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Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgTopics : The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds. President Donald Trump said the coronavirus outbreak is as under control as it can get in the United States, where more than 155,000 people have died amid a patchy response to the public health crisis that has failed to stem a rise in cases.”They are dying, that’s true,” Trump said in an interview with the Axios news website. “It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague.”In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro has minimized the gravity of the pandemic and opposed lockdown measures, even as he and several of his cabinet tested positive for the virus.The pandemic was initially slower to reach Latin America, which is home to about 640 million people, than much of the world. But officials have since struggled to control its spread because of the region’s poverty and densely packed cities.center_img More than 100 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean live in slums, according to the United Nations Human Settlements Program. Many have jobs in the informal sector with little in the way of a social safety net and have continued to work throughout the pandemic.Even in parts of the world that had appeared to have curbed the spread of the virus, countries have recently seen single-day records in new cases, signaling the battle is far from over.Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recently had record increases in cases.Australia also reported a record number of new deaths on Wednesday, taking the country’s total to 247.last_img read more

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Sweden’s Folksam, KPA see substantially increased returns

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgSwedish life and pensions provider Folksam Liv returned 12% on its portfolio for calendar 2014, up from 7.6% the year before.The company said that both equities and fixed income securities contributed to the substantial increases in returns.At end-2014, assets under management had increased to SEK350bn (€38.1bn) from SEK304bn at the end of 2013.However, the solvency ratio had fallen to 155% from 161% the previous year. Folksam said the decline was largely the result of increased technical provisions because of lower interest rates.But premium income rose by 57%, from SEK8.6bn in 2013 to SEK13.4bn in 2014.The company said demand was driven by “consistently strong key figures, broad distribution and strong interest for traditional life insurance with guarantees”.It said volumes within pension investments increased sharply, especially within endowment insurance and individual occupational pensions.The bonus interest on traditional insurances went up to 7% (it is now 8% from 1 February 2015), making it a very attractive investment alternative.Jens Henriksson, president and chief executive at Folksam, said: “Folksam, along with its subsidiaries, showed continued strong economic strength in 2014.“We are growing in virtually all areas at the same time, and we took important steps on our way to becoming a more modern financial institution.”But he added that Folksam has been impacted by both low market rates and comprehensive weather-related claims costs, as well as sweeping regulatory changes.Meanwhile, local government pension scheme KPA, which is 60% owned by Folksam, made returns of 13.3% for 2014, compared with 8.2% for the previous year.This result took five-year average returns between 2009 and 2014 to 8.5%.At end-2014, KPA’s portfolio was invested 55% in fixed income, 39% in equities (16% Swedish, 23% international) and 5% in property, with 1% in alternatives, including hedge funds.The company said it was able to give a substantial allocation to riskier investments such as equities because its solvency was strong (in spite of a slight decline from 172% at end-2013, to 166% a year later).During 2014, premium income rose nearly 3%, to SEK10.2bn from SEK9.9bn.As in the previous year, the company said this was because more people chose KPA Pension as their occupational pension provider, actively or by default, particularly for the KAP-KL collective pension, and also PA-KFS.last_img read more

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Strong Clinical Support for Government’s guidelines on Cannabis-based products

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgBeehive.govt.nz 19 May 2016Family First Comment: Yes he’s right“The consistent feedback from experts in their field was that cannabis-based products should be treated no differently to other medicines – evidence-based principles should and will continue to be followed”, says Mr Dunne.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has welcomed expert clinical support of the Government’s approach to prescribing cannabis-based products from medical specialists and the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).Mr Dunne instructed Ministry of Health officials in March to undertake a targeted consultation with a range of medical specialists and the NZMA to determine whether the guidelines used to assess applications for prescribing cannabis-based products were still fit for purpose.The feedback received, which is being released today, was unanimously supportive that the guidelines and process are sound.“The consistent feedback from experts in their field was that cannabis-based products should be treated no differently to other medicines – evidence-based principles should and will continue to be followed”, says Mr Dunne.The specialists consulted agreed that the guideline recommending that a patient be hospitalised when treatment with a non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based product is initiated should be removed, which has been actioned.“As I said in New Zealand’s National Statement to the UN General Assembly Special Session last month, identifying the greatest therapeutic benefits and determining the most appropriate ratios, dosage and delivery mechanisms will only come through a robust, scientific approach.“Otherwise we are essentially flying blind and hoping for the best, an approach that flies in the face of evidence-based medicines policy.“It is my hope that by releasing this feedback it will go some way to balancing out the irresponsible and ill-informed messages being passed off as fact, and provide a degree of reassurance to those who are genuinely looking for respite to significant health issues”, said Mr Dunne.READ MORE: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/strong-clinical-support-government%E2%80%99s-guidelines-cannabis-based-productsFamily First is calling for the following:• the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms (Supported by NZMA)• the establishment of an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval• the Government instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex as a medicine under the Medicines Act 1981 and to continue to make pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines available to treat serious medical conditions when traditional methods have failedlast_img read more

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Cardinals Battle Knights On The Golf Course

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgSt. Louis Golf team finished their second to last match, Tuesday night, against St. Mary’s of Greensburg at North Branch. The final scores of the match were St. Mary’s 174 and St. Louis 208.Scoring for the Cardinals were Jackson Wanstrath, Cael Rahe, Rhea Miller, and Eli Vogelsang.The Cardinals will be playing in the Batesville Invitational this Saturday to finish off their season.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.last_img

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Manchester City deserve apology from UEFA, defiant Guardiola says

By on September 22, 2020

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his team deserved an apology after their two-year UEFA ban from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Guardiola had in describing the decision called the verdict a “good day for football”. He said the club’s reputation had been damaged by the furore around allegations that they broke Financial Fair Play rules.He then fired back at comments from managers Jose Mourinho and Juergen Klopp.He said at a news conference on Tuesday: “Jose and all the managers should know that we were damaged. We should be apologised (to).“Because, like I said many times, if we did something wrong, we will accept absolutely the decisions by UEFA and CAS because we did something wrong.“We have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct, is right. Three independent judges said this.” Liverpool manager Klopp had described the CAS verdict on Monday as “not a good day for football”, but Guardiola disagreed.“Yesterday (Monday) was a good day for football because we play with the same rules of FFP as all the clubs in Europe. All of them. (If) we break this FFP, we will be banned,” he said.“We were damaged. The people say (said) that we cheated and lying (lied) many, many times. The presumption of innocence was not there.“And after, when it happened and it was (found to be that we were) right, of course we are incredibly happy because we can defend what we have done on the pitch.”Guardiola also took aim at Spanish league president Javier Tebas, a long standing critic of Manchester City, who had questioned whether CAS was the right court for deciding such matters. “He is another one. This guy Senor Tebas must be so jealous for (of) the Premier League, the English football,” he said.“He is incredible legal expert from what I see. So, next time we will ask in which court, which judges we have to go. He has to be a little bit worried or concerned about La Liga, (he should) focus on there.“Normally these kind of people, when the sentence is good for him its perfect, like happened many times in Spain right now. But when the sentence is against, the problem is for the other ones.“We will be in the UEFA Champions League next season, Senor Tebas, because what we did, we did it properly.”RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Reuters/NAN.Tags: Court of Arbitration for SportManchester CityPep GuardiolaUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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Napoli president tests positive for coronavirus

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first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has tested positive for the coronavirus a day after taking part in a Serie A meeting for club bosses, the team confirmed on Thursday.The 71-year-old De Laurentiis received the positive result from a test taken on Wednesday, said Napoli. But the Serie A club did not provide further details.Serie A hosted Wednesday’s meeting with representatives from the league’s 20 clubs in Milan.It was decided the league should form a new company, with the help of external investors, to market media rights.Potential consequences of De Laurentiis’ infection for the Napoli team were not immediately clear.Coach Gennaro Gattuso’s team open the new campaign away to Parma on Sept. 20. (dpa/NAN)Tags: COVID-19Napolilast_img read more

