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Brazil state imposes curfews in bid to curb virus

first_img“It is necessary and urgent to impose greater restrictions, after recording extremely high [infection] rates” in the area, Costa said in announcing the measures.”If we don’t act, we could see an explosion of cases and an explosion in demand for beds in intensive care units, which we won’t be able to meet.”The alternative, he said, was “a large number of deaths” in Bahia, which has registered more than 21,000 cases and 700 deaths so far.The area affected by the decree sits at the border between the two Brazilian regions hit hardest by the novel coronavirus: the southeast and northeast. Topics : Authorities imposed curfews Wednesday across a swathe of territory in the Brazilian state of Bahia in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country’s hard-hit northeast.With the virus still spreading fast in Brazil — the country with the second-highest caseload, after the United States — Bahia Governor Rui Costa decreed a 6:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew for the state’s 19 southernmost municipalities, effective until June 9.He also ordered the closure of all but essential businesses and services in the same zone, the state government said.center_img The outbreak in Brazil started in the southeast, the country’s wealthy business and industrial corridor.That region, which includes Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, remains the hardest hit, with more than 200,000 cases and nearly 15,000 deaths.But the northeast, Brazil’s poorest region, has emerged as the second-hardest hit, with nearly 195,000 cases and 10,000 deaths.Health officials believe the outbreak in the northeast is being driven partly by poor migrant workers from the region who have returned home after losing their jobs in the southeast because of virus-related business closures and stay-at-home measures.Brazil as a whole has now registered more than 555,000 cases and 31,000 deaths.Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher.President Jair Bolsonaro is a vocal critic of stay-at-home measures, arguing they are needlessly hurting Latin America’s biggest economy.The far-right leader has urged businesses to wage “war” on such measures from state authorities.last_img read more

IPE Views: Is there a future for defined benefit schemes?

first_imgA prolonged low-interest-rate environment could further exacerbate funding pressures on public DB schemes, Catherine Lubochinsky warnsThe viability of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in both the public and private sectors has been a subject of discussion for many years in the developed world, not least because of the significant numbers of private sector organisations that have been closing these schemes, and the ongoing debate about the affordability of these schemes in the public sector.Working with the Policy and Economic Analysis Programme (PEAP) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, the Global Risk Institute (GRI) has developed four macro-economic scenarios for the next 15 years in Canada, as the world recovers from the major crisis experienced in 2007-2008. Observations from this study may be of benefit to DB schemes in many countries.The four scenarios established using PEAP’s proprietary model were, briefly, as follows: Scenario 1 – interest rates remain low through 2014, but then rise significantly as global economic recovery finally takes hold in 2015 and successive years, with relatively strong economic growth and improving corporate and government balance sheets; Scenario 2 – as per Scenario 1, but with somewhat lower ultimate levels of interest rates than Scenario 1; Scenario 3 – low interest rates continue for an arbitrary five years longer, owing to relatively weak economic growth and demand, before rising to the relatively high levels seen in the first scenario; and Scenario 4, in which low rates for another five years eventually rise to the lower levels seen in Scenario 2. In our view, the most likely outcome based on present data is Scenario 1, with the other scenarios listed in descending order of probability. Before examining the effect of these scenarios on DB schemes, it’s worth reflecting on how the enrolment profile for these schemes has changed in Canada in recent years, especially since this profile is mirrored by other markets in the developed world, such as the UK and US.In Canada’s private sector, enrolment in DB schemes has declined from 1.9m in 2008 to 1.5m in 2011 due to scheme closures. By contrast, enrolment in Canadian public sector DB schemes has increased by 300,000 over the same period to 2.9m. This increasing DB enrolment in the public sector may be seen in the light of concerns that, because most of these schemes do not ‘mark to market’ their liabilities, the impact of low interest rates for a long period has yet to be recognised.Broadly, this research demonstrates that a prolonged low-interest-rate environment could potentially exacerbate funding pressures on public DB schemes and further accelerate the move away from these schemes in the private sector. Lower levels of employment and wages imply lower interest rates, as well as having the knock-on effect of lower contribution rates to pension schemes. Additionally, if the interest rates used to calculate the liabilities of DB schemes remain low for an extended period, the consequences – in terms of higher contribution rates or lower benefits for the scheme’s future members – may be postponed but not eliminated.Figure 19 from the report illustrates the gap in interest earnings for public sector DB schemes between a near-term return to ‘normal’ levels of interest rates (Scenario I above) and a much longer period of low interest rates (Scenarios III and IV). The gap, in terms of interest earnings, between Scenarios I and IV by 2030 amounts to CAD15.5bn (€10.2bn), with lower long-term rates accounting for CAD10bn of this difference, and the delayed recovery in rates a further CAD5bn.Figure 21 shows a similar situation in the private sector, but with important differences based on the relative size of components. The share of interest earnings as a proportion of total funding is lower than the share of contributions.For both public and private sectors, a lower long-term real interest rate has a greater negative effect on earnings than a five-year period of low economic growth before recovery. A high level of real interest rates will only be achieved with strong economic growth, which, at the same time, supports contributions to pension schemes – making strong economic growth a priority.For the public sector, questions will arise in the event of a continued low-interest-rate environment and concomitant decrease in plan solvencies. For the private sector, the continued shift away from DB schemes to defined contribution schemes has led to a transfer of risks from employers to employees, which leads to questions not covered by this research about how pension schemes can be designed with more balanced risk-sharing mechanisms.For more information about this research and GRI, please visit Lubochinsky is managing director of research at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Serviceslast_img read more

