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Health Ministry declares 68 of 70 patient samples negative for coronavirus

first_imgShe also guaranteed that all testing followed WHO standards, saying that each test took two to three days to complete.“We hope there will be no more suspected cases; no more people should be examined for having similar symptoms to the new coronavirus.”Read also: Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia’s zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questionsCOVID-19, which is believed to have originated in a market selling wild animals in Wuhan, China, has killed 1,113 in the mainland and infected more than 44,600 people as of Wednesday, AFP reported. Indonesia continues to insist that it has no confirmed coronavirus cases despite positive diagnoses found in neighboring Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, raising concerns among scientists worldwide that the virus might be spreading in the country undetected.A study conducted by researchers from Harvard University found that Indonesia should have already confirmed at least one to 10 cases of the new coronavirus, given the high average daily air-travel volume from Wuhan to the country.The Harvard study stated that Indonesia’s zero confirmed cases “may suggest the potential for undetected cases in these locations given the expected connection before travel control measures were implemented”.The ministry’s research and development agency head, Siswanto, played down the report on Tuesday, saying that the study was based only on mathematical calculations to predict the spread of the virus, so it might not reflect the facts. (syk)Topics : The Health Ministry’s research and development agency has examined 68 out of 70 samples from patients suspected of being infected by the Wuhan coronavirus, now called COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. All 68 specimens tested negative, according to a ministry official.“The other two samples are still being tested,” the Health Ministry’s surveillance and quarantine director, Vensya Sitohang, said on Wednesday.Based on the results, Vensya emphasized that there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia to date. last_img read more

AP1, Bpf AVH among investors settling with Brazil’s Petrobras

first_imgOther European plaintiffs include the London Borough of Hounslow Superannuation Fund, and Hampshire County Council Global Equity Portfolio.US retirement funds bringing the action include the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and the Boeing Company Employee Retirement Plans Master Trust.AP1 told IPE the reason it became a plaintiff was because of its “assessment of a more favourable outcome of the case”.The Petrobras scandal erupted after prosecutors and federal police in Brazil first uncovered a price-fixing cartel in 2014.The cartel operated between several firms carrying out construction and service work for Petrobras, whose executives decided between themselves which company would “win” a particular contract.The work was then carried out at inflated prices, with some of the surplus used to bribe Petrobras officials and Brazilian politicians.The plaintiffs in the four lawsuits had bought Petrobras securities, traded on the New York Stock Exchange, between 16 October 2010 and 15 May 2015.These included both American depositary receipts (ADRs) and bonds.The plaintiffs claimed the price of these securities had been artificially inflated because of the fraud, and that Petrobras had made false statements of material fact and omitted adverse information relating to its financial position and its anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies.As the scandal unfolded, the value of Petrobras securities fell substantially.In a press release, Petrobras said it would recognise a provision in its third-quarter financial statements as a result of the settlements, and the status of ongoing negotiations with certain other individual plaintiffs.At present, the company expects the provision to amount to $353m (€318m).The oil company said: “Petrobras denies all allegations of wrongdoing and continues to defend itself vigorously in all pending actions. The settlements, the terms of which are confidential, are aimed at eliminating the uncertainties, burdens and expense of ongoing litigation.”A number of similar lawsuits against Petrobras, including the action led by the Universities Superannuation Scheme, are still in progress. Investors including Swedish buffer fund AP1 and Dutch agricultural sector pension fund Bpf AVH have agreed a settlement with Petrobras in four individual securities actions brought in the US, following the bribery and fraud scandal at the Brazilian state oil giant.The lawsuits were filed in the US district court for the Southern District of New York.They were led by the PIMCO Total Return Fund, the Dodge & Cox International Stock Fund, the Janus Overseas Fund and Al Shams Investments.PIMCO is one of the largest bondholders in the Petrobras group, and Dodge & Cox is one of the largest shareholders after the Brazilian federal government and affiliated entities.last_img read more

