Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus again

first_imgTopics : He is due to take a new test “in the coming days.”Since his diagnosis on July 7, Bolsonaro has been confined to the presidential palace alongside other people that have already contracted the virus.It’s a far cry from his regular daily routine that includes leaving the residence to greet his supporters, often while ignoring social distancing measures and without wearing a face mask.As well as taking part in video calls, Bolsonaro has been seen feeding rheas — a bird species native to South America that is related to the ostrich and emu — in the gardens of the official residence. One even pecked him.Brazil is the second worst affected country in the world by the coronavirus after the United States, with more than 74,000 dead and 1.9 million cases. He admitted on Monday by telephone interview with CNN that he “can’t stand this routine of staying at home” and said he was waiting “anxiously” to be given the all-clear to leave the house.He told the television channel he hasn’t had any symptoms such as a fever or respiratory difficulties since July 6.And he added that he continues to take the anti-malarial medication hydroxychloroquine.The drug has been pushed as a treatment for COVID-19 in many countries — but its effectiveness has not been formally proven and the issue is deeply dividing the global scientific community.center_img Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus again, CNN Brazil said on Wednesday, quoting the far right leader, who underwent a new test on Tuesday.Bolsonaro, who at 65 is in a high risk group, said he would remain in quarantine at his official residence in Brasilia from where he would continue to work by video conference.The far-right president, who has caused huge controversy in Brazil for repeatedly flouting lockdown measures in place to curb the spread of the virus, first tested positive a week ago.last_img read more

Japan PM Abe stepping down over health: Local media

first_imgTopics : “I see him every day and feel that there is no change in his condition,” Suga told reporters at a regular press conference.And on Thursday, Suga told Bloomberg News that Abe would “of course” be able to serve out the rest of his term, which ends September 2021.”He’ll be all right,” he said.But the health woes appear to have piled on the pressure for Abe, who this week broke the record for the longest uninterrupted stint in office in Japanese history.Despite the relatively contained impact of the coronavirus in Japan, Abe’s government has been heavily criticized for its approach to the crisis, including a U-turn on stimulus payments and a much-mocked decision to issue each household two cloth face masks.The prime minister has also seen his signature “Abenomics” economic policy come under increasing strain, with the country already slumping into recession even before the coronavirus crisis hit.Still, experts had said there was little appetite within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for Abe to depart early, especially as there is no consensus yet on his successor.And with Japan’s fragmented opposition so far unable to capitalize on the government’s falling approval ratings, there had appeared to be little immediate pressure on him to step down.An abrupt resignation throws open various possibilities, including that either deputy prime minister Taro Aso — who also serves as finance minister — or chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga would assume the office in a caretaker capacity.A later election within the party would then confirm a full-time successor.Both Aso and Suga, as well as several former and current cabinet members have been suggested as potential successors. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to resign over health problems, local media reported Friday, in a bombshell development that will end a record-setting tenure with no clear successor yet in place.There was no immediate confirmation of the reports, which came hours before Abe was due to give a press conference to address speculation about his health.The unexpected news sent Tokyo stocks plunging more than two percent, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 index reversing earlier gains.center_img Rumors about Abe’s possible resignation had intensified after two recent surprise hospital visits for unspecified medical checks, but in recent days, senior government officials had suggested he would serve out the rest of remaining year in office.The resignation would be a bitterly familiar scenario for Abe, who stepped down just one year into his first term, in 2007, over health problems.He was subsequently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which he said upon return to office in 2012 was under control with the help of new medication.The resignation, if confirmed, will come despite the insistence of government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Friday morning that Abe remained in good health.last_img read more

Unai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat

first_imgUnai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat Comment Advertisement Advertisement Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against the Gunners (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘They showed their superiority in 90 minutes. They held their level in 90 minutes and our level in the second half was worse than the first.‘Our challenge now is the next week, continue to work and improve, and think how we can work and be better.’After his hat-trick helped down Arsenal, Aguero told Sky Sports: ‘It was important to win. The other day I scored early and we lost, today I am very happy.’Manchester City have reduced the gap to leaders Liverpool to two points. The Reds face West Ham on Monday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 7:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Unai Emery’s Arsenal were beaten by Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits Arsenal will need ‘big help’ from their rivals to finish in the top four of the Premier League after the humbling defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.Reigning champions City outplayed Arsenal at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero’s tenth Premier League hat-trick helping the hosts clinch a 3-1 win.Aguero scored in the first minute before putting City back in front on the stroke of half-time as Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser proved futile.Argentine superstar Aguero completed his hat-trick with a controversial goal that appeared to go in off his arm.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe defeat sees Arsenal remain in sixth position, a point behind Manchester United, who defeated Leicester City on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether he is still confident that Arsenal can secure a top-four finish, Emery said: ‘Yes, but after losing 3-1 it’s not easy to say that.‘I have confidence in our work and in our way. I know now we need to pick up and have some big help.’City created a number of opportunities against the Gunners and Emery felt Pep Guardiola’s side showed their ‘superiority’ in the Premier League encounter.last_img read more

