. These are exciting times at the club at the moment, you can see where the manager (Paul Lambert) wants to go with it and what he’s trying to do, and it’s really good.” last_img read more

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Walcott working ‘week by week’

first_imgArsenal forward Theo Walcott will not set himself any ambitious goals as he plots a steady return to full match sharpness. Press Association The England international made his first start in a year in the FA Cup third-round tie against Hull, and produced a few positive runs behind the defence despite lacking a finish in the penalty area. With his rehabilitation now almost complete – from, first the serious knee injury which shattered his World Cup dreams last summer and then a groin problem sustained on international duty with England in November – the 25-year-old feels achieving small targets can help make the biggest difference. However, more pressing is some defensive cover, with St Etienne captain Loic Perrin a player said to be on Wenger’s radar, along with Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and New Zealand defender Winston Reid, who is out of contract at West Ham in the summer. There have also been reports Arsenal are preparing a shock £60million-plus bid for Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco. More likely, however, is the impending departure of forward Yaya Sanogo out on loan, although Wenger would prefer an English side rather than a return to France at Bordeaux. “I like to work week by week, so I forget about the big picture and the nine months (out). Week by week, hitting the goals and when you have achieved that, you can feel good about hitting something else,” Walcott said on Arsenal Player. “You need to just come into training with a smile on your face, enjoy it and that’s all you can do. I remember when I had one of my injuries before, I came in down in the dumps and rehab seemed to take so much longer. “You don’t want that, you want to come in and feel like you’re doing something each day. Even though it might be the same things at the start, you benefit when it comes to the end of it.” With both Danny Welbeck, who has been out with a thigh injury, and Olivier Giroud, serving a three-match suspension, set to be available for Sunday’s encounter against Stoke, Walcott could again find himself back on the bench, which could also include German playmaker Mesut Ozil for the first time since October after his knee problem. Another player uncertain of his place in the starting XI is goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has found himself at the centre of some unwanted headlines following reports he was caught smoking in the showers after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, when he had been culpable for both goals. Fit-again David Ospina stood in for the Poland international against Hull, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had already indicated he was likely to rotate the goalkeeper for the FA Cup tie and so now has a direct choice to make, with Argentine Emiliano Martinez having offered back-up earlier in the season when Colombia international Ospina was injured. Arsenal are expected to look to add to the squad during the January transfer window. Legia Warsaw teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik, rated around £2million by the Polish club, and Uruguayan trailist Federico Valverde appear potential recruits for the future. last_img read more

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ICC World Cup India vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup: Past encounters

first_imgIndia has never defeated New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup contests in England.New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head advantage in World Cups.India won their last encounter in 2003 by seven wickets. 3)      Jinx broken: India beat New Zealand by 16 runs. (1987 World Cup)The 1987 World Cup was played for the first time outside England and India, along with Pakistan were the hosts. New Zealand suffered a couple of close losses and won a few games but the clash against India would be heartbreaking. Navjot Singh Sidhu blasted 75 which included four boundaries and four sixes. Kapil Dev smashed 72 and along with Kiran More’s 42 helped India reach 252/7. Ken Rutherford and Andrew Jones smashed the fifties but Maninder Singh and Ravi Shastri’s two wickets helped India pull off a 16-run win.4)      Gavaskar’s brilliance: India beat New Zealand by nine wickets. (1987 World Cup)Gavaskar was one of the greatest Test batsmen of his era but in ODIs, he had not achieved much. However, in the game against New Zealand at Nagpur, Gavaskar finally ticked the one achievement which had eluded him. In a match full of records, India put in a clinical performance. Chetan Sharma’s hat-trick, the first in the World Cup, reduced New Zealand to 221/9. In response, Gavaskar blasted a century and Kris Srikkanth’s 75 helped India achieve a nine-wicket win.5)      India suffers in the wind: New Zealand beat India by four wickets. (1992 World Cup)At the ‘theatre of pain’, India were blown away by the clinical efficiency of the New Zealand team. Sachin Tendulkar blasted 84 and was well assisted by Mohammad Azharuddin’s 55 but in windy Carisbrook, Dunedin, New Zealand were simply too good. Mark Greatbatch blasted 73 while Jones smashed 67 as New Zealand avenged their 1987 losses in style.6)      Pain in England prolonged: New Zealand beat India by five wickets. (1999 World Cup)India was already eliminated from the semi-final race in the 1999 World Cup. Ajay Jadeja’s 76 helped India reach 251/6 but Matt Horne’s 74 and Roger Twose’s 60 gave New Zealand a four-wicket win. It was an abject end to India’s tournament.7.) Zak attack destroys Kiwis: India beat New Zealand by seven wickets. (2003 World Cup)Zaheer Khan picked up four wickets and wrecked the New Zealand top order as they were reduced to 146 all out. India survived a fiery spell from Shane Bond as he took the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly. Sachin Tendulkar smashed three consecutive fours but fell to Daryl Tuffey. However, Mohammad Kaif and Rahul Dravid smashed fifties and shared a partnership of over 100 as India thrashed New Zealand in Centurion to dump the Kiwis out of the tournament. highlights New Delhi: After 16 years in the ICC Cricket World Cup, India and New Zealand will square off in the tournament on June 13 in Trent Bridge. The Indian cricket team have started the campaign on a positive note with wins over South Africa and five-time world champions Australia. However, the clash against New Zealand will be a very interesting affair. In three encounters between New Zealand and India in England, the Kiwis have won all three. In 1975, 1979 and 1999, New Zealand managed to get the better of India while India broke the New Zealand jinx in two encounters in 1987 and 2003. In World Cup encounters, New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head record in seven meetings. Heading into the clash at Trent Bridge, here are past head-to-head encounters between India and New Zealand in the World Cup.1)      Glenn Turner magic: New Zealand beat India by four wickets (1975 World Cup)India was reduced to 70/6 with Sir Richard Hadlee, Dayle Hadlee and Brian McKechnie causing havoc. Abid Ali stroked a gutsy 70 and was well-assisted by the tail as India reached 230 all out in 60 overs. In response, Glenn Turner showed his brilliance and stroked 114 and put New Zealand on course for a win. Despite losing a few quick wickets towards the end, the Kiwis managed to hold their nerve and register a four-wicket win.2)      Clinical victory: New Zealand beat India by eight wickets (1979 World Cup)India was having a torrid time in the 1979 World Cup, losing to Sri Lanka who was an associate nation at that time. In the encounter in Leeds, Sunil Gavaskar was the lone star with 55 as India were undone by some good bowling from McKechnie, Lance Cairns, Sir Richard Hadlee and Gary Troup. Chasing 183, Bruce Edgar stole the show with an aggressive 84 and New Zealand romped home by eight wickets. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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