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Malaysian PM quarantines after minister tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgMalaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday said he will self quarantine for 14 days after a minister who attended a high-level government meeting to discuss coronavirus developments on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.The Southeast Asian country has seen a steady climb in cases in the past week in the aftermath of an election in the state of Sabah in Borneo on Sept 26.Authorities in Malaysia have warned that coronavirus restrictions may have to be reimposed if the trend continues, amid popular anger towards politicians who have been blamed for the spike. In a statement, Muhyiddin confirmed that Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri had tested positive, and that those identified as close contacts at Saturday’s National Security Council meeting to discuss COVID-19 had been issued a 14-day home surveillance order starting Oct 3.”Pursuant to that, I will undergo self-quarantine at my home for 14 days as advised by the health ministry,” Muhyiddin said.”However, this will not interrupt government business. I will continue to work from home and use video conferencing to conduct meetings as necessary.”In an earlier statement, the health ministry said contact tracing had been carried out, including symptom screening and collection of swabs to detect COVID-19 infections.In a Facebook post on Monday, Zulkifli confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was now undergoing treatment.In a separate statement, Malaysia’s health ministry reported 432 new daily cases on Monday, setting a new record since the country started tracking the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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Cash flows in Swiss pension fund market to turn negative in 2043 – report

first_imgNet cash flows into the Swiss pension fund market will fall by around CHF20bn (€18bn) and become marginally negative over the next 25 years solely because of demographic changes, according to projections from Credit Suisse.As a result, some pension funds could see their liquidity requirements increase, which would also have a negative impact on investment behaviour, a report from the bank warned.The report’s authors – Jan Schüpbach, senior economist, and Livio Fischbach, strategic advisor for pension funds, both at Credit Suisse – pointed out that while net cash flows into Swiss pension funds are still positive at present, they will be negative from 2043, taking into account the contributions of both employers and insured, as well as pensions and capital benefits.“On the one hand, inflows from retirement credits will continue to grow only slightly until 2045, due to the population increase of 300,000 people between the ages of 25 and 65,” said the authors. “Pension benefits, on the other hand, will increase significantly, as the number of people of retirement age will grow from 1.5 million to 2.7 million.” Net inflows would fall from CHF18.8bn in 2015 to CHF15.5bn in 2025, and then in 2045 there would be net outflows of CHF2.3bn, and -CHF9.1bn in 2065.This will increase the proportion of retirees’ pension capital in relation to that of active members: today, it stands at around 45%, but this figure will have risen to 57% by 2045, according to the projections. This will in turn reduce the funds’ risk capacity, as investment horizons become shorter.If absorbing the additional potential for returns, though desirable, increasingly comes into conflict with pension funds’ falling risk capacity, the current shift in pension fund asset allocation from bonds towards equities and real estate investments could slow in the future, said the authors.However, they said the results of the projections also demonstrated that the average extent of the changes should be bearable, and that a similar exposure to high-yield investment as at present could be maintained in the investment strategy.From 1900 to 2019, Swiss equities yielded 3.7% per annum more than Swiss franc money market investments, and 2.1% more than Swiss franc bonds, they noted.“It should still be possible for most funds to fund a substantial proportion of their pension benefits via the capital market,” they concluded. “To ensure this is the case, a regular check of the individual investment situation, for example through an asset-liability analysis, is becoming increasingly important.”The study can be found here . IPE’s November issue will feature pensions in Switzerlandlast_img read more

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Health Minister says abuse of drugs hurting the country