Opposition to PM’s child smacking comment

first_imgNewstalk ZB 3 June 2012The Prime Minister’s being challenged over his statement that light smacking of children is ok under the law. Family First says it’s essentially “a crock”. It’s citing the case of a mother who had to go all the way to the Court of Appeal to get an acquittal, after she admitted lightly smacking her eight year old son. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie says the case is another example showing the smacking law isn’t working. conviction overturned on appealRadio NZ 3 June 2012 A woman whose eight-year-old son was hit twice on the bottom with a belt on one occasion last year has had her conviction for assault quashed by the Court of Appeal. The result is being welcomed by advocacy group Family First which says it shows how confused the 2007 child discipline legislation has proved to be. During the incident the woman asked her partner to administer the punishment, which he did. Both were convicted in the District Court and sentenced to community work. The partner was subsequently cleared on appeal to the High Court. The woman has now been discharged by the Court of Appeal but has already served her sentence and lost her job. The Court of Appeal says her penalties were out of all proportion to the gravity of the offending. Family First director Bob McCroskie says the case involved an extremely difficult child for whom the mother had repeatedly sought help, but none was available. He says there is a lack of support for parents who are struggling. Mr McCroskie says the legislation is confused and needs to be precisely worded.’ hell after choice to strap childSunday Star Times 3 June 2012A mum’s “considered decision” to strap her son led to an assault conviction, and a judge told her that thinking about it first made it worse than if she’d done it in anger. The woman and her partner, both South Island teachers, were convicted after they strapped their 8-year-old son, over his pyjamas, with a belt in January last year. But after taking their case all the way to the Court of Appeal, they were discharged without conviction. Anti-smacking law critics say the case is an example of good parents being criminalised, contrary to assurances from politicians when the law came in. …(The mum) said she was overjoyed at being discharged after “a year-and-a-half of hell”. She said when the anti-smacking law was introduced she thought it would stop people from abusing their children. “I didn’t for a second think I would get criminalised.” Family First director Bob McCroskie said the case showed the law “coming home to roost”. “This mother has had her career damaged, lost income and faced legal fees, and it’s caused irreparable damage to the family. “She was honest, asked for help, went to professionals who never came running with assistance – but were quick to prosecute.” “The warning to all good parents from this is to be careful what they admit.” wins appeal over smacking3 News woman wins appeal over smackingHerald Sun / Sky news (Aust) mum gets offSydney Morning Herald read more

