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Top Chinese diplomat urges closer ties with US under Biden

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s top foreign policy adviser is urging closer ties with the U.S. under the Biden administration, while saying Washington must “effectively respect China’s position and concerns on the Taiwan issue.” Yang Jiechi said the sides will have their differences but should not allow them to derail relations. In remarks to the influential U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations, Yang continued the positive tone China is taking toward the new U.S. administration. Under former President Donald Trump, ties sunk to a new low over differences on trade, human rights and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory and threatens to bring under its control by military force.last_img read more

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CISA is a good start, but a national standard is needed: CUNA

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is a strong step toward improving cybersecurity, but further steps are needed, CUNA and its partners told Senate leadership in a letter sent Tuesday.The bill, (S. 754), requires federal agencies to share information on cyberthreats in a timely manner and allows private entities to share information, indicators and defensive measures they detect.“We encourage even further steps be taken to protect consumers’ sensitive information from the scourge of data breaches,” the letter reads. “To that end, we urge the Senate to take up legislation to establish a strong, but scalable, national data security standard to safeguard sensitive and personal consumer data from cyber criminals, such as the one proposed by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in the Data Security Act of 2015 (S. 961).”The letter adds that, with no federal data protection currently in place, millions of consumers are at risk of having their information exposed through data breaches. S. 961 would add such a standard.“By outlining a security process that is adaptable to future changes in technology the Data Security Act would enable businesses of all sizes and complexity to better protect consumers from harm,” the letter reads. “Importantly, S. 961 also recognizes that it is not productive to duplicate data protection and consumer notice requirements that are already in place for financial institutions under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and subsequent regulations.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Valamar hosted more than 70 students from Switzerland

first_imgThis year, Valamar also hosted the Project Week of internships for students of the Swiss College SSAT (Scuola superiore alberghiera e del turismo) from Bellinzona. is the third time that Valamar and Istria have chosen the destination of their international practice.During the internship, more than 70 SSAT students had the opportunity to get acquainted with the facilities and activities in the hotel under the mentorship of Valamar’s managers and directors. In addition to having the opportunity to learn about hotel business from our employees, students worked in groups on problem tasks in the field of tourism and hospitality and presented proposals for solutions to representatives and mentors from Valamar and the Tourist Board of Poreč.”It is always a special pleasure to work with young people. We are proud to have had the opportunity to present Valamar and open the door to tourism to students who are educating themselves for a career in tourism. Their engagement and creativity in solving the problem tasks we set before them are really at a high level”, said Tea Pestotnik Prebeg, Director of the Quality Sector at Valamar Riviera and a mentor at Project Week.The goal of Project Week is to prepare students for the job market and the business challenges they will face as they enter the work world. “This concept of practice develops creativity in students, while at the same time developing a sense of collaboration, teamwork and togetherness”, Said Matteo Terrani, professor at the Swiss College SSAT and project coordinator.last_img read more

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Activists, lawmakers criticize disclosure of personal information of COVID-19 patients

first_imgActivists and lawmakers have called for more considerate reporting on the country’s first confirmed coronavirus cases following the unprecedented disclosure of the patients’ personal information on social media platforms on Monday.In a statement issued on Monday, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) urged the media to respect the privacy of COVID-19 patients by not disclosing their personal identities or private information regarding their families or home addresses in order to prevent mass panic.The AJI also called on the press to speak to the most credible sources on the issue, as opposed to publishing “sensationalized” pieces on the patients and their families. “The government is obligated to provide accurate, credible and transparent information regarding COVID-19,” the organization further noted in the statement.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that two Indonesians had tested positive for COVID-19, the first two confirmed cases of the disease in the country.Read also: War begins on coronavirusHe said the two women, a 64-year-old and her 31-year-old daughter, both residents of Depok, West Java, had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive in Malaysia on Feb. 27 after visiting Indonesia in early February. The President’s announcement was shortly followed by the posting of a report, which had purportedly originated from the Health Ministry, detailing the patients’ personal information, including their home address. The report has since circulated on social media, including WhatsApp groups.House of Representatives (DPR) lawmaker Charles Honoris has urged the government to ensure the privacy of its citizens in relation to the spread of the coronavirus, saying that privacy is one of the constitutional rights stipulated in the 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945).Read also: Bali quarantines nine foreign tourists who sat next to NZ COVID-19 patient in airplane“The mass disclosure of private information of coronavirus patients through social media or other platforms should be taken seriously as a violation of citizens’ privacy. The state must be able to respect the privacy of its citizens and close whatever loopholes have allowed such a violation to take place,” Charles said in a statement.He went on to say that the government must learn from Singapore and Japan in this regard, specifically how the two countries had implemented a zero-tolerance privacy policy to protect the personal lives of its confirmed COVID-19 patients.Indonesian Ombudsman (ORI) chairman Amzulian Rifai shared the sentiment, saying that he hoped the government would be able to explain the disclosure of the patients’ personal information since it was a matter of citizens’ privacy.“We have been overwhelmed with information. But which information should we trust? So much information is circulating on each of our phones, which is why the government must lead ahead in the front line to provide accurate information to prevent the public from panicking,” Amzulian said on Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

