China transparent in virus response: UN envoy

first_imgChina has handled the new coronavirus outbreak in a transparent and “highly responsible” way, the country’s UN ambassador said Wednesday, after criticism that local authorities did not react quickly enough.Since its emergence in the central province of Hubei in December, the COVID-19 virus has killed more than 1,350 people and infected tens of thousands.There have been more than 500 infections in almost 30 countries and territories outside mainland China, including two deaths. “Facing the epidemic, we have always adopted an open, transparent and highly responsible attitude,” Beijing’s United Nations Ambassador Zhang Jun told the UN Commission for Social Development.”We have reported the epidemic information to the WHO, the relevant countries, and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions as soon as it is available, shared the genetic sequences of the virus, actively communicated with other countries in order to come up with responses,” he said. Most of the cases have been in Hubei, where about 56 million people have been placed under virtual quarantine. Authorities have restricted the movements of people in several other cities far from the epicenter in an unprecedented containment effort.”Not only for the sake of China, but also the world, we have adopted rigorous prevention and control measures… effectively curbing the spread of the epidemic,” Zhang said. China drew international condemnation for covering up cases during the 2002-03 SARS outbreak, whereas the World Health Organization has praised measures taken by Beijing to combat COVID-19.But anger erupted in China this month after the death of a doctor in Wuhan, the Hubei provincial capital and virus epicenter, whom police silenced when he flagged the emerging virus in December.Local authorities in Hubei and Wuhan had already faced rare, uncensored criticism online for initially downplaying the magnitude of the outbreak.Critics say precious time was lost by the early inaction of the local government.Hubei and Wuhan officials held important political meetings in the first weeks of January. The death toll and number of cases only began to soar afterwards, going from one fatality on January 11 to more than 630 barely four weeks later.”Addressing global public health issues is a common challenge faced by all countries,” Zhang said, calling for international cooperation.Topics :last_img read more

Latvian pension performance returns to positive territory

first_imgThe returns helped assets grow by 20.6% to €2.9bn, of which €2.4bn came from contributions, and €484m from net investment growth.Funds cut their average weighting to domestic assets from 43% to 30%. Allocations to eastern European assets grew by 3 percentage points to 24%, and by a similar amount in western European assets, to 16%.The funds also increased their exposure to North America, from 5% to 9%.The active funds capitalised on the stock market bull run, increasing their equity exposure from 26% to 32%. Bond allocation rose from 48% to 56%.The shifts came at the expense of term deposits, because of historically low interest rates, and cash holdings.The balanced funds maintained their equity exposure at 17%, raised their bond allocation from 70% to 74%, and likewise lowered their deposit and cash investments, while the conservative funds’ bond allocation rose by 7 percentage points to 84%.Returns from the 17 private, third-pillar funds showed a similar trend, with the average gain reaching 5.76%, compared with a loss of 3.27% the year before.The highest returns were generated by the nine euro- and two dollar-denominated active funds, with average gains of 9.03% and 6.26% respectively.The third-pillar sector remains underdeveloped, with some 275,770 participants, of whom only 55,855 – 6% of the employed workforce – benefit from employer contributions. Latvia’s mandatory second-pillar funds generated a 12-month weighted average return of 3.83% in March, according to the Association of Commercial Banks of Latvia (LKA).A year earlier, all three classes of funds lost money, with the riskier plans suffering the most. In the most recent 12-month period, investments in riskier assets yielded the best results.This March the average return from the eight active, equity-weighted funds strengthened from to 5.17%, compared with a loss of 4.05% a year earlier.The four balanced funds gained 3.28% on average, compared to a loss of 3.17% in the previous year. The eight conservative funds edged up their average return from -0.64% last year to 0.72%.last_img read more

Lithuania: Klaipeda LNG regas volumes soar in June

first_imgImage courtesy of Klaipedos NaftaLiquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification volumes at Lithuania’s first and only import terminal in the port of Klaipeda rocketed in June. The terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta’s data shows that the company’s LNG import terminal and its small-scale LNG facility have regasified and reloaded 2.43 TWh of natural gas in June, 196.7 percent above the 0.82 TWh recorded during the same period of 2018.During the first six months of 2019, the company in total regasified and reloaded 6.42 TWh of the natural gas which compares to 4.52 TWh during the same period of 2018.Sales revenue from the LNG facility in June was impacted by currency exchange rate change in regulated activity reaching €0.5 million ($0.56 million) which compares to €5.3 million in the corresponding period in 2018.The preliminary revenue of the LNG terminal for the first half of 2019 comprise €37.4 million and are higher by 14.7 percent compared to the €32.6 million reported in the same period of 2018.last_img read more

