Spain’s daily coronavirus infections hit highest since May 10

first_imgSpain reported the steepest daily jump in coronavirus infections in over two months on Thursday, with 580 new cases registered as of the previous day, up from 390 reported on Wednesday and with the regions of Aragon and Catalonia leading the increase.Authorities have reimposed restrictions in some areas of Catalonia, including home confinement in the Lleida area affecting some 160,000 people, and health officials there said measures would have to be taken in the capital Barcelona, but gave no further details.Over 170 localized outbreaks have emerged across Spain since it lifted its nationwide lockdown – one of the strictest in Europe, on June 21, with Catalonia at the epicenter of new outbreaks. Spain’s health ministry put the number of cases confirmed over the past 24 hours in the region at 142, up from 91 the previous day. In Aragon in the east, the number of infections jumped to 266 from 160, according to the health ministry.The Catalan health authority, which counts both confirmed and suspected cases, said the number soared to 1,293 overnight, the highest since at least May 18, when the counting methodology changed.The Catalan capital – home to 1.6 million people and one of Europe’s most visited cities – tripled its number of coronavirus cases from last week.Authorities have also imposed some restrictions in three neighborhoods of a Barcelona suburb that houses some 260,000 people. Topics :last_img read more

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Switzerland’s Vontobel spins off asset management subsidiary

first_imgNet new money from institutional clients slowed a bit last year from CHF8bn in 2012 to CHF7.2bn, yet overall assets under management continued grow to CHF109.6bn, an increase of 11% year on year.In the first half of 2014, however, Vontobel saw an “anticipated” slowdown in net new money, with inflows and outflows also from institutional investors balancing themselves out.In its half-year report, it said: “Some global investors have reduced their allocation to the emerging markets – the impact of which was felt in the asset management industry.”With the realignment of the business model, the bank said Vontobel Asset Management’s “efficient and modern” organisational structure would “take account of global competition”.The new division will operate under the name Vontobel Asset Management AG, pending the approval of the Swiss regulator and Bank Vontobel shareholders. Swiss bank Vontobel is spinning off its asset management business into a separate legal entity to increase its international competitiveness.It pointed out that the independence of asset managers was assigned “high importance” in most asset management markets and a “key selection criterion” applied by international consultants and clients.Asset management is one of the major contributors to Vontobel’s bottom line and has been growing in importance for the bank in recent years.As of the end of 2013, profits from this segment of the business stood at CHF103.3m (€84.3m), a 37% year-on-year increase, while overall group net profit amounted to CHF122.3m.last_img read more

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Labour relaunches loan-shark policy

first_imgStuff co.nz 9 September 2014Labour reheated its loan-shark policy today, promising to cap interest rates to crack down on predatory lenders.Under the proposals, it would be illegal to charge exorbitant interest rates to desperate borrowers.Labour hasn’t set the maximum rate – that would be determined by the Reserve Bank, so that it could be changed without amending the law.The plans would also result in a Labour-led government working with banks to establish social lending schemes, with low or no interest.The policy mirrors Labour spokeswoman for consumer rights and standards Carol Beaumont’s Credit Reforms (Responsible Lending) Bill, which was voted down in 2010.Beaumont said that unlike other countries, New Zealand did not set limits on interest rates.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/policies/10476496/Labour-relaunches-loan-shark-policylast_img read more

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Vendor’s Arcade Proposed for Wotten Waven

first_img Share The Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency, Dr Irving McIntyre has said that plans for a tourism center for the valley have been amended to first establish a vendor’s arcade.Hon McIntyre explained that the original plan for the tourism center could have hurt micro business in the area hence the adjustment to the idea to instead begin with a vendor’s arcade.“Initially we had a massive plan to build a tourism center in Wotten Waven and that would have included the vendor’s arcade, restaurants, booths and shops and even some sulphur pools as well,”he explained, “but in Wotten Waven, we are known  for community tourism and somehow in the plan it was defeating the purpose to have little sulphur pools there, which  would be actually competing with the people in Wotten Waven themselves.”Hon McIntyre added that the initial plan was therefore amended.“We thought let us just shelve these ones a bit and let us come with something new. So, what we are going to do in the first phase is get the vendors arcade; so we can have washroom facilities so the tourists can feel comfortable when they come and all the vendors, all from Wotten Waven, will have their different stalls.“Later we can come to Phase II and Phase III,” he said. “We just didn’t want the initial one where it would be competing. I wouldn’t want the villagers competing with the sulphur pools at that facility that we spoke about.“We are ontrack with this; later this year we will be starting that program. I think that people are pretty pleased [with] the way we are going rather than to have other people from outside just come and take over those things.” The second and third phases were not detailed. Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 145 Views   no discussions BusinessLifestyleLocalNews Vendor’s Arcade Proposed for Wotten Waven by: – June 29, 2020 Tweetlast_img read more

