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  • Unnerved by new virus cases in navy, Taiwan debates lockdowns

    first_imgTopics : Spooked by a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in the navy, Taiwan is debating whether to consider a broad lockdown, even with only 174 active infections and weeks after far more seriously affected countries shuttered their cities.Taiwan’s early prevention and detection efforts have so far made it a model for how to contain the outbreak, with 427 confirmed cases to date, of which 253 have recovered. Six people have died.But 29 new infections on a Taiwanese navy ship that was part of a friendly mission to the Pacific island state of Palau last month have caused unease, affecting a previous sense of general safety. The central government, however, says lockdowns are not being seriously considered for now, even as city governments raise the possibility.Although Taiwan has reported a handful of cases where the source of infection is unclear, it has no widespread community transmission, and the majority of cases are termed “imported”, having been brought to the island from people infected overseas.Taiwan does not carry out mass coronavirus testing, saying it has no need because its rates of infection are so low and it can trace the contacts of those who are infected.Last week, Taiwan reported three days with no new cases.”Considering the global and domestic disease situation, and the control over emergency situations, it is not the time to implement a lockdown for Taiwan,” Health Minister Chen Shih-chung told reporters this week. “Everyone should be cautious, but we are very far from having a lockdown.”Late Wednesday, vice-president elect William Lai, who was a physician before entering politics, appealed on his Facebook page for calm, pointing out that lockdowns were for when there was a massive rise in cases that may overwhelm the health system.Infection control for the navy is well in hand, he said, adding: “Please don’t be alarmed”.Taiwan’s military has apologized for the infections and is investigating what happened.About 700 sailors have been quarantined and tested, and the government has sent 200,000 text alerts to the phones of people who might have been in contact with them. center_img Although life in Taiwan has largely continued as normal while the pandemic has swept across the world, the prospect of parts of the island shutting down has jumped up the political agenda.Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, a medical doctor, told reporters on Wednesday that next week officials would hold a “tabletop exercise” to simulate how to close down the capital, though he gave no details.”Shutting down a city is not a feel-good move,” Ko said, adding that it would be extra difficult in Taipei, home to parliament and other central government offices.New Taipei city, which surrounds the capital, has already held a lockdown drill, and the major port city of Kaohsiung is planning one in coming days.last_img read more

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  • Lauren reveals how Ryan Giggs made him ‘suffer’ during Man Utd-Arsenal rivalry

    first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 1:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link250Shares Giggs used to make Lauren ‘suffer’ (Picture: Popperfoto via Getty)‘Sometimes he would go inside, sometimes he would go outside, sometimes he took on players, sometimes he played one touch, two touch, so you could never guess his movement. ‘I didn’t want to anticipate, I didn’t want to stay, so I was thinking how to stop this guy. ‘I think when we finished that game it was one of my best games because I managed to find out how to cope in this position and I managed to cope against this top player.’MORE: Henry hits back at De Bruyne over assists record MORE: Henry explains why it was ‘easier’ playing for Arsenal than BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Lauren revealed how much he used to ‘suffer’ against Giggs (Picture: Getty)Lauren revealed he used to ‘suffer’ against Ryan Giggs when Arsenal faced Manchester United and believes one of the best games of his career came when he shackled the Welsh Wizard. Lauren viewed facing Giggs as one of the toughest tasks during his spell at the Emirates, due to the now Wales manager’s ‘unpredictable’ nature.But in one of his finest performances in an Arsenal shirt, the Cameroon international kept Giggs quiet as Arsenal won the Premier League title at Old Trafford in 2002. But even though it ended as a happy day for the defender, he still ‘suffered’ at the hands of Giggs, as he always did.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘I mean 2001/02 was unbelievable because finally we won the league at Old Trafford,’ Lauren told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast. ‘I think in that game, in my opinion it was one of the best games I played in as a defender because personally I was suffering a little bit because of Ryan Giggs.‘Giggs was unbelievable, he was one of the most intelligent players I played against because he knew the movement, he was always looking behind, he didn’t stand still, he was unpredictable. Lauren reveals how Ryan Giggs made him ‘suffer’ during Man Utd-Arsenal rivalry Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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  • ABN Amro scheme credits leverage for 12% return

    first_imgThe €26bn Dutch pension fund of ABN posted a 12.3% gain in 2016 due to its strategic use of leverage.The return exceeded the yield from its matching and its return portfolios, which returned 10.9%, according to the fund’s annual report.The scheme said it had leveraged 2.7% of its assets through derivatives at year-end, to cover a larger part of its interest risk and to reduce the volatility of the balance sheet, without limiting the potential for a surplus yield on its return portfolio.At the end of 2016, the pension fund had hedged 52% of its portfolio against the risk of interest rates rising. The ABN Amro Pensioenfonds said it would raise the hedge if funding – 125% at the end of last May – fell below 110% and interest rates rose. Its currency hedge covered 65% of its equity holdings and 100% of its fixed income investments in developed markets.The bank scheme applies a dynamic investment policy, increasing its liabilities portfolio if interest rates rise and reducing its return holdings if it has particularly a low or high funding level.Last year, the pension fund increased the strategic weighting of its return portfolio – meant for creating potential for indexation – from 43% to 50%.At year-end, the return portfolio had allocations to equity (38.1%), credit (5.9%), and emerging market debt (4.8%). It also had small holdings in catastrophe bonds and property.At the same time, the exposure of its matching portfolio of euro-denominated government bonds – predominantly Dutch and German government paper – was 52.2%.Currently, the pension fund implements a collective defined contribution (CDC) plan, but it said it was preparing for the possible introduction by the employer of individual defined contribution arrangements. The contract with the sponsor for the CDC plan is to expire in 2019.The pension fund reported combined asset management and transaction costs of 0.11%, citing its predominantly passive investment policy as keeping costs low.Administration costs per participant amounted to €161, a €7 drop relative to the previous year.The ABN Amro scheme has 98,500 participants in total, of whom 19,170 are employees and 26,055 are pensioners.last_img read more

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  • Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-27)

    first_imgWRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores  (2-27)Batesville  103     Shelbyville  80Lawrenceburg  45     Oldenburg Academy  43Franklin County  71     Rising Sun  40Muncie Central  48     Connersville  41Morristown  60     Anderson Prep Academy  38Edinburgh  54     Brown County  50  (OT)Southwestern Shelby  64     Baptist Academy  59Northeastern  64     Union County  41last_img

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  • Goal decision system unveiled

    first_img FA general secretary Alex Horne hailed the introduction of the technology as one of the most important developments in the 150 years since football rules were laid down – and said it would not suffer from the same problems as cricket. Speaking at the system’s launch at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, he said: “One of the delays in bringing it in has been stress-testing this equipment to destruction effectively. “There are some distinctions [to cricket]. Some of the technology you are talking about there is predictive technology. So with lbw decisions it’s ‘where would a ball have travelled?’. “There is an inevitable element of subjectivity there. This is binary – has this crossed the line or not. It’s historic and it’s factual so I think we have got some advantages there.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said there were 31 occasions last season where the system would have been helpful – three of those ended up with incorrect decisions. He added: “It’s a very exciting development in world football. It is a goal decision system – it is no longer just goal-line technology.” The main opposition to goal-line technology has come from UEFA president Michel Platini who fears it will lead to other developments such as a video referee to judge on offside calls and fouls. There may be grounds to such fears. Hawkeye is – with FIFA’s blessing it says – conducting a two-year pilot project in the Dutch top flight seeing if high-speed technology could help a video referee send almost instant messages to the officials on the pitch. Press Association The Hawkeye system uses 14 cameras and will send a signal within the space of a second to the referee’s watch and ear-piece indicating that the ball has crossed the line. The first use of the system will take place at the Community Shield match between Manchester United and Wigan at Wembley on Sunday, and will also be used at all 20 Premier League grounds. Hawkeye’s inventor Paul Hawkins said: “This is a blind trial, nothing to do with the actual match, and this actually has FIFA blessing to gather information. “It will be a video referee and over the two years they will gather data as to what kind of decisions can be made in what kind of time. The key element is clearly how quickly a decision can be made so this is pilot to answer that question.” But Horne, who sits on the game’s law-making body the International FA Board (IFAB) said he would take some convincing to go beyond goal-line technology. He added: “The thin end of the wedge argument has been one of the biggest political hurdles. “I think we need to be very careful about what other decisions we think it is appropriate for. I don’t want to undermine the referees and you can reach a position in other sports where referees are reliant on technology and their roles are a little bit confused. “Offside decisions can be quite subjective. “I am sure with the advancements in technology there will be something out there. Paul Hawkins has told me he thinks he can do it, but I will take some convincing that it’s right for the game and for referees. “I also know how hard it has been to get to this point with FIFA and IFAB so I wouldn’t hold my breath.” Scudamore agreed, adding: “It’s a much more difficult discussion when you start to deal with elements of subjectivity. And there is subjectivity about offside in terms of passive, active.” The Hawkeye system uses 14 cameras and will send a signal with the space of a second to the referee’s watch – it beeps and vibrates – and there will also be a message to the ear-pieces worn by all match officials saying: “Goal, goal, goal.” Replays of goal-line decisions, taken using a high-speed camera, will be passed to broadcasters and also shown on big screens in stadiums. Football’s leaders insist that the goal-line technology system unveiled for the Premier League and Wembley Stadium will not suffer from the same controversy that has afflicted cricket’s Decision Review System (DRS).last_img read more

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  • Mel eager to seek assurances

    first_img While Baggies officials still need convincing of the merits of extending Mel’s contract, it is far from a one-way process with the Spaniard also adamant the club must look to learn from its mistakes. Mel said: “I am going to listen to the chairman to find out what he wants for the future. Ten players are out of contract and we will need eight or nine players to come in. “West Brom still have time to decide whether or not they want next season to be one as full of as many problems as this one.” Mel gave a qualified answer to the question of whether he wished to stay at the club given reported interest from elsewhere. “Yes – but only in the knowledge that we have lots of possibilities to compete,” added Mel. “I think this season is a big lesson for West Brom. I like history because it is something that shows you how to learn from your mistakes. “We have to ask why West Brom have had so many problems this year – three different head coaches and three different players – and we have to solve this in the summer.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes hailed his side after a win which helped them achieve their pre-season target of 50 points. The Potters had gone into the game level with their previous Premier League best of 47 and Hughes revealed his side had been driven by the aim throughout their campaign. Hughes said: “We talked at length at the beginning of the season about what we wanted to achieve. “Maybe some players thought we were being unrealistic because it was a big ask and at times at the start of the season it was a bit of a struggle. “But in the second half of the season we’ve been fantastic in terms of understanding what was required. We’ve been playing good stuff and getting results. “To get 50 points on the board in the hardest league in world football is a huge achievement for a club such as Stoke.” Hughes picked out the performance of Peter Odemwingie, who was predictably booed by the home fans due to his previous ignominious exit from The Hawthorns. Hughes added: “It was always going to be a little bit difficult for Peter but he stuck at it and on another day he would have scored a couple of goals. “Probably in his enthusiasm to score he snatched at a couple of chances but he’s a good player. “It’s a shame there’s a cloud over his career here because he did good things at West Brom but players move on and clubs need to move on too.” West Brom boss Pepe Mel will demand assurances over the club’s future plans when he heads into showdown talks with chairman Jeremy Peace early next week. Press Association Mel’s future at The Hawthorns is in doubt after a poor Barclays Premier League campaign which petered out with a 2-1 defeat to Stoke on Sunday. Gareth McAuley’s unfortunate 22nd-minute own goal gave the Potters an early lead and, despite Stephane Sessegnon’s sweet 56th-minute equaliser, substitute Charlie Adam won the game for the visitors with three minutes to go. last_img read more

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  • Aspas: Sevilla deal will be done

    first_img Press Association After one disappointing campaign at Anfield, playing a back-up role behind Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and scoring just one goal, the player was sent out on loan. Aspas has scored twice in 15 league matches this season but claims Sevilla will go through with the transfer. Sevilla’s on-loan Liverpool forward Iago Aspas has confirmed his move back to Spain will be made permanent this summer.center_img “I came here on a loan deal with an obligatory option to buy,” the former Celta Vigo player told ESPNFC. “I am a Sevilla player for next season. I will sit down and talk to the club in the coming days, or when the season ends, but it is an open secret that everyone knew. “The transfer [fee] is to be paid this summer. I am very happy at Sevilla, they received me with open arms, and I hope to keep paying them back for many years. “I did not have the playing time (with Liverpool) that I wanted which is why I made the move here to Sevilla. “I am going to stay here for some years at Sevilla but I do have unfinished business as I felt I could bring much more things to the team, if I had been given more playing time. “I think that if I’d been at Liverpool this year I would have played a lot more games, with Sturridge’s injury and Suarez not being there.” last_img read more