UK roundup: COVID-19 pushes back FTSE350 DB endgames

first_imgBased on the situation at the end of June, around 55% of the FTSE350 defined benefit (DB) pension schemes can now expect to be in a position to buy out via an insurer within 10 years, down from 65% at the start of the year, according to Barnett Waddingham.The average time to buy-out increased from eight years and two months at the end of December 2019 to nine years, two months at the end of June.For the average time to buy-out to return to the position at the start of the year, the FTSE350 companies would need to step up their deficit contributions by around a third relative to current levels, but given current challenges this is looking “increasingly implausible,” said the consultancy. A number of companies have made the decision to defer deficit contributions in response to the economic impact of coronavirus. The pensions regulator (TPR) has said that since March, it has received 108 revised recovery plans, of which almost 86% have seen schemes agree to defer their deficit repair contributions. The majority were from small schemes and relate to sectors under increased strain from the impact of COVID, such as the manufacturing, retail and airline industries. According to Barnett Waddingham, at the end of June, a 50% reduction in deficit contributions would reduce the proportion of FTSE350 schemes able to buy out within 10 years to around 40%. The average time to buyout for the FTSE350 would increase significantly to 11 years and three months, an increase of just over three years from the position at the start of the year.Simon Taylor, partner at Barnett Waddingham, said: “With TPR’s consultation on a revised DB funding code of practice currently ongoing, it will not be long before schemes are required to put in place a long-term funding plan for reaching the endgame.“This will arrive at a challenging time for a lot of schemes, as both funding levels and company strength have taken a hit in recent months.” Exeter Uni scheme hires Aon for investment adviceThe University of Exeter Retirement Benefits Scheme (ERBS) has appointed Aon as its investment advisor.The appointment is an addition to the existing services the firm provides the pension fund – Aon has been the scheme’s actuary since 1999. Charlie Iversen, senior investment consultant at Aon, will be the lead investment adviser, the consultancy announced.ERBS – a closed defined benefit pension scheme providing benefits to non-academic staff at the university – has assets of around £140m (€154m) and more than 3,000 deferred and pensioner members.According to an ERBS spkesperson, Aon replaces Mercer as investment advisor. The scheme also uses BlackRock as its sole asset manager.Penny Green, a trustee executive at BESTrustees and professional chair of trustees for ERBS, said: “We have worked successfully with the Aon team as our actuarial advisers for many years and throughout that time they have demonstrated a good understanding of us, our issues and how we like to work.“As we identified the need for investment and actuarial advice to be more connected as we work towards our long-term objectives, it was therefore a relatively easy decision to extend Aon’s appointment to cover investment advice as well as actuarial.”The scheme’s investment portfolio previously comprised 40% global equities and 60% bonds, the spokesperson said. This was revised in December 2018 to an allocation of 30% equities/70% bonds and a further reduction in equities was made in March 2019.The spokesperson said the current target allocation is 20% equities and 80% bonds, also adding that as part of the last formal valuation as at 5 April 2015 a recovery plan was agreed to bring the scheme to a fully funded position by 31 July 2029. As of April 2019 ERBS was 87% funded.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Irish Continental Group Orders World’s Largest Cruise Ferry

