Penitent Church rewarded with solid performance

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Russian water-bombing helicopter crew member found dead in Palembang hotel room

first_imgA Russian national who had been hired as a water-bombing helicopter technician was found dead inside his hotel room in Bukit Kecil district, Palembang, South Sumatra, on Saturday, police have confirmed.The Ilir Barat I Palembang Police have identified the man as Aleksi Kuzin, 55. “[Kuzin] had been staying at the hotel since June 14 and was working as a crew member for one of the water-bombing helicopters used to put out forest fires in South Sumatra,” Ilir Barat I Palembang Police chief Comr. Yenni Diarty said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. According to Yenni, Kuzin was found lying unconscious on the floor with various medicines found next to his body at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday.The police have yet to confirm the cause of death.South Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency disaster countermeasure head Ansori said Kuzin was suspected to have died from heart problems.“We already asked the doctors to reconfirm that his death was not caused by COVID-19,” Ansori said on Monday. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Debt cancellation needed to help poorest countries: World Bank president

first_imgHe pointed to similar steps in previous financial crises such as in Latin America and the so-called HIPC initiative for highly indebted countries in the 1990s.Rich countries last month backed an extension of the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), approved in April to help developing nations survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen 43 of a potential 73 eligible countries defer US$5 billion in “official sector” debt payments.Amid warnings the pandemic could push 100 million people into extreme poverty, Malpass renewed his call for private banks and investment funds to get involved too.“These investors are not doing enough and I am disappointed with them. Also, some of the major Chinese lenders did not get enough involved. The effect of the aid measures is therefore less than it could be,” the World Bank head said.Malpass warned that the pandemic could trigger another debt crisis as some developing countries had already entered a downward spiral of weaker growth and financial trouble.“The enormous budget deficits and debt payments are overwhelming these economies. In addition, the banks there are getting into difficulties due to bad loans,” Malpass added.Topics : The COVID-19 pandemic could trigger a debt crisis in some countries, so investors must be ready for granting some form of relief that could also include debt cancellation, World Bank President David Malpass was quoted as saying on Sunday.“It is evident that some countries are unable to repay the debt they have taken on. We must therefore also reduce the debt level. This can be called debt relief or cancellation,” Malpass told Handelsblatt business daily in an interview.“It is important that the amount of debt is reduced by restructuring,” Malpass added.last_img read more

Unai Emery considers postponing Nicolas Pepe’s debut for Arsenal

first_imgUnai Emery considers postponing Nicolas Pepe’s debut for Arsenal Comment Advertisement Pepe is working on building up his strength for his first season at Arsenal (Getty Images)The report claims that Arsenal are making Pepe work on his strength and conditioning and the winger is still short of match fitness.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s claimed that Emery has told Pepe that he will need to be patient during the first few weeks of the season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has also told Pepe that he wants him to be part of the squad for Arsenal’s first Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on Sunday but the Ivorian could be given more time to be fully prepared for the new campaign.Meanwhile, Arsenal are set to complete their £8 million move for Chelsea’s David Luiz, while Kieran Tierney is also set to join from Celtic.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Nicolas Pepe is Arsenal’s record signing for £72 million (Getty Images)Unai Emery is considering postponing Nicolas Pepe’s debut for Arsenal, according to reports.The 24-year-old was signed for a club record £72 million last week.Pepe was one of Ligue 1’s standout players last season with 22 goals and 11 assists for Lille.The Ivory Coast international missed Arsenal’s final pre-season friendly against Barcelona on Sunday as he continues to build up his fitness ahead of the new campaign.ADVERTISEMENTBut according to the Daily Mirror, Emery is considering making Pepe wait to make his first appearance for Arsenal. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 4:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link558Shareslast_img read more

Sharp improvement in UK DB funding during April

first_imgThe PPF’s data reflected other estimates from leading UK consultants that all indicated improvements during April.JLT Employee Benefits estimated that, across all UK private sector DB schemes, the aggregate shortfall fell during the month to £78bn, from £131bn at the end of March.Assets grew by 1.3% while liabilities shrank by 2.1%, JLT reported.FTSE 100 company DB schemes were almost fully funded at the end of April, JLT’s data showed, with an aggregate funding ratio of 98% – its best position in nearly 10 years.Mercer estimated that the combined shortfall of FTSE 350 company DB schemes fell by £19bn during last month – the largest monthly funding improvement since the end of 2016.PwC also reported a significant fall in its estimated UK DB deficit for all private sector schemes, from £450bn at the end of March to £200bn at the end of April. PwC’s Skyval index typically produces a higher estimate than other firms as it uses a ‘gilts-plus’ methodology.Boris Mikhailov, investment strategist in Aviva Investors’ global investment solutions team, said fears of trade wars had reduced, boosting equities, while demand for gilts had fallen slightly due to falling demand for liability-driven investment strategies.Alan Baker, head of DB solutions development at Mercer, warned that asset values had remained broadly static “for several months” while liabilities had been volatile.This demonstrated “the importance of trustees and sponsors understanding the overall level of risk facing their pension scheme”, Baker said. “Trustees and sponsors should ensure they have plans in place to protect them from any downside and to ensure their exposure is in line with their risk appetite.”Charles Cowling, director at JLT Employee Benefits, added that the Bank of England’s decision on interest rates would be “crucial” for schemes in the next few months.“It had been thought quite likely that the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee would raise interest rates at their next meeting on May 10th but the latest weak GDP growth figures may once again have put back the date of the next interest rate rise,” he said.“Additionally, the Bank of England is currently debating introducing greater clarity in its future interest rate plans, which would be of significant interest to pension schemes as they seek to plan and navigate their derisking paths.” The aggregate funding position of UK defined benefit (DB) schemes improved dramatically during April, according to new figures from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).The aggregate deficit of UK DB schemes in the lifeboat scheme’s 7800 Index fell from £115.6bn (€131.7bn) at the end of March to £81.7bn at the end of April – an improvement of more than 29%.The data meant that UK schemes were on aggregate 95% funded.Assets rose to £1.58trn, from £1.57trn a month earlier, while total liabilities declined from £1.68trn to £1.66trn.last_img read more

Drogba blasts French doctors for suggesting vaccine test in Africa

first_imgTwo leading French doctors on Friday insisted they had been misunderstood after sparking a storm of criticism by discussing the idea of testing a vaccine for coronavirus in Africa on television. Although they later apologised for any offence caused if their comments had not been clear, former international and Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba joined lawyers and a French anti-racism organisation in criticising the remarks made on Wednesday in a broadcast on the LCI channel. Africans are badly exposed to the virus, both in terms of preparedness and health care Camille Locht, head of research at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Lille, was questioned about a shield for coronavirus using the well-known BCG vaccine for tuberculosis. He was asked by Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at the Cochin hospital in Paris, whether Africa offered better conditions for testing the vaccine. “If I could be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care, rather as was done with certain studies on AIDS, where things are tested on prostitutes because it’s known that they are highly exposed (to HIV)?” Mira asked. “What do you think?” Locht replied: “You’re right, we are thinking in parallel by the way about a study in Africa with the same kind of approach, (but) it doesn’t prevent us from being able to think about a study in Europe and Australia at the same time.” Scientists who carry out clinical trials try to find conditions in which large numbers of people are exposed to the disease, as this gives a better opportunity for testing a new drug. Such trials are carried out under strict supervision, which requires volunteers to be briefed about any risks and to give their informed consent. But the idea of having Africa as a setting for a coronavirus vaccine is controversial. – ‘Racist’ – Africa is the world’s poorest continent and its citizens bear the least responsibility for spreading the virus, which originated in China and spread to the Middle East, Europe and the United States through jet travel. At the same time, Africans are badly exposed to the microbe, both in terms of preparedness and health care. Former international football star Drogba was among those who criticised the remarks about testing in Africa. “It is inconceivable that we continue to accept this. Africa is not a laboratory. I strongly denounce these very serious, racist and contemptuous words,” the former Chelsea and Marseille striker wrote on his Facebook page and on Twitter. “Help us save lives in Africa and stop the spread of the virus that is destabilising the whole world instead of seeing us as guinea pigs. It is absurd.” Read Also: Barcelona coach warned by UEFA Paris hospitals similarly issued a statement in which Mira offered his “sincerest apologies” to “those who were shocked and offended” by his comments. His lawyers said that Mira and his family had suffered repeated death threats. In a message sent to AFP, INSERM said that “the conditions in which this interview was conducted did not allow (Camille Locht) to react correctly, he apologises and wishes to specify that he made no racist comments.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the head of the national biological research institute, Jean-Jacques Muyembe, suggested that the country was prepared to take part in any testing of a future vaccine. “We’ve been chosen to conduct these tests. We’re candidates,” Muyembe said, suggesting that clinical trials could begin in July or August. “At some point, COVID-19 will be uncontrollable,” the virologist continued. “The only way to control will be a vaccine, just like Ebola. It was a vaccine that helped us end the Ebola epidemic.” The CSA, the ethics watchdog for radio and television in France, told AFP it had received a complaint. Among those who voiced anger on social media was an association of lawyers in Morocco, which said it planned to file a lawsuit for “racial defamation.” INSERM said that an “edited video was leading to erroneous interpretations (of the comments) on social media.” It said on Twitter that trials would take place in several European countries and Australia, and “Africa should not be forgotten or excluded from research, as the pandemic is global.” Mira closed down public access to his Twitter account after receiving what he said were threats and insults. – ‘Sincerest apologies’ – He told the Huffington Post that he was deeply upset by the accusations made against him, and apologised if his comments had not been “clear.” “Clinical trials take place everywhere. Less so in Africa,” he said. A trial conducted in a local setting could unlock knowledge that could lead to local benefits, he said. He pointed to the study on sex workers and HIV, “which was done to protect prostitutes in South Africa.” Loading… center_img A French anti-racism NGO, SOS Racisme, issued a statement saying, “No, Africans aren’t guinea pigs” and described the comparison with AIDS and prostitutes as “problematic” and “unwelcome.” – DR Congo ready – Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!last_img read more