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  • Update on the latest in sports:

    first_imgBlues look for eight straight winUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have a seven-game winning streak, and they hope to extend that streak tonight against the Rangers in New York. The Blues have outscored opponents 26-12 during the seven straight wins.The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to snap their longest losing streak since 2012 — a six-game skid — when they host the Ottawa Senators tonight. Sidney Crosby has just one goal, and no assists, during those six games.The Boston Bruins carry the NHL’s best record to Tampa Bay to meet the Lightning, who sit just four points back. The Lightning snapped a season-high four-game losing streak over the weekend.The NHL’s highest-scoring team, the Edmonton Oilers, continue a three-game road swing in Dallas. Edmonton is 27-6-and-2 in games in which it scores first. March 3, 2020 Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020.Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24.Hashimoto told parliament “the IOC has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020.” She says “this can be interpreted to mean the games can be postponed as long as they are held during the calendar year.”IOC officials and Tokyo organizers have repeatedly said they expect the Olympics to open on schedule. The Lakers tonight host the 76ers, who were the latest to fall to the Clippers.The New Orleans Pelicans, who lost to the Lakers on Sunday despite a 35-point game from Zion Williamson, return home to what appears to be an easier task, hosting the 17-and-42 Minnesota Timberwolves.The Boston Celtics, sitting a half-game behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division, are at home against the Brooklyn Nets, who’ve lost four in a row.In other NBA action, the San Antonio Spurs are at Charlotte, the Warriors visit the Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns host Toronto, and the Washington Wizards meet the Kings in Sacramento. The Kings have won five straight at home.NHL-SCHEDULE After seeing an eight-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night, the Vegas Golden Knights hope to get back in the win column as they host the New Jersey Devils. It wraps up a four-game homestand for Vegas.In other NHL action, the Canadiens visit the New York Islanders, Nashville is at Minnesota, the Sabres skate at Winnipeg, the Blackhawks host Anaheim, and it’s Toronto at San Jose.TOKYO GAMES-FLAMELighting will take place as scheduledATHENS, Greece (AP) — Next week’s flame-lighting ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in Greece despite concerns about the virus outbreak. Update on the latest in sports: The Greek Olympic committee says it is working closely with national health authorities and will hold meetings to re-evaluate the situation every two days. The committee also says the Greek leg of the torch relay will go ahead.Greece has recorded seven cases of the virus. All of them are linked with people who traveled from Italy.The Olympic flame is ceremonially lit months in advance of the games at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.TOKYO GAMES-POSTPONEMENT?Japan Olympic minister says games could be held any time in 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEClippers look for fifth straightUNDATED — The Los Angeles Clippers take their four-game winning streak to Oklahoma City tonight to meet the Thunder. It’s the first of four road games for the Clippers. They remain five and a-half games behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division.last_img read more

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  • Guyana drawn in Group ‘A’ of FIBA Centrobasket U-17 Championship

    first_imgFOLLOWING the draw for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Centrobasket U-17 Championship, Guyana was placed in Group ‘A’ with Mexico, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.The host nation (Dominican Republic), Jamaica, Panama and the Virgin Islands will make up the teams in Group B.The Centrobasket U-17 Championship will be played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 26 to 30 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight participating teams will be divided into two equal groups.Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first-place team of Group A will oppose the second-place in Group B and vice versa.The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the ‘gold medal match’, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U-18 Americas Championship 2018, to be played in St Catharines, Canada, June 11-17, 2018.Guyana qualified for the 2017 FIBA Centrobasket U-18 championship by finishing behind the Bahamas at last year’s Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 tournament which was hosted at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.After a sensational showing, Guyana went down 84-57 to a well-oiled Bahamas team that breezed through the tournament, having entered as clear favourites.Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) president Nigel Hinds recently stated that the ‘Land of Many Waters’ will be well represented at the games, where they will be making their debut.last_img read more

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  • Federer Becomes First Living Swiss on Minted Coin

    first_imgTennis great Roger Federer is to become the first living Swiss to have a coin minted in their honour, with a commemorative 20 franc (£16) silver piece bearing his image being issued in January.The 38-year-old 20-time Grand Slam champion is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player ever and is a national hero in Switzerland.Swissmint confirmed that 55,000 of the coins, featuring Federer delivering a backhand, will be produced and will be available for pre-order from today until December 19. “Roger Federer’s sporting achievements, his charitable commitments, his easy-going nature and his accessibility to his fans have prompted Swissmint to dedicate this 20-franc silver coin to him, the first time it has done so with a living person,” a Swissmint spokesperson told Reuters.With demand expected to be high, Swissmint said another 40,000 coins could be issued in May while a 50 franc gold coin, featuring a different design would also be produced next year.‘Thank you Switzerland and Swissmint for this incredible honour and privilege,’ Federer wrote on Twitter.This year’s commemorative Swiss coins included the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the Furka Pass and the roe deer.The most recent sports-themed commemorative coin came out in 2015 and celebrated Hornussen — a traditional Swiss sport played by farmers involving a puck and a stick.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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