first_imgSyrian refugees in Lebanon are experiencing the same struggles as many other groups of refugees, but their particular circumstances make social isolation a problem as well, writes Susan Bartels, a fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in an op-ed at Al Jazeera America. Bartels says that the isolation Syrians are experiencing in Lebanon is unlike any she has encountered in her previous work in refugee camps in sub-Saharan Africa.Isolation is not unusual for refugee groups, given that they have fled their homes and left behind everything that is familiar to them. But Syrian refugees are also isolated from the Lebanese communities among which they live, as well as from one another.A lack of formal refugee settlements in Lebanon is the primary factor, Bartels writes. She argues that the humanitarian response has been underfunded, and the only solution is adequate funding to alleviate the “omnipresent struggle to survive.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:High on the Kika mountain plateau workers are installing Kosovo’s first wind turbine, as the Balkan country tries to ease its reliance on coal and end power outages.Kosovo aims to generate a quarter of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 to meet the standards of the European Union, which it aspires to join. But to achieve that goal it needs to attract more investment to shift away from coal.At Kosovo’s first wind farm, a total of nine 110 metre General Electric turbines will begin whirring in September and are expected to cover 3 percent of its demand. Turkish energy developer Guris, which is behind the 32.4 megawatt (MW) wind farm, hopes it will kick-start clean energy in a country in dire need of cutting pollution.But with more than 14 billion tonnes of lignite reserves, the dirtiest form of coal, Kosovo relies on two ailing power plants which produce 95 percent of its energy.Western Balkan countries plan to invest billions of euros in new coal-fired plants to meet rising power demand as old plants are phased out and last year Kosovo agreed its biggest energy investment in nearly three decades. It has contracted London-listed power firm ContourGlobal to build a 500 MW coal-fired power plant capable of meeting around half of its energy demand for around 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion).The Energy Community, a body whose role is to extend the EU’s energy policy to would-be member states, last week voiced concerns over tax and customs exemptions and the power purchase contract, under which Kosovo will pay 80 euros a megawatt-hour (MWh) for 20 years, nearly triple the current cost.More: Coal-reliant Kosovo gears up for wind shift to hit EU target First wind farm in Kosovo takes shapelast_img read more

first_img June 15, 2004 Notices Notices Construction Law Certification Committee members needed On May 20, the Supreme Court approved standards for board certification in construction law.Members of The Florida Bar who have an interest in serving on the inaugural nine-member certification committee should send a letter of interest and a resume to: The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 to the attention of Vicki Brand, assistant to the executive director, by July 15.Pursuant to Rule 6-3.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar: “Initial committee appointees shall be eminent attorneys in each field, shall be members in good standing of The Florida Bar, and shall have been admitted to The Florida Bar no less than 10 years.” Rule 6-24.2(c) also provides that the “construction law certification committee shall include a minimum of 3 members with experience in transactional construction law and 3 members with experience in construction law litigation.” Members appointed to the initial committee are certified by virtue of appointment.As stated by the court in Amendment to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, case no. SC03-705 [May 20, 2004], “Addition of construction law further expands the existing certification plan as a resource for the public to identify lawyers who have met established standards in particular practice areas and who are committed to excellence and professionalism in the practice of law. The opportunity is likewise broadened for lawyers to achieve board certification as a visible way to demonstrate their commitment to quality and professionalism in the delivery of legal services.”It is anticipated that applications for board certification in this area will be available in the fall, 2004, and the first exam scheduled in the spring, 2005. Individuals interested in applying for certification in construction law, or any of the other 19 practice fields, may contact The Florida Bar Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842 or visit www.flabar.org for more information. Fee statements are on the way Florida Bar members are now receiving their 2004-2005 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.FLABAR.org.Members also have an option to make a voluntary $45 contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers’ Challenge for Children campaign to help bring the benefits of the law and lawyers to the lives of poor children. The Foundation will dedicate Bar members’ contributions to legal assistance to children through grants to legal aid and legal services programs across the state. Elliott petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10(b), Nadege Elliott of Cape Coral has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Elliott was suspended from the practice of law for six months by a June 26, 2003 order of the Supreme Court for violating Rules 4-8.4(b), (c), and (d); 4-1.15(a); 4-8.4(a); 5-1.2(b)(2), (4), (5), (6); and 5-1.2(c)(1), (2), and (3).The suspension was served from July 26, 2003 through January 25, 2004.