first_imgIrish Continental Group plc (ICG) has placed an order with German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG (FSG) for the construction of a cruise ferry worth EUR 165.2 million (USD 199 million). Upon completion, it will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, according to ICG.The cruise ferry will be able to accommodate 1,800 passengers and crew, with capacity for 5,610 freight lane metres, which provides the capability to carry 330 freight units per sailing. Overall, it will effectively be a 50 pct increase in peak freight capacity compared to the MV Ulysses.Under the deal, the cruise ferry is scheduled for delivery before mid-2020.Twenty percent of the contract price will be paid in installments during the construction period. The balance of 80 pct will be paid on delivery. ICG said it would finance the ferry with funds from credit facilities.The new ferry will be fitted with emissions scrubber technology and ballast water systems so as to meet current and known future environmental regulations and will deliver optimal fuel consumption while minimising related costs.It will be powered by four main engines delivering 33,600 KW of power and adhere to Ice Class specification.Freight capacity will be provided over five decks, while passenger facilities will be spread over three decks. In addition, the vessel has been designed for three-tier freight bow loading to allow for efficient loading/unloading and quick turnaround times.The cruise ferry is being built specifically for Irish Ferries Dublin – Holyhead services. It is expected to replace the schedule of the MV Ulysses, which in turn will replace the currently chartered vessel MV Epsilon in the fleet.This will allow for the deployment of the W.B. Yeats (arriving mid-2018) full-time on the direct Ireland – France route alongside the MV Oscar Wilde.“This investment underpins the confidence the group has in the markets in which we operate. Alongside the recent investment in the MV W.B. Yeats, it brings our total investment to EUR 315 million for these two vessels designed for our operations on the Irish Sea. “The construction of a cruise ferry of this size will offer both additional capacity and an enhanced experience for both our tourism and freight customers. This infrastructural investment enhances “the bridge” to the UK & Continental Europe that is a vital part of the continued success of Ireland’s open economy,”  Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

Castle Bruce Secondary School wins Tourism Youth Congress

first_imgEducationLocalNewsSecondary Castle Bruce Secondary School wins Tourism Youth Congress by: – May 3, 2012 350 Views   3 comments Tweet Nyanna George; 2012 Tourism Youth Congress winnerRoseau, Dominica – (May 3, 2012) – Nyana George of the Castle Bruce Secondary School is the winner of Discover Dominica Authority’s Tourism Youth Congress. The Youth Congress took place at the Arawak House of Culture on Thursday May 3rd, 2012. George competed against students from the Pierre Charles Secondary School, Portsmouth Secondary School, North East Comprehensive School, Convent High School, Dominica Grammar School, Dominica Community High School, Wesley High School, Orion Academy and the Saint Mary’s Academy. In Round 1 of the competition, all students spoke for three minutes each on the topic What is the impact of vagrancy on tourism? What options do we have for dealing with vagrancy and tourist harassment in Dominica? Students from Convent High School, Castle Bruce Secondary School, North East Comprehensive School, Pierre Charles Secondary School and Wesley High School advanced to Round Two and presented on the topic: “Your community, the next tourist paradise?” Nyana George thoroughly convinced the judges that her community, Castle Bruce was the next tourist paradise. The judges were overall quite impressed with the students performance however felt that some more research could have been done in some instances. (L-R): Five finalist in Round 2 Javian Thomas of Convent High School, Rena George of the North East Comprehensive School, Gordon Royer of the Pierre Charles Secondary School and Jasmine Farell of the Wesley High ScoolGeorge will represent Dominica at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress in St. Kitts and Nevis in October 2012. Nyana will receive an aerial tram and zip line tour compliments Rainforest Aerial Tram and lunch for two compliments the Garraway Hotel. The second place winner, Jasmine Farrell of Wesley High School will receive a horseback riding tour compliments Rainforest Riding; and third place student of the Pierre Charles Secondary School, Gordon Royer will receive lunch for two compliments Fort Young Hotel. All participants will receive a tour of the Roseau Valley, compliments Cool Breeze Tours Ltd. The Castle Bruce Secondary School will also receive a monetary prize compliment of the AID Bank who were co-sponsors of the event. Live coverage of the event was made possible through part sponsorship of Kairi FM. Press Release Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

California moves past New York, now tops in US for COVID cases

first_imgThe surge of cases in California came after much of its economy was reopened in May and early June following nearly three months under the nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order that forced most businesses to close and restricted where people could go. (AP) California’s cases have climbed rapidly in the last month, punctuated by the 12,807 recorded Tuesday, while New York’s have fallen to less than 1,000 per day. California’s overall total is about 6,000 more than New York’s, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. People line up at a mobile Coronavirus testing site at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, United States. APcenter_img SACRAMENTO – A record one-day total of newly confirmed coronavirus cases gave California more than 415,000 since the pandemic began, sending it past New York for the most in the country, data from Wednesday showed.last_img read more

