UK to roll out tracing app in bid to ease lockdown

first_imgHealth Secretary Matt Hancock announced the app would be available to the island’s health professionals from Tuesday, before being rolled out to all of the island’s roughly 80,000 households later this week.He said the app was part of the government’s new “test, track and trace” strategy that aimed “to hunt down and isolate the virus so it’s unable to reproduce”.”This does not mean the end of social distancing on the Isle of Wight or anywhere else for that matter,” Hancock added at the daily Downing Street briefing.Britain is one of the worst-hit countries in the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing another 288 deaths on Monday to take the death toll to 28,734 — the third highest globally and almost on a par with second-placed Italy. Britain was poised on Monday to roll out a new smartphone tracing app for coronavirus on an island off England’s south coast, as the country looks to ease a six-week nationwide lockdown. The app, developed by the state-run National Health Service (NHS), will be trialed on the Isle of Wight ahead of its planned rollout across Britain later this month.It is seen as a key part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to lift stay-at-home orders imposed in late March. ‘Stick with lockdown’The island is seen as an ideal place for the trial because it has no direct links to mainland Britain and has a relatively low number of confirmed virus cases.The app will be deployed alongside a newly recruited team of contact tracers, who will eventually number 18,000 nationwide, to help track down people identified by the tool as at-risk of having become infected.But Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned it was not a “quick-fix” and that the number of people being infected was still too high to make any “meaningful change” to the social distancing regime.”It is very likely on Thursday I will be asking you to stick with lockdown for longer,” she said.Britons are currently being told to stay at home unless they need to work, buy essentials or take daily exercise, but they must stay at least two meters away from other people.New government guidance on how to maintain social distancing in workplaces suggests British office workers will be encouraged to stay at home for months to avoid overwhelming the transport system, according to the BBC and the Financial Times.The guidance urges employers to stagger shifts and stop people from sharing desks or stationery. Workers who deal with customers must also be protected by plastic screens.No date for reopening schools has yet been decided, a spokesman for Johnson told reporters. Topics : Johnson said last week the country was “past the peak” of the outbreak but not yet ready to move out of lockdown.The measures — which are assessed at three-week intervals — are set for review on Thursday, but the British leader is not expected to set out his proposals for their easing until Sunday, according to media reports.In the meantime, officials will assess how well the smartphone app performs on the Isle of Wight.last_img read more

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JCI to rally beyond 5,500 despite looming recession: analysts

first_imgThe Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) is likely to continue its rally beyond 5,500 despite the looming recession and increasing number of COVID-19 cases, as the government’s COVID-19 response and the capital inflows from new domestic investors will boost investor confidence, analysts have predicted.Mutual fund marketplace Tanamduit chief economist Ferry Latuhihin said on Monday that investor faith in the government’s national economic recovery (PEN) program had offset concerns about the continuous rise in confirmed coronavirus cases.It is one of the reasons why the Indonesia Stock Exchange’s (IDX) main gauge continued to gain and passed the 5,000 level after March’s crash, and it has also overshadowed the probability that the country will face a recession this year, he said. “A recession is a given but the market is looking ahead and it is confident in the government’s ability to handle this crisis,” Ferry said during a market outlook webinar.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.1 billion) to boost the economy and strengthen the healthcare system. The funding is also being used for business incentives, social safety net programs, as well as stimulus packages for state-owned enterprises (SOEs).The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have also agreed to a burden-sharing scheme worth Rp 574.9 trillion to finance the nation’s COVID-19 response.Meanwhile, Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter, the first contraction since the aftermath of the 1998 Asian financial crisis. Economists also expect that the country is likely to see another contraction in the third quarter, signaling a recession is under way. Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 case tally reached more than 180,600 as of Wednesday.At the same time, the JCI has gained 14.4 percent in the past three months, since the market crash where it fell to 3,937 in March. On Wednesday the market closed at 5,311, up slightly by 0.02 percent from Tuesday’s close.“If there’s no bigger outbreak happening globally, I’m convinced that the JCI could reach 6,000 by the end of 2020,” said Ferry, adding that the rally would be supported by abundant liquidity thanks to the United States Federal Reserve’s dovish stance of maintaining low interest rates to boost the US’ economic recovery.He, however, said that the market would not be satisfied with only those policies as they would also look at Indonesia’s prospects in recovering from the crisis caused by the pandemic.To ensure a fast recovery, he suggested the government expedite the COVID-19 budget realization in order to boost consumer spending.As of Wednesday, the government had only spent 28.4 percent, Rp 197.88 trillion, of the total COVID-19 response budget, with disbursement hampered by administrative problems, among other issues.Meanwhile, Trimegah Sekuritas economist Fakhrul Fulvian told The Jakarta Post that he also believed that the JCI would continue to rally and projected the index to reach around 5,600 to 5,800 at the end of this year.However, he believes the rally will be supported more by the fresh liquidity from the rising number of investors during the pandemic, rather than the government’s policy.“The gains the market has seen these past few months and onward is supported by an abundance of liquidity from domestic investors that have started to enter the capital market,” he said.The number of investors in equities, mutual funds and bonds reached 3.02 million as of July, of which 42 percent were stock market investors, according to data from the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI). This is a 21.7 percent surge from 2.48 million by the end of December 2019.Fakhrul went on to say that since the pandemic had created very little opportunity in the real sectors, businesspeople were becoming more interested in investing their idle money in the capital markets.Domestic investors also dominate the country’s stock market, accounting for Rp 822 trillion in transactions, 64 percent of the trading value as of Wednesday.Topics :last_img read more

