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Moscow launches digital travel permits under lockdown

first_imgMoscow authorities are launching a digital permit system to control people’s movements after warning the coronavirus outbreak has put a huge strain on hospitals.A website to apply for the passes was working Monday for people travelling by car or public transport.The permit system, which will be operational from Wednesday, may be expanded to monitor people going out  even within their local neighborhood, if needed, authorities said.  City authorities had planned to assign Muscovites scannable bar codes to check whether people adhere to strict isolation rules, but that sparked huge controversy.People would have had to apply for a QR code from officials online each time they wanted to leave their homes. The plan was eventually dropped in favor of the digital passes.Muscovites are only allowed to leave their homes to walk their dogs, take out trash and visit their nearest shop or pharmacy.  Topics :center_img Russia has declared 15,770 cases of the coronavirus and 130 fatalities, though the actual numbers are believed to be much higher.The densely populated capital with more than 12 million residents has emerged as the epicenter of the contagion with 10,158 cases and 72 deaths.Moscow has been under lockdown since March 30, but is struggling to cope with the influx of new patients and officials said that clinics were approaching their limits.last_img read more

UK’s £29bn Railways Pension Scheme names new trustee chair

first_imgPrevious experience includes 12 years as head of pensions at Network Rail, where he was responsible for the management and operation of the UK rail network operator’s defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.Hannon’s appointment will be effective from next Tuesday, 19 March. Chris Hannon has been appointed chair of the trustee board for the UK railways sector’s £29bn (€33.5bn) pension provider.  He will replace John Chilman, who will become the new chief executive of RPMI Railpen, the in-house manager for the Railways Pension Scheme (RPS), in the summer.As the new chair of the trustee board, Hannon will oversee the stewardship of RPS, RPMI Railpen, and the scheme’s pension administration business.He has been a trustee director of the RPS since 2005 and is also pensions director for the UK and European region companies of Genesee & Wyoming, a US owner and operator of freight railroads. Chris HannonTrustee director John Mayfield, who oversaw the selection process, said: “Chris’ vast knowledge and experience of the RPS and the pensions industry in general is undoubted.“His contribution since 2005 as a trustee has been enormous and we’re delighted at his appointment. He has the full support of his fellow trustees and is committed to our mission of paying members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably.”Hannon said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the role as chair and thank my fellow trustees for their support and confidence.“I look forward to bringing continuity of support and focus for those members, developing strong partnerships to ensure we continue to deliver against our mission.”last_img read more

Baby heart defect test ‘could save lives’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Baby heart defect test ‘could save lives’ by: – August 6, 2011 By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC NewsThe test that could spot heart defects in newborn babiesA quick and cheap test could save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects, doctors say.A study of 20,055 newborns, published in The Lancet, showed testing oxygen in the blood was more successful than other checks available.The researchers have called for the oxygen test to be used in hospitals across the UK.The British Heart Foundation said the test could “make a real difference” as cases go unnoticed.Congenital heart defects – such as holes between chambers in the heart and valve defects – affect around one in every 145 babies.They are detected by ultrasound during pregnancy or by listening to the heart after birth, however, the success rate is low.Decades oldDoctors at six maternity hospitals in the UK used pulse oximeters – a piece of technology which has been around for 20 years – to detect levels of oxygen in the blood.If the levels were too low, or varied between the hands and feet, more detailed examinations took place.The test takes less than five minutes and it found 75% of the most serious abnormalities. In combination with traditional methods, 92% of cases were detected.While some defects are inoperable, advances in surgery mean most can be corrected.Dr Andrew Ewer, the lead researcher at the University of Birmingham, called for the test to be adopted by hospitals across the UK.“It adds value to existing screening procedures and is likely to be useful for identification of cases of critical congenital heart defects,” he said.Dr David Elliman, from the UK National Screening Committee, said the screening programme for infants was being reviewed and “this research will form an integral part of that review”.Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Early and rapid detection is key for greater survival.“Not all babies who are born with a heart defect will show any signs or symptoms, so problems can go unnoticed. This is a promising piece of research which shows how a quick and simple test could help to detect more heart defects and make a real difference.”In the US, some states have already introduced the oximeter test.Dr William Mahle, from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and Dr Robert Koppel, from Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, argued that: “The decision to introduce another screening assay for newborn babies is one that should be made after careful consideration.“Health-care systems in the developed world are already heavily burdened. Yet the compelling data provided [here] support inclusion of pulse oximetry into the care of the newborn baby.” Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet 20 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Bulldogs Take On Spartans In Middle School Boys Basketball Play