Marjorie L. VanCleave

first_imgMarjorie L. VanCleave, 82 of Dillsboro passed away Wednesday March 8, 2017 at the Waters-Ross Manor in Dillsboro with her family at her side. Marjorie was born Thursday May 31, 1934 in Moores Hill the daughter of Lester and Ruby (Hunt) Withered.  She married Marion J. VanCleave April 30, 1955 who survives.  Marjorie had been a 25 year member of the Moores Hill Methodist Church, and later joined the Dillsboro United Methodist Church where she was an active member both of the church and the United Methodist Women. She was also a former member of the Rebecca Lodge. She had worked at the Dillsboro Manor, and was known as the “lunch lady” when she worked in the cafeteria at the Dillsboro School.  In later years, she along with her husband Van were active in the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and helped organize the Dillsboro Food Pantry.  She always enjoyed doing for others.  She was an excellent cook and seamstress, making hats for children in the hospital and for  Haitian children.  She loved making doll clothes, especially Barbie Doll clothes. She also made a quilt for each grandchild and great grandchild.  Her family said she was always there for them and was a great teacher and mentor, and that she had been tested in her life many times, but never ever lost faith in God.  This great lady and her wonderful husband were chosen and served as the King and Queen for the 2014 Dillsboro Homecoming.Marjorie is survived by husband of 61 years, Marion “Van” VanCleave of Dillsboro, sons Mark (Carolyn) VanCleave of Delaware (Milan), James (Donna) VanCleave of Dillsboro, Shawn (Terri) VanCleave of Cincinnati, Grandchildren Joel, Chris and Jacob VanCleave, Rachael York, Amanda Peelman, Chris Justice, Ronnie and Steve Disbro and Brandy Hicks, 15 Great Grandchildren, sister-in-laws Aileen and Frances Withered, Marie Gill and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by son David and grandsons Ben and Josh VanCleave, and 4 brothers Bob, Loren, Mervin and Dale Withered.Funeral services for Marjorie will be 11AM Monday March 13 at the Dillsboro United Methodist Church with Pastors Dennis Alstott and Mona Safley officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro.  Visitation will be Sunday 4-7PM also at the church.  Memorials may be directed to either the Dillsboro United Methodist Church or the Dillsboro Food Pantry.  DeVries Funeral Home of Dillsboro entrusted with arrangements.last_img read more

Joe Crist Memorial IMCA Stock Car Shootout this Friday

first_imgThe weekend also provides an opportunity for Stock Car drivers to run two big money shows. The following night, Saturday, July 27, Bethany Speedway will complete the Stock Car weekend with a $1,262 to win race as well. The race pays $90 to start. Between the two tracks, there is over $2,500 on the line if a driver can sweep the weekend.  On Friday, July 26, at US 36, along with the Stock Cars, the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and E-Modifieds are also racing. OSBORN, Mo. – This Friday, July 26, is the third annual Joe Crist Memorial Stock Car Shootout at US 36 Raceway. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are racing for $1,262 to win and $125 to start. Heat races pay $62 to win among other bonuses.center_img The pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstands open at 6 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 6:45 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. and racing is at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior and military, $5 for children seven to 12 years of age and children six and younger are free.last_img read more

Slaven Bilic denies West Ham have made bid for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge

first_img Bilic, whose West Ham side entertain Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday evening, has already been busy in the transfer market, signing highly-rated full-back Sam Byram from Leeds. The 22-year-old was in talks with Everton, but opted to join the Hammers and trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday. “We have been tracking him for a long time and there was not only Everton interested in him, but a few other clubs, too”, said Bilic. “According to the TV, he was quite close to signing for Everton, but we knew we had a good chance and we are delighted that he came to us. “I told him that I like young players and I told him my opinion and which areas he can improve and he liked it. “I didn’t promise him anything, but what he really liked is that we had been watching him for a really long time and he realised that we were serious and that we have big plans for him, but it is up to him to show us in training and in games his improvement.” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has denied making a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. “That is only a rumour and there is nothing behind it,” said Bilic when asked about the Chelsea and Manchester City forward. “I am not talking about who we want – Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name – but that is only paper talk.” Sturridge has not trained with the Liverpool squad in six weeks, and manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to be growing increasingly frustrated with the situation. But when it was put to Bilic that Sturridge, 26, may become available, the West Ham boss replied: “What if? I would take Lionel Messi also, but it is only an ‘if’ so there is nothing in it.” Bilic said Sakho, who this week was involved in a car accident, and Carroll are both “ahead of schedule” on their return from injury and are expected to be available in mid-February. But the Croat revealed he remains interested in signing another striker with Nikica Jelavic, who scored in the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday, possibly leaving the club in January. “We are not panicking,” added Bilic. “We know that we have a couple of players that are injured. “On the other hand there are a couple of players that may leave the club. Maybe Zarate, maybe Jelavic and if that happens, and it may happen, then we are going to try and get one striker.” With both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho sidelined through injury and Mauro Zarate closing in on a deal to join Fiorentina, Bilic is keen to bolster his attacking options in the transfer window. But the Hammers boss has dismissed speculation that Sturridge, the England striker who has featured just six times for the Reds this season due to a string of injuries, is poised for east London. Press Associationlast_img read more