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Aer Lingus ‘reluctantly’ accepts additional €51m pension payment

first_imgIrish flag carrier Aer Lingus is to pay nearly €191m towards a new defined contribution (DC) scheme for part of its staff, as the airline seeks to settle the protracted dispute surrounding the underfunded €1.4bn Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS).The company said it would accept the findings of an expert panel, convened by the Irish government and social partners, in what was seen as the final opportunity to end the “protracted and divisive dispute” over a €715m deficit in the multi-employer fund.In an announcement to the Irish Stock Exchange, Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller noted that a recommended €146.7m payment was a significant increase over a previous Labour Court ruling that urged a €110m investment into a new DC scheme to compensate active members for the benefits cuts they would incur due to the restructuring of the IASS.“Aer Lingus and the company reluctantly accept the recommendations of the expert panel as the only solution that is capable of acceptance by all the parties,” Mueller said. He said implementing the “very complex” solution would require continued effort by everyone involved in the dispute, which has lasted several years, partially due to the reluctance of former major shareholder Ryanair to consent to any payment.Mueller added: “A significantly improved industrial relations environment is also a key requirement, and a functioning internal dispute resolution mechanism must be established for this purpose. We strongly encourage all parties to work collaboratively to achieve these goals.”Additionally, the company said it would offer the trustee of the IASS a further €14m to compensate deferred members for part of their benefits cuts, raising its offer to €44m.It said it was now engaging with the trustee and had received “initial conformation” that the fund would proceed with a proposed de-risking strategy, as outlined in a recent funding proposal.Under the 25-year funding proposal, the scheme has allocated heavily to euro-zone government bonds, with an aim of achieving a €28m surplus by 2039.It is also reducing member benefits by up to 20%, cutting the current deficit to €197m.If both payments are accepted by the trustee, then Air Lingus would end up contributing €190.7m to a new DC fund, a nearly €51m increase from the €140m payment previously recommended by a Labour Court settlement.The company will now seek final approval for all payments from all stakeholders, then convene an extraordinary general meeting to gain shareholder approval, with the aim of completing all payments by the end of 2016.The announcement comes a day after Irish minister Leo Varadkar, whose Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport was one of the government departments involved in convening the expert panel, told the Dáil that he urged all parties to seize the opportunity and “bring this issue to a final and fair conclusion”.He added that he had spoken with both the chairman of Aer Lingus, Colm Barrington, and at least one of the board members representing the interests of the state.Varadkar also said he had not yet had an opportunity to discuss the matter with the board of the Dublin Airport Authority, the other scheme sponsor involved in the dispute, which was also urged by the expert panel to contribute towards the funding of a new DC scheme.A spokesman for DAA referred back the company’s previous statement on the expert panel report, which noted that it would review the recommendations.last_img read more

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Dominica Social Security Considering Unemployment Benefit in COVID19 Response

first_imgCoronavirusLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Dominica Social Security Considering Unemployment Benefit in COVID19 Response by: – April 3, 2020 Share 225 Views   4 comments Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Provisions for unemployment are not included in the Dominica Social Security’s regular mandate however Deputy Director, Augustus Etienne says the organisation is considering a minimal level of support for its members to whom Sickness Benefit does not apply.Etienne was referring to those who may have been laid off for inactivity due to the COVID19 lockdowns for example, those employed in the hotel and tourism sector.“These are the ones who are more of concern,” he said. “We recognize that these times are extraordinary times and the situation is different; so as the main pillar of Dominica’s social protection system, as an institution, we have been contemplating what support we can provide.”He says private sector representative bodies have been inquiring about provisions as well.Etienne explained, “The existing provisions are really the Sickness Benefit provisions but in addition to that, we are now looking to see if, how and to what extent we can provide some level of support albeit limited to those persons whose work may have been affected by COVID19.”The arrangement would also have to be approved by Government as a statutory organisation of government.“The finer details will be communicated as soon as they have been approved,” he assured.He specifies that those who are medically certified sick or have paid vacation leave will be paid either by Social Security if they are contributing members, or by their employer.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Middle School Tracksters Successful At Connersville Invite

first_imgConnersville Invitational Middle School Track results from Saturday (5-5)Girls:Batesville                    161Hagerstown                 93Connersville                74Franklin County           69Richmond                    61Madison                      49Driver                          24St. Louis                       14For Batesville.Shot Put-3 Sarah Ripperger (26’11”)Discus-5 Alyssa Nobbe (60’5”)High Jump-1 Carley Pride (4’6”)  4 Ava Hanson (4’2”)Long Jump-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13’8”)  8 Kate Walke (12’2”)100M Hurdles-1 Kate Walke (17.66)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13.45)  5 Lily Meyer (14.30)200M-2 Ava Hanson (28.67)  5 Lily Meyer (29.95)400M-1 Carley Pride (1:03.20)  3 Ava Hanson (1:08.89)800M-1 Katie Olsen (2:35.26)  2 Lily Pinckley (2:38.48)1600M-1 Lily Pinckley (5:36.46)  4 Jada Day (5:57.03)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Angela Diaz, Madelyn Pohlman (54.81)800M Relay-1 BMS Carley Pride, Elena Kuisel, Lily Meyer, Katie Olsen (2:00.64)1600M Relay-1 BMS Madelyn Pohlman, Sarah Ripperger, Ava Hanson, Carley Pride (4:38.96)3200M Relay-1 BMS Lily Pinckley, Sarah Ripperger, Jada Day, Katie Olsen (11:06.42)Boys:Franklin County           98Batesville                    96.5Connersville                87Hagerstown                 80Madison                      65.5Driver                          59Richmond                    43St. Louis                       29For Batesville.Shot Put-8 Chase Hamilton (34’0.5”)Discus-7 Ean Loichinger (90’4”)High Jump-7 Elliott Mertz (4’6”)Long Jump-6 Vonley Hund (15’1”)  8 Zach Gutzwiller (14’3”)110M Hurdles-1 Chase Hamilton (18.46)  6 Trenton Kincade (21.38)100M-8 Evan Williamson (13.36)200M-6 Elliott Mertz (27.32)  8 Evan Williamson (27.43)400M-3 Vonley Hund (58.66)  6 Chase Hamilton (1:00.70)800M-1 Ean Loichinger (2:10.97)  3 Daren Smith (2:22.51)1600M-1 Ean Loichinger (4:49.06)  3 Will Nuhring (5:20.85)400M Relay-6 BMS Evan Williamson, Thomas Hartman, Trenton Kincade , Cole Pride (54.61)800M Relay-2 BMS Elliott Mertz, Cole Pride, Zach Gutzwiller, Evan Williamson (1:53.16)1600M Relay-2 BMS Chase Hamilton, Daren Smith, Will Nuhring, Vonley Hund(4:03.36)3200M Relay-1 BMS Vonley Hund, Will Nuhring, Daren Smith, Ean Loichinger (9:30.51)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

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Buoyed Djokovic banking on history repeating itself

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Champion Novak Djokovic will be gunning for his eighth Australian Open title in Melbourne under circumstances strikingly similar to those when he lifted his second after being inspired by success with his country. A 23-year old Djokovic, looking to break the domination of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, clinched the 2011 title Down Under after leading Serbia to their maiden Davis Cup victory in December 2010 on home soil. That triumph in Belgrade, when Serbia were roared on by a fervent home crowd to a 3-2 win over France in the final, catapulted Djokovic’s personal career as he went on to win three grand slam tournaments the following year. Nine years later, the Serbians, again led by an equally galvanised Djokovic, lifted the inaugural ATP Cup in Sydney after beating favourites and reigning Davis Cup champions Spain 2-1 in Sunday’s dramatic final. Once again, Djokovic and his team mates thrived on noisy support from a sea of Serb fans in the stands, namely expats who made Team Serbia feel as if they were reliving the memorable 2010 Davis Cup final in the Belgrade Arena. Djokovic, who has since boosted his tally to 16 major honours while taking a stranglehold on the Australian Open, made it clear he hoped history would repeat itself as he gears up for the Jan 20-Feb 2 tournament in Melbourne. “After that final against France in 2010, our individual careers rocketed and I hope the ATP success we’ve just achieved will have the same effect,” Djokovic said after engineering Serbia’s comeback win over the Spaniards. “We all achieved our biggest individual wins after we lifted the Davis Cup.” Djokovic beat Nadal in straight sets on Sunday to put Serbia on an even keel after Dusan Lajovic had lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the opening singles, and then teamed up with Viktor Troicki to win the decisive doubles. Troicki was another survivor from the 2010 feat, when he clinched the showdown for Serbia after winning the tie-breaking singles rubber against Michael Llodra. Djokovic also credited the support from the terraces as a galvanising factor, and will be hoping he gets similar backing when he takes centre stage in Melbourne. “Tennis is an individual sport but when you’re playing a singles rubber for your country with all your team mates roaring you on from the bench, it feels as if you’re not on your own out there,” he said. “They give you the strength and the courage and I will carry all of that in my heart. “Fan support was crucial in winning the ATP Cup. The fan support I got in Brisbane and Sydney while representing Serbia was the strongest I’ve ever seen.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Australian OpenDavis CupNovak DjokovicRafael NadalRoger Federerlast_img read more

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Attorney for woman accused of throwing away baby wants confession thrown out

first_imgThe attorney for a Boca Raton woman accused of throwing her newborn in a dumpster is requesting that the court throw out her client’s confession because it was not obtained correctly.35-year-old Rafaelle Sousa was arrested in May of 2019 after authorities were contacted by maintenance workers who heard an infant crying in the dumpster.Authorities eventually connected Sousa to the infant after finding a receipt in another trash bag that matched the plastic bag that the infant was found in. Investigators then went to the store where they were able to get a copy of the receipt and Sousa’s info.During her arrest, Sousa who is also the mother of a 3-year-old, told authorities that she felt overwhelmed so she tried to get rid of the infant. Sousa says she went back to the dumpster on two occasions to make sure the infant was dead, however, she was unable to check the bag because each time there were other people nearby.Sousa’s attorney is now saying that due to a language barrier, her client did not understand her rights when they were read to her and therefore her confession is invalid.Sousa has been charged with attempted felony murder and child abuse. Her next court hearing is scheduled for January 13th at 3 p.m.Despite Sousa’s efforts, the infant survived and was returned to her father in July.last_img read more

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Schiano: Two Rugers football players have coronavirus

first_img Associated Press Schiano was hired in December to start a second stint as Rutgers’ coach. Chris Ash was fired early last season and replaced on an interim basis by Nunzio Campanile. The Scarlet Knights were 2-10 last season and have won nine games in the past four years.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 The second positive test came from a sample taken when the players reported. That player was isolated and three players who had contact with him were put in quarantine.The university has a protocol for allowing players who test positive to return, which includes a non-positive test, Schiano said.Schiano said players and coaches underwent a third screening on Monday. Incoming freshman players also were allowed on campus on Monday and they were tested and put in a separate dormitory. They will not be integrated with the rest of the team until they pass a second COVID-19 test.The workouts are voluntary and Schiano said some players have elected to skip them. Schiano: Two Rugers football players have coronaviruscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTwo Rutgers football players have tested positive for the coronavirus.Coach Greg Schiano discussed the positive tests Monday during a virtual conference call with the media. It was his first availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.Schiano said players and coaches were tested before the team returned on June 15, either with mail-in tests or after being tested locally. One of the positive tests came from those samples and the player was not allowed to return to campus and is being isolated at home. June 22, 2020last_img read more

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France, Ireland Kickoff Today’s Trio of Round 16 Games

first_imgMeanwhile Mario Gomez is set to lead the line for Germany against Slovakia in their Euro 2016 last 16 knock-out match. The 30-year-old striker scored the only goal as the 2014 World Cup winners beat a stoic Northern Ireland 1-0 in their final Group C match to set up a knockout clash with the side that shocked them 3-1 in a pre-tournament warm-up game.Manager Joachim Low praised Gomez for his contribution last time out and is set to continue with him up top with Mario Gotze in behind on the left.Asked what the goal meant to him, Gomez, who missed out on Brazil 2014, said: “A lot. I am finally in my best form and know I am capable of finishing those chances we get. It’s great when your work results in a goal, but once again I never thought for a second about winning the Golden Boot – I just want to win the Euro. That’s all that matters to me.”Germany progressed into the last 16 after topping their group on goal difference. Slovakia meanwhile secured their place in the knockout stages as a best third-placed side following a 0-0 draw against England in their final Group B game.Germany have won 13 of their last 16 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one. Joachim Low’s side has averaged 71.9% possession over their first three games, the highest ratio so far at Euro 2016.In the last game of the day, Belgium face surprise Group F winners Hungary. Belgium manager has said Marc Wilmots he would rather play England or Spain than Hungary.“We would have nothing to lose against those teams. The press acts like the game against Hungary will be a walkover,” Wilmots said. “Did people not see them play against Portugal? There are no more small teams in international football.”Hungary are 100-1 outsiders to win the tournament and captain Balazs Dzsudzsak said the whole team are delighted with how their tournament has gone thus far.“At the moment everything seems like a dream, and we’re always asked after the matches what we feel,” he told Uefa.com. “I think our answers are too simple because we are still affected by what happened in Budapest and in Hungary – 15 million people went out of their minds.”Mousa Dembele and Yannick Carrasco are in contention for Belgium, who will be hoping Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will continue his goal scoring form.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Germany play Slovakia, Belgium face HungaryHosts France continue their quest to win a third European title with a second round clash against Ireland in Lyon today. France have had a week to prepare for today’s match, and could be fresher than their opponents, having rested several key players in their final group game. The Republic of Ireland, however, arrive in Lyon battle-hardened – with this effectively their second “knock-out” game in the space of five days.France are set to recall key players such as Dimitri Payet, N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi, who were rested in the draw against Switzerland as they look to secure a quarter-final berth. Ireland are somewhat motivated by revenge, as a Thierry Henry handball led to the goal that eliminated Ireland from World Cup qualification 10 years ago, while sending the French through.Martin O’Neill’s men knew nothing but a win would do against Italy last Wednesday and Robbie Brady’s header sent them through. It is the first time they have progressed beyond the group stage at a European Championship finals, and their first knock-out game at a major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.last_img read more

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Amuneke Teams up with Parreira, Van Basten, Bora for Russia 2018…

first_imgOther football greats in the 2018 TSG include former Super Eagles handler Bora Milutinovic who led the three-time African champions to a second round finish at France ’98.Others include; Carlos Alberto Parreira, Alessandro Nesta, Andy Roxburgh and Marco van Basten.The group will be headed by Parreira, a FIFA World Cup-winning coach, who, along with Milutinović, holds the record for coaching the highest number of five different teams at FIFA’s showpiece event.Asked about the upcoming World Cup, Parreira said: “I’m expecting to see football where teams play as teams and defend with as many players as possible, pressing and then breaking forward at speed. Very compact teams, with lots of players behind the ball, closing down space and playing at pace on the attack.”As indicated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Regulations, the TSG will be responsible for deciding on the following awards:· adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots for the leading goal-scorers (if two or more players score the same number of goals, the number of assists, as determined by the TSG members, will be decisive)· adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Balls for the best players· adidas Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper· Young Player Award for the best player born on or after 1 January 1997· Fair Play Award (the TSG will determine the ranking at the end of the final competition)At the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the TSG will produce a comprehensive technical report, including detailed statistics, which will be distributed among FIFA’s member associations.The TSG has been analysing FIFA’s competitions since the 1966 FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeFormer Super Eagles forward, Emmanuel Amuneke, is one of the six ex-internationals appointed to join FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) to provide technical and tactical insights into the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Amuneke who coached Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile in 2015, is the third Nigeria to be so appointed into the TSG. Former Eagles coaches, Adegboye Onigbinde and Sunday Oliseh had previously served in the elite group of football technocrats.last_img read more

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