France reports 108 new coronavirus deaths in last 24 hours: official

first_imgFrance has since Tuesday been in lockdown, with only essential trips outside the house permitted, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus infections.”If everyone reduces their contacts, we are going to have far fewer people infected, it is as mathematical as that,” he said.”You need to stay at home to avoid other deaths and other serious cases,” he added.The country had the day earlier reported 89 new deaths across France over the previous 24 hours. The coronavirus epidemic has killed 108 more people in France over the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll from the outbreak in the country to 372, the top French health official said Thursday.”The number of infections is doubling every four days,” Jerome Salomon told reporters, adding that the virus was spreading in France “rapidly and intensely”.He said that 10,995 cases of coronavirus infection had now been recorded in France, while warning this did not account for all infections as non-serious cases were not tested, with these patients advised simply to stay at home. Topics :last_img read more

Dutch pensions regulator to host IAIS annual conference in Amsterdam

first_imgThe IAIS, the global association of insurance supervisors, is to hold its annual conference in Amsterdam this October with the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) as host.Noëlle Honings, policy adviser for insurance at the DNB, said: “This is the first time in the 20 years of the IAIS that the annual conference of this global supervisory umbrella will be held in this country.“This is an extra special occasion for us due to the fact the DNB is also celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.”The event takes place on 23-24 October with around 500 delegates expected to attend – including supervisors, insurance companies, consultants and government representatives. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, is a keynote speaker.The IAIA was established in 1994 and represents insurance supervisors in more than 200 jurisdictions and 140 different countries, representing some 97% of worldwide insurance premiums.Around 130 observer members represent international organisations, insurance associations and (re)insurers.Honings said the recognition of the IAIS had increased strongly over the past year.“In autumn 2013, the IAIS took on the task of developing and rolling out a global capital standard for systemically relevant insurers,” he said.“This straightaway put the organisation high on people’s agendas.”The October event runs from 20 to 25 October, with two additional conference days for insurance and other related areas, such as pensions.Joanne Kellermann, DNB director, will speak on governance and risk culture in insurance companies, while Michael McRaith, director of the US Federal Insurance Office, will speak on the global capital requirements for insurance.EIOPA’s Gabriel Bernardino will discuss co-operation between supervisory authorities.For more information and registration, visit http://www.iais2014.org/.last_img read more

NN IP loses key EMD personnel after responsible investment decision

first_imgNN Investment Partners’ head of emerging market debt (EMD) and members of his team have left the Dutch asset manager after it made a responsible investment-related decision affecting their remit.Marcelo Assalin, Marco Ruijer and “a number of key members” of their team from NN IP will join US manager William Blair Investment Management in the first quarter of next year to form a dedicated EMD team, William Blair announced this morning.At NN IP, Assalin was most recently head of the EMD team, and Ruijer lead portfolio manager on its EMD hard currency strategy. Lewis Jones has also left NN IP, where he was lead portfolio manager for EMD local currency.A spokeswoman for NN IP said they had decided to leave after NN IP agreed to “further align” its EMD investing strategy with its beliefs about responsible investing. These are that “responsible investing helps deliver attractive returns for our clients within their risk limits while also contributing to society at large”. In a statement published by William Blair, Assalin said he and his former teammates had “enjoyed the opportunity to build a strong EMD franchise over the years”.He added: “I am delighted to be joining a firm that is client focused, empowers its investment teams, where we will have investment autonomy, and be able to incorporate sustainable factors in a holistic and tailored approach that’s beneficial for clients.”At William Blair, Assalin will report to Stephanie Braming, partner and global head of the asset manager, and serve on her leadership team.Of Assalin and the others joining William Blair, Braming said: “These experienced and successful investors are a strong cultural fit with our partnership, holistically incorporate ESG into who they are as investors and as a team, and are focused on delivering strong client outcomes.”NN IP yesterday announced that Edith Siermann, head of specialised fixed income and responsible investing, had been appointed acting head of its EMD team. It also said it had taken the necessary measures to ensure continuity in the management of EMD mandates and funds.Repeat?NN IP has experience of losing key EMD staff in a short amount of time. In 2013, when the asset manager was called ING Investment Management, the then co-heads of its team were hired by Neuberger Berman, which also poached more than a dozen of their colleagues.NN IP announced the appointments of Ruijer and Assalin in fairly quick succession in 2013 as it moved to rebuild its EMD team. Jerry Brewin joined from Aviva Investors that year as head of EMD, with Assalin replacing him in that position in early 2015.last_img read more

