Germany already dealing with second coronavirus wave: Doctors’ union

first_imgTopics : Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors’ union said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday.The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases has ticked up steadily in recent weeks, with health experts warning lax adherence to hygiene and distancing rules among some of the public is spreading the virus across communities.”We are already in a second, shallow upswing,” Susanne Johna, president of Marburger Bund, which represents doctors in Germany, told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper. She said there was a danger that a longing to return to normality and a suppression of containment measures would fritter away the success Germany had achieved so far, urging people to stick to social distancing and hygiene rules and wear masks.Europe’s biggest economy has so far withstood the pandemic with far fewer deaths than some large neighbors like France and Italy, owing to widespread testing, a well-equipped healthcare system and good adherence to social distancing.The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 879 to 211,281, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by eight to 9,156, the tally showed.Johna said hospitals were prepared and would make intensive care beds available to COVID-19 patients on a staggered basis, while at the same time gradually reducing the number of planned admissions to normal wards.According to the DIVI intensive care register there are almost 21,000 intensive care beds in Germany, of which some 12,200 are currently free. As of Monday, there were 270 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, of whom 130 were being ventilated. last_img read more

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​Irish government sidesteps questions on funding reform

first_imgThe comments come after the country’s High Court recently found in favour of the trustees of the Omega Pharma DB plan, which requested a €2.2m sponsor payment prior to wind-up despite being fully funded under the MFS.Martin Clarke, partner at LCP, last month said trustees were realising the MFS was an “unreasonably low” guarantee and suggested the standard might need to be revised.However, the DSP spokeswoman said both administrative and legislative changes in recent years had been implemented to allow sponsors and trustees to “address the funding difficulties facing many schemes”.“The Pensions Authority is working with the trustees of defined benefit pension schemes, particularly schemes in a weak funding position, to help them achieve a sustainable funding position,” she added.The spokeswoman also did not say whether the DSP would ask the Pensions Council, soon to be in charge of regulatory matters following changes to the regulatory architecture, to review the MFS.She said the up to 12-strong Council would be in place “in the near future”, and that applications for its membership were currently being considered.The DSP previously told IPE that 56 applications to fill the remaining 4-8 seats on the Council had been received.The remaining members will be drawn from the DSP, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Central Bank of Ireland.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton earlier this year put forward Jim Murray, former director of the European Consumers Organisation, as her nominee to chair the Council.His appointment has yet to be formalised. Ireland’s Department of Social Protection (DSP) has stressed the responsibility of employers and trustees to ensure defined benefit (DB) funds are sustainable, thereby sidestepping questions about the need for reform of the regulatory framework in the wake of a recent High Court ruling.Asked by IPE if the minimum funding standard (MFS) was in need of review, despite only being amended in 2012, a department spokeswoman declined to answer directly.Instead, she said the existence of the MFS should not be seen as the “central issue in relation to whether a scheme is properly funded”.“Rather, the responsibility rests with the employer and the trustees for ensuring the scheme is properly funded and managed,” she said. last_img read more

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PGGM takes stake in sea lock to port of Amsterdam

first_imgPGGM, asset manager for the €161bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, has taken a stake in a sea lock to be built at IJmuiden, entrance to the port of Amsterdam. It made the investment in the Noordersluis through its joint venture with construction company BAM.The OpenIJ consortium – comprising the BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Co-operative, construction company VolkerWessels and infrastructure investor DIF – has been awarded the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new lock for a 26-year period.Construction is to start next year, and completion is scheduled for 2019. Maurice Wilbrink, spokesman for PGGM, declined to specify the expected returns or scale of PGGM’s stake in the project, citing competition concerns.Last February, the asset manager increased its commitment to the joint venture by €140m to €480m, raising its total committed assets to €600m.The financing of new projects is done on an 80/20 basis across the two players, with PGGM taking the larger stake and BAM the smaller.PGGM entered the joint venture in 2011 to generate stable and inflation-related long-term returns.It also cited the ability to invest in infrastructure directly, and to increase its “grip” on its own portfolio and the criteria for socially responsible investment.Wilbrink said the sea lock was the joint venture’s seventh infrastructure project in the Netherlands.Previously, it participated in the renovation of the office of a former ministry, as well as the construction of a new office for the Hoge Raad, the Netherlands’ most senior legal college.Since 2011, the BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Co-operative has invested in 25 projects, including schools and courthouses in Ireland, roads in Germany and Ireland, two rail projects in Belgium and a hospital in Germany.Its participation varied from acquiring 50% of concessionary rights for management and maintenance of a German motorway to the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a secondary road in Ireland.last_img read more