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Long-dated UK bonds drive 20% return at BBC Pension Scheme

first_img“It has not bought more UK government bonds at current yield levels.”The performance marked the sixth successive year of positive returns, with the fall in yields on long-term UK Gilts and index-linked Gilts corresponding to a short-term return and rise in asset value.This, however, failed to help the scheme meet its 24% benchmark target. Liabilities also increased over the period.The scheme has built up its liability-driven investment (LDI) portfolio over the last two years, with its annual report suggesting it was now £1bn better off for having increased exposure without significantly reducing growth assets.Despite global equities returning 16.6%,10 percentage points above UK equities, the scheme still reduced overall exposure to the asset class by 5.1 percentage points.The scheme now has a 28.4% equity allocation – 10.5% in the UK and 11% across the US and Europe.Return-seeking bond exposure rose to 7.5% from 6.6%, while private markets rose to 22.5% from 19.9%.The main change in asset allocation came in index-linked UK Gilts, forming part of the scheme’s LDI portfolio.The scheme now holds 33.9% of its assets in inflation Gilts compared with 23.5% in 2014 – stemming mainly from trimming equity holdings.It holds £4.2bn in UK index-linked government bonds compared with £336m in UK corporate bonds.As of April this year, the scheme still had a funding shortfall of around £2bn.The scheme, which closed to new entrants in late 2010, is planning to offer around 16,900 members the chance to take part in the pension increase exchange, which, at retirement, sees members offered higher up-front benefits at the cost of future statutory increases to inflation. The £12.9bn (€17.6bn) BBC Pension Scheme returned 20.1% over the year to April, backed by its exposure to long-dated UK bonds and global equities.The pension fund for employees of the UK’s public broadcaster, however, said the long-dated bonds, while adding to performance, also hampered the scheme’s ability to meet its 2026 funding target.Chairman Bill Matthews said property, infrastructure and private equity also played a role, as did the pension fund’s lack of exposure to commodities.“The scheme reduced its equity exposure when the market was high and purchased assets that offer the prospect of stable long-term cash flows, such as UK corporate bonds, infrastructure investments and properties with long leases,” he added.last_img read more

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New qualifying format in place for historic 32nd annual Deery Brothers Summer Series

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – A new qualifying format employing passing points will be used at Deery Brothers Summer Series events this season.It’s the first time in the 32-year history of the IMCA Late Model tour that passing points have been used.All heat race winners and the next combination of drivers with the highest passing point totals will comprise the first 12 main event starters, with heat winners redrawing for the front rows.“B” feature grids will be lined up from the remaining high to low point totals. Series point provisionals will be awarded to drivers to drivers not qualifying from their heat or “B.”The upcoming Deery Series opens with the $5,000 to win Rebel 5K at Davenport Speedway on Friday, April 13.last_img read more

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Sr. Justin Louise Stiker O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Justin Louise Stiker, age 94 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the convent. Born April 29, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indianapolis, she is the daughter of Louise (Mann) and Justin Stiker, the second of four children.“Let the little ones come to me” was the common thread woven throughout Sr. Justin Louise’s life.  As a young student at Holy Name School in Beech Grove, Indiana, she met the Franciscans and Sr. Donald Fischesser made a lasting impression upon Justin Louise as her first grade teacher and she knew she wanted to be just like her and teach the little ones.Following graduation from Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg, Justin Louise went on to graduate from Marian University and began her teaching ministry in Princeton, Indiana, as well as Streator, Illinois and Shelbyville, Indiana.  Although teaching was her dream, as years the passed she found herself increasingly nervous and anxious in the classroom environment and returned to the Motherhouse.  In 1985 she was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and after working through years of therapy, Justin Louise regained her independence and returned to teaching and tutoring the little ones she so treasured as she taught at Bedford, Indiana until her retirement.When interviewed about her life, Justin Louise noted, “I have learned to speak up and stand up for myself.  I know what I enjoy, and I plan to continue being true to myself.  I get up in the morning feeling good, and I thank God for another day – and thank Him for all whom have supported me along my life’s journey.”Sr. Justin Louise is survived by her brothers Robert and Joseph Stiker, both of Indianapolis. She is preceded in death by her parents and her eldest brother Eugene Stiker. Visitation is Tuesday, July 30th from 1-3 p.m. in the convent chapel. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Neri Greskoviak, O.F.M. officiating followed by burial in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org). For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more

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QPR slap N8.1b on Eberechi Eze