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Elliott’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Stephen C. Whalen, assistant staff counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce St., Suite C-49, Tampa 33607, telephone (800) 940-4759. U.S. Middle District increases its fees On March 16, the United States Judicial Conference approved an amendment to the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, promulgated under 28 U.S.C. §1914. Copies of the amended schedule are available on the court’s Web site at www.flmd.uscourts.gov. Copies can also be obtained free of charge at the intake counters in each divisional office in the Middle District of Florida.Due to amendment to the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, pursuant to Rule 2.01(d) of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, effective June 1, notice is hereby given of an increase in the attorney admission fee for admission and membership in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Bar.All attorneys admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida pursuant to the conditions prescribed in Rule 2.01 on or after June 1, are required to pay to the clerk an admission fee of $165.All members of the Middle District Bar who are admitted before June 1shall not be required to pay the increased admission fee, but shall be required to pay annual renewals in accordance with local rules and administrative orders entered by the court. Comments sought on workers’ comp judges The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will hold a public hearing July 12 at 9 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport to conduct the interviews of the following applicants for reappointment as judges of compensation claims: Daniel A. Lewis, Jonathan D. Ohlman, W. James Condry, Richard S. Thompson, and Robert D. McAliley.Written commentary concerning any applicant by any person is welcome and must be submitted to the commission chair and a copy to each commission member. Names and addresses of commission members are also available from the commission chair.Any questions should be directed to Victor V. Marrero, commission chair, 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Sunrise 33323, telephone (954) 838-3451, fax (954) 838-3700. Three added to Bar’s Executive Committee The Board of Governors has elected three representatives to the Bar Executive Committee, completing the makeup of that panel for the 2004-05 Bar year.The Executive Committee is empowered to act for the board between its bi-monthly meetings, a particularly important role during Florida legislative sessions.At their recent meeting in Hollywood, governors elected board members Hank Coxe, Jesse Diner, and David Rothman as their representatives on the Executive Committee.They will join incoming Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, incoming President-elect Alan Bookman, incoming Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer, incoming Legislation Committee Chair Sharon Langer, incoming Communications Committee Chair Michael Glazer, incoming Young Lawyers Division President Michael Faehner, and board members Ervin Gonzalez and Mayanne Downs, who were appointed by Johnson. June 15, 2004 Noticeslast_img read more

first_imgBrazil recorded a new daily record of coronavirus cases Wednesday with nearly 68,000 infections, a sign COVID-19 is still far from being brought under control in the hard-hit country.The health ministry said 67,860 new infections and 1,284 deaths had been reported in the past 24 hours in Brazil, which has the second-biggest outbreak in the world after the United States.The South American country of 212 million people has recorded 2.2 million infections and 82,771 deaths from the new coronavirus since confirming its first case five months ago. Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher.Brazil has struggled to set a strategy for responding to the pandemic.President Jair Bolsonaro faces criticism for downplaying the virus and attacking social distancing measures adopted by state and local authorities.The far-right leader, who has regularly flouted such measures by hitting the streets mask-less for rallies by his supporters, has been in quarantine at the presidential palace since July 7 after contracting the virus himself. His office announced Wednesday he had again tested positive, saying he would continue his quarantine and suspend his upcoming travel plans.Bolsonaro, 65, argues the economic fallout from stay-at-home measures could be worse than the virus itself, and is instead pushing the unproven malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as remedies, following in the footsteps of US President Donald Trump.Margareth Dalcomo, an expert at Brazil’s leading public-health institute, Fiocruz, said Bolsonaro’s hydroxychloroquine-pushing was “deplorable.””This politicization of the drug by the US and Brazilian presidents for murky reasons has no justification, and it deceives people,” she told AFP.”It has been proven this drug has no effect against COVID-19.”Bolsonaro is on his third health minister since the pandemic reached Brazil five months ago, after falling out with two doctors who previously held the post over their recommendations on containing the virus.The current minister, an interim, is Eduardo Pazuello, an army general with no prior medical experience.The World Health Organization voiced optimism last week that the outbreak in Brazil had finally reached a plateau, urging the country to use the opportunity to “take control.”But though the level of daily infections and deaths has stabilized, it remains high.The country has recorded an average of more than 37,000 infections and 1,050 deaths a day over the past week.Its previous daily infection record was 54,771, on June 19.