Rodgers defends Sterling and Ibe

first_img “I spoke to both players and they are fully aware of what has happened – and then we talked about football,” said Rodgers. “I think both young players are aware of their responsibilities. All you can do is continually educate them. “It is (about) perspective as well. If you look at Raheem he didn’t do anything illegal. “It was something he will look back on in years to come and it probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do. “But for me it is all about the welfare of the two young players; making them aware of the health issues which come with that and also about the professionalism and what they are representing. “They will make mistakes, whether it is those two or other young players. “In the main young footballers are good people, they do a lot of things which go unnoticed. Sometimes they get caught out but that is just youth and learning. “We talk of players as being role models but I think the best role models in your life are parents and guardians – but we are not perfect either, we make mistakes. “We learn and if we have to do that when we are older in life then certainly young players will do that and they need support in that.” Sterling will start Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on Sunday but Ibe is cup-tied having previously played in the competition while on loan at Derby. Defender Martin Skrtel will return after a three-match suspension but there is greater debate over whether captain Steven Gerrard, also returning from a ban but with just 27 minutes of football behind him since February 10 because of injury, should start. The 34-year-old was given a run-out in a practice match earlier this week and Rodgers confirmed the midfielder, whose last match for the club before he leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy could potentially be the FA Cup final on May 30, is fit. “He is definitely ready. We played a behind-closed-doors game here on Monday in which he and a few of the other players who have been out played in,” added the Reds boss. “Steven is fine. The most important thing is his availability. He is a special footballer and Wembley is somewhere he knows very well. “Whether he plays or doesn’t play he will be an important member of the squad for us on the day. “Throughout his time he has been an incredible player who, in the main, has always produced big goals and big moments in the big games.” Striker Daniel Sturridge is a major doubt with a hip injury which forced him to miss Monday’s win over Newcastle. “We will give Dan every possibility to be fit and we will see how he is tomorrow and take it from there,” said Rodgers. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called for a sense of perspective after a week when young players Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe were splashed all over the front pages for off-field activities. Pictures, dating back some months, emerged of the pair smoking a shisha pipe and came on the back of a video apparently showing Sterling inhaling laughing gas and seemingly passing out. But Rodgers sprang to the defence of the players, aged just 20 and 19, insisting they should be given some leeway to make mistakes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rugby alive and well at USC