Coats: Isolate Russia Until Putin Reverses Course

first_imgIndiana Senator Dan Coats responds to crisis in Ukraine.World leaders are all eyes on the crisis in Crimea including a United States Senator from Indiana. Republican Dan Coats weighed in on the situation between Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday morning in an email:By Senator Dan Coats:For the past 14 years, Vladimir Putin has worked hard to return Russia to what he believes is its rightful place as a great power, respected and heeded in international affairs.The United States and our allies have helped him, thinking it was the right thing to do at the time. Now Putin has chosen exactly the wrong tactic to restore Russia’s power and influence – an invasion of a neighbor.We must therefore reverse this strategy and turn the welcome mat face down. Now we must isolate Russia on all possible fronts until Putin reverses course.We need a complete, comprehensive plan to isolate Putin’s Russia from the community of nations. Some steps can be done unilaterally and others require the cooperation and consensus of our friends and allies – everyone who wants to see a sovereign Ukraine, secure within its own borders, able to seek its own destiny on its own terms.The Obama administration has announced its intention to work with Congress to address and punish Russia’s outrageous and dangerous misbehavior.The Senate should cooperate fully in a bipartisan way to define those sanctions, and this work should take place immediately. We must reach a bipartisan consensus of a unified American government confronting crisis and displaying American leadership at its strongest and best. Now, at last, is the time.As a first step – even before work in Congress is complete – we must move beyond simply suspending plans for the Sochi G-8 summit. We should lead the G-8 to become the G-7. Russia was invited to join that group of prosperous, democratic, leading nations in 2002 and now must be uninvited.We also should lead the NATO alliance to an immediate decision to suspend operation of the Russia-NATO Council. This body has been extremely important to Russia as it sought to be treated seriously and cooperate closely with the world’s premier military alliance. That relationship must now be suspended. Further, the Russian military and diplomatic representation at NATO should be expelled. A close relationship with Russian defense officials during a time when that country has invaded and occupied a neighbor contravenes the founding purpose of NATO.Other areas of international cooperation that once appeared to be a tolerable way to enhance Russian prestige and serve Russian self-interest are no longer acceptable. The Olympic games are over and the Paralympics are underway. But now we should together ask FIFA to reconsider its decision to place World Cup 2016 matches in Sochi. It should look for an alternative now so that planning can begin elsewhere.On the positive side, we must work with other members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to deploy monitors in Ukraine to help confirm that the security of the Russian-speaking population is not threatened. This pretext for Russian aggression must be removed to international satisfaction. I will suggest to my colleagues who are OSCE Commissioners that they lead a Congressional delegation to Ukraine to bolster OSCE’s involvement in addressing the crisis. Further, we should support German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal to create an OSCE Contact Group to pursue dispute resolution and mediate direct negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian governments.Unilaterally, we should begin by downgrading our diplomatic representation while retaining its efficacy and announce that we will not be sending a new Ambassador to Moscow. We should dispatch an experienced, hard-nosed diplomat – perhaps a former Ambassador to Ukraine – to serve as chargé d’affaires to handle the crisis and require that Russia reciprocate this move. We should also consider reducing our diplomatic presence to focus exclusively on crisis management, not business as usual. We should close our Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok and require Russia to make reciprocal steps to close consulates in the U.S.We must also consider a number of steps that will show Russia – especially responsible Russian officials, but also the Russian people – that invasion of its neighbors brings strict and painful isolation. The negative consequences for such irresponsible behavior must be shared.We in Congress should expand the Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. This 2012 law sanctions a specific 18 individuals deemed to be responsible for gross violations of human rights contrary to acceptable standards of the rule of law. We should use this vehicle to sanction all Ministry of Defense officials in the chain of command responsible for this invasion, Duma leadership responsible for rubber-stamping it and Crimean officials complicit in its execution.Lastly, we should also consider sanctions that might serve to convince more segments of the Russian population that their government is taking irresponsible steps contrary to the people’s interests. For example, we should consider suspending Russian eligibility for H-2B Temporary or Seasonal Work Visas and suspending Fulbright and all other educational exchange programs. Participants in those programs in the U.S. now would have to leave.However it is that we have come to this place of diminished American influence in world events, it is time now for a return to leadership and action. That we are a diminished power is an illusion that gives Putin sparse comfort and false courage. We still have robust capabilities to reward those who join us in responsible, mutually productive cooperation in managing world affairs, and in punishing those who do not.This is a time of crisis — no time to wring our hands and long for leverage. Our leverage is our leadership. We need to take up that powerful tool and show Putin that he has misjudged us.Republican Dan Coats represents Indiana in the U.S. Senate. He is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (August 20-25)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (August 20-25)Players of the Week.Volleyball: Alexa Roepke – South RipleyGirls Cross Country: Megan Cole – South RipleyBoys Cross Country: Bradley Winston – SouthwesternGirls Golf: Katie Hertz – Shawe MemorialGirls Soccer: Kinsie Price – Rising SunBoys Soccer: Zac Brokaw – Rising SunCourtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvertlast_img