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Lacson seeks to limit Bacolod-Silay Airport to sweeper flights

first_imgOn Monday, Lacson and Bacolod-Silay Airport Manager Percy Malonesio led the inspection of the installation of thermal scanners and swab-testing booths at the airport. Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz said the airport is already ready for the resumption of commercial flights scheduled on June 15. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is pushing to maintain some restrictions at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental. Passengers on the special flights will be paying for their own fare. “We will allow those who have already bought their tickets to take the sweeper flights,” he said. Commercial flights from Manila are expected to depart at 11 a.m. and arrive in Bacolod-Silay Airport around 12:30 p.m. Locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City can also book for seats on a return flight, which will leave at 1 p.m. Diaz said sweeper flights for LSIs will serve as an “exercise,” which will be improved before the resumption of commercial flights. With the expected resumption of commercial flights on June 15, Lacson intends to make an appeal to concern agencies to limit the commercial air traffic to sweeper flights. He furthered that the province has already installed a thermal scanner at the airport terminal. It has complete parts and components like the monitor and an alarm system.   “If a passenger’s body temperature reaches 37.6 it will immediately alarm indicating that our personnel will remove him or her from the line for examination,” Diaz said. After the thermal scanner, passengers will then proceed to the tourism booth where they will give their health cards that contain information for contact tracing. The next stop would be at the right side of the exit where the swab booth is located.  At least five medical technicians will be assigned for getting swab samples to be submitted to the provincial testing center at the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital. “After the swabbing, passengers will the proceed far right and wait for the vehicle provided by the LGU (local government unit) that will pick them up going to their respective homes for self-quarantine,” Diaz added./PNlast_img read more

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Premier League stand firm

first_imgThe Premier League sees no reason to change the current rules which ban standing areas in top-flight grounds. The Football League is to ask the Government to review the laws which were brought in after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, while Aston Villa said they want to trial the use of ‘rail-seats’ to promote the introduction of safe standing in the Premier League. A Premier League spokesman told Press Association Sport however: “We support the current legislation and see no reason to change it.” Several top-flight clubs including Manchester City are understood to be open-minded about allowing rail seating – where seats can be locked upright to allow standing and there are safety barriers between each row. Hillsborough cost the lives of 96 Liverpool fans and the Merseyside club back the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which has voted unanimously to oppose any reintroduction of standing areas. On Wednesday, Bristol City installed a block of rail seats at their Ashton Gate home, the first at an English football ground – but only Bristol Rugby supporters will be able to use them. Aston Villa’s football operations manager Lee Preece confirmed his club are keen to further the campaign. He said: “We at Aston Villa have said we are quite happy to use an area of Villa Park as a trial so the Premier League, the authorities and the government can see a safe standing area in practice.” The Football Supporters’ Federation has long been an advocate of rail seating and believes that the green light from the Football League’s 72 clubs at their meeting last week is a big step forward. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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2015 Mary Kline Classic: 6 Syracuse players of interest to watch