first_imgEuno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time It Is,” runs Tuesdays. Photos by Mariya Dondonyan.There are few sports more commonly misunderstood by Americans than rugby. Like cricket, Formula One racing and, to a lesser degree, tennis, rugby has escaped the perennial American spotlight perhaps because it lacks the intrinsic “American” qualities invoked by games invented by Americans themselves: football, baseball and basketball. But football as Americans know it owes much of its basic tenets to rugby. Just ask any member of USC’s rugby club, which kicked off preseason play this weekend. Former USC football player and current rugby club president Joey Krassenstein is helming the rugby team this season, and he hopes to continue recruiting more players as the team plays its final season under the stewardship of current head coach David Lytle, who plans to retire after 26 years of coaching.Rugby itself could be described, for the most part, by comparing it to a single college football play: The Play from 1982 Cal-Stanford game, where Cal’s team took a kick off and proceeded to throw multiple backward laterals after tackles to continue advancing the ball to score a game-winning touchdown on a single kickoff return. A rugby offense at its highest level can be summarized in that one play, with one difference: The players don’t wear pads.“Rugby is fluid, free moving, meaning it never stops,” Krassenstein said. “It only stops for penalties.” Krassenstein insists that despite the fact that rugby players wear virtually no protective gear, the game carries a far lower risk of injury.“There’s actually a lot less injuries, and definitely fewer career-ending injuries in rugby than in American football,” Krassenstein said. “If you asked me which sport is tougher, I’d say football. Because the play is shorter and guys are using protective gear such as shoulder pads and helmets, players go full steam ahead. In rugby if you’re going to hit someone, you have to wrap up and go down with them.”It doesn’t make much sense in words, but when actually demonstrated, it makes sense: There’s much less to hit with, so to speak, so there isn’t as much room for high impact injuries. Rugby players tackle by lowering their shoulders, grabbing an opposing player around the waist and pulling them down. There are no “helmet-to-helmet” tackles, no “dipping the shoulder” and no players getting clocked on a hit. Because the objective in rugby is to retrieve the ball from the opposing offensive player, not to end the play by putting a player on the ground, rugby requires a more nuanced technique of tackling.Regardless of these differences with American football, rugby is not for the faint of heart. It shares with football all of the same connotations of warriors entering into battle. At one practice, a player from USC’s rugby team emerges from a pre-practice scrimmage with a blackening eye and open wound on the side of his face, looking more suited for a Halloween party than athletic activity.“That’s a rugby player for you,” Lytle says, chuckling. The assistant coaches advise that the player get his wound dressed immediately and bar him from practicing.Speaking of practice, it begins promptly at 6 p.m. in Cromwell Track & Field Stadium on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A small contingent of the USC marching band’s drum line stays behind to practice on the sidelines, the hollow skittering of their snare drums ringing out into the cold air. The team files into five lines, stretching and running uniformly. The proceedings have a militaristic air about them.After stretches, the players line up at four corners and begin to run with a ball, engaging in drills where they pass the ball — always a lateral or backward lateral — and continue to run. Lytle observes his troops fondly, like a proud, silent general, with a cup of coffee in hand. After drills, players break up into two groups: forwards and backs. Forwards practice engaging in the scrum, a large, ring-like lock between players similar to the trenches in American football — the players in this group come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a stout, bowling-ball like student to a tall, muscular fellow who looks more like a football wide receiver than a lineman. All the players seem to have one thing in common: really strong legs that will help propel them in the scrum and push the “line of scrimmage,” so to speak, further back in their team’s favor.Backs continue running in single file lines while simultaneously practicing their lateral passes. These distinctions are largely cosmetic; though there are players “preferred” as backs or forwards, every player contributes to the overall goal in the same way. There are no ineligible receivers in rugby, so even the largest player can carry the ball. Lytle admits this was what made him so interested in rugby.“In football, maybe five or six guys will touch the ball,” Lytle said. “In rugby, anyone can carry the ball. Anyone can score.”This aspect of the game is perhaps most fascinating. In rugby, a “touchdown” is actually called a “try.” Whereas in American football the ball only needs to cross the plane, in rugby football the ball needs to touch both the player and the ground — which is, ironically, where the term “touchdown” actually originated. The subsequent kick after the “try” is referred to as a “conversion.” The try is worth differing amounts of points depending on the code of play, but the kick is always worth two points. There is very little individual glory in rugby —no chest-thumping running backs celebrating in the end zone, no exuberant soccer forwards sliding across the pitch on their knees swallowing up all the commercial endorsements.In Lytle’s team, each player is equally accountable for their team’s success in a strategic way, and all are equally capable of scoring in a given situation. Teams play with respect for one another and out of respect for the game, like in some sort of twisted fantasy world where sportsmanship still exists. Krassenstein sums up the feeling of this camaraderie in rugby with an old axiom.“I always say that soccer is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans, and that rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen,” Krassenstein said. “We might tackle each other and hit each other, but we don’t flop for a call or play dishonestly, because there’s no room for that in rugby. At the end of the game, we shake each other’s hands like men, and we can go out for a pint.”last_img read more