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Grade Boys Basketball team lost to a very talented Connersville team Monday night by a score of 46 to 16.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Lyle Oesterling with 8, He was followed by Landon Harrison, Max Baumer, Cole Pride, and Jaden Smith who all added 2.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.The 8th Grade Bulldogs struggled to get anything consistent going on offense and fell to Connersville 41-26.Eli Pierson led the Bulldogs with 10. Cole Werner added 7, Travis Lecher 5, and Ean Loichinger added 4 to round out the scoring.The Bulldogs will be back in action at home tomorrow night against North Decatur as we look to get our 2-3 record back to 500.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.last_img read more

Athletes commend Sports Minister over payment of Relief Fund.

first_imgFollowing the commencement of payments to Nigerian athletes through the Athletes Relief Fund set up by Youth and Sports Development Minister, Mr Sunday Dare, to cushion the effects of COVID-19, commendations have poured in from the beneficiaries. Bode Abiodun said: “I want to appreciate this kind gesture from the minister for extending the palliative to us. God bless you sir. Your leadrship and abilities to get things done is an inspiration to us. May God reward you for your relentless efforts towards the athletes.” The minister floated the Athletes Relief Fund to cater for the needs of athletes following the suspension of all sporting activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. read also:​Italy’s sports minister doubtful over Serie A restarting Chairman of Remo Stars Football Club Honourable Kunle Soname made a donation of N10m to the fund, with an anonymous Nigerian supporting with N1m. More funds are expected from other philanthropists who are already in touch with the ministry. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In an emotional letter to Dare on behalf of Special Sports athletes, Paralympian Ifeanyi Christian wrote: “I want to thank you for all the efforts and diligence you have put in towards bettering the welfare of Nigerian athletes. On behalf of my colleagues I want to sincerely appreciate the gesture of payment of relief funds to the athletes. May God bless you as you continue to lead the campaign for the improvement of athletes’ welfare.” Speaking in the same vein, Adeseye Ogunlewe Junior said: “I wish to say a big thank you to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development for the gesture of paying N50,000 each to athletes through the Sports Relief Fund. We are most grateful.” Glory Patrick stated: “For the special joy you added into my life and those of other athletes through the Athletes Relief Fund, we say a big thank you. May God bless the minister and all those that contributed to the fund.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Milik, Lozano strikes help Napoli win on return to Serie A action

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arkadiusz Milik and Hirving Lozano both scored headers as Napoli followed their Italian Cup triumph with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona in their return to Serie A on Tuesday. Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik scored against Verona Napoli beat Juventus on penalties in the Italian Cup final last week after eliminating Inter Milan in the semi-finals, but this was their first league match since beating Torino on February 29 before the coronavirus lockdown. Almost four months later, they extended their Serie A winning streak to four games against one of their rivals for a European place, while keeping their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive by moving to within nine points of fourth-placed Atalanta. Gennaro Gattuso’s side remain sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Roma, who play Sampdoria on Wednesday, and four points ahead of eighth-placed Verona. “We can’t relax, we don’t even have to think about the Champions League,” said Gattuso, whose side face struggling SPAL on Sunday. “We must continue on this path, believe that work gives us important things, as happened in the Cup. “I don’t know if these 11 games will be enough for us to get into the Champions League, we must already think about the challenge against SPAL.” Polish forward Milik opened the scoring on 36 minutes, nodding in Matteo Politano’s corner. Davide Faraoni thought he had equalised for the hosts after an hour, but his goal was ruled out for a Mattia Zaccagni handball in the build-up. Lorenzo Insigne missed a chance for a second for the visitors with 10 minutes remaining by curling a shot over. Read Also: Video: Schmeichel saves Leicester with penalty stop in Brighton draw The Sardinian side move up to 10th place with SPAL second from bottom and facing relegation to Serie B next season. Torino and Udinese play later on Tuesday in a match between two sides fighting the drop and struggling Genoa host Parma. But Mexican international Lozano, on as an 84th-minute substitute, rose high to head home a Faouzi Ghoulam cross six minutes later. Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina denied Samuel Di Carmine and Miguel Veloso as Verona suffered their first defeat since the league returned to action. Gattuso’s side honoured club record goal scorer Dries Mertens with a special badge on their jersey: “Dries Mertens, Napoli’s All-Time Top Scorer.” The Belgian, who has scored 122 goals for the southerners, came on for the last 20 minutes. Cagliari, meanwhile, earned their first league win since December 2 with Giovanni Simeone scoring three minutes into injury time for a 1-0 win over SPAL.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Did You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