UKGC launches industry-wide credit card consultation

first_img Gambling-related harm APPG outlines 2020 strategy January 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Paul Hope – UKGCThe UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that a ’12-week consultation process’ will commence in mid-August, which could result in the banning of credit card used for wagering purposes. The confirmation of the consultation follows on from a call for evidence which the UKGC launched back in February of this year, in which the Commission sought to gain insight from both the industry and on the impact of both potential restrictions, and potentially including an outright ban, could have on gambling. Paul Hope, Executive Director at the UKGC, discussed the upcoming consultation: “Gambling with borrowed money is known to be a risk factor for consumers, so we think there is a need for action. This consultation will help us decide what that action should be.”The UKGC has outlined a number of key points that are to be discussed during the consultation, including alternative forms of borrowing and e-wallets. The Commission has, however, explained that it expects there to still be ways for gamblers to indirectly use credit cards to gamble, regardless of whether or not a ban is implemented.Moreover, the UKGC plans to obtain further evidence regarding the motivations for using credit cards to gamble, and whether there are any specific benefits and risks of using them.A statement uploaded to the regulator’s website earlier today stated: “One approach would be to ban gambling online with credit cards. However, the public and all other stakeholders will be consulted on other options, including restricting the use of credit cards. “The Commission will then take the most appropriate course of action in view of any evidence obtained by this consultation, alongside data already submitted.” Share Related Articles Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’ June 28, 2020 UKGC – Credit ban applies across all technology verticals June 10, 2020last_img read more

New contract for Julio Jones is a risk worth taking for the Falcons

first_img To Jones’ credit, and in a wise move that creates good will with Atlanta’s front office, he is not saying much publicly about his contract status. He is not holding out of training camp, and he was present for Atlanta’s mandatory minicamp two weeks ago after missing voluntary OTAs. Jones referred to Arthur Blank’s recent comment in which the team owner said of an extension, “It will happen. It’s a matter of when.”Added Jones about Blank: “He said they are going to get something done, and his word is gold. As for me, I just hold up my end and stay ready.”MORE: Falcons-Saints still among the NFL’s best rivalries in 2019Jones is coming off his fifth consecutive season with at least 1,400 receiving yards. His 1,677 yards last year led all receivers, and he was selected to his sixth Pro Bowl. He is almost always double-covered but still gets open for quarterback Matt Ryan with his rare combination of size and speed. The only potential knock on Jones is that he has only one season of double-digit touchdown receptions (10 in 2012).But Jones does have six playoff touchdowns. Dimitroff knows the receiver has played well on the big stage of the postseason, averaging close to eight catches and over 100 receiving yards per game in his eight career playoff games.And let’s also remember that the Falcons GM thought so highly of Jones in the 2011 NFL Draft, he traded five picks — including two first-rounders — to move up to No. 6 overall and select the Alabama star.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS: How the Falcons can improve their look To the contrary, Jones is expecting the Falcons to deliver on a perceived promise to give him a top-market extension now that he has two years remaining on the $14.25 million-per-year contract he signed in 2015. At the time, the deal made Jones the league’s highest-paid receiver, but he quickly was surpassed by Brown ($17 million per year) and then Beckham ($18 million per year). Now the Saints’ Michael Thomas is the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver with his deal worth $20 million per year.MORE: Only one WR ranks higher than Jones on SN’s top 25 listJones, 30, is four years older than both Thomas and Beckham, so it surely is a bit scary for Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff to commit with a deal that could take Jones to his mid-30s.However, Brown is the same age as Jones, a fact that lends support to the case for Jones to be paid like Brown was when his contract was acquired by the Raiders via trade. The ex-Steeler’s deal was fortified to the tune of an additional $11 million.The problem for Dimitroff is he apparently boxed himself in when he took $2.9 million from Jones‘ 2019 base salary and pushed it up to 2018 in order to get the receiver to report to camp last August. The GM did so with a promise to do an extension this year. Now Jones’ salaries of $9.6 million this season and $11.426 million in 2020 lag even further behind those of Thomas, Beckham and Brown.MORE: NFL’s highest-paid players; Thomas joins Beckham on listI can empathize with Dimitroff. As the Vikings’ GM, I was in a similar position when I extended Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter in 1998. At 32, Carter was coming off his sixth straight Pro Bowl season, and he had set an NFL record with 122 catches four years earlier.Carter was an integral part of our prolific offense in Minnesota, and I felt that rewarding him was important to show our players how hard work and great play would result in a great contract. I made Carter equal to the highest-paid receivers at the time with his five-year, $26 million deal, and he played up to the contract with several more Pro Bowl seasons. He also mentored a young Randy Moss in the latter’s Rookie of the Year season.The bucks are a lot bigger these days, thus creating a bigger risk for Dimitroff and the Falcons. But as was the case for me with Carter, I think Dimitroff must negotiate a market-setting deal for Jones.And the Falcons GM can feel the same way I did; that he will be paying big money for a player who has been consistently productive and durable over most of his career. In this era of the diva wide receiver, Julio Jones doesn’t fit the mold. He is not a flamboyant headline-seeker, yet his numbers suggest he is the best wide receiver in the NFL.Unlike Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown, who make life stressful for their team owners, general managers and coaches with their on- and off-field antics, Jones is the model player and teammate. But that doesn’t mean he is happy with his contractcenter_img Perhaps the Falcons were waiting to see whether the Saints would give Thomas the $20 million-plus-per-year extension he reportedly was seeking.In any event, and despite any age concerns, Atlanta wants a happy Julio Jones lining up on opening day in Minnesota on Sept. 8. And a three-year extension with at least the $20 million per year Thomas got in new money (including guaranteed money in excess of $40 million) would make that vision a reality.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.last_img read more

When does the Premier League return? Date, TV schedule & more to know about EPL’s restart

first_imgThe league will return, albeit with empty stadiums and players and staff regularly tested to assure the return to competitive soccer does not promote spread of the virus. The games are expected to be played mostly at home venues, a condition teams involved in the fight to avoid relegation had agitated to ensure. They expressed that sacrificing home-field advantage was too extreme given the stakes involved, even if there would be no audience to aid the cause. But league officials still allow that some games could be played at neutral sites because of concern about fans congregating outside stadiums in gatherings that would violate the notion of quarantining (and possibly government regulations) relative to the coronavirus crisis.The announcement that EPL action would resume with two games June 17 — Arsenal at Manchester City and Sheffield United at Aston Villa — and then a full slate of games the weekend of June 19-21 means Liverpool almost certainly will win its first Premier League championship since the founding of the league in 1992-93. Despite the lack of suspense about which team will become champion, there are plenty of compelling competitions within the league to capture our attention. Here’s everything soccer fans need to know about the return of the Premier League, including the restart date and a full TV schedule to watch matches in the United States.When does the Premier League return?Date: Wednesday, June 17The Premier League is scheduled to return on June 17 with a special Wednesday doubleheader, ending the league’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic after 100 days.When the shutdown took effect March 13, four days after Leicester City had slapped Aston Villa with a 4-0 defeat, every team but four had completed 29 games of the 38-game season. To allow the remainder of the season to progress symmetrically, the league will have Arsenal visit Man City and Sheffield United travel to Aston Villa for the reopeners.The league generally has scheduled the majority of its games in a single window (10 a.m. ET, which is 3 p.m. in England) to help protect the gate at the various stadiums. With fans unable to enter, the league will contest games one at a time so fans, if they wish, can watch every one on television.The schedule of game windows will be: Fridays, 3 p.m. ET; Saturdays: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. ET; Sundays 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. ET and Mondays, 3 p.m. ET.Premier League schedule 2020The complete schedule for the return of the Premier League has not yet been announced. Kickoff times and TV information will be added when they are available.Wednesday, June 17MatchTimeTV channelArsenal at Manchester CityTBDTBDSheffield United at Aston VillaTBDTBDHow to watch EPL games in the USANBC Sports has rights to Premier League broadcasts in the United States. It typically broadcasts three select games on Saturdays and two on Sundays on the NBC Sports Network, better known as NBCSN. Some prime early afternoon games are broadcast on NBC’s main network. When there are multiple games in a single window and some are not chosen for television, there is a pay-service package called NBC Sports Gold that accommodates the rest.NBC made NBC Sports Gold free during COVID-19 quarantine, but that offer is scheduled to expire at the end of May. You can also stream EPL games with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.NBC has not yet announced whether it can or will place the entire EPL schedule on television when the league returns.Soccer fans in Canada will be able to stream Premier League games live with a subscription to DAZN.When can soccer fans return to EPL stadiums?As the Premier League discussed “Project Restart” to complete the 2019-20 season, it was a given the games would be played with no spectators allowed, as has been the case in the successful return of Germany’s Bundesliga, which resumed play May 16.In an interview with Sky Sports, however, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters expressed “optimism” fans would be permitted to return during the 2020-21 season but that their return will be in phases”Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards,” Masters told Sky. “We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.”Premier League standingsBelow are the Premier League standings as of March 13, the date of the last EPL game played before the coronavirus shutdown:ClubWDLPTS1. Liverpool2711822. Manchester City1837573. Leicester City1658534. Chelsea1469485. Manchester United1298456. Wolverhampton10136437. Sheffield United11107438. Tottenham11810419. Arsenal91364010. Burnley116123911. Crystal Palace109103912. Everton107123713. Newcastle United98123514. Southampton104153415. Brighton611122916. West Ham United76162717. Watford69142718. AFC Bournemouth76162719. Aston Villa74172520. Norwich City561821Liverpool has lost exactly two games in the past two seasons, compiling a record of 57 victories, two defeats and eight draws in that period. To lose the Premier League now, LFC likely would have to go 0-9 while Man City would have to be nearly perfect, no worse than 8-0-1.That possibility is pretty much null and void.But there are plenty of other tight races to follow: Champions League positions: With second-place Manchester City currently banned from European competition, Leicester City (53 points), Chelsea (48) and Manchester Uniteed currently occupy the automatic qualifying positions, but Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United (43 each) are close behind and Tottenham Hotspur (41)  and Arsenal (40) are in the chase. Man City are appealing the ban, however, and have a June date to be heard in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Europa League positions: Those two spots currently belong to Wolves and Sheffield United, with Spurs and Arsenal in pursuit, but they’re certainly also in reach for Burnley and Crystal Palace (39 points each).Relegation: A fierce battle that was a large part of “boardroom” discussions regarding the restart now will return to the field, with Bournemouth AFC (27 points), Aston Villa (25) and Norwich CIty (21) in the drop zone but Watford and West Ham United (27 each) plus Brighton and Hove Albion (29) trying to remain safe. “Null and void” is null and void. The Premier League is coming back.During the months to date of the COVID-19 quarantine shutdown, there had been an online campaign among rivals of Liverpool FC to have the 2019-20 season canceled permanently and the accumulated results discarded because they relished the idea of LFC, two wins from a title, being denied. They came to be known, informally, as the “null and void brigade.”last_img read more