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgPremier League fixtures and where to watch on TV Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Jun 2020 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link35Shares Advertisement Manchester United return to action on Friday night (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League is back this Wednesday as close to six weeks of near non-stop action begins.The coronavirus crisis wiped out the footballing calendar from mid-March but the top flight is back this week, albeit behind closed doors, as the Premier League pushes to complete the season.Liverpool fans have got their wish as they look to claim their first ever Premier League title, although teams at the bottom of the table who were hoping for relegation to be scrapped and the season voided will have to battle for survival.Four teams have games in hand and those two matches will be played on Wednesday night before the full schedule begins on Friday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe kick-off times and TV channels are confirmed up until 2 July, with the rest yet to be announced. Remaining fixtures, subject to change Saturday, 4 July 2020 (3pm)Man Utd v AFC BournemouthBurnley v Sheffield UnitedLeicester City v Crystal PalaceNewcastle United v West HamNorwich City v BrightonSouthampton v Manchester CitySpurs v EvertonChelsea v WatfordLiverpool v Aston VillaWolves v ArsenalWednesday, 7 July 2020 (8pm)Crystal Palace v ChelseaAFC Bournemouth v SpursEverton v SouthamptonMan City v Newcastle UnitedWatford v Norwich CityWest Ham v BurnleyArsenal v Leicester CitySheffield United v WolvesAston Villa v Man UtdBrighton v LiverpoolSaturday, 11 July 2020 (3pm)Liverpool v BurnleyAFC Bournemouth v Leicester CityMan Utd v SouthamptonNorwich City v West HamWatford v Newcastle UnitedWolves v EvertonBrighton v Man CitySheffield United v ChelseaSpurs v ArsenalAston Villa v Crystal PalaceWednesday, 14 July 2020 (8pm)Arsenal v LiverpoolBurnley v WolvesChelsea v Norwich CityCrystal Palace v Man UtdEverton v Aston VillaLeicester City v Sheffield UnitedMan City v AFC BournemouthNewcastle United v SpursSouthampton v BrightonWest Ham v WatfordSaturday, 18 July 2020 (3pm)AFC Bournemouth v SouthamptonAston Villa v ArsenalBrighton v Newcastle UnitedLiverpool v ChelseaMan Utd v West HamNorwich City v BurnleySheffield United v EvertonSpurs v Leicester CityWatford v Man CityWolves v Crystal PalaceSunday, 25 July 2020 (3pm)Arsenal v WatfordBurnley v BrightonChelsea v WolvesCrystal Palace v SpursEverton v AFC BournemouthLeicester City v Man UtdMan City v Norwich CityNewcastle United v LiverpoolSouthampton v Sheffield UnitedWest Ham v Aston Villa BBC and Amazon have four games each and all will be available to watch for free.Sky Sports have 64 games in total and 25 of them will be available for free, while 39 remain paid-for.BT Sport have 20 games to show and unfortunately you will need to pay for a subscription to watch those.How to watch Sky Sports free-to-air gamesSky are playing their free games on the Pick Channel which is 159 on Sky and 144 on Freeview.How to watch Amazon free-to-air gamesYou will not need an Amazon Prime account, which makes them free, but it is not yet clear whether you will need an Amazon account or not.These games will all be streamed online or through a Smart TV.MORE: Rio Ferdinand makes Premier League top four prediction ahead of Spurs vs Man UtdMORE: Danny Murphy rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restartFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Premier League fixtures and TV schedule Wednesday, June 17Aston Villa v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Manchester City v Arsenal 8pm (Sky)Friday, June 19Norwich v Southampton 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm (Sky)Saturday, June 20Watford v Leicester 12.30pm (BT)Brighton v Arsenal 3pm (BT)West Ham v Wolves 5.30pm (Sky)Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Newcastle v Sheffield United 2pm (Sky)Aston Villa v Chelsea 4.30pm (Sky)Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky)Monday, June 22Manchester City v Burnley 8pm (Sky)Tuesday, June 23Southampton v Arsenal 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v West Ham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, June 24Manchester United v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Newcastle v Aston Villa 6pm (Sky)Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, June 25Burnley v Watford 6pm (Sky)Leicester v Brighton 6pm (Sky)Chelsea v Manchester City 8.15pm (BT)Wolves v Bournemouth 8.15pm (BT)Saturday, June 27FA Cup QF: Sheffield United v Arsenal 5pm (BT)FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Sunday, June 28Aston Villa v Wolves 12pm (BT)FA Cup QF: Leicester v Chelsea 2.30pm (BT)Watford v Southampton 4.30pm (Sky)FA Cup QF: Newcastle v Manchester City 6pm (BT)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)Tuesday June, 30Brighton v Manchester United 6pm (Sky)Sheffield United v Tottenham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, July 1Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm (Sky)Everton v Leicester 6pm (Sky)West Ham v Chelsea 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, July 2Arsenal v Norwich 6pm (BT)Manchester City v Liverpool 8.15pm (Sky) Advertisement Comment More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more