JCSD is on a wild goose chase

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is asking citizens to be on the lookout for a gaggle of Geese on State Road 3 South in the area of County Road 300 South. They have received several 911 phone calls in regards to the issue and we have tried several different options to move them along with no success.According to officers, the geese are currently molting and are unable to fly. Please use caution in the area. They report having caused at least one traffic accident. Indiana Conservation Officers have also assisted with no success.last_img read more

Epstein Accuser Holds Victoria’s Secret CEO Responsible for Her Alleged Assault

first_imgThe Wexners have denied ever knowing Farmer.Their spokesman, Thomas Davies, says, “Mr. and Mrs. Wexner have condemned Jeffrey Epstein’s abhorrent behavior in the strongest possible terms and severed all ties with him in 2007… Before the recent news coverage of Ms. Farmer, Mr. and Mrs. Wexner had no knowledge of her, never met her, never spoke with her, and never spoke with Mr. Epstein or anyone else about her.”Wexner, the 82-year-old CEO of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, L Brands, claims that Epstein “misappropriated” more than $46 million of the Wexners’ money while serving as their financial advisor.Epstein committed suicide in his New York jail cell last August while awaiting trial on unrelated sex trafficking charges. An artist who claims Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted her 23 years ago is now holding billionaire Les Wexner personally “responsible” for the alleged attack, according to a new report.Maria Farmer tells The Washington Post that the alleged 1996 assault by Epstein occurred “on a property monitored by Wexner’s wife, Abigail, and the Wexner security team,” Epstein was a close advisor of the Wexners at the time.After the alleged incident, Farmer, who is now 50, claims that Wexner’s security team watched her for two months on his 336-acre property in New Albany, Ohio.Her father later picked her up from the property.Farmer, whom Epstein had hired the year before to watch his mansion and to advise him in art, says she was at the property to complete two paintings for the movie “As Good as it Gets.”She admits that she never met Les Wexner, but spoke by phone with his wife, who allegedly controlled Farmer’s movements.Farmer explains, “Whenever I wanted to exit the guesthouse, I’d have to call the main house and get Abigail on the phone to ask her permission to go outside.”last_img read more

WIPA opposes WICB levy on player contracts

first_imgTHE West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has voiced its opposition to a 20 per cent No Objection Certificate (NOC) levy imposed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).Citing that it was not benefitting from its investment in players, who go on to play in the professional leagues globally and do not return to play in domestic competitions, the WICB said it was at a disadvantage under the current status quo.“WICB having invested in developing a player’s talent, is not able to realise a return on its investment if the player is not available to play in local tournaments, which would allow lesser experienced players the opportunity to face more experienced and skilled opposition, thereby improving on the standard and competitiveness of the domestic tournament,” the WICB said in a statement released yesterday.“In addition, the player is unavailable to mentor and develop younger players and to otherwise contribute to the overall growth of the game and its development infrastructure.It has become a system that disadvantages nations like the West Indies which have traditionally developed players who are particularly skilled in the shortest format of the game. In the end, it compromises the standard of the WICB’s international team and that team’s performance internationally. The primacy of international cricket is threatened.”As such the WICB says it will now levy a charge for the granting of an NOC for West Indian cricketers seeking a release to participate in Leagues outside the jurisdiction of the West Indies.“This will be an amount equivalent to 20 per cent of the player fee (as defined in the player contract) that is actually paid to the relevant player,” the WICB statement said. “All NOCs will be subject to West Indies international commitments and, in respect of centrally contracted players, official domestic cricket matches in the West Indies.”In a swift reply WIPA said a levy on players’ earnings is not the answer and suggested that the action of the WICB could be challenged in a court of law.“The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) takes note of the position taken by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on the condition for issuance of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to West Indian players,” the WIPA statement said.“WIPA believes an imposition of a NOC levy by the WICB is not the answer to the lack of coherent global scheduling. A centrally regulated and coordinated international cricket programme for all three formats is necessary for the improvement of global cricket. As such, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will need to spearhead the complete restructure of the international cricket calendar.”WIPA said it was totally against any new market restrictions or regulations that may limit West Indian players and the present NOC levy of the WICB promotes the restraint of trade and is open to be challenged legally.“To ensure that this matter is addressed immediately, we are proposing that the WICB meets with all stakeholders regionally (WIPA) and internationally (ICC, FICA) forthwith,” WIPA said.(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more