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Rodgers joins Man Utd interest for Coutinho

first_img Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreShockingly, Some Foods We Eat Every Day Have A Bizarre BeginningA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better And those in contact with Coutinho’s minders now include United and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester. Rodgers first signed Coutinho for Liverpool and remains a big fan. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also keen, though bringing the Brazil international to Old Trafford is a long shot given his Liverpool connections. Read Also:Coutinho costing Bayern Munich £563,000 per game Barca will be seeking €50-60m to sell Coutinho this summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Manchester United and Leicester City are interested in Barcelona midfielder, Philippe Coutinho. Bayerrn ace Continho costs £563,000 per 90 minutes. Currently in the second of a two-season loan with Bayern Munich, Coutinho is set to return to Barca this summer with the Germans showing little interest in signing the midfielder permanently. Sport says a return to the Premier League is the most likely option for the former Liverpool star.Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Art of Pitching

first_imgWhen old pitching coaches used to talk about what a pitcher was doing wrong, they would use terms like “he’s flying open”, he’s not using his legs”, “his arm angle is too low”.  Today if you are a pitching coach, you use terms like bio-mechanics, kinesiology, high-speed cameras, and military lasers.  In other words, you are no longer that grizzly veteran, but a scientist.In a report to the manager, you may see terms like “elevated distal humerus”, “crossing the acromial line”, and other anatomy terms.  By the way, the distal humerus is a bone in your elbow.  Crossing the acromial line is the arm angle at which a pitcher releases the ball.  All of these terms are part of Derek Johnson’s pitching philosophy.  He was the Cubs pitching coach at one time.  What you can be sure of is that baseball is like all sports today–they are a true science and will continue to get more technical as the years go by.last_img read more

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Redbird SRA closing for upgrades March 11

first_imgLynnville, In. — Major upgrades and overhauls are coming to Redbird State Recreation Area, which became the DNR’s first property for off-road vehicle (ORV) nearly 15 years ago.Construction is starting March 4. The property will close to the public on March 11 and remain closed until early summer. Originally, the project wasn’t going to start until spring. The earlier start will allow for earlier completion.Among the improvements are new trails, major trail repair and reroutes, and paved access from County Road 350 N to Whitetail Shelter. The goal is to complete the project in one phase, which helps reduce total cost and keeps property closure to a minimum.While Redbird is closed, property staff will add approximately 5 miles of new dirt bike trail, reroute trails 0 and 3 to avoid conflict with traffic on the new pavement, and rebuild multiple trails that sustained damage during the wet 2018 season. Staff will also add amenities such as trail-side rest areas at scenic vistas. Other plans include increasing signage and adding new trail designations to help visitors better navigate the property and avoid areas beyond their skill level.The projects will not adversely affect features that are visitor favorites, but will improve parking and dust control at Power Line Hill and Whitetail Shelter.During the shutdown, user groups are encouraged volunteer at the property. Volunteering offers a unique opportunity to help while there are no visitors on the trails. Anyone interested should call Redbird SRA at 812-847-0146.While Redbird is being worked on, ORV enthusiasts may want to explore the DNR’s other ORV riding property, Interlake SRA, just over an hour south, near Lynnville. Interlake offers 3,500 acres and more than 100 miles of ORV trails.For more information about the Redbird State Recreation Area click here.last_img read more

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Eight organizations receive DCREMC grants

first_imgGreensburg, IN — Decatur County REMC (DCREMC) awarded eight local organizations with Operation Roundup grant funds from the DCREMC Community Trust. Due to COVID restrictions, DCREMC did not host a recognition breakfast to honor the recipients as in the past. They chose organizations this round based on the impact of the work done through each organization that was sustainable and could continue to grow. Organizations receiving funding this cycle include Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry for meat and game processing, Youth to Yellowstone for funding to educational trips for underserved students to Yellowstone National Park, Ripley County Humane Society for lawn maintenance equipment, Boyscouts Troop 634 for updates to correct mold and decay issues at the meeting facility, Champions of Youth for a portable building to support programs, Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a generator, Developmental Services Inc. for education and enrichment kits for the Jennings County day program, and Central House of Napoleon for building repair and instructional art and science classes for youth and adults.last_img read more

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Brady ready for defensive duty

first_img He said: “Over the last couple of years, I have been a bit more accustomed to the role. I have played there quite a bit, so if he calls upon me on Sunday and needs me to play left-back, I’ll play left-back and I’ll give 110 per cent, and hopefully we can come away with the result we need. “It’s definitely a change, but it’s just concentration more than anything else. It’s just work on the mind more than the body. You know how quick and how strong you are, it’s just getting your positioning right. “The more I play there, the more comfortable I feel. I have played there quite a bit and I will be ready to play there if that’s where he needs me to play.” Indeed, Brady views the prospect of having to adapt his game to another position as one which can only benefit his career in the longer term. He said: “You need to learn new things if you are going to push on in the game, and hopefully that’s just another string to my bow. Hopefully I can show that in the upcoming games and many years to come.” Brady has played only minutes of football in more than a month after damaging a calf muscle in training with his club, although he admits the prospect of pulling on the green shirt against the Poles was a major motivation in his quicker-than-expected recovery. He said: “When it happened, one of the first things that popped into my head was this game. I was looking forward to getting ready for it and that just put a bit of a bump in the road. “But I feel great, I have done everything I needed to do and I have got back for a game that I really wanted to be playing in. “It felt quite bad at the time, so I knew I’d done something that was going to put me out of playing. I’d just had a good run of games up to it, so it was just disappointing. “When I went in, I had to wait for two days for the blood to settle down and then go and get my scan, and I think they said four to six weeks and I got back in just under three, so that was good.” Press Association The 23-year-old Hull winger could yet be asked to fill in at left-back having slotted into that position to spectacular effect in November’s 4-1 friendly victory over the USA, in which he scored twice. Brady could be required with Stephen Ward still battling to shake off the after-effects of a broken ankle, but he insists he will be happy to be cast in the role of emergency defender if manager Martin O’Neill calls upon him. center_img Robbie Brady is ready to put himself in the firing line as the Republic of Ireland attempt to derail Poland’s charge for the Euro 2016 finals. last_img read more

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Former cheerleader found not guilty of killing her newborn baby

first_imgA former high school cheerleader accused of killing her newborn baby was found not guilty of all murder-related charges.Brooke ‘Skylar’ Richardson was found not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the case, which has gone on for more than two years, since the remains of her newborn daughter, Annabelle, were found buried in her Ohio backyard.On Friday, she was found guilty of abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of her newborn daughter and sentenced to three years of basic supervision.Richardson, now 20, will serve not serve any more jail time.Despite the verdict, the judge told Richardson he believed she is responsible for the death of her baby.She spoke out in the court for the first time saying, “she is forever sorry.”It is the conclusion of what her attorneys called a “nightmare” tabloid saga for the teen with gruesome details of the case including recanted allegations that Richardson burned the baby’s corpse.Immediately after being acquitted of murder, Richardson was rushed to the hospital for treatment for an eating disorder.According to her attorneys, she weighs only 89 pounds and is losing her hair.Richardson’s lawyers argued for her release following the verdict so she could get immediate care.Baby Annabelle will finally be laid to rest a Richardson family plot where both families can visit.last_img read more

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Syracuse football can’t overcome early 21-point hole in 62-28 loss to Louisville

first_img“What we needed to do offensively when it came to the second half is find a way to get a touchdown,” Babers said, “find a way to get to 35, to make it where they felt like they were in the game“As long as they’re sitting at 14, they’re not tightening up and then eventually they got away from us.”After the 21-point outburst by Louisville, it scored 27 non-garbage time points. Syracuse used four quick-strike drives that took a combined 9:33 to travel 298 yards to get itself back into the game.Quarterback Eric Dungey found Brisly Estime wide open in the first quarter to stop the Cardinals’ 21-point run, then SU used two second-quarter Amba Etta-Tawo touchdowns to keep the game within 14 points. Late in the third-quarter, SU cut the deficit to 14 points again after Dungey ran a quarterback sneak into the end zone. Each drive boosted the crowd noise a bit, and SU gained a little rhythm once it found success the first time.Syracuse followed up the Dungey drive by pinning the Cardinals into a 3rd-and-18 and brought pressure. The defensive line collapsed around Jackson and linebacker Zaire Franklin blitzed through the line. Jackson sidestepped Franklin and Jonathan Thomas, cut through his offensive line and juked Carl Jones to get out of a tackle.The run went for 33 yards.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor“When I think of his performance today, it’s really just him being a really good player,” Franklin said. “It was more guys were there and guys were in position … It kind of didn’t matter.”Though the drive didn’t result in a touchdown, every time SU got within a fingertip of Jackson or Louisville, both seemed to escape SU’s grasp. The Orange didn’t have the speed or physical ability to keep up with either.By the end of the game, it became apparent SU couldn’t make up a three-score deficit within a quarter’s time. On consecutive drives, UofL handed the ball to Brandon Radcliff and Jeremy Smith. The two running backs took runs 48 and 30 yards, respectively, for touchdowns.They both went untouched.Babers stared ahead with his hands again behind his back.In the end, all he could do was what he had done before. Comments Related Stories Storify: Syracuse fans react to 62-28 loss against LouisvilleSyracuse football: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s blowout 62-28 loss to LouisvilleStorify: Twitter reacts to Lamar Jackson dominating Syracuse defense Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 10, 2016 at 3:03 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse wrestled with the first five minutes it played against Louisville for the next 55.First Lamar Jackson’s split Kielan Whitner and Antwan Cordy with a throw down the seam to James Quick on the first play of the game. Jackson set up a 7-yard touchdown run with a 61-yard pass on the next drive. He finished up his tear with a 72-yard run through SU’s defense.After that first touchdown, Dino Babers walked away from the Louisville end zone, holding his hands behind his back, and stared up at the video board. He paced a few yards, placed his hands on his hips and watched a replay of Quick racing past Cordy and reeling in the pass from Jackson.The play action fake had sucked the SU’s safety in and the sound out of the crowd before the anticipation for the Orange’s matchup with Louisville could be fully realized.“That’s like our worst-case scenario situation,” Whitner said. “ That’s like our worst nightmare.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) never fully recovered in the 62-28 loss to No. 13 Louisville (2-0, 1-0) on Friday night in the Carrier Dome. SU made the game competitive after it was shredded for 219 yards on three drives in five minutes, but it could never cut into the three-score lead enough to make a difference. The Orange came close a few times, facing just a 14-point deficit at halftime and for a period of the third quarter.The Cardinals  left a comeback open for the Orange with drive-stifling dropped passes, turnovers and nearly wasted the work Jackson had done to give UofL a head start. Jackson’s lone mistake was an interception he threw right at the end of the first half to safety Daivon Ellison. In the game, Louisville broke SU’s record for yards allowed, broke the ACC’s record for yards in a game and looked just as potent as it had against Charlotte a week earlier.MORE COVERAGE:Twitter reacts to Lamar Jackson torching SU’s defenseThree takeaways from Syracuse’s blowout loss to LouisvilleSyracuse community reacts to the Orange’s 34-point losslast_img read more

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