Daniels tops Stock Car feature at Stuart

first_imgBy Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (June 9) – Josh Daniels proved up to the task in a six-lap shootout in scoring Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win at Stuart Speedway.Daniels took over at the front following a pair of early restarts and set sail until a lap 14 yellow bunched the cars up for a six lap shootout. Daniels was up to the task and went on to his first win of the season. Brandon Pruitt finished second with Cory Bushnell third.Nick Roberts led from lap 10 to the finish in the IMCA Modified main and Brandon Cox checked out on the rest of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field after getting to the front on the third circuit.Austin Luellen prevailed in a hotly contested Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature with John Watson a close second and Chase Rudolf not far behind in third.John Gill scored local Mach-1 Sport Compact feature win number three on the season.last_img read more

Breaking: Buhari appoints Amokachi Nigeria’s Football Ambassador

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed retired Nigerian professional footballer and former Super Eagles player and Assistant Coach, Daniel Amokachi, Nigeria’s Football Ambassador. The appointment was announced via a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu. Amokachi, a member of the 1994 Super Eagles Team that won the African Nations Cup in Tunisia, was also in the Nigerian Olympic Football Team to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that won the Gold Medal. In addition to his football exploits in Europe, particularly in England where he won the FA Cup with Everton in 1995, Amokachi after retirement has managed Nasarawa United and Enyimba Football Club of Aba. As Nigeria’s Football Ambassador – a largely ceremonial role – Amokachi, the statement said, will assist the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to scout for talents, be part of processes to revive the country’s football development, as well as mentor young sports men and women.Tags: Daniel AmokachiEnyimba FC of AbaGarba ShehuMuhammadu BuhariNasarawa UnitedolympicsSuper Eagleslast_img read more

Scholes out for further fortnight

first_img The United veteran has been struggling with the problem and sat out the midweek trip to Real Madrid. And Ferguson revealed Scholes will not be available for Monday’s FA Cup tie with Reading. “It is a knee injury, which has been bothering him a bit,” said Ferguson. “We have tried another treatment during the week. He will probably be back in another couple of weeks.” Ferguson confirmed his squad had come through their midweek exertions without a problem, but that there would be changes to his starting line-up against Brian McDermott’s progressive team. “I will make some,” he said. “We want to get to the quarter-finals and we do expect to qualify.” Ferguson also had words of praise for David de Gea, who produced possibly his best performance for United in the 1-1 Bernabeu draw with a string of fine saves. “He is maturing,” said Ferguson. “Very few goalkeepers go into the first team at 20. Gianluigi Buffon and Petr Cech are two examples of those who did but it is not always the case. “Peter Schmeichel didn’t join us until he was 27, and he gave us eight great years.” Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects Paul Scholes to be missing for another fortnight with a knee injury.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida man arrested for allegedly spray-painting ‘B.L.M.’ at Trump National Golf Club

first_imgJupiter police have arrested the 18-year old son of former U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney after they said he spray-painted “B.L.M.” on the sign at Trump National Golf Club.“B.L.M” is abbreviation for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.Thomas Joseph J. Rooney was booked into the county jail early Tuesday. According to the arrest report, Rooney told Jupiter police he did it “because of unequal treatment in the justice system.”He faces one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief causing property damage of $200 or less, according to court records.Rooney is scheduled to appear in Palm Beach County court for a July 29 arraignment.last_img

The Latest: NYC mayor De Blasio gives dash of hope for sport

first_img April 20, 2020 Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million.New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. The Latest: NYC mayor De Blasio gives dash of hope for sport The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first.Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend. ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.” The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off. Associated Press He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___ The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year.___ Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.last_img read more