Czech daily virus cases hit new record

first_img“We are facing a big risk of an exponential spread,” Dusek said.The government has meanwhile closed bars and clubs between midnight and 6am and introduced face masks in classrooms for pupils and students aged over 11.It already reintroduced mandatory face masks on public transport and in hospitals on September 1, before extending the measure to most indoor areas including shops and restaurants on September 10.The recent spike has seen the Czech Republic cut from the so-called “safe countries” lists in a dozen fellow EU countries.After fending off much of the COVID-19 pandemic with timely steps including mandatory face masks outdoors in the spring, the government lifted most of its anti-coronavirus measures before the summer holidays.”Maybe we should have kept face masks on throughout the summer,” populist billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Thursday, adding: “We just wanted life to return to normal.” Data cited by the Czech News Agency (CTK) show the Czech Republic is now the second worst-off in the EU after Spain in terms of daily growth in cases per 100,000 inhabitants.Most of the patients have mild or no symptoms and only 413 people are currently in hospital.But epidemiologist Roman Prymula, a government coordinator, said on Sunday that “if the epidemic keeps growing in this explosive way, we will get to the very limit of our hospital capacity.”Ladislav Dusek, head of the Czech Institute of Health Information and Statistics, said Thursday the epidemic was no longer spreading within closed clusters. Topics :center_img The Czech Republic registered a record high of 3,130 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reaching in 24 hours a figure comparable with the entire month of March, health ministry data showed Friday.It was the third straight daily record for the EU member of 10.7 million people, which has registered 44,155 confirmed cases and 489 deaths since the March outbreak.And it matches a pattern across Europe of a surge in cases in August-September that has seen many countries move back towards tougher infection control restrictions.last_img read more

Three reasons Sydneysiders are flocking to Brisbane homes

first_imgAndrew and Karen Hirst and their two children Oscar and Chloe have moved up from Sydney buying a large home in Red Hill for the same price as a small cramped terrace in Sydney. Picture: Adam ArmstrongSYDNEYSIDERS are ditching the confines of their overpriced smaller homes and heading to the sunny north for three main reasons, according to the latest data.Uno Home Loan’s latest market analysis shows that it would take a Marketing Manager on an average wage in Sydney almost seven years to save a deposit on a median-priced home, compared to just three years on the same salary in Brisbane.Uno Home Loans CEO Vincent Turner said Brisbanites were on a pretty good wicket compared to our Sydney cousins who would need to earn at least $150,000 per year gross salary, with no dependants, just to service a loan on a small property in the 10km zone.“People in Brisbane whinge about wages not keeping up with house prices, yet when you look at Sydney we seem to be in a pretty good position comparatively,” Mr Turner said. Uno Home Loans CEO Vincent TurnerEx-Sydneysiders Andrew and Karen Hirst with their two young children saw the benefit of the Brisbane property market and purchase a home in Red Hill at the end of last year.Ms Hirst said they got priced out of their home suburb in Sydney and were forced to make a lifestyle decision when she fell pregnant with their second child.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“We were lucky we entered the Sydney market when we did in 2012 but trying to upgrade our home was a massive challenge,” she said.“We ideally wanted to stay in the same area but financially that was not doable.”Late last year the family bought a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with pool, sitting on a 900sq m block in Red Hill for $200,000 less than the two-bedroom terrace they sold in Lilyfield, Sydney.Ms Hirst said her husband was able to get a transfer within the company he worked for so managed to maintain the same salary, while she was able to negotiate a similar wage in Brisbane to her Sydney job as a digital director but on a part-time basis.Mr Turner said Uno Home Loans data analysis was showing that three main factors were making Sydneysiders rethink their lifestyle choice in their international city and move to the north.1. Rents are up to $700 month cheaper making it easier to save for a deposit.2. Stamp duty is significantly lower reducing the amount needed to save for a deposit.3. Median house prices in Brisbane are around $540,000, half that of Sydney’s $1.1 million median price.Yet their analysis shows that wages between the two cities are not that different, for example, a Marketing Manager on an average wage in Sydney would earn around $82,000, while the same person in Brisbane would be on around $78,000.“We’re certainly now seeing people rethinking where they want to live, especially in the first homebuyer early 30s category,” Mr Turner said.“They’re using the calculators on our site and seeing it doesn’t add up with living in inner-city Sydney, so while Melbourne is an attractive option, obviously there’s better weather in Brisbane.”last_img read more