first_img December 23, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter 2019 Year-In-Review: Progress on Voting, Criminal Justice, Education & Morecenter_img Government That Works,  Press Release,  Year in Review From the largest expansion of voting rights in 80 years to establishing a state-based marketplace to reduce health care costs to a sweeping executive order targeting gun violence, Pennsylvania continued its comeback in the first year of Governor Tom Wolf’s second term, including the implementation of many of his top priorities and expansions of his key initiatives.In 2020, Gov. Wolf will continue to fight to invest in infrastructure, reduce climate change, raise the minimum wage, tackle poverty, reform our probation system, expand gun safety laws, and even more to improve education, reduce health care costs, and enhance the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.Highlights from 2019 include:Major Reforms and ProgressVoting: Gov. Wolf signed the most significant reforms to Pennsylvania’s election law since it was established more than 80 years ago. Pennsylvanians can now vote by mail, and they have more time to register and submit mail-in and absentee ballots.Climate Change: Governor Tom Wolf took action against climate change by signing an executive order that begins the steps necessary for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade program that limits carbon dioxide emission. He also acted to reduce air pollution, including methane, from natural gas wells and pipelines with the approval of changes to the state’s air quality regulations that are part of his Methane Reduction Strategy.Criminal Justice Reforms: Building off Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized criminal justice reforms like the Clean Slate Law, Gov. Wolf signed two Justice Reinvestment Initiative bills that make major reforms to probation and other areas that will save money by cutting red tape and investing in programs proven to reduce recidivism.Supporting Military Families: Gov. Wolf introduced the PA GI Bill, a first-of-its-kind program that provides family of military members with assistance paying for college, which he signed into law in June. Pennsylvania National Guard members can now apply for the program.Boosting PA Agriculture: Gov. Wolf made historic investments in Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry through his PA Farm Bill. The program is based on the governor’s six-point plan to protect the longevity of agriculture, and the rollout of its grant programs is already underway.Licensure Reform: Gov. Wolf signed legislation that cuts bureaucratic red tape to make it easier for new Pennsylvanians, including military spouses, with an out-of-state occupational license to work.Rainy Day Fund: Gov. Wolf announced a $317 million deposit into the commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, the largest transfer in nearly two decades.Health CareState-Based Exchange/Reinsurance: Gov. Wolf signed a historic reform that will move the online health insurance marketplace from the federally hosted HealthCare.gov to a state-based exchange, as well as create a reinsurance program. The new programs will save money for people purchasing plans through the Affordable Care Act while increasing access to health insurance.Rural Health: Gov. Wolf continued to work to ensure Pennsylvanians in every part of the state have access to health care within a reasonable distance by signing a bill establishing the Rural Health Redesign Center Authority and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Fund, which support the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model.Youth Tobacco Use: The governor signed legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 and expanded tobacco laws to include e-cigarettes and other vaping products.Vulnerable PennsylvaniansVulnerable Populations: Gov. Wolf moved to overhaul the commonwealth’s programs to protect vulnerable populations by signing an executive order directing state agencies to work together to identify areas of improvement and create a plan to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to the care and services they need. The executive order established the Council on Reform, which delivered recommendations on changes that should be made so the commonwealth is better serving vulnerable Pennsylvanians.Childhood Sex Abuse: Gov. Wolf signed three bills that mirror the Grand Jury’s recommendations after its investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. The new laws abolish Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sex abuse and extend the timeline victims have to file civil action against their abusers, as well as increase penalties for failing to report child abuse by a mandated reporter and make conversations with law