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EU seeks reinstated curbs due to virus ‘resurgence’

first_imgTopics : The EU’s health agency Monday urged countries seeing an increase in cases of COVID-19 to reinstate some curbs, warning of a resurgence of cases in parts of Europe.In its latest risk assessment, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said there was evidence that the novel coronavirus was picking up speed.”While many countries are now testing mild and asymptomatic cases, which has resulted in increased case reports, there is a true resurgence in cases in several countries as a result of physical distancing measures being relaxed,” the agency said. The Stockholm-based agency said for those countries seeing an increase “the risk of further escalation of COVID-19 is high.”If those countries fail to implement or reinforce restrictions, the risk was “very high,” it warned.According to the ECDC, countries that had seen the increase after control measures were lifted, “should consider re-instating selected measures through a phased, step-wise and sustainable approach.”The ECDC also said the total number of daily cases, as well as the 14-day incidence rate seemed to be increasing, “although it is currently lower than the first peak which occurred on April 9, 2020.”In the two weeks leading up to August 2, most of the over 100,000 new cases were reported in Spain, Romania, France, the UK and Germany, it said.According to a tally by AFP, over 3 .3 million cases of COVID-19 have so far been recorded in Europe as well as 213,353 deaths.last_img read more

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Timing for master-trust quality framework ‘wrong’, says NAPF

first_imgThis risked even higher costs, she said, as the audit would be difficult and time consuming.“The timing is wrong, too,” Segars said. “This work will hit master trusts just as they are hitting the peak demand from employers because of automatic enrolment.”The ICAEW and the Pensions Regulator should reconsider implementation deadlines, along with the length and number of control objectives, she said. “We believe a shorter framework targeted at the key issues would be more efficient and could be built upon later,” Segars said.Under the draft framework, master trusts are expected to get independent assurance from a chartered accountant every year.It focuses on six areas – main characteristics of scheme design, governance, the people accountable for the scheme, ongoing governance and monitoring, administration and communication to members.The framework includes a number of ‘control objectives’, based on many of the regulator’s DC principles and quality features.The NAPF said the most important thing was to encourage good master trusts and make sure action was taken against poorly run ones.The voluntary audit framework could create extra burdens without solving the underlying problem of poor regulation, Segars said.“We want to see a single regulator, a greater focus on ensuring strong, independent governance and higher barriers to entry,” she said.In its formal response, the NAPF said it has set out members’ concerns over several of the 43 proposed control objectives, including their prescriptive nature and how they would keep up to date as policy changed.Members were also worried expectations or requirements were unclear in some cases, it said. The new draft quality-assurance framework for defined-contribution (DC) ‘master trust’ pensions puts too much of a burden on pension funds – and the timing is wrong, according to the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).The association said it had submitted its formal response to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) consultation on the draft framework, which the institute set out in October in conjunction with the Pensions Regulator.The NAPF said it had already welcomed the regulator and audit profession’s focus on improving the quality of master trusts, and launched its own Pension Quality Mark READY scheme to support this.But Joanne Segars, chief executive of the association, said: “Our consultation response sets out our master trust members’ concerns about the resources the assurance audits will require and the lack of auditors with pensions expertise to carry them out.”last_img read more

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Sunday feature: From Reichenberger to Oxford, high school season ends with a bang

first_img17-02.25 400M 16-03.75 4×400 meter relay   3 Trey Bender               11 ABILENE                  15.21   0.6   6        Jennifer Grado-Leon Triple Jump 4×800 meter relay 141-03 11th 400M   1 Jacoby Greenwood          11 OSAWATOMIE               38.85   10             BOYS: 2:05.74 5th 15th Triple Jump 12:15.92 9th 9th 11:02.81 9th   4 Sean Dennis               12 LOUISBURG                15.41   0.6   5        Event 15th   6 Hank Eck                  12 ANDALE                   41.51    3             14th 34-5.75 Did not make finals. Belle Plaine – 3A (Garden Plain reg.) 110M hurdles 110M hurdles finals 10-00 Colin Reichenberger 200M 8th 10th 8th 3rd 4:38.35 Wellington – Class 4A (Holcomb Regional) 10:03.62 Tanner Balsters Pole vault   5 Christopher Willette      12 WAMEGO                   41.39    4             39.29 Did not run   8 Chase Holub               12 PAOLA                    42.37    1        High jump Tyler Balsters 200M 13th 7th23.69 Triple jump 800M 7th Discus 13th 154-10 6th Caldwell  – 1A (Burlington reg.) 123-10 3200M Mason Misak Faith Gaddie Did not make finals 100M Oxford – 2A (South Barber reg.) 46.82   3 Bradley Hemann            12 HUGOTON                  40.51    6             3rd South Haven – 1A (Burlington reg.) 14.75 35-04.00 Colten Ward 6th   8 Devin McIntosh            12 KC-PIPER                 15.86   0.6   1 Brenton Troutman 3:36.34 Jessica Heidel Timothy Shaffer 16th 8-00 Wellington – 4A (Holcomb reg.) Caldwell – 1A (Burlington reg.) Sara Eckelberry 6th in prelims. 300 hurdles   4 Brendon Horyna            11 TOWANDA-CIRCLE           40.66    5             Shot put Did not run Long jump 4x800M Relay Alex Nicholson Long jump Did not make finals 4×800 meter relay 2nd 52.45 10th None 12th Discus Jaycee Schettler 100M •••••Oxford’s fourth place finishOxford Kyle Green speaks to his players during semifinal game against Medicine Lodge.There was no doubt, the surprise of the spring was the Oxford boys baseball team, which finished fourth in the Class 2-1A state tournament in Great Bend Friday evening.After that wild and crazy Thursday first-round state tournament game, the Wildcats lost to Medicine Lodge 16-6 on Saturday afternoon and 14-1 in the third place game to Salina’s Sacred Heart. It was a strange scenario where the third place game was played after the state championship game because tournament officials worried about rain and wanted to crown a champion as soon as possible.For the first four innings of the state semifinal game, Oxford was most certainly holding its own against the Indians.After a scoreless first two innings, Medicine Lodge scored three runs in the top of the third. But in the bottom half of the inning, Oxford made its move.The Wildcats loaded the bases and two came home on a Neil Terry 2RBI single. Dakota Mitchell then would hit in two more runners giving Oxford a 4-3 lead going into the fourth inning.From that point forward, the Wildcats let the game get away from them. Medicine Lodge would score eight runs to take a 11-4 lead. While Oxford scored two runs to narrow the lead to 11-6, the Indians would score five runs in the top of the sixth to end the game in a run-rule.Oxford used four pitchers in the game.With the third place loss Oxford finished the season at 12-12. Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan would go on to beat Medicine Lodge in three innings 15-0 to win the state championship game.Follow us on Twitter.   1 Jacoby Greenwood          11 OSAWATOMIE               14.62   0.6  10        Jennifer Grado-Leon 400M 4×100  meter relay 4th in prelims. Logan Creek   6 Kamaron Wilson            10 COFF-FLD KINDLEY         15.78   0.6   3        Taylor McGlothlin 7th 7th 1:01.53 5:32.19 3rd 33-11.75 8:45.92 Nelson, Tredway, Schettler, McGlothlin 26.27 Pole vault Argonia – 1A (Garden City reg.) Conway Springs – 3A (Garden Plain reg.) did not make finals by .2 sec. Alicia Carter 2nd Javelin Devyn Smith Belle Plaine – 3A (Garden Plain Reg.)   2 Colin Reichenberger       12 WELLINGTON               14.75   0.6   8        Timothy Shaffer 300M hurdles Zach Pounds Kaleb Hunt None 300M hurdles finals GIRLS: 6th Jessica Heidel 8th 800M 8th Conway Springs – 3A (Garden Plain) 4x400M relay 4:13.62 2:05.74 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014-15 high school season came to an end this weekend with the Kansas State Track and Field Championships were held in Wichita, and various state baseball and softball tournaments.Sumner County brought 37 entries to the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, but failed to bring home any individual state champions. Down the road, the young Oxford boys baseball team finished fourth place in the Class 2-1A State Tournament in Great Bend. The following is what we saw this weekend…(See photo gallery of State Track meet and Oxford state trip here).Kansas state track –It’s hard to argue whether it be football or track that Wellington High School Colin Reichenberger had one of the most accolade filled athletic career in recent Crusader history.Saturday, his high school career came to a close by securing two second place finishes in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles in Class 4A. Jacoby Greenwood of Osawatomie, a junior, crashed the party, eking past Reichenberger in both races.  Throughout the spring, Greenwood and Reichenberger had exchanged the state’s best times in 4A on various websites while never actually performing against the other. And going into the state track meet, Reichenberger had the best regional times in both races. Then in the preliminaries on Friday, Greenwood had the best time in the 110, but had barely qualified in the 300 getting the eighth best time.On Saturday, Greenwood was .13 faster than Reichenberger in the 110 meters finals on a windy and rather chilly morning. Reichenberger hoped to avenge the loss later in the afternoon in the 300. This time Greenwood would get the upper hand again by less than .5 seconds and kept Reichenberger from securing a state title. The finals times for both races were: 49.74 Makayla Hollis Devyn Smith Shot put   5 Brendon Horyna            11 TOWANDA-CIRCLE           15.64   0.6   4        Oxford – 2A (South Barber reg.)   7 Joseph Holley             11 WAMEGO                   41.73    2             South Haven – 1A (Burlington reg.) 8:59.94   2 Colin Reichenberger       12 WELLINGTON               39.29    8             40-07 Shelby Schmidt Triple jump   7 Spenser Wine              11 MCPHERSON                15.83   0.6   2        36-02 6th Sumner County track state results:  48-07 Shelby Schmidt Colin Reichenberger 12.58 Shot Put 1600M 3200M Argonia – 1A (Garden City reg.) 6-02 4×400 relay Faith Gaddie Logan Creek Jaycee Schettler 7th •••••Overall, Sumner County was shut out of a state championship for the first time in years.Tyler Balsters of Belle Plaine came close in the 3200 meter run on Friday morning. He ran the race in 10:03.62 placing him second overall in Class 3A.Some other notable performances in the state track meet:Jaycee Schettler places fifth in the 100 meters.•Wellington’s Jaycee Schettler, a sophomore, was a two-time state placer. She placed fifth in the 100 meters at 12.58 and sixth in the 200 meters in 4A at 26.27.Timothy Shaffer finishes third in high jump.•The Wellington 4×400 meter relay team was an over-achieving bunch coming into the state track meet with 4A’s 12th best time, yet finished sixth place with a 4:13.62 time. The team consisted of Leah Nelson, Joanna Tredway, Schettler and Taylor McGlothlin. Three of those girls are sophomores and freshman.•Conway Springs had a couple of third place finishers. Timothy Shaffer finished third in the high jump at 6’2”. Sara Eckelberry placed third in the discus with a 123-10 time.•Faith Gaddie was Argonia’s only track entrant boys or girls, but she made the best of it, placing sixth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump.Sara Eckelberry gets third place in discus for Conway Springs.•Caldwell had three of the same runners — Colten Ward, Darren Ward and Kaden Halling — in all three of their relay teams, the 4×100, 4×400, and 4×800. The 3200 meter team, which also included Justin Brown, was the one who placed with a 8:45.92 time.•Belle Plaine’s Jessica Heidel finished third in the long jump at 17-02.25 and seventh in the triple jump at 34-5.75.The full Sumner County results are as follows: 4th 8th 2nd 49-06 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Governor Reynolds Wednesday press conference at 11:00 AM — listen on AM-1300 KGLO & kgloam.com, watch here

first_imgGovernor Reynolds holds her daily news conference at 11:00 AM — listen on AM-1300 KGLO & kgloam.com — or watch it hereA reminder that the weekly Cerro Gordo County COVID-19 press conference will be at 3:30 this afternoon, which can also be heard on KGLOlast_img

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Grassley says Senate hearing will consider restrictions on police

first_imgWASHINGTON — As a response to last month’s death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will be taking part in a hearing today to discuss the use of force by police.Members of Congress are considering a far-reaching package of new restrictions on police forces nationwide, including a ban on chokeholds.  “What you saw on television can’t be tolerated,” Grassley says, “when he was executed by being strangled to death by the knee of the policeman.” The hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for 1:30 P.M./Central time.Grassley, a Republican, says legislation is also under consideration that would create a national database of incidents where police use deadly force. “We don’t have every state, in fact, we have a minority of states that are really reporting what they ought to report on the number of deaths caused by police shootings,” Grassley says, “or other ways the police might kill somebody.”Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate. He’s proposing an extensive list of new rules which Grassley says will be unveiled on Wednesday, including the ban on chokeholds and the new database. “There’s another one that some people think is a poison pill and that deals with the immunity of policemen from lawsuits,” Grassley says. “That’s a little more controversial.”In an interview with Radio Iowa two weeks ago, Grassley said some issues within police departments need to be addressed by individual city councils, not by members of Congress. He noted the federal government can’t take over local policing. This week, Grassley is clarifying his earlier remarks.  “Under our Constitution, it’s difficult for the federal government to say state governments and local governments have to do this or that,” Grassley says. “Our handle here is connected with putting restrictions on federal dollars that are going out.”Reports say the bill is also expected to make lynching a federal hate crime, while urging police everywhere to use body cameras. President Trump is indicating he would support the new package of police restrictions.last_img read more

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Colombia government rebels to set up truth commission

first_imgRelated posts:Colombia’s ‘discriminatory’ military draft under discussion as peace deal comes closer Colombian leader, rival head to runoff vote Santos re-elected president in Colombia Colombia and FARC rebels announce major breakthrough in peace talks HAVANA, Cuba – Negotiators trying to end Latin America’s oldest civil war agreed Saturday to set up a truth commission that addresses the deaths of thousands of people in five decades of conflict.The move is seen as a stride toward a possible peace deal in Colombia.“What we are announcing today is a historic step forward on the effort to put victims at the center of the [peace] process,” said ex-Vice President Humberto de la Calle.“These principles are unprecedented — never heard of before in Colombia, or in any other peace process,” the leader of President Juan Manuel Santos’ negotiating team stressed at the Cuban-hosted talks.The Marxist FARC rebels and Colombian government also agreed to recognize victims on both sides of the conflict, as well as address victims’ rights, reparations and safety guarantees.Preliminary truth commission panel hearings are due to start next month in several locations.“We are taking the first steps in a process full of thorny issues and enormous misunderstandings,” FARC lead negotiator Iván Márquez said.The two sides promised in a joint statement that they would “not be trading blame” at this stage.The date of the next rounds of peace talks has yet to be announced.The FARC meanwhile declared a unilateral ceasefire starting Monday ahead of a June 15 presidential runoff pitting Santos, of the center-right, against conservative Iván Zuluaga.The ceasefire will stretch June 9-30, said FARC chief Timoleón Jiménez.Talks to end the FARC’s 50-year-old insurgency have been under way since November 2012.Santos has said he hopes to accelerate the process, but with less than two weeks to go, its future will depend on the outcome of the election.Zuluaga has said there can only be a peace if the FARC — with an estimated 7,000-8,000 fighters — declares a permanent ceasefire and its leaders go to jail.Among key issues still to be ironed out are the surrender of weapons by the FARC and how to enshrine a comprehensive peace agreement in law. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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