Pension SuperFund gets HMRC OK after switch on TPR request

first_imgThe Pension SuperFund (PSF) has had to set up a new occupational pension scheme at the request of The Pensions Regulator (TPR), with the consolidator vehicle today announcing the scheme had been officially registered by the UK tax authority.The group’s original plan had been to take over an existing corporate pension scheme – through what is called a “flexible apportionment arrangement” – and to integrate this into the PSF.However, a spokesperson today told IPE that in March TPR requested that PSF establish a new scheme.This was to ensure that HMRC – the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority – “were satisfied that all payments in and out were authorised and so tax exempt (and didn’t constitute refunds of surplus to employers)”. That new scheme was today officially registered by HMRC, which the PSF described as “a major step”. Chris Hitchen, chair of the PSF, said: “With the welcome publication of TPR’s framework for superfunds on the 18th June and now our HMRC registration today, the stars are aligning.”The next step is to secure a satisfactory assessment of our model from TPR and then we can submit our first deals for clearance as laid out in the framework.”Richard Wohanka, chair of The Pension SuperFund’s independent board of trustees, said with HMRC registration “The Pension SuperFund comes into being”.Under TPR’s recently announced interim regime for so-called superfunds, as part of its initial assessment the regulator is asking these emerging commercial defined benefit (DB) consolidators to provide evidence of registration with HMRC and also explain why they consider the pension scheme is eligible for the Pension Protection Fund.Mike Smedley, partner at Isio, formerly KPMG’s UK pensions practice, told IPE he regarded HMRC’s approval as “semi-technical”.“It’s important, but it’s first base, which was never going to be the difficult bit. Probably the more challenging steps are still to come, in terms of getting TPR approval.”With regard to TPR’s request for the Pension SuperFund to set up a standalone scheme rather than build on an existing scheme in the context of a first deal, Smedley suggested it was “cleaner for TPR for it to be a new scheme”.“They’re partly also setting the tone for how they would like transactions to be structured,” he added.A spokesperson for Clara Pensions, the other commercial DB consolidator that is actively marketing itself, said it had been registered with HMRC for some time.Superfunds are controversial in the UK.The Bank of England has flagged the risk of regulatory arbitrage between them and insurers, with governor Andrew Bailey recently reported to have written to the work and pensions secretary to criticise elements of TPR’s interim guidance for superfunds.The interim regime targets a 1-in-100 risk of failure to pay benefits promised to scheme members in full, which is less stringent than the Solvency II regime for insurers – calibrated to a 1-in-200 risk of failure.In a commentary yesterday, Fitch Ratings said that as a result of being allowed to operate with less capital than insurers, superfunds would be able to offer lower prices to corporates looking to offload their DB liabilities.It said superfunds could encroach on life insurers’ bulk purchase annuity market, but also that in the long run they could become a source of business for insurers.“The interim guidance for superfunds includes an important safeguard for scheme members that also points to superfunds being a pathway to a transfer to the insurance sector,” said Fitch.“Superfunds must not extract any surplus from a scheme or its capital buffer until such time as either the pension liabilities are bought out with an insurer or final payments have been made.”last_img read more

Sovcomflot completes 2018 financing plan

first_imgRussia’s largest shipping company Sovcomflot has completed its 2018 financing plan with a new $264 million six-year credit facility. The credit facility is being used for the early refinancing of a balloon payment due on one of the group’s tanker loan facilities maturing in 2019, whilst it also provides an additional line of available credit for general corporate purposes.The loan was arranged with a consortium of five leading international banks, including Citibank, DVB Bank, ING Bank, Société Générale, and UniCredit.Nikolay Kolesnikov, senior executive vice-president and CEO of Sovcomflot, said, “the completion of this credit facility marks the successful finalization of SCF’s 2018 financing plan, with total new debt capital raised this year amounting to circa USD 900 million.”During the course of the year, Sovcomflot completed a number of similar arrangements one of which was a $252 million, 7-year facility with six banks to fund a series of six LNG-fuelled Aframax tankers.Last month, the company signed a $149 million credit facility with ING Banks, KfW IPEX-Bank and Credit Agricole to fund the construction of an LNG carrier set to operate on long-term charters with Total.last_img read more