Alexis Peterson’s calming presence seals Syracuse’s 91-65 win over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Brianna Butler’s 5 3-pointers pace Syracuse in a 26-point win over Wake ForestSyracuse gets ‘gutsy’ win over Pittsburgh as bench players step up in Alexis Peterson’s absenceAlexis Peterson adapts to what Syracuse needs in 60-39 win against Virginia Tech Published on January 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3center_img WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest had chopped a 19-point deficit down to 12, and only then did Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman realize he had the wrong lineup on the court.A Demon Deacon run was spurred as Alexis Peterson, the Orange’s starting point guard sat on the bench. It was a WFU run that Hillsman blamed on himself. He called an offensive set and realized there wasn’t proper balance in his lineup.So Peterson strolled back out to the scorers table, and back in to boost the Orange to a game-saving run that answered Wake Forest’s.“I had bad personnel in the game,” Hillsman said. “That run is my run. The run they made to win the game is their run.”Peterson hit eight free throws down the stretch, finishing with 19 points for the game. After missing nearly the entire Pittsburgh win on Thursday with an illness, she led the charge in SU’s (14-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) 91-65 victory over Wake Forest (9-9, 0-5) on Sunday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe junior guard said she only started feeling better on Saturday. She played just 28 minutes, despite averaging upward of 36 minutes in SU’s first 16 games. The final four minutes were the most important, when her entry turned a 12-point lead into a 26-point drubbing.“The game was getting hot, it was getting intense,” Peterson said. “We just kind of slowed down and played our pace and controlled the game. We were up, it was important for us to just take care of the ball.”As Peterson dribbled and spun on offense, trying to elude Wake Forest defenders with 3:17 remaining, she got hit hard and fell to the ground. Before she got up, she was jawing at the the Demon Deacon players that stood over her.She had some more words as she stood up, but never let it escalate. Instead, she went to the line and swished two free throws. Just like the two she made 39 seconds before. And just like the two she would hit 30 seconds later.When asked about the commotion, Hillsman cut her off before she could say a second word.“There are no emotions,” Hillsman said. “… Both teams were trying to play hard, we understood the urgency of getting this fourth win and I think they understood the urgency of not losing their fourth one at home. We’re not even going to get into entertaining all of that stuff. It really doesn’t matter.”Peterson didn’t get on the board until she hit a 3-pointer late in the first quarter. On the next possession, she hit a jumper. WFU head coach Jen Hoover joked that Peterson was actually held in check compared to the 33-point average she posted in the teams’ two matchups last season.But even if her 19 points didn’t stand out in the same way, her ability to control the lead when it nearly slipped away was what sealed the win.“Petey definitely brings a sense of calmness to them,” Hoover said.On Thursday, Peterson’s night ended one minute after it started, when she just couldn’t keep playing. She wasn’t there when Syracuse fell behind big and rallied to win a game that wasn’t even close.On Sunday, she finished the game on the court, and was the catalyst of that late rally.Hillsman acknowledged she should have been in earlier. In the postgame press conference though, he could joke about how it didn’t cost him.He looked at Peterson and pointed to her.“That’s the one that was missing.” Commentslast_img read more

The Open second round rolls on

first_imgGreystones amateur Paul Dunne resumes from 3-under just before 3pm. Graeme McDowell begins from level par at 4.37, a half an hour after the 1-over par Shane Lowry. Darren Clarke is last Irishman out – he starts the day 1-over at 5.37 After a lengthy morning suspension due to rain, play is back underway. Leader Dustin Johnson now isn’t due out until just before 6pm Padraig Harrington’s second round is underway – he’s dropped back to 1-over. last_img