Football Friday Schedule-Week #7 (10-4)

first_imgOn Country 103.9 WRBI, The Batesville Bulldogs travel to Greensburg to take on The Pirates.  It’s Homecoming for Greensburg.On WRBIRADIO.COM, The East Central Trojans will be hosting The Connersville Spartans.  It’s Homecoming for The East Central.Kickoff at 7.  Wrbi’s Countdown To Kickoff at 6.Other WRBI Area Football Friday Games.Franklin County at South Dearborn.Lawrenceburg at Rushville.Milan at South Decatur.North Decatur at Indian Creek.Oldenburg Academy at Indy Washington.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows the games on WRBI.last_img read more

BMS Wrestling Conference Tournament

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team finished their season Saturday with an outstanding performance at the Conference Tournament.The team had twelve wrestlers entered in the tournament, and all twelve placed. Austin Pohlman was the top placer for the Bulldogs, finishing his middle school wrestling career as number two in the conference. Jonathan Lamping, Jacob Weigel, and Chase Hamilton finished third in the conference. Alex Murphy, Micah Riffle, Josh Mobley, Brandon Manning, and Jacob Davidson all placed fourth in their respective weight classes. Hunter Laudick and Spencer Mack both placed fifth, and Tyler Schaeffer secured a six place spot.Overall it was a great finish to the season as the team placed seventh out of eight teams overall, but with just twelve wrestlers out of a possible twenty weight classes.Thank you to everyone who supported the wrestling team throughout the season, and we look forward to another great year next year.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img read more

Spurs fans fear for club identity

first_img In July the club overcame a major hurdle after the government approved a compulsory purchase order allowing building work to begin. However, seven years of negotiations with one landowner are still to reach a satisfactory conclusion, resulting in the delay. A High Court challenge has resulted in a revised construction programme, with the shortest build time meaning Spurs must leave White Hart Lane to allow the new stadium to be built adjacent to the present site. However, the new ground will not be ready in time for the start of the 2017-18 campaign and a short-term temporary measure must now be identified. THST board member Martin Cloake told Press Associaition Sport on Thursday that Wembley would be considered the preferred option but the Trust has issued a statement on its website outlining its main concerns about a move to a temporary home and the impact such a decision will have on fans. “The board of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust is understandably concerned to hear the latest announcement from the club regarding delays to the building of a new stadium,” the statement read. “While we cannot, for obvious reasons, comment on the details of the legal process around the High Court appeal, we find it surprising that negotiations between the club and one business have continued for seven years without resolution.” Although accepting that a move may be beyond anyone’s control, THST also laid out issues it worries could risk longer-reaching changes to its club. “While the Trust is pragmatic about the need to move from White Hart Lane for one season, the prospect of moving from north London raises a number of issues for supporters, the local community, and the club’s identity. “For the supporters, there are serious issues over the logistics and expense of travel to home games. For the local community, which is depending upon the stadium project as a catalyst for regeneration, there are serious economic implications. We believe the cost of such a move to the local economy needs to be seriously considered. “Moving away from the area threatens serious damage to the identity of a club which has always played in north London. We would like greater transparency as to why the option of playing at White Hart Lane, the option which would benefit N17 the most, is apparently now no longer available. “Our greatest concern is that, once the club moves for one season, it is but a short step towards moving for two seasons, or more. “When the club’s current board tried to move us to Stratford, Tottenham Hotspur supporters showed their fierce opposition and we would urge the club to learn the lessons from that episode. A football club divorces itself from its community and identity at its peril.” Meanwhile, former Tottenham striker Clive Allen has identified the Olympic Stadium as a perfect temporary home. The focal point of the London 2012 Games is currently undergoing building work to become a football-friendly venue, with West Ham taking over as long-term anchor tenants from the start of the 2016-17 season. But Allen still feels the east London venue would work out well for Spurs. “Although the MK Dons stadium is a fantastic place, I think it’s just a bit too far,” he told talkSPORT. “The Olympic Stadium would be perfect. There was interest from the club in terms of moving there anyway. “I can’t see a reason why (West Ham would oppose the move). They will move in there and make it their new home but there are so many teams throughout Europe who share their grounds. “I can’t see it would be a major problem that on alternate weeks Spurs can use it.” Press Association The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust fears the club’s identity risks being severely damaged if the wrong groundshare option is taken for the 2017-18 season. Spurs are assessing all alternatives for a temporary home – including Wembley, the Olympic Stadium and stadium:mk – after announcing a delay in the construction of their new stadium. Spurs plan to build a 56,250-capacity venue next to the existing White Hart Lane ground, which holds around 36,240. last_img read more

Lady Mariner Come Back Falls Short

first_img Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 DEER ISLE — The visiting Patriots jumped out to an 8-3 lead, then held off the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners in an 8-6 win on Monday at Deer Isle.The Mariners managed just three hits — a solo home run and a single by Anika Powers and a single by Britnie Jones.Erica Hutchins came on in relief of Powers in the pitcher’s circle and didn’t allow a hit in three innings, but the damage already was done. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Jamaica undecided about use of “plantation white sugar”

first_imgThe Jamaica government says it has no intention of forcing upon manufacturers the use of plantation white sugar as a substitute for refined sugar in the manufacturing process.“It’s not the government’s intention to impose any strictures in promoting what, at this stage, is just a theory. It is going to depend largely on what you the manufacturers say. This is not something that Government wants to force on you. Nothing of the kind,” said Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Karl Samuda.Samuda said no decision will be taken without agreement from members of the manufacturing sector.Regional consultationsA statement from the Ministry noted that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has asked the Sugar Association of the Caribbean to conduct regional consultations with manufacturers who use refined sugar in their manufacturing processes.Currently, imported refined sugar is used in the manufacturing trade to make items such as sugary drinks and baked goods.The statement noted while it is possible to use the less refined, regionally made plantation white sugar for this purpose, it will cost manufacturers more to do so.Addressing a stakeholder’s meeting earlier this week, Samuda noted that the move to replace refined sugar with plantation white could prove beneficial to the region in the long term. But he assured that the government will work to find a solution that will mutually benefit the local sugar industry and manufacturers.last_img read more

Patrick Beverley posts first double-double as a Clipper in defeat

first_imgIn the first three games this season, Beverley, 30, had not been productive offensively, making only two of the 17 shots he’d attempted, including only one of 11 from 3-point range.On Tuesday, he went 5 for 10 and connected on 1 of 3 shots from deep.And Mr. 94 Feet – as he’s known, in reference to his penchant for full-court defense – remained a problematic presence for Pelicans’ scorers, too.He helped the Clippers – who, following Tuesday’s games, ranked fifth in the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing 104.1 points per 100 possessions – hold New Orleans to 43 percent shooting (compared with the Clippers’ 47 percent).“From the standpoint of getting into you, trying to direct the ball, and trying to disrupt what you’re doing, they’re really, really good at it,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters after the game in regard to Beverley and Avery Bradley. “I thought we started the game OK, and then … we decided we were going to make one pass and shoot it, or one pass and post up. We weren’t playing the way we were supposed to be playing. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “It’s funny, at halftime, I saw that we had one 3, I’m thinking, ‘We’re busting analytics right now. We really are. We’re up with only one 3-pointer made,’” Coach Doc Rivers said Sunday. “We only had five 3-pointers made in a game against the Rockets and won. That tells you how good your defense was, and that tells you the other thing analytics will tell you: Get to the free-throw line.”The Clippers made 21 of their 27 free-throw attempts against the Pelicans, most of them coming in the first half, when they went 15 for 17.By comparison, New Orleans made nine more free throws, going 30 for 40, all of them key in a seven-point victory. The Clippers made the Pelicans earn it Tuesday in New Orleans, but eventually the home team did, pulling away late in what was, for them, a low-scoring 116-109 victory.Starting point guard Patrick Beverley helped slow the Pelicans’ recent steamroll (they’d entered Tuesday averaging a league-best 140 points through their first two games), as the proud defender is wont to do.But this game, Beverley also helped the Clippers (2-2) chip away on the offensive end. He posted his first double-double as a Clipper, tallying 12 points to go with a Clippers’ career-high 10 rebounds (all of which were defensive). His eight assists also equaled the most he’s recorded as a member of the Clippers – a tenure, remember, that’s only 15 games old.A knee injury cost Beverley all but 11 games last season, his first season with the team. While available, he averaged 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals, while shooting 40 percent from the field. “That backcourt,” Gentry added, “is going to be as good a defensive backcourt that we’re going to see the whole year.” STREAK SNAPPED AT 34Like anybody, the Clippers are fans of freebies.Between the fourth quarter of last Friday’s victory over Oklahoma City and Luc Mbah a Moute’s miss from the line midway through the second quarter Tuesday, the Clippers made good on 34 consecutive free-throw attempts.On Sunday, they set a team record by going 26 for 26 from the stripe, which helped them to victory against Houston in a game when they made only 5 of 25 3-point attempts.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jordan Clarkson hopes tickets to Nets game lifts Lakers fan spirits

first_imgWhile there is currently no cure for Yourman’s disease, he has stayed healthy with daily antibiotics and exercise, including pickup basketball. Bibring has received chemotherapy for the past three years.Meanwhile, Mike Clarkson had two surgeries to remove a tumor wrapped around his spine that threatened to spread to his lungs. After spending most of 2014 rehabbing while confined to a wheelchair, Mike Clarkson can walk and has since resumed working in San Antonio with the Air Force.“He’s doing well,” Jordan Clarkson said of his father. “I always told him to keep his head up and I would do everything I can to keep him going and proud.”Through lettrs.com, Clarkson’s following has seen a boost in the Philippines. Clarkson’s biological mother, Annette Davis, is Filipino.“It definitely leaves a lasting impression,” Jordan Clarkson said. “Sometimes it is a lot to read. But I feel like it helps me be more connected to people.”Jordan Clarkson and Yourman anticipate that connection will strengthen once they meet Friday. Yourman sounded optimistic he can also convince Bibring to convert from a Nets to a Lakers fan and wear Clarkson’s jersey. “I hope she’ll be cheering for the Lakers,” Yourman said. “It won’t be a fun day if the Lakers lose. It’ll be even worse if she brags about it to me.”Or perhaps meeting Jordan Clarkson will be good enough, a digital letter soon forging into what Clarkson and Yourman hope morphs into a long-lasting friendship. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK — The fan mail flooded Jordan Clarkson’s inbox. That left the Lakers’ second-year guard endlessly sifting through them.But as Clarkson remained consumed with his offseason training, one letter caught his eye. Jeffrey Yourman, a 22-year-old student at Kean University in Union, N.J., informed Clarkson he has received lifelong treatment for cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder that also affects his organs, sinuses, kidneys and liver. On top of that, Yourman’s 22-year-old girlfriend, Roni Bibring, is in remission from leukemia and partially paralyzed. “It is our strength and stamina that keeps us both going and dealing with our disabilities together,” Yourman wrote through lettrs.com, a digital fan app that recently partnered with Clarkson. “I would love to have a conversation with you when you aren’t busy with this extremely hectic NBA season.”center_img Clarkson will make Yourman’s wish come true. Clarkson is giving Yourman and Bibring two tickets for when the Lakers (0-4) visit the Brooklyn Nets (0-4) on Friday at Barclays Center. Afterward, Clarkson will have a meet-and-greet with the couple and share his own story. Clarkson’s father, Mike, was diagnosed in 2014 with a rare form of cancer in his lower back, something he has since overcome.“It’s tough when I saw what my dad went through,” Jordan Clarkson said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “I hope this brings some joy to them. Hopefully we can get some more wins and make him happier.”Jordan Clarkson has represented the Lakers’ rare bright spot, averaging a team-leading 18.3 points on 56.4 percent shooting through four games. He also posted a career-high 30 points in Tuesday’s loss to Denver.Friday means so much more to Yourman.“It’s a complete shock and it’s very exciting,” said Yourman, who is majoring in public administration at Kean University and plans to apply to various schools for post-graduate studies in computer science. “It’s not just about meeting Jordan Clarkson. If you have good family and friend support, that’s what gets you through things.” last_img read more