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years Leeds United is among a number of Premier League clubs chasing Queens Park Rangers star Eberechi Eze and the Championship side will reportedly hold out for a £16 million fee (N8.1 billion).Fulham, West Ham, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa have all been mentioned as interested parties, while Crystal Palace have had a £12 million offer rejected. QPR boss Mark Warburton recently left Eze out of the club’s pre-season friendly game against AFC Wimbledon, claiming it was a measure to “look after” the player amid the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.“There is a lot going on with Ebere,” Warburton said. “He has been lauded by many football people and did exceptionally well for us last season.“But, being brutally honest, he’s an asset. Ebs knows that’s how football works. And that asset has a value. If that value is met then that asset moves on.“But he is a QPR player, he is a very talented boy and a pleasure to have around the group.“Today the right thing to do for Ebs, with lots going on, was to look after him. He is back in training on Monday morning.” Meanwhile, the Hammers have been urged to sign Eze by club legend Frank McAvennie, who told Football Insider : “I am fed up of West Ham just competing to stay in the division.“A club like West Ham need to be at the top, the supporters deserve to be.“We need players that are going to strengthen the starting eleven. We have attacking midfielders but if we offload Anderson then that deal is possible. We can then get Eze in.“Moyes knows he has to change the squad because right now, it is not good enough.”Eze notched 14 goals and eight assists for QPR last season. Tags: Aston VillaEberechi EzeFulhamLeeds UnitedQPRWest Bromwich AlbionWest Hamlast_img read more

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FSF criticises ticket prices

first_img The FSF wants a £20-cap to be imposed on away tickets in the Premier League and for all away matches to be classed as Category C fixtures – the cheapest category available. Miles, who was part of the delegation, said: “It’s not about the numbers going through the gates, it’s about making sure football doesn’t just become an elite sport reserved for the privileged. “Football clubs have a different relationship with their fans than businesses do with their customers because fans don’t have a choice of going elsewhere. “Managers, players and owners come and go but fans stick with their club for life. “To exploit that loyalty, passion and commitment for commercial gain – it stinks and it’s dangerous for the future soul of the game.” The Premier League will earn £5.5billion from television companies between 2013 and 2016, a deal that represents a £2.1bn-increase on the previous agreement. This season, the average low-price adult season ticket in the Premier League has gone up 6.5 per cent to £526 while 11 of the 20 top-tier clubs have made their cheapest season ticket more expensive. “We want football to be affordable for all,” Miles continued. Around 100 fans carrying banners and chanting songs marched on the league’s headquarters in London on Thursday before an FSF delegation met with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. Top of the delegation’s agenda was the price of tickets for away supporters, who currently pay according to criteria set by the home team. The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) chief executive Kevin Miles believes high ticket prices in the Premier League threaten to kill the “soul of the game”. “At a time when there’s more money in football than there ever has been before with the incredible television revenues coming in, it is ridiculous that fans are still being squeezed. “There has to be some of that money available to subsidise tickets rather than creating a climate where prices are constantly going up.” For any new ruling to pass, 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs would have to approve. Last year’s protest did achieve some success as all 20 clubs were given £200,000 each to subsidise fans travelling to matches. FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke said: “We are beginning to see a little bit of movement. “It’s nothing like enough and that’s why marches like today are needed so we can keep making progress. “I’m an optimist and I’m hopeful we can turn this around. The one thing I can say with absolute certainty is the overwhelming majority of supporters are behind us on this. “For every supporter that’s here in the middle of London, in the rain, on a working day – there will be thousands who are behind what we’re doing.” Clubs are unlikely to lower the cost of tickets while supporters continue to pay the current prices. “Some people have stopped going and that would have a dramatic effect but why should we?” Clarke said. “It’s our game, we were here before the owners came and we’ll be here after they’ve gone. “We don’t feel we should have to stop going to matches in order to affect change so we’re trying to achieve it by other ways.” A statement from the Premier League read: “The Premier League today met with a representative group from the supporters who took part in a demonstration outside our offices. “We had a worthwhile and constructive discussion that identified a number of areas where we can continue to meet with the Football Supporters’ Federation and see if any progress can be made.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Italy approves plan for soccer league

first_img June 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian soccer federation has approved plans for a playoff or the use of an algorithm with no champion declared if the season is stopped again. Associated Press Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak. It is scheduled to resume on June 20.The plans were approved by an 18-3 vote at an FIGC council meeting. Italian soccer clubs had asked for no champion or relegations unless mathematically certain.Playoffs are the preferred idea but an algorithm will be used to determine the final standings if matches cannot be held because of time restrictions or the worsening of the pandemic. But there will not be a champion if the algorithm is used.The top two men’s divisions are the only ones set to resume their regular seasons. The women’s Serie A will not restart.___ English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home. The first is on June 20 against Arsenal.Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.___center_img Italy’s female soccer players are against the possibility of a playoff format to finish their season.A decision on whether and how the Serie A women’s league will resume is expected to be made during an Italian soccer federation meeting.One of the proposals is to have playoffs. That would involve half of the 12 Serie A teams.A statement by the Serie A women’s players says they are against it because “it doesn’t guarantee true fairness.”They say “we all go out on the field or no one does.” The Latest: Italy approves plan for soccer league Juventus, AC Milan and Sassuolo are the only three clubs which have managed to resume training. Many of the clubs also have players who are still abroad.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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