enforcement agents exempt from non-disclosure agreements.Campus Sexual Assault: Gov. Wolf has been a steadfast supporter of campus safety and nearly three years ago established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign, and this year enacted two major legislative changes sought for years. One encourages students to report sexual assault by providing them immunity for violating drug, alcohol, and other minor student conduct policies. The other change requires postsecondary institutions to offer students online, anonymous options to report a sexual assault or misconduct.Rape Kit Backlog: In April, the Pennsylvania State Police announced they cleared the backlog of forensic rape kits. Pennsylvania also made improvements to the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act, including establishing timelines for submitting, testing, and storing rape kits.EducationPublic School Funding: Since taking office in 2015, Gov. Wolf has made good on his promise to fight for our schools and now secured more than $1.2 billion in public education funding since taking office. With this year’s funding increase, Pennsylvania has doubled investments in early childhood education during Gov. Wolf’s time in office.PAsmart: Pennsylvania continued to build Gov. Wolf’s STEM and career readiness initiative, PAsmart, and the governor secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for PAsmart, where the governor secured a $10 million increase for a total $40 million investment in 2019. In the inaugural year, the administration awarded nearly $10 million in PAsmart grants to 765 schools to expand computer science classes and teacher training. The administration has added thousands of registered apprenticeships and increased CTE students earning industry certifications by 50 percent.Reform: Kids in Pennsylvania will stay in school longer because the legislature approved Gov. Wolf’s plan to raise the school dropout age from 17 to 18 and lower the required age to start school from 8 to 6.Higher Education: Over the past five years, funding for higher education has increased by $188 million. Pennsylvania foster kids can also now attend college tuition-free, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Wolf.Gun ViolenceGun Violence Reduction: Gov. Wolf continues to fight to combat gun violence in communities across Pennsylvania. A law signed by Gov. Wolf that requires domestic abusers to turn in their guns took effect in April. In August, he signed an executive order calling upon state agencies to target the public health crisis of gun violence. The governor continues to fight for increased gun violence reduction measures, including universal background checks, safe storage legislation and Extreme Risk Protection Orders.Civil RightsAnti-Choice Legislation: The governor continued to uphold the rights of Pennsylvanian women by vetoing anti-choice legislation, following through on a steadfast vow to support women and their ability to decide the healthcare that is best for them. He also fought back against federal anti-choice legislation, denouncing national efforts to take away the right for women to make their own healthcare choices.Equality: Gov. Wolf continued to push for equality for all Pennsylvanians. He called for the legislature to expand non-discrimination laws to include LGBTQ citizens. He spoke out against decisions by the White House to reduce transgender and LGBTQ protections.He also advocated for immigrants and refugees, repeatedly reminding Pennsylvanians that our commonwealth was founded on inclusivity.Pennsylvania officially recognized Juneteenth, the day honoring the announcement of the abolition of slavery reaching the furthest point of Texas. “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” will now be held June 19th each year in Pennsylvania.Citizen EngagementRecreational Marijuana: Gov. Wolf supported Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has he embarked on a listening tour to gather opinions on recreational marijuana legalization. Lt. Gov. Fetterman produced a report on the feedback he heard while visiting all 67 counties. In response to the lieutenant governor’s report, Gov. Wolf called for several actions, including for the General Assembly to seriously debate and consider the legalization of adult-use, recreational marijuana.Acts of Kindness: Gov. Wolf also encouraged Pennsylvanians to participate in “1-4-3 Day” by committing acts of kindness in honor of Fred Rogers, who used the numbers 1-4-3 to represent the letters in the words “I love you.” Across the state, Pennsylvanians heeded the call and filled the day with kind words and good deeds.last_img read more