Costa ends Europa League dream for Wenger and Arsenal

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Diego Costa killed Arsene Wenger’s last hope of a glorious Arsenal farewell as his goal sent Atletico Madrid through to the Europa League final on Thursday.Wenger’s 250th European fixture with Arsenal also to proved to be his last, decided by a typically ruthless finish from Costa, who delivered the sort of barnstorming display defenders must have nightmares about.Arsenal’s defence, fragile and nervous throughout, were particularly susceptible and this 1-0 defeat, 2-1 on aggregate, means Wenger’s final season in charge will end with his team missing out on Champions League qualification for a second year in a row.For all his domestic achievements, Wenger will also depart without a European trophy to his name and it remains to be seen how sitting outside the continent’s premier tournament will affect Arsenal’s pursuit of a new coach, and players, this summer.More immediately, there was the concerning sight of Laurent Koscielny being carried off on a stretcher in the 12th minute after the defender went down, with nobody near him, clutching his left Achilles.Arsenal and France now face an anxious wait, with the start of the World Cup just over a month away.Koscielny’s exit made a tough task all the more difficult for Arsenal, who were always going to be up against it at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Atletico have not lost in the league all season and not conceded a goal since January. It was perhaps also telling that Costa’s physicality and Atletico’s defensive rigour ultimately proved decisive, two qualities Wenger’s Arsenal in recent years have so lacked. Costa was hunting Arsenal’s back four from the outset as he wrestled past Koscielny, knocked over Nacho Monreal before firing wide with only David Ospina to beat.Koscielny was substituted soon after, replaced by Calum Chambers, but Arsenal enjoyed one of their best spells midway through the half, dominating possession and reducing Atletico to a series of rushed clearances.– Clinical Costa –At the back, however, they were shaky, as Ospina had balls booted out of his grasp by his teammates on more than one occasion while their passing out of the back was too often careless.By the end of the half, Atletico had regained the ascendancy and in injury-time, they struck. Granit Xhaka’s weak header put Arsenal on the back foot and Antoine Griezmann threaded through to Costa.He held off Hector Bellerin with ease before coolly finishing past Ospina.Arsenal came again after the interval. Aaron Ramsey bundled his way through but the ball would not fall for him six yards out while Mesut Ozil flashed too sumptuous deliveries across the face of goal.Griezmann could have put the tie to bed after Costa had turned Shkodran Mustafi inside out but the defender recovered just in time to block.A vintage Costa performance would not be complete without a scuffle and he provided it when Mustafi tried too enthusiastically to grab the ball off him for a free-kick.Both players were booked and when Costa was substituted soon after, the striker was given a standing ovation.Arsenal piled forward late on in search of an equaliser but in truth, their night ended without them really creating a clear-cut chance.When the final whistle blew, Wenger marched straight down the tunnel as around him, Atletico’s celebrations began.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Gov. DeSantis to Officials: Laid-off Workers Should Get Retro Benefits

first_imgLaid-off workers in the Sunshine State should get money going retroactively to the day they tried to file, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Wednesday.Since the middle of last month, thousands of workers who have been laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic have attempted to file claims with the Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) CONNECT system.In many cases, they were unable to access the overwhelmed system.DeSantis did not take action to make the additional payments a requirement. According to state law, benefits are typically calculated from the date an unemployment application is filed.“If someone was trying to apply last Wednesday and the system wasn’t really working, you should count that as the day,” the governor told reporters. He says he also shared that sentiment with the DEO. In recent days, the state has reassigned hundreds of government employees to help process claims. It is also establishing a system to distribute and receive paper applications, which are already available through some libraries.Additionally, Gov. DeSantis has hired a private call center firm, waived several requirements that applicants must meet in order to expedite the filing process, and had more than 70 servers added to the state’s unemployment system to handle the large number of claims being submitted.last_img read more

Syracuse’s Ennis gets phone call from VP Joe Biden

first_imgSyracuse’s Tyler Ennis (11) shoots 3-pointer between Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright (3) and Josh Newkirk, left, in the final second of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis of top-ranked Syracuse is basking in some praise after his game-winning shot against Pittsburgh.Vice President Joe Biden called Ennis on Thursday to congratulate him on his “amazing 35-foot buzzer beater” that kept the Orange unbeaten. The vice president’s office tweeted a photograph of Biden at his desk while on the phone with Ennis. Biden received his law degree from Syracuse University.Ennis took an inbounds pass with 4.4 seconds left on Wednesday night, dribbled into Pittsburgh territory and split two defenders before launching a high, arcing shot that swished as time expired. It gave Syracuse a 58-56 victory, a school-record 24th win in a row.last_img read more