first_img Share Tweet 5 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Hon. Julius Timothy.Health Minister Julius Timothy says drug abuse poses a major threat to homes, community and the nation by extension.The National Abuse Prevention Unit and the Ministry of Health have collaborated to observe Drug Awareness Month in January under the theme “My Community, My Choice, No Drugs”.Timothy told an address to the nation on Monday, that statistics relating to drug abuse and misuse on the island is very alarming.“Statistics from the police force showed that in 2010, the following illicit drugs were confiscated. 156,988 cannabis trees, 29,143 cannabis seedlings, 633, 485 cannabis weed and 1,420 grams of cocaine. In 2010; 225 nationals were charged with cannabis related crimes, 201 were adult males, 10 adult females and 14 juveniles consisting of 13 males and one female. This is compared to 2009 where 198 nationals were charged, 179 males adults, 12 adult females and 7 male juveniles. These figures indicate that the vulnerability of our males to the drug trade,” he explained.According to Timothy, 425 persons were admitted to the Acute Psychiatric Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) where 247 were treated for marijuana, alcohol and other crack related mental health problems.“Therefore more than 55% were due to the abuse of drugs. Vehicular accidents and uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension are secondary to drug abuse. I want to remind you that the smoking of marijuana is not okay”, he said.The minister also called on the society to play its part in protecting its citizen from drug abuse by doing the following; “Advocate on behalf of stake holders working in the areas of supply reduction, money laundering, prevention and treatment; Inform and educate community members on the dangers of drug abuse; Support organized anti drug activities in your communities; Create spaces where individuals and groups can recreate in an environment free from drugs; Provide financial support for projects and programs geared towards prevention and treatment; Increase parental role in early detection of drug use by children; Get involved in keeping children and drugs apart and support the work of the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit.”Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Health Minister says abuse of drugs hurting the country by: – January 10, 2012last_img read more

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Bulldogs Volleyball Results

first_imgFrom Coach Trenkamp. The Batesville Lady Dogs fell to Community Christian in 3 games tonight. We had a great momentum the first game and was able to pull out the win.  Games 2 and 3 we just couldn’t figure out how to bounce back.  We played with 6 girls only tonight and that was huge as it led to a new rotation being unsure of what to do.  Scores were 16-25, 25-6 and 15-8.From Coach Prickel. The JV volleyball team overcame a 9-2 deficit in game 1 vs. Lawrenceburg to pull off an exciting 25-21 win. The team went on to lose games 2 & 3. (25-16, 15-4) Kerigan Haskamp was the leading scorer with 7 points in a 9/10 performance from the service line. Other point getters were Nikki Fox (5 pts.) and Shelby Westerfeld (3 pts.) Katie Bedel pounded 7 kills in 19 attempts with Shalee Harrington and Haskamp chipping in with 3 kills a piece.The varsity played some of the best volleyball they have played all season against conference rival Lawrenceburg, but were unable to sustain the level of play for the needed win.  (25-16, 27-25, 25-21, 25-8)‘We gave the tigers a battle for about 2.5 of 4 sets; it was great volleyball!  Unfortunately we lost the serve/server receive game which is crucial to control if you want to pick up the “W”.  They served us well picking on players who were showing visible signs of inner turmoil, for 13 aces in crucial moments.  We did receive some great sparks from the bench with pull up players coming into tight moments to shine.  #12 Katie Bedel had 4kills and a solo block, & #25 Nikki Fox came up with a reception , dig and kill.  Other leaders were #23 Hattie Westerfeld with 13 kills and two blocks, #7 Kylie Laker with 3 aces and 12 digs, and #11 Jenna Ertel with 18 digs.’ Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.We will have some needed rest and practice time to work out the kinks before hosting Rushville on Tuesday the 4th with a 5:30 JV start.last_img read more

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Nigeria win U-18 FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup of Nations bronze

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF gives date for resumption of AFCON 2021, Qatar 2022 qualifiers FIBA releases guidelines for basketball’s return CAF, NFF salute Chukwueze at 21 Nigeria’s contingent to the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup of Nations in Uganda recorded a decent result while gaining vital exposure in the 3×3 format of basketball.In the u-18 girls category, Nigeria won bronze after edging out the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the third-place game by 8-6 points.The girls, who lost narrowly to Uganda in the semifinal, were determined not to leave the competition without an impression as they settled for bronze.Mali continued their dominance over the women’s 3×3 in Africa with an incredible 17-4 win in the final over Uganda.In the u-18 boys, Uganda once again proved to be the undoing of Nigeria at the tournament as the lads lost to Uganda 12-17 points in the third placed game.Despite the loss, Mustapha Oyebanji who shone brilliantly during the tournament joined Bourama Coulibaly (Mali) and Youssef Helmy (Egypt) in the Team of the tournament.Individually, Oyebanji also took home the bronze in the shoot-out contest while Alou Traore (Mali’s men) won gold at the Shoot-out contest after defeating Claris Osula (Kenya’s women) in a tie-breaking play-off round.Mali defeated Egypt in a nail biting final 14-13 points to win the tournament.The quartet of Godwin David, Lucky Subel, Agu Ibeh and Victor Koko lost out to Egypt  13-17 points in the quarter final stage.The women also lost out narrowly against bitter rivals, Mali 14-15 points in the semi finals. Tags: Africa Cup of NationsFIBAlast_img read more

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Norwich promoted to Premier League

first_img Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond put Norwich 2-0 up inside 15 minutes as the Canaries returned to the top flight a year after relegation. It was also 12 months to the day since Canaries boss Alex Neil, who replaced Neil Adams in January, took Hamilton to the Scottish Premier League and the manager, largely unknown south of the border before joining the Canaries, has written his name into Norwich folklore. Norwich claimed an instant return to the Barclays Premier League as a lightning start helped them record a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship play-off final victory against Middlesbrough at Wembley. Norwich were outside the top six when Neil took over but he guided them to third before a stunning Wembley win. Jelle Vossen hit the bar for Boro and Daniel Ayala twice went close but they never recovered from Norwich’s quickfire double. Patrick Bamford shrugged off an ankle injury to start for Boro and Jerome got the nod ahead of Lewis Grabban, available after a three-match ban, for Norwich and justified his selection early on. The game had already started at break-neck speed with both Norwich and Boro smashing the bar inside a minute of each other. First Bradley Johnson struck the woodwork with a half-volley from the edge of the box before Boro broke and Vossen’s rasping effort clattered John Ruddy’s bar. But Jerome broke the deadlock when he cashed in on Ayala’s mistake in the 12th minute. The striker robbed the former Norwich defender on the left-hand side of the box and raced towards Dimi Konstantopoulos. With no Boro challenge coming the forward then had the simplest of chances to roll the ball between the goalkeeper and the near post from five yards. And three minutes later the Canaries doubled their lead with a superb 17-pass move which Redmond lashed past Konstantopoulos. Martin Olsson started the move, intercepting the ball, and it ended when Steven Whittaker found Redmond and his touch gave him space to drill across goal and into the bottom corner from 12 yards. Shell-shocked, Middlesbrough could not respond in the first half despite managing to regain some composure. Aitor Karanka’s side saw plenty of the ball but failed to test Ruddy in the Norwich goal with the Canaries comfortable with their lead. Boro tried to change the tie at the break as Emilio Nsue replaced Dean Whitehead and Ayala headed over five minutes into the second half. They were much improved and pinned Norwich back but Vossen was booked for diving after he went down in the area under Whittaker’s challenge in the box. Ruddy then claimed Bamford’s 20-yard effort just before the hour with Boro stepping their play up a gear. The Canaries offered little threat and Karanka looked to turn the screw as he replaced Vossen with Kike with 22 minutes left. But Norwich almost grabbed a third a minute later when Russell Martin powered Redmond’s corner over from five yards. The Canaries were nervous with Boro making the running and Grabban and Graham Dorrans replaced Jerome and Wes Hoolahan as they tried to wrestle back control with 16 minutes left. Ayala then saw a header blocked by Grabban with eight minutes remaining but Norwich saw out the final stages with ease to clinch promotion. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Driver Hits One Million Miles In Honda Accord

first_imgA former auto mechanic, Mills credits regular oil and filter changes to his ride’s longevity.Talk about reliable, evidence supports that you can drive a Honda until the doors fall off. A guy in Durham, North Carolina drives a lot for work . . . about 60,000 miles a year. And his 19-year-old Honda Accord recently hit the one million mile mark. https://t.co/PjKBTSiKTw— 94.5 The Buzz (@945thebuzz) May 9, 2019 Dexter Mills of Durham, North Carolina joins an elite list of drivers who logged one million miles in his 2000 Honda Accord.That means Mills drove an average of 52,000 miles a year for 19 years.last_img read more

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Windies lose again in rain-hit contest

first_imgA spirited Indian side held their nerve to pull off a five wicket win over the West Indies ladies as they took the ongoing series 4-0, with a match left.Rain forced some 11 overs to be shaved off of the original allotment of 20 overs, forcing the encounter to be a 9 overs-per-side affair at the Providence Stadium.West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews starred with the ball as she bagged 3 for 13 from 2 overs, while Afy Fletcher took 2 wickets. Guyanese Sheneta Grimmond bagged her first two international scalps, ending with 2-10, which helped keep India to 50-7 at the end of their 9 overs.It was a relatively simple chase for the home team who just made an absolute mess of the latter part of the hunt, being kept to 45 for 5 at the end of 9 overs.India’s Anuja Patel was the star with 2-8, as the pair of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav grabbed a wicket each. Guyanese Shamaine Campbelle was not out on five and Stacy-Ann King on one, as the pair failed to secure the six runs needed for a win.The Windies batting was led by Matthews who scored 11, Chinelle Henry 11 and Natasha McLean 10, who managed double digits.When play finally began, India took to the middle after an almost two-hour long pause due to rain. The first ball was bowled at 16:00hrs and the visitors immediately got off to a flier with Shafali Verma (07) hammering Matthews for a six before being caught in the deep by Henry.Matthews then landed a brutal double-blow to remove hero from the last match, Jemimah Rodrigues, ((06) and Veda Krishnamurthy (05).At 20 for 3, Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Sharma sought a more tempered approach following the top-order collapse before Grimmond removed the latter for four runs.Kaur fell to Fletcher for six as she and Grimmond managed a few more wickets prior to the end of the first innings. The final match of the T20 series bowls off on Wednesday at 18:00hrs, weather permitting. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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WCC Tournament bracket 2019: TV schedule, scores, how to live stream games

first_imgCONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BRACKETS:AAC | ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC2019 WCC Tournament bracket, schedule(All times Eastern)First round: Thursday, March 7Game 1: No. 8 Pepperdine 61, No. 9 Pacific 53Game 2: No. 7 San Diego 67, No. 10 Portland 47Second round: Friday, March 8Game 3: No. 8 Pepperdine 68, No. 5 Loyola Marymount 65Game 4: No. 7 San Diego 62, No. 6 Santa Clara 45Third round: Saturday, March 9Game 5: No. 8 Pepperdine 89, No. 4 San Francisco 72Game 6: No. 7 San Diego 80, No. 3 BYU 57Semifinals: Monday, March 11Game 7: No. 1 Gonzaga 100, No. 8 Pepperdine 74Game 8: No. 2 Saint Mary’s 69, No. 7 San Diego 62WCC championship: Tuesday, March 12Game 9: No. 2 Saint Mary’s 60, No. 1 Gonzaga 47How to watch the WCC Tournament liveThe first and second rounds of the competition can be viewed online using TheW.tv. After that, all games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPN2. The semifinals and finals are also available for streaming on WatchESPN. MORE: March Madness 2019 bracket projectionsIt seems unlikely, however, that Gonzaga will fall short its dominance in regular-season conference play. The Bulldogs have won every WCC game this year by double-digits, a mark that includes victories at San Francisco, at Saint Mary’s and at BYU.Gonzaga, led by Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke and Zach Norvell Jr., has won six straight WCC Tournaments. BYU has never won it, and San Francisco hasn’t done so since 1998.Here is the complete schedule and TV info for the 2019 WCC men’s basketball tournament (all times Eastern).2019 WCC Tournament live scoresVisit Sporting News’ scoreboard page for live stats and updates from WCC tournament games in progress. The 2019 West Coast Conference Tournament will take place March 7-12 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Gonzaga will be the top seed, followed by a logjam of Saint Mary’s, BYU and San Francisco.The conference’s hopes of earning two NCAA Tournament bids likely hinge on a team other than Gonzaga winning the WCC crown. The Bulldogs have locked down an at-large berth regardless of how they perform in Las Vegas, but the Gaels, Cougars and Dons would likely need the automatic invitation that comes with claiming the WCC Tournament.last_img read more

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Angela Lee aims to make history in impressive fashion at ONE Championship: A New Era

first_imgFor Lee, that means storming through Xiong and capturing a second ONE Championship belt, at which point she’ll start trying to figure out whether she wants to stay at strawweight or return to the atomweight ranks.“I want to put on a display of what MMA is about,” she said. “I’m going to put on a dominant performance and I’m looking to take that belt out of her hands. You’re definitely going to see a beautiful, devastating finish from me.”(As for what comes next), it all depends on this fight,” Lee added. “If it goes the way that I imagine it to go and I completely walk through her, I think that I may think about staying in the strawweight division. (Fighting in) the atomweight division has always been a pretty tough cut for me, but we’ll see after this fight.” Now, as the 22-year-old readies to return to action for the first time since retaining her atomweight title last May, she is trying to join Amanda Nunes as the second active female fighter to stand as a two-weight world champion.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThis weekend, ONE Championship brings a stacked card that includes the promotional debuts of Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez to Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, where Lee will also move up in weight to challenge Jing Nan Xiong for the company’s strawweight title in the penultimate fight of the night.“Just being on this card itself is being a part of history because it’s going to be such a significant event for ONE Championship and to be the co-main event is a really big honor,” said Lee, speaking with Sporting News on Tuesday evening. “I know this is going to be another turning point in my career. This is another opportunity for me to make history and I’m going to put on a big show for everyone.”Lee and Xiong were originally scheduled to face off in November, but less than a week before the event, the Canadian-born atomweight titleholder was forced to withdraw from the event after suffering a herniated disc in her back.Had the bout gone forward as scheduled, Lee could have captured her second world title a handful of weeks sooner than Nunes, who added the UFC featherweight title to her collection with a first-round knockout win over Cris Cyborg at the end of the year. But it wasn’t meant to be.Now, after a couple additional months to heal and prepare, the confident rising star is ready to take care of business this weekend in Tokyo.“My back is feeling much better,” said Lee, who carries a 9-0 mark with seven finishes into her co-main event showdown with the 13-1 Xiong. “I think we gave it enough time to heal up, but of course, sometimes with the hard training, it flares up every now and then. But we’ve been monitoring it and I take the time off to rest and recover, so I’ve been taking good care of my body this camp in order to make sure that I’m able to get the job done on fight night. I feel great coming into this fight.”The addition of Johnson, Alvarez and Sage Northcutt to the ONE Championship roster, as well as the company bringing on Miesha Tate in an executive role, has brought increased attention to the Singapore-based promotion over the last several months, especially from the North American media and this weekend’s event is poised to be the biggest in the company’s history.In total, 15 bouts are scheduled to hit the cage, with the seven-fight main card featuring four championship fights, along with the debuts of Johnson and Alvarez and a kickboxing match between Andy Souwer and Yodsanklai Iwe.And while Eduard Folayang and Shinya Aoki will close out the show in a battle for the ONE Championship lightweight title, Lee and Xiong occupy the second-to-last slot on the fight card. It’s an honor that is not lost on the atomweight titleholder and an opportunity she has no intention of squandering.“I think with DJ and Eddie’s debuts for ONE Championship, I think that lots more eyes around the world that are going to be curious and interested to see how this plays out,” said Lee. “I think it’s great because the more people that are going to tune in, the better and this is going to be ONE Championship’s biggest show, by far.“One thing that I really love about ONE Championship is that they really offer equal opportunities for males and females,” added the rising star, whose last four bouts have all been main event matchups. “They truly look at us all as athletes and I think it’s great that since I’ve joined, they’ve really been behind me and backing me for who I am as a person, as a human being and as a world champion as well. For them to put me as the co-main event on this card — me and Xiong — it makes a big statement for all organizations and is a big step up for women’s MMA. I know this is going to be another turning point in my career. This is another opportunity for me to make history and I’m going to put on a big show for everyone.”While she is acutely aware of the opportunity in front of her and the size and scope of this weekend’s fight card, Lee is also doing her best to not let the magnitude of this event and the fact that she can make history with a victory take too prominent a position in her mind as she readies to step into the cage in search of her 10th straight victory.“Everything is about balance,” she said, acknowledging the need to find a happy medium between the tremendous amount of attention this event and her fight in particular have received and staying focused on the task at hand. “At the end of the day, it is just a fight, but of course, there is so much buildup and hype around this fight.”My dad used to always ask me was, ‘If this girl was to come into your gym and was going to try and punk you out, what would you do about it?’ and of course, I would go in there and smash her, so it’s the same thing. You’ve got to have that mentality,” she added with a laugh. “I’m not overlooking how big an opportunity this is, but I’ve got to do my job and do what I train to do.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year The unbeaten atomweight champion talks moving up to challenge for the strawweight title and serving as the co-main event on this weekend’s massive fight card in Tokyo, Japan.Angela Lee began her career by earning comparisons to Ronda Rousey, who sat atop the UFC women’s bantamweight division until two days after Lee secured the third win of her career at ONE Championship 33: Pride of Lions.last_img read more

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