first_imgThe decision by ratings agency Standards & Poor’s (S&P) to downgrade the creditworthiness of the Netherlands from AAA to AA+ will affect the assets and liabilities of Dutch pension funds only marginally, industry experts have suggested.Many point out that pension funds have invested a relatively small portion of their assets in local government bonds.The investments of ABP, the €293bn civil service scheme, in government paper was 15.1% at the end of the third quarter, according to Harmen Geers, spokesman at asset manager APG.Geers declined to provide details on ABP’s investments on a regional basis, but he said the pension fund had invested a much larger proportion of its fixed income holdings in Germany and France. Rogier Krens, director of asset management at Syntrus Achmea, estimated that approximately one-third of Dutch pension funds’ assets were invested in government bonds.“Although the exposure to Dutch government bonds is in many portfolios the largest individual one, it probably won’t exceed 5% of total assets,” he said. “Changes in Dutch government bond yields will have a limited affect on the value of pension funds’ assets.”Geers also pointed out that, to date, only S&P had decided to downgrade Dutch ratings – the Netherlands has maintained its AAA rating with other major ratings agencies, including Moody’s and Fitch.According to Krens, the changes in the 10-year rate following S&P’s announcement varied little from the “usual fluctuations”.He added that the spread with German government bonds remained at approximately 30 basis points.“The downgrading of France had a similar effect, with the spread between German and French bond yields varying no more than a couple of basis points,” he said.Neither is Krens expecting the downgrade to have much of a long-term impact.“The alternatives for government bonds are becoming scarcer,” he said. “And the downgrading doesn’t change the attractiveness of Dutch government paper.”Further, Krens believes the downgrading will affect pensions funds’ liabilities only marginally, as the discount rate is unlikely to change as a result of S&P’s decision.Dennis van Ek, actuary and principal at pensions adviser Mercer, also noted that markets had shown a “limited” response to the downgrading.“The interest rate on 30-year Dutch government bonds seems to have risen by 1 or 2 basis points since Thursday, while the corresponding German rate has decrease by an equal percentage,” he said, adding that the 30-year swap rate had hardly changed.However, he stressed that the less solid fundamentals of Dutch government finances, such as the relatively large budget deficit, large amounts of mortgage debt and high property prices, remained.S&P justified its downgrading of the Netherlands by citing weakened growth prospects, and the fact the country’s real GDP-per-capita growth was lower than that of its peers.However, it said it believed the political consensus, which favours containing public debt and deficits, would be maintained.It said its stable outlook for the long term reflected its view of limited additional downside risk to the Netherlands’ creditworthiness.On national television, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch Treasurer, said: “The Netherlands is to remain one of the most creditworthy countries in the world.”last_img read more

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 43 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Nurses who bring the profession into disrepute must be disciplined-Dr. Valda Henry by: – August 24, 2011 Chief Executive Officer of V F Inc Dr. Valda Henry. (file photo)Chief Executive Officer of Consulting firm V F Inch Dr. Valda Henry has called for disciplinary actions to be instituted upon nurses who bring the profession into disrepute.Dr. Henry was delivering an address on the topic Embracing Ethics over Privilege” at the 54th anniversary of the Dominica Nurses Association on Monday.“That is why the profession must have its own ways of disciplining. The question is to what extent? I am sure you have received countless complaints about some of these nurses. What is being done about it? Are you still waiting for evidence? Yes you must have evidence but if there are so many complaints it requires an investigation. Your investigation will give you the evidence that you are looking for and so you must discipline,” she said.Dr Henry said the Code of Conduct is also a way of ensuring that nurses are disciplined.“You must have somewhere in your conditions of employment that requires that you uphold that code of conduct. In the person’s appraisal, the upholding of the code of conduct must be an element,” she added.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

first_img But Champions League collapses against Roma and Liverpool have not been forgotten and poor performances in recent weeks have prompted fears of a repeat. Barca were beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid on Thursday in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. “I respect Barcelona, I respect Valverde and I respect my club and I’m doing my job here,” Xavi said on Saturday. “I’m focussing on Al-Sadd. Yes Abidal is my friend, I met him many times,” he continued. “They were here to talk to me and we discussed many things. And they were here to check on Ousmane Dembele. “I cannot inform you too much, just that I met Abidal and he is my friend.” But Xavi added: “I cannot hide that it’s my dream to coach Barcelona, I said it many times.” French international and Barcelona forward Dembele has been in Qatar for treatment on a hamstring injury. The 39-year-old Xavi, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, came through Barcelona’s academy and played 855 senior games for the club. Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopOnly Those Who Live In 1980s Know What It IsHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Read Also:Barcelona legend in talks to take managerial job After an emotional farewell, he joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 before being appointed coach last July. Asked about talks between Barca and Xavi, Al-Sadd’s sports director Muhammad Ghulam Al-Balushi told the Qatar-based BeIN broadcaster: “I will not deny that. There are negotiