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Serie A group training gets all clear, season decision May 28

Topics : “The important thing will be to restart with the firm intention of completing the championship, then the federations will decide the modalities and formats to be adopted.”The revised protocol will allow group training, but not oblige players to remain permanently in the team’s sports center.In the case of a positive test only the infected player will be placed in two-week’s quarantine, while the team group will be placed in isolation, and monitored, but can continue to train together.FIGC president Gravina praised the decision “as a decisive step on the path of restarting football in Italy”.The Italian season has been on hold since March 9 amid the pandemic which has killed more than 32,000 people in Italy.Serie A teams have been training individually since May 4, and had been hoping to return to competition on June 13.The FIGC pushed that date back to June 14 on Monday in line with a government decree that all sports competitions be suspended until next month. Italy’s Serie A teams have been given the green light to resume group training but will have to wait until May 28 to know whether the season can resume, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Tuesday.Spadafora told Italian television that government scientists had accepted the Italian football federation’s (FIGC) revised health protocol.”The Scientific Technical Committee have approved the FIGC protocol for the resumption of team training,” Spadafora told Rai. “It is excellent news, collective training can now resume. “The FIGC have reviewed its first proposal with clarifications on the quarantine time in case of a positive test, but above all the famous initial self-isolation is avoided.”Spadafora said he has slated a meeting on May 28 with FIGC president Gabriele Gravina and Lega Serie A chief Paolo Dal Pino to decide on the return to competition.”We will then decide if and when Serie A will restart,” he said.  read more

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Five Indonesians may face death in Malaysia for allegedly smuggling 230 kg of marijuana

first_img“Section 39b carries the death penalty, and thus our mission [in Malaysia] will provide legal assistance for the five Indonesian nationals through our embassy’s lawyers,” Judha said on Friday.The Indonesian Consulate General in Penang had been notified of the arrest on July 27 and had written to the APMM on the same day to seek consular access to the detained Indonesians, he said.Citing information from the APMM, Judha said the five Indonesians were currently undergoing a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.”We are hoping that the Indonesian Consulate General in Penang can immediately get consular access [to the detained citizens],” he added. (afr)Topics : Five Indonesian citizens in Malaysia are facing a possible death penalty for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of 230 kilograms of marijuana, the Foreign Ministry has said.The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) arrested the five onboard two wooden boats carrying the cannabis in waters off Langkawi on July 25, according to the ministry’s director for citizen protection, Judha Nugraha.They were charged for violating Section 39b of Malaysia’s 1952 Dangerous Drugs Act.last_img read more

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UK opposition ramps up pressure on government over DC charge cap delay

first_imgThe amendment, put forward by Lord Browne and Baronness Drake, both Labour peers, and Lord Turner, a cross-bencher and former chair of the Pensions Commission, compels ministers to lay regulations restricting charges before Parliament before the end of April 2015.This follows recent statements from the shadow government, which called on prime minister David Cameron to ensure the charge cap was implemented, to protect savers.The sudden ramp-up in pressure over charges in auto-enrolment schemes comes after the current pensions minister, Steve Webb, announced a postponement of the cap by one year.Originally, the government began consulting on capping charges in late 2013, with expected implementation of a cap – of between 75 and 100 basis points – by April 2014.However, the minister admitted the cap was too complex, and that enforcing it from April would be unfair to those currently going through auto-enrolment.In response to this, opposition party members berated the government, accusing it of bowing to lobbying by the insurance industry.Labour pensions spokesmen Gregg McClymont said the move was characteristic of the government, and questioned its commitment to implementing a cap in the future.Minister Steve Webb has consistently denied cancelling the cap altogether, and said one would be implemented by April 2015 at the latest.However, with political parties gearing up for a general election in May 2015, doubts remain over how much the Department for Work & Pensions can get through Parliament before it is dismissed.It is unclear whether the amendment will remain in the Bill before its ascent into law by the summer.The coalition government also control the second chamber, meaning the amendment could get voted down before its final publication.In addition to the political debate, analysis from the government showed current charges within DC schemes are higher than previous estimates, with some falling above proposed capped levels. Members of the UK opposition party have increased pressure on the government after it postponed the implementation of a cap on charges, by tabling amendments to pensions legislation passing through Parliament.The Pensions Bill, which is currently passing through the UK House of Lords, Parliament’s second chamber, is expected to become law by the summer.Within it lies the legislative perimeter allowing the government to impose a cap on charges for defined contribution (DC) auto-enrolment schemes.However, after the government backed down on imposing a cap by April 2014, the opposition party, which has long supported a cap on charges, tabled an amendment forcing action by ministers.last_img read more

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€21bn pension merger back on track as transport sector schemes agree terms

first_imgSPF, which took the initiative to restart the merger talks, said the agreement could significantly contribute to its mission, vision and strategy, as well as retaining the connection with the public transport sector.It also cited improved options for cost reduction, board continuity and expertise as well as innovation of products and services.The railways scheme had already improved its sustainability by simplifying its pension plan and asset management policy. It had also moved IT to the cloud for cost and security reasons.SPOV made clear that it needed to grow in order to keep costs down and efficiently implement its pension arrangements. Back on track: SPF and SPOV have agreed to a merger after talks in 2016 collapsedAccording to the pension funds, final decisions on the merger will be made in the autumn of this year, with the merged scheme expected to become operational at the end of 2019. The integration of SPF Beheer was scheduled to be completed at the end of 2020.The pension funds – which have 104,000 members and 93 employers between them – said they wanted to integrate SPF Beheer into the new organisation. They said they were currently working with the provider to improve efficiency and the security of its IT services.SPOV said that the project management of the latter would be outsourced, while the fiduciary arrangements at SPF Beheer would also be improved.At year-end, funding of SPF and SPOV stood at 115.1% and 109,1%, respectively, which enabled them to grant their participants and pensioners inflation-linked payments of 0.64% and 0.14%, respectively.SPF’s investment portfolio lost 0.8% in 2018, while SPOV lost 0.7%.SPF reported administration costs per participant of €118, and spent 39bps on asset management and 6bps on transactions.SPOV said its costs per participant amounted to €142, after negotiations with SPF Beheer resulted in a €24-per-person discount.Its asset management and transaction costs were 43bps and 7bps, respectively. Dutch railways pension fund SPF and public transport scheme SPOV have agreed to merge, creating a €21bn sector scheme.The pension funds planned to integrate their shared asset manager and administrator SPF Beheer in the deal, they indicated in their annual reports for 2018.Earlier merger talks between SPF and SPOV collapsed in 2016 after the schemes concluded that a merger would not provide sufficient benefits for their participants.The €3.9bn SPOV, being the smaller partner, in particular feared that it would lose its identity and questioned the quality and continuity of service provision by SPF Beheer.last_img read more

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Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake.

first_img 55 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Food & DiningLifestyle Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake. by: – June 30, 2011 Fireworks will go off when your guests bite into this flavorful chocolate and cherry cake.Frosted with a powdered sugar icing, this isn’t just for Independence Day; this cake will be a hit year-round.You can either bake it in a rectangular baking pan or two nine-inch round cake pans.Add a maraschino or bing cherry on top for the perfect garnish.Ingredients:1 pkg. 2-layer size German chocolate cake mixCherry cola1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger1 tsp. finely shredded lime peel1 recipe Celebration Icing10 to 12 dark sweet cherries with stems Sharecenter_img Share Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions except substitute cherry cola for the liquid called for and add ground ginger and lime peel. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.Use a serrated knife to cut top of cake level. Trim edges of cake. Discard trimmed pieces. Cut cake in half lengthwise into two 13×4-1/2-inch rectangles. Place one rectangle on a serving platter. Spread with tinted icing. Top with second rectangle. Spread with white icing. Refrigerate cake for 1 hour or until icing is set. Wrap cake in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours before serving. Top each slice with a cherry. Makes 10 to 12 servings.Celebration Icing: This recipe is based a 1-lb. box (about 41/2 cups) of powdered sugar. In a medium mixing bowl beat 1/3 cup butter with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in 3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in 2 cups powdered sugar. Divide the mixture in half. Tweet Recipe source:  Better Homes and Gardenslast_img read more

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Queensland’s Gold Coast chosen to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games

first_img Share NewsSports Queensland’s Gold Coast chosen to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games by: – November 15, 2011 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Map of Queensland Gold Coast. Image via: lonelyplanet.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Australia was celebrating on Saturday after Queensland’s Gold Coast was chosen to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games over Sri Lanka’s Hambantota.“Queensland we did it!!” state Premier Anna Bligh tweeted from St Kitts on Friday evening. “We got back up again & we won the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”Speaking after the vote, an emotional Bligh said she knew many delegates had been torn about which city to choose.“I think the vote reflected that this was a very close contest,” she said in comments quoted by Australian news agency AAP.“Twenty-seven countries in the Commonwealth believed Hambantota was the best bid and I think that’s a great credit to them.“It also means if there were eight or nine delegates who changed their mind from the Gold Coast then the Games would be in Sri Lanka – that’s very close,” said Bligh, who hours earlier had paid a courtesy call on St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard welcomed the news which she said would present a huge economic opportunity for Queensland’s second largest city.“All Australia will be looking forward to hosting the Commonwealth Games,” she told reporters at the APEC summit in Hawaii.Thousands of people gathered at Gold Coast’s Broadwater Parklands erupted in jubilation as the announcement was shown live from the Commonwealth Games Federation’s general assembly in the Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis.“My sincere congratulations to Gold Coast — theirs was a fantastic bid and they are a very, very worthy winner,” federation president Michael Fennell said after the 70 nations and territories in attendance voted 43 to 27 for the city.“Hambantota was also a very strong bid, and we have a duty to take the Games to new places, but the bid needs to be the right thing for the Commonwealth Games movement at the right time,” Fennell said.Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse congratulated Australia and said his nation would aim to do well at the games despite the failed bid.“This should serve as an added encouragement for them to go to Gold Coast and do very well,” Rajapakse said.Gold Coast, a sub-tropical tourist hotspot that is home to more than 500,000 people, promised to provide a stark contrast to last year’s host and its “low-risk” message won over delegates.Australia said hosting the Commonwealth Games for the fifth time, becoming the only nation ever to do so, would allow it to showcase its ability to host major international sporting events and be a shot in the arm for tourism.Gold Coast is in the southeast of Queensland, a state which is coming back from devastating floods almost a year ago, which swamped tens of thousands of homes and briefly shut down the state capital Brisbane.Australia has a long association with the Commonwealth Games, hosting the event four times — in Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982) and Melbourne (2006).The country’s biggest city Sydney held the 2000 Olympics and the nation hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2003.Gold Coast is known for its fine weather and long beaches and tourism operators said the Games would help revive the flagging sector hurt by last summer’s floods and the soaring Australian dollar.The Games bring together athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries and the 2014 event is to be held in Glasgow in Scotland. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Sutton handed six-year ban

first_img The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association said Sutton’s offences related to suspicious betting on his match against Scotland’s Jamie Burnett in the qualifying stages of the International Championship. The match, played in Barnsley on September 24 2014, saw Burnett win through 6-0, but suspicious betting patterns were reported to the WPBSA. There is no suggestion Burnett was at fault. Press Association Sutton, a 34-year-old married father of four, was suspended after being charged in February, and his case was heard in Bristol on March 24 by the WPBSA disciplinary committee, with the ruling announced on Wednesday. The WPBSA alleged that bets placed against Sutton by associates of his from the Terry Rogers Snooker Club in Dublin were ” disproportionately and suspiciously large”, adding: “That the betting of these persons was considerably in excess of their previous betting history is a clear indication that they had knowledge of or belief in the outcome of the match.” It said the stakes by the bettors in question amounted to 18,000 euros (£12,700), who stood to recoup 55,000 euros (£39,000), however bookmakers declined to pay out. There were 58 bets placed in the space of 44 minutes, in “a structured and co-ordinated” manner, the WPBSA said. While Sutton protested his innocence, and can appeal, the authority ruled on a balance of probabilities that he ” agreed with and confirmed to a bettor or bettors that he would fix or contrive the result” and to do so by a 6-0 scoreline following a meeting at the Terry Rogers Snooker Club, and went ahead with the fix. The WPBSA said in a statement: ” On Wednesday 20th May 2015, there was a hearing to determine sanction. John Sutton has been sentenced to a suspension of six years from the sport of snooker. The suspension will run from 9th February 2015 when the interim suspension was imposed by the WPBSA. Therefore John Sutton will not be eligible to participate in snooker before 9th February 2021. He has been ordered to pay a contribution towards the WPBSA costs of £5,000.” WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We take no pride in having to deal with such serious issues, however this demonstrates our commitment to ensuring all World Snooker events are competed in a fair and honest manner.” center_img Irish amateur snooker player John Sutton has been banned for six years after the sport’s world governing body found him guilty of match-fixing and misusing inside information.last_img read more

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Federal agents likely permanently blinded by Portland protesters’ lasers

first_imgds President Trump’s press secretary warned, “The Trump administration will not stand by and allow anarchy in our streets.FPS officials have since reportedly purchased protective eyewear for the federal officers to wear.,“A federal agent’s hand was impaled by planted nails, another federal agent was shot with a pellet gun, leaving a wound deep to the bone, and tragically, three federal officers were likely left permanently blinded by the rioters using lasers pointed directly into their eyes,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Friday.All five of the injured federal agents were hurt Monday during ongoing protests at the Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby federal courthouse in Oregon’s largest city. President Trump’s press secretary warned, “The Trump administration will not stand by and allow anarchy in our streets.FPS officials have since reportedly purchased protective eyewear for the federal officers to wear. “A federal agent’s hand was impaled by planted nails, another federal agent was shot with a pellet gun, leaving a wound deep to the bone, and tragically, three federal officers were likely left permanently blinded by the rioters using lasers pointed directly into their eyes,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Friday.All five of the injured federal agents were hurt Monday during ongoing protests at the Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby federal courthouse in Oregon’s largest city.center_img ds According to White House officials, three federal agents who were sent to Portland, Oregon in attempt to put an end to protests were “likely left permanently blinded by rioters using lasers pointed directly into their eyes.”last_img read more

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T&T’s football thrown into chaos as under-fire coach Saintfiet quits after five weeks

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago’s football was thrown into chaos yesterday when men’s head coach Tom Saintfiet dramatically quit the post after just five weeks and four games in charge, citing a lack of support from the country’s Football Association.In a statement dated January 10, the 43-year-old Belgian said his appointment had been “second-guessed” from the first day by FA president David John-Williams and with critical 2018 World Cup qualifiers beckoning in March, did not believe he could succeed “in this environment”.Saintfiet’s sudden departure leaves the FA scrambling for a third head coach in two months following the sacking of Stephen Hart last November.“I would like to inform you all that I have decided to resign, today, Tuesday January 10 2017, as national team coach of Trinidad and Tobago,” Saintfiet said.“Given the mandate to guide the team past Panama and Mexico in the coming World Cup qualifiers of March 2017, I have come to the conclusion that I can’t be successful in this environment.”“From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its president, support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way. I never got the chance to work with the players or staff requested.”He continued: “Perhaps I should have taken this decision right from day one of my appointment, after the president openly second-guessed his own choice of employing me. But I gave him at the TTFA the benefit of the doubt.”“It was an honour and privilege to work for a beautiful nation like Trinidad and Tobago and I wish the players, staff, TTFA, fans and the whole football family the very best.”Saintfiet made an unflattering start to his tenure, losing three of his four games in charge. In a two-match series away to Nicaragua last month, T&T lost the opening friendly 2-1 before winning the second game 3-1.Significantly, however, T&T last week lost both games in the Caribbean Cup playoff series, to miss out on any chance of qualifying for the prestigious CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.They went down 2-1 to Suriname and then succumbed 4-3 to Haiti.When Saintfiet was unveiled last month, John-Williams issued him with an ultimatum of winning the next two World Cup qualifiers or facing the axe.“If he doesn’t get the job done on the 24th (against Panama) and 28th of March 2017 (against Mexico), he will be looking for a job and I make no apologies for saying that,” John-Williams warned at the time.On Wednesday, the TTFA said the search for a new head coach would start immediately.“The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association wishes to advise that Tom Saintfiet issued a letter of resignation as head coach of the National Men’s Senior Team to TTFA president David John-Williams on Tuesday night,” a statement said.“The TTFA president then referred this letter to the Technical Committee of the TTFA and the Committee recommended that Saintfiet’s resignation be accepted and be ratified by the TTFA board.“The Technical Committee has advised that a replacement for the post of Men’s Senior Team head coach will be found in the shortest possible time and the TTFA will make an announcement on this in due course.”Saintfiet was a controversial choice to replace Stephen Hart who was fired last December, after the T&T’s poor start to the CONCACAF final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.He had never held a high-level coaching position nor stayed in one for an extensive period. In fact, his appointment as T&T coach represented his eighth posting in the last nine years following stints with Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi, Togo and Bangladesh.last_img read more

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