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The fifth-annual Mary Kline Classic to benefit cancer research takes place Saturday at West Orange (New Jersey) High School, and a combination of six Syracuse signees, commits and offerees will be participating.An underclassmen all-star game will be at 6 p.m., followed by a 3-point shooting contest, a dunk contest and the senior all-star game to conclude the night. Former and current Syracuse players to participate in the event include Tyler Ennis, Tyler Roberson, Chris McCullough and B.J. Johnson.Here are the players in the 2015 classic that SU fans will want to keep an eye on:Moustapha DiagneIn the past two years Syracuse’s Class of 2015 had three participants in the event with Malachi Richardson, Frank Howard and Diagne. But this year Diagne is the lone member of the class that will be in West Orange on Saturday, and will provide a glimpse of what the Orange may see at the backup power forward spot next season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe stands at 6 feet 8 inches and weighs 240 pounds according to Scout.com, and could see significant time in the low block behind Tyler Roberson if DaJuan Coleman isn’t fully healthy and if Chinonso Obokoh doesn’t materialize into a reliable option.Matthew MoyerMoyer stands as the lone verbal commit in SU’s Class of 2016, and will be participating in the underclassmen game on Saturday. He too is 6 feet 8 inches, per Scout, but is more of a lanky forward at 215 pounds.Moyer recently decided to transfer to South Kent (Connecticut) School from Ohio to play his senior season. ESPN has Moyer rated as the No. 58 prospect in his class.Sedee KeitaKeita has been offered by the Orange and is a member of the Class of 2016. Scout has him as a three-star prospect standing at 6 feet 9 inches, with offers from Iowa State, UNLV and Xavier, among others.ESPN slots Keita at No. 57 in the 2016 class and he played his junior season at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina. He’ll be playing in the underclassmen game along with Moyer.Jordan TuckerTucker is a four-star small forward in the Class of 2017 from White Plains, New York. He’s received an offer from the Orange, and has picked up the same from Arizona, Oklahoma and Villanova, among others, per Scout.Scout has him as the No. 27 prospect in his class and he is concluding his sophomore year at Archbishop Stepinac (New York) High School.Trevon DuvalDuval, a five-star point guard in the Class of 2017, has received an offer from Syracuse and is rated the No. 17 prospect in his class by Scout. He’s from St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey and stands at 6 feet 3 inches and 170 pounds.He’s one of two five-stars, along with Mohamed Bamba, to be offered by SU in the Class of 2017 and will be in the first game with Moyer, Keita and Tucker.Nick RichardsOne of the Orange’s more recent offers went out to The Patrick School (New Jersey) center Nick Richards. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound big man from the Class of 2017 has offers from Kansas and UCLA as well, according to ESPN.He’s listed as the No. 22 prospect in the class by Scout, and will be one of four Syracuse offerees in the underclassmen game. Comments Published on May 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Beat writers predict close result for Syracuse on the road at Georgia Tech

first_imgSyracuse (15-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) squares off against Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) on Wednesday night at Atlanta’s McCamish Pavilion. The Orange enters the game riding a three-game winning streak including its most recent win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. It was SU’s first win on the road in ACC play.Here are our beat writers predictions for the game.Matthew Gutierrez (18-3)Bee stingGeorgia Tech 67, Syracuse 61It’s admirable what Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner has done in Atlanta. He inherited a team a season ago that was returning not a single player who averaged more than 5.0 points per game. All he did was take GT, picked to finish 14th out of 15 ACC teams, to the NIT finals. On Sunday night, his unit nearly beat No. 20 Clemson. Georgia Tech has beaten Miami and Notre Dame this season, too, so GT should have its way at home against the Orange this week. Syracuse gave little reason to believe against Pittsburgh that it can pick up a second road win in conference play, at least for now.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (17-4)Welcome to AtlantaSyracuse 58, Georgia Tech 55These are two of the ACC’s worst offensive teams — each rank in the bottom quartile for effective field goal percentage — so expect a defensive battle on Wednesday night. That would favor the Orange, which has one of the nation’s best defenses that can block shots and nab steals with the best of ’em. As tough it is to win on the road in the ACC, the Orange should grind it out with the Yellow Jackets and rely on Tyus Battle and Frank Howard to “fill it up,” as GT head coach Josh Pastner said on Wednesday. Plus, Syracuse needs this one bad to avoid putting itself in a deep hole for its postseason chances.Tomer Langer (16-5)The big oneSyracuse 64, Georgia Tech 59This is arguably Syracuse’s most important game left on the schedule in the sense that its the most winnable road game remaining. Georgia Tech has a stifling defense but really struggles to score. Syracuse is similar, but there are two key distinctions. The Orange’s defense is stronger, and it’ll have the best player on the floor in Tyus Battle. Syracuse picks up a big road win and improves its winning streak to four. Comments Published on January 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Korger: Breaking down the Uthoff transfer controversy