Norma L. Suttman

first_imgNorma L. Suttman, age 76 of Oldenburg, died Friday, November 4, 2016 at Aspen Place in Greensburg.  Born February 16, 1940 in Ripley County Indiana, she is the daughter of Thresa (Nee: Beach) and Charles Kemker.  She married Cletus Suttman November 21, 1978 and he preceded her in death August 3, 2016.  Norma worked at the Hill-Rom Company as an electrical technician for over 35 years before retiring in 2002.  She was a member of Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.Norma enjoyed many interests.  Among them were playing bingo and cards, mainly bid Euchre.  When she was younger, she often spent her time crocheting blankets for loved ones, making beaded figurines or putting together puzzles.  She was excited when watching sports, following the Reds during the summer and an avid basketball fan, I.U. and Butler during the winter.  According to her family she always loved going out to eat, a clean house, gardening and traveling to visit colonial homes.  Norma was a proud military mom and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.She is survived by children David Tingle of Cincinnati, Ohio, Wayne (Robin) Tingle of Batesville, Glenn (Debbie) Suttman of Batesville, Robin Weaver of Aurora, Indiana, Glenda Suttman of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark Tingle of Aurora, Indiana, Thresa (Dale) Hooten of Batesville, Anita (Gary) Merkel of Oldenburg, Carolyn (Ted) Nobbe of Batesville, Robert Tingle of Aurora, Indiana, Cletus (Kari) Suttman of Grand Rapids, Michigan; sisters Katherine “Cody” Holt of Osgood, Indiana, Patricia Morris of Moores Hill, Indiana; 25 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her daughter Rosemary Suttman; brothers Leroy, Lloyd and Bine Kemker; and sisters Doris Smith, Daisy Lindsey and Jane Adams.Visitation is Monday, November 7th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 8th at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Legacy Lane at Aspen Place, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Oldenburg Eagle Fire Company.last_img read more

Bulldogs Soccer Team Wins Over Knights

first_imgThe Bulldogs played a conference match against South Dearborn at home winning 5-1.The Bulldogs started off with confidence and intensity handling the ball and possessing well. Just ten minutes into the match Batesville found the back of the net for the first goal. Evan Vogelsang took a long shot which was deflected and Michael Ripperger followed up for the finish. Minutes later Ian Powers played a nice through ball out wide to Johnathan Lynch, who crossed it low and Ripperger heeled it in far post. Next, Nate Slavin had a goal punt from the keeper box which was mishandled by the Knights defense and sent flying toward goal for Ripperger to dribble in and shoot scoring his hat trick. Towards the end of the half Garrett Lee passed the ball into Lynch who shot and rolled past the keeper.Seconds before the whistle, Eli Pierson crossed from wide and Garrett Lee took a one time shot in the net. The second half Batesville slowed down and South Dearborn took advantage of some possession. Halfway through, a free kick was given to the Knights well outside the 18 yard box and they were able to take a direct kick which went over our keeper and into the goal. Batesville won 5-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Lewandowski passes 50-goal mark as Bayern win 20th German Cup

first_imgRobert Lewandowski passed the 50-goal mark this season as Bayern Munich completed the double with a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen behind closed doors to win a 20th German Cup on Saturday. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates his long-range goal in the German Cup final win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday in Berlin. Bundesliga champions Bayern dominated at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium as David Alaba smashed home an early free-kick before Serge Gnabry added the second goal in the first-half. Lewandowski has 51 goals in total this season after scoring twice in the second-half either side of a Sven Bender header for Leverkusen. Kai Havertz converted a penalty deep into added time for Leverkusen. “In the second half we showed that we are the better team and wanted to be cup winners,” said man-of-the-match Lewandowski. Bayern, crowned Bundesliga champions for the eighth straight year last Saturday, have won all of their 11 games since the season resumed in mid-May after a two-months hiatus due to the coronavirus. They could finish the season winning the treble as they are among the favourites for the Champions League finals in Lisbon next month. This was the 13th time in the club’s history they have won the double. Lewandowski, crowned Bundesliga top-scorer for the fifth time last weekend, netted six times in the cup, has 34 league goals and 11 more in the Champions League this season. Leverkusen completed a hat-trick of defeats after also losing the 2002 and 2009 cup finals in Berlin. When Lewandowski was clattered by defender Edmond Tapsoba on 16 minutes, it was Alaba who swung the resulting free kick inside the post to give Bayern the opening goal. They doubled their lead after Joshua Kimmich won the ball in midfield eight minutes later. His pass split the defence, Gnabry sprinted onto the ball and fired past Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to make it 2-0 at the break. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer lifts the German Cup trophy after Saturday’s 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkuen on Saturday in Berlin. “We are so happy that we got the double. In the first half we had the game completely under control,” said Gnabry. With players’ calls echoing around the near-empty terraces of the cavernous stadium, where Germany head coach Joachim Loew was one of a handful of guests, the game was played in an eerie atmosphere. “It’s a bit of a sad moment,” admitted Bayern forward Thomas Mueller, who lamented the lack of fans, after winning the German Cup for the sixth time in his career. “If the fans are missing at such a cup final, it’s not the same. “We’ve done well this season over long stretches, but it also hurts a bit.” Having skied a shot at goal moments earlier, Lewandowski made it 3-0 when he controlled a clearance kick by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and tried a long-range speculative shot at Hradecky. The Leverkusen keeper parried the shot, but watched in horror as it rolled behind him and over the goal line on 59 minutes. “I noticed that the goalkeeper was a bit off his line, so I thought I’d just give it a try,” revealed Lewandowski. “It was a little surprise it went in, but you always have to try.” It fired life into Leverkusen, whose centre-back Sven Bender slipped his marker Leon Goretzka and headed home on 64 minutes. Leverkusen nearly got a second moments later when Kevin Volland and Havertz both failed to connect with a cross. Read Also: Saka’s first Premier League goal keeps Arsenal in Euro raceLewandowski claimed his second when he fired home Ivan Perisic’s pass on 89 minutes.Bayern defender Alphonso Davies conceded the penalty in the fourth minute of added time which Havertz converted just before the whistle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img – Under control – Loading…last_img read more

House supports Ziemke’s bill updating child abuse reporting

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The House of Representatives has supported Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke’s legislation to better protect Hoosier children from abuse.In 2016, the Indiana Department of Child Services reported 59 child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect. Currently, DCS files an annual report with information about the number of child deaths caused by neglect or abuse, but lacks information about the circumstances surrounding it.“This startlingly high number of child deaths is unacceptable and we currently do not have pertinent information to combat the issue,” Ziemke said. “This simple, but imperative legislation would ensure the state keeps a more detailed summary of events surrounding child fatalities. This would help DCS and law enforcement better approach these situations and protect children.”According to Ziemke, the report would include the risk factors surrounding the child’s situation, demographic information and if the death occurred while the child was in foster care or after the child was returned to their biological parents.Due to an added amendment in the House, the bill now heads back to the Senate before further action. For more information on Senate Bill 170, click here.last_img read more

Scrap English Premier League season, start from scratch — Man U’s Shaw

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 The 2019/2020 English Premier League season must be scrapped and declared null and void if it cannot be restarted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has said. The Premier League confirmed last week that the season, originally suspended until April 30, would not resume at the beginning of May. The season would only return when the situation stabilises. League leaders Liverpool need six points to seal the title, while European spots and relegation candidates are still unclear with nine games to go. This has raised questions about how they would be decided if the season does not resume. “Scrap it and start again. Start it again, yeah,” Shaw said during the Combat Corona fundraiser for UNICEF, a FIFA 20 competition that was streamed on Twitch. “It’s got to be, you know. If we can’t carry it on, it’s got to be void.” Shaw was part of the event, which also had Gareth Bale, Paulo Dybala, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and raised around 17,000 pounds ($20,920) through online donations. Some Premier League clubs had mulled finishing the season by playing games without spectators in attendance. But Shaw said that was not a view he endorsed as fans filling up stadiums was crucial. “Fans are so important. You realise it even more (now),” Shaw, 24, added. “I think the sport is for fans really… I think if you don’t have fans, and you don’t play in front of fans, it just doesn’t feel right. “Especially on match days, the fans are always amazing and always help the team. Whether it’s home or even away, our fans are always brilliant and I feel like they’re always there with us.” Manchester United were three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea before the season was suspended, a position which left them out of reckoning for a UEFA Champions League ticket. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusLiverpoolLuke ShawPaulo DybalaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Bravo misses out on century but puts Red Force in Super 50 semis

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Darren Bravo passed 400 runs with his third straight half-century and fifth of the Regional Super50 Cup as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force dealt Guyana Jaguars’ semi-final hopes another blow with a six-wicket win here Saturday night.The left-hander, left out of the West Indies team due to poor international form, extended his heavy scoring with 98 as Red Force overcame an early blip to overhaul their target of 219 with nine balls to spare at Queen’s Park Oval, and confirm their spot in the final four.Red Force found themselves in a spot of bother at 51 for three in the 14th over after left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (2-49) struck twice but Bravo put on 165 for the fourth wicket with Mohammed who stroked an unbeaten 71, to see Red Force comfortably over the line.Bravo, who struck an unbeaten 115 in Red Force’s opener, was in sight of his second century of the campaign when he perished with three runs required for victory.All told, the 30-year-old faced 119 deliveries and crunched four fours and seven sixes, to reach 447 runs for the tournament at an average of 111.Jonathan Foo pummel an unbeaten 97 off 92 balls for Guyana Jaguars.Jaguars, needing a win to enhance their semi-final bid, could only muster 218 for eight after a delayed start due to rain turned the contest into a 46-overs per side affair.Sent in, they were going nowhere fast at 78 for five in the 25th over before Jonathan Foo arrived to pummel a top score of 97 not out off 92 deliveries.However, while several other batsmen got starts but none carried on, leaving Jaguars’ bowlers with a tough task of defending a small total.Opener Chandrapaul Hemraj (8) and Chris Barnwell (6) fell cheaply with just 32 runs on the board in the 13th over and though Foo tried to rebuild, he continued to lose partners cheaply.With the innings lagging, he took matters into his own hands, blasting half-dozen fours and four sixes as he put on a crucial 71 for the sixth wicket with Ronaldo Alimohammed (27) and 50 for the eighth wicket with Permaul (22).Leg-spinning captain Imran Khan was the best bowler with three for 23 from 10 frugal overs.Permaul then removed both openers to set back Red Force, bowling Tion Webster for eight and then getting Kyle Hope to hole out to mid-off for 14, as the hosts stumbled to 26 for two in the seventh over.When Akeal Hosein followed for 16 in the 14th over, Red Force were in need of a rebuild and Bravo and Mohammed came to the fore to deny Jaguars.Red Force top Group B on 24 while Jaguars, in third on 16 points, and West Indies Emerging Players – second on 18 points – will do battle for the second semi-final spot.last_img read more

Serena  Williams comes from behind to beat sister Venus at Top Seed Open

first_imgFORMER world number one Serena Williams came from a set down to beat her sister Venus 3-6 6-3 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open.Serena also trailed 4-2 in the deciding set but claimed four straight games to win a high-quality match in Kentucky.It was the 31st competitive singles match between the sisters, with Serena now having won 19 times to Venus’ 12.“I honestly don’t know how I was able to pull it out at the end,” said 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena.“I have been losing a lot of those tight sets so I said to myself that I really needed to win, just for my game and my confidence.”Top seed Serena broke seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus, 40, in the first game of the match but faded to lose the first set 6-3 in 41 minutes, before taking the second by the same score in 50 minutes.Serena, 38, broke first in the final set but Venus fought back and looked to be on course for victory at 4-2 up.However, Serena, who also had to come from behind against Bernarda Pera in her opening match, hit some crucial winners to reach the last eight of her first tournament in six months.She will face either fellow American Shelby Rogers or Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez in the quarter-finals of the behind-closed-doors event.In Thursday’s first last-16 tie, Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann beat Ukrainian fifth seed Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-2.“I didn’t come here to win for the first time in my career, I just came here to get some matches and see what happens,” added Serena, who is preparing to play in this year’s US Open, which starts on 31 August.Her chances of winning a 24th Grand Slam singles title in New York have been boosted by several top-20 players withdrawing from the event.Defending champion Bianca Andreescu, who beat Serena in last year’s final, became the latest to pull out of the tournament in New York on Thursday.(BBC Sport)last_img read more