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Sinclair eyes City exit

By on September 20, 2020

first_img The 25-year-old has not made a Premier League start for over two years and has played just 22 minutes in two matches this season, one of which was the Community Shield. Sinclair has made only 17 appearances since being signed by former manger Roberto Mancini for £6.2million in the summer of 2012 and spent an equally fruitless loan spell at West Brom last season. Press Association “It has been very frustrating for the last couple of years,” he told Sky Sports. “I have tried to do as well as I can in training and hope to get a chance but at this moment in time it is hard for me to get a game. “There are some world class players here so I can’t do much more than keep working hard in training. “I don’t feel I’ve had the best of chances; I just want to get out there and show why City bought me but I’ve not had that opportunity. “I made the decision (to move to City) and I have to deal with it, I can’t look back and say it was a mistake but the only thing I do miss is playing football. “I made the decision to come to City and fight it out with all the big players and it hasn’t really worked out this far. “All I can do is re-evaluate in January and go from there.” center_img Manchester City’s forgotten man Scott Sinclair admits a lack of first-team football means he will have to reconsider his future in January. last_img read more

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Relief for Nigerian Wrestlers as Training Partners Arrive Camp

By on September 9, 2020

first_img“They (sports authorities in Abuja) have met me half way by not approving all the training partners I requested for the team. As it is, we are still going to manage switching the partners for both male and female,” stress Igali who won Olympic gold for Canada his adopted country as a wrestler.He however said that he is now happy despite the delay in allowing the sparring partners to arrive Rio with the wrestlers earlier.“I am happy that they finally gave consent for them to join us. Initially, it was a blunt cancellation for them to come. Like they say, half bread is better than nothing. I am happy,’’ the wrestling boss who also doubles as technical director noted.One other grey area that the former Olympian frowned at was the transport arrangement at the Athletes Village in Rio.“It’s frustrating for me to be doing two hours from my hotel to join my athletes at the Athletes Village to train them. It takes a toll on me but I however see that as a sacrifice that we all make to serve our fatherland. But, it could have been better ensuring smooth transport arrangement for all those who have key roles to play in the Olympics,’’ he further observed.Igali assured Nigerians that his wrestler would give their best to ensure a good performance that everybody would be happy with.“The wrestlers are in good shape and doing well. I’m happy that the training partners are joining up. That will keep them in good shape for the battle ahead,’’ he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Daniel Igali, has expressed his joy that at last, sparring partners for Nigerian wrestlers have arrived Rio as the team prepares for Olympic glory at the Games.He however noted that the distraction of not allowing the training partners travel with the team was unhealthy for the common goal of Team Nigeria.last_img read more

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12BET hits sponsorship double with West Brom shirt sleeve deal

By on August 30, 2020

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles West Bromwich Albion FC (WBA) has teamed up with sports betting and casino brand 12BET for the club’s first ever shirt sleeve sponsorship deal.The deal will see the 12BET, an in-play focused operator formed in 2007, displayed on both the shirt sleeve for the playing shirts and on Baggies’ training wear.12BET Spokesman Rory Anderson commented: “We are excited to be the first ever betting company to partner with a Premier League club as both Shirt Arm and Training Wear partner.Simon King, WBA Chief Commercial Officer, added: “The sustained success of West Brom in the Premier League makes them a great fit for 12BET, who have a long-standing heritage as a recognisable Premier League brand. 12BET are a reputable brand with a rich history of working in the Premier League.“To have been identified as an exciting prospect by the company highlights the growth the club has made globally in recent years. With strong Asian links continuing to grow, this was instantly recognised as a perfect partnership.”Saturday’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth will put the sponsorship on show for the first time. It comes just a few weeks after 12BET became the ‘Official Sponsorship Partner’ of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) 2017 World Championships. Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Manchester City facing Uefa sanctions over finances

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgManchester City and Paris St-Germain are facing fines in the region of €60m (£50m), restrictions on their Champions League squad size and a wage limit for failing Uefa financial fair play rules.BBC Sport has learned the two – among nine clubs under examination by Uefa for failing the governing body’s “break even” test – face similar penalties.It is believed a Champions League squad reduction could see the clubs restricted to using anywhere between 18 and 21 players in Uefa’s premier competition.A normal squad size is 25.A wage cap could also be introduced on the errant clubs to ensure there is no rise on this season’s squad wage bill for the Champions League.It is thought clubs have until Friday to agree a “settlement” with Uefa. Failure to agree a deal would see a club referred to an adjudicatory panel in June where a non-negotiable penalty would be applied.At that stage clubs could then seek a final appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.Under Uefa’s FFP rules, clubs can lose no more than £37m (€45m) over the previous two seasons.last_img read more

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