first_imgAs it currenty stands, Jarrod Uthoff, who redshirted in his first year at Wisconsin, cannot transfer to 25 schools as dcided by Bo Ryan.[/media-credit]How long has it been since a player on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team transferred out of the program? Seriously, can anyone tell me?These were the questions I methodically repeated to every die-hard Badger fan I knew Tuesday. Every time, I received the same puzzled look, as various men of self-proclaimed sports wisdom (most close to my own age) scrunched up their faces in frustration at the revealed gap in their knowledge.Whatever the case, the Badgers have been bitten by the transfer bug this spring, as redshirt freshman Jarrod Uthoff’s request to leave the program became increasingly public this past week,  even being discussed in a segment on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”But, like a spoiled gallon of milk that stinks up your fridge, the attention was for all the wrong reasons.Cowherd and others in the media have raised an outcry at the actions of Bo Ryan in placing seemingly harsh restrictions on where Uthoff can transfer. The list of no-no schools for the freshman includes every school in the Big Ten and ACC as well as Marquette and Iowa State.That’s 25 schools. And I thought my graduate school choices were limited.However, there are reasons behind Ryan’s decision to play the disciplinarian role similar to Dean Wormer in “Animal House” putting Delta Tau Chi on double-secret probation.The reason Ryan doesn’t want Uthoff to go to any Big Ten school is obvious. Think about it like this: Microsoft wouldn’t want a promising, upcoming employee who learned the system and company to go to Apple. There’s really nothing wrong with Ryan not wanting a player who learned inside the program to go to a team that he could potentially face two to three times in a given season.That’s why this situation isn’t even remotely similar to Wisconsin reeling in Ben Brust from his de-commitment to Iowa. Brust never spent a single season at Iowa like Uthoff did at Wisconsin, but rather sought to pull away from the Hawkeyes because they fired former head coach Todd Lickliter. Brust originally committed to Iowa prior to his senior year, so when Lickliter, the man who recruited him, was fired at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 season, Brust felt no reason to retain his commitment. Therefore, calling Bo Ryan hypocritical on this evidence is severely flawed.As far as the ACC restriction, one of the only plausible reasons I can come up with is that Ryan doesn’t want to risk facing an ACC-Big Ten challenge opponent that has Uthoff on it with an insider scouting report. The same line of thought goes with the Marquette restriction.But the blacklisting of Iowa State goes a bit deeper than a seasonal matchup. The Badgers are not scheduled to meet Iowa State anytime in the distant future, so perhaps Ryan has some notion that the Cyclones – a program under Fred Hoiberg that has been bolstered by several transfers in recent years – hoped to scavenge his loss.It would make sense after all, if Uthoff showed interest in Iowa State; Uthoff is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he led Jefferson High School to a Class 4A state tournament appearance while being named the 2011 Mr. Basketball of Iowa.Maybe Uthoff truly didn’t fit in to Ryan’s grinding style of offense. Perhaps Uthoff felt uncomfortable with the fact that the Badgers recruited and signed the talented Sam Dekker behind him, meaning Uthoff would have to fight with Dekker for playing time if the incoming freshman didn’t redshirt.Whatever the case, Ryan is making a message loud and clear throughout the country. If you come to Wisconsin, you’re expected to stay committed. While other coaches throughout college basketball have taken similar stances with restrictions on players transferring (albeit, without the sheer number of restricted schools in this instance) only to submit or regress on the decision after public pressure, Ryan has a reputation of sticking to his decisions, which may force Uthoff to leave with slim pickings.But is Ryan’s decision the right one? It’s understandable if the coach feels a bit spited. With Uthoff just recently announcing his transfer, the Badgers lose a considerable talent that looked to challenge Mike Bruesewitz for playing time at the three spot. Now, with the 2012 recruiting period over, the Badgers will be forced to wait another year and to address the loss of a player who was supposed to be a future starter in the program.Yet with all things set aside, Ryan should also do his best to get this matter taken care of as soon as possible. Not that Wisconsin basketball brings in the most heralded prep players, but this story could be a bit intimidating to interested high school recruits.Sometimes – as many of my fellow college students can relate – you don’t always know what you want or what’s best for you when making decisions at 17 and 18. Just remember, these basketball recruits have to make their college choices the same way you did, with that nagging uncertainty and stress of making the right decision of where to spend the next four years of their lives.Just like any college student may transfer if the school he attends isn’t the right fit, Uthoff should be allowed to do the same. I can understand the reasons for the restricted schools, but Ryan can beat any team in the conference or country with his style, regardless of what Uthoff would reveal. After all, it isn’t exactly a secret what Wisconsin plans to do every time it steps out on the court anyway.So when the time for the decision comes, Ryan should just let Uthoff go where he pleases. While nobody knows all of the details or the entire situation surrounding the transfer, Uthoff should not be punished for wanting to pursue his athletic dreams elsewhere.After all, if he’s the first notable player to leave Wisconsin since Sam Okey in 1998, I think Bo and the Badgers are doing just fine.Nick is a senior majoring in English and history. Have questions or comments about the column? Let him know at nkorger@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

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