Rodgers: We’re playing catch-up

first_img “They are winning the race,” Rodgers said. “These 10 games we’ve all played, people talk about it being early, but you don’t get them back. “You don’t get to play them again so you’ve got to claim the points. “At the moment we’re on 20 points and they’re on 25. “The great thing is there’s lots of time left to gain those points back, but at this moment in time they are high in confidence, playing well and they will be pleased with the win. “There’s always disappointment when you lose a big game. We were happy when we beat Manchester United earlier in the season. “After 10 games there’s always a good assessment of where you can go. “Look at Chelsea’s squad, at Arsenal’s squad even with the players who are out, and look at Manchester City’s. “So for us to be where we are, that’s where we want to be, we’ve shown that we’re going to have a fighting chance.” Rodgers admitted it will take time to build up a squad to match Liverpool’s rivals, but he is more than satisfied following their strong start to the league campaign. “We want to stay there. We know we’re trying to build something here in the depth of our squad, and the nature of our game,” he said. “Without a major investment that just takes a bit of time. “But listen, they’re a team here, I watched them (Arsenal) against Napoli and they were brilliant, and that’s top-end Champions League. “They are a very good side with very good players, and for us we’re playing catch-up. “I think we’ve had a terrific start, but when you lose a game there will always be an analysis that will maybe be negative. “I can only be positive with what I’ve got, because they’ve given me everything.” The Liverpool boss also hailed 21-year-old Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho’s second-half impact at Arsenal in his first outing since undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-September. Rodgers said: “He’s a wonderful player. He’s a big talent for just under £8million. “He’s remarkable: his feet, his talent, his ability on the ball. “He was great when he came on and of course we’d have loved to have started him. “But he’s only really come back into the fold and got the clearance medically in the last few days.” Rodgers confirmed right-back Glen Johnson had been admitted to hospital suffering a ‘freak illness’ just before kick-off at Arsenal – but expects a quick recovery for the England defender. Despite an uncharacteristic off-the-boil showing from Steven Gerrard, Rodgers backed the Liverpool captain to shrug off a minor hip complaint and handle the fixture load with England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany later this month. Rodgers added: “He took a knock towards the end, with his hip. “I’m not sure the complete diagnosis on it. “Stevie’s been brilliant for me, it was a tough game for him, but we’ll assess his injury and see where he’s at. “Roy (Hodgson) has always handled Stevie really well, both when he was Liverpool manager and now the player is England captain, so I’m sure that will be fine.” Liverpool are already “playing catch-up” on Barclays Premier League pace-setters Arsenal according to Reds manager Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman refused to criticise his players despite a subdued showing in the 2-0 league defeat at Arsenal on Saturday night. Arsenal put five points between the two sides thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, with Rodgers admitting Arsene Wenger’s men overran Liverpool in midfield. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ellsworth Eagles place third at Christmas wrestling tourney

first_img GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Latest Postscenter_img ELLSWORTH — With four pre-tournament top-seeded wrestlers sidelined, the Ellsworth Eagles turned in a third-place showing at the Penobscot Valley Christmas Tournament on Saturday in Howland.Trent Goodman had a dominating performance, pinning both of his opponents to claim the 171-pound title.Goodman pinned Bryce Salsbury of Dexter in 3:17 in the final.Jeff Weeks also earned the title in the 182-pound class, taking control early to best Billy Brock of Foxcroft Academy 10-3 in the final.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDagan Berenyi and Peyton Cole lost for the first time this season as each was edged by a single point in their championship finals.Brooks Law of Foxcroft Academy nipped Berenyi 8-7 and Cole fell 5-4 to Zachary Caron of Dexter.At 160 pounds, Ellsworth’s Tyler Hardwick wrestled the five-match limit, placing fourth with his only loss coming to Jacob Hesseltine of Dexter in the consolation final.In earlier action at a six-team meet at Ellsworth on Wednesday, Dec. 17, the host Eagles notched a pair of wins in improving their record to 6-1.Ellsworth downed the Bucksport Golden Bucks 45-18 with eight of 11 matches decided by forfeit.On the matt for the Eagles, Cole downed Brady Boynton by a technical fall at 138 pounds, Jack Weeks pinned Joseph Mann at 145 pounds and Dagan Berenyi scored a major decision over Matt Stewart at 160 pounds.For the Eagles in a 38-24 win over the Penobscot Valley Howlers, Joshua Wright scored a major decision over Sophia Carson at 132 pounds and Connor Petros scored a major decision over Dylan Kruger at 152 pounds with other wins coming via foreits.In other action, the Golden Bucks nipped Penobscot Valley 36-30 with only one match decided on the mat.Bucksport’s Kanepest Hilaire pinned Justin Ringuette at 220 pounds.The Mount Desert Island Trojans fell to the Howlers 33-12, with their only two victories coming via forfeits. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)last_img read more

Fide Rating International Chess moves

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI, July 8: Second Edition of FIDE Rating International Chess Tournament got under way today at the RG Baruah sports complex. Around 250 players from different parts of the country along with a few players from neighboring countries are taking part in the meet which is organized by the Chess Players Parents Forum. Subodh Malla Barua, the president of the Sports Journalists Federation of India inaugurated the competition which carries total cash awards of Rs 3 lakh. The champion will earn cash award of Rs 50,000 while the second and third position holders will collect a purse of Rs 30,000 and 20,000 respectively.last_img read more

ICC World Cup 1983 World Cup: Kapil Dev’s India arrive in grand style on the cricketing world

first_imgWith England also playing great cricket along with West Indies, India and Pakistan joined them in the last four stages. India squared off against England while Pakistan met the West Indies. Yashpal Sharma and Sandeep Patil blasted fifties against England as they secured a place in the final with a four-wicket win while West Indies decimated Pakistan with an eight-wicket win. India met West Indies in the final at Lord’s and they were inserted into bat.West Indies struck at regular intervals and despite Kris Srikkanth’s attacking 38 and a solid knock from Mohinder Amarnath and contributions from the tail, India could manage just 183 runs. In response, Viv Richards started off like a train and his 33 off 27 balls put West Indies on course for a hat-trick of wins. However, Richards top-edged a pull off Madan Lal and Kapil Dev ran back from square leg to take a catch close to the boundary. That wicket galvanised India and Madan Lal, along with Amarnath took six wickets between them as West Indies collapsed to give India a 43-run win and their first World Cup title.For Indian cricket fans, June 25, 1983, will forever be remembered as the day cricket would be worshipped by a billion people. It all began on that glorious day in Lord’s.Most runs: David Gower of England. Runs: 384. Average: 76.8Most wickets: Roger Binny of India. Wickets: 18. Average: 18.6Venue: England New Delhi: In two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, India had won just one game and that too against East Africa. Heading into the third edition of the 1983 World Cup in England, expectations were still low. India was given a 33-1 chance of winning the World Cup. However, Kapil Dev and his bunch of men proceeded to change their fortunes in such a dramatic manner that 1983 became a year when Indian cricket announced their arrival grandly on the world stage and they did it in stunning style by beating the rampaging West Indies team. However, the foundation of India’s win was laid in their opening game of the tournament when they squared off against the West Indies.In the first match at Old Trafford, India got a huge monkey off their back by beating West Indies by 34 runs. After losing by 162 runs to Australia, India was in big trouble at 17/5 against Zimbabwe. However, Kapil Dev’s majestic 175, hailed as the best innings played at that time, helped India turn the table spectacularly as they defeated Zimbabwe by 31 runs. Unfortunately, the match was not telecast as the BBC were on strike. India secured their first win against Australia by registering a 118-run win at Chelmsford. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights West Indies had won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups.India defeated the West Indies twice and secured the title in 1983.Roger Binny was the leading wicket-taker in the 1983 World Cup.last_img read more

D.O. Sportscast: Beat writers preview Syracuse’s trip to No. 1 Duke

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text After dropping its first conference game of the season on Saturday, Syracuse (11-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) will face No. 1 Duke (14-1, 3-0) at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils are coming off a slim victory at No. 13 Florida State following a Cam Reddish go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left.On this D.O. Sportscast, the beat writers break down the matchup and what they expect from Monday’s game. Published on January 13, 2019 at 2:23 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Bale in El Clasico Doubt as Madrid Confirms Injury

first_imgTests conducted conducted at University Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja showed Bale to have “a traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons in his right ankle”.Madrid did not put a time frame on the forward’s recovery but he must now be considered a major doubt for this season’s first Clasico showdown at Camp Nou on December 3.Bale has been influential for Madrid this season, performing with distinction as Cristiano Ronaldo grappled with fitness problems post Euro 2016, scoring seven goals in 15 appearances across all competitions.Zinedine Zidane’s men are four points ahead of defending champions Barca at the top of La Liga and host Sporting Gijon this weekend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gareth Bale is a doubt for next month’s Clasico against Barcelona after suffering an ankle tendon injury during Real Madrid’s 2-1 Champions League win at Sporting CP on Tuesday, the La Liga leaders have confirmed.The Wales international limped off after 58 minutes in Lisbon having sustained a blow to his right ankle in a challenge with Sporting centre-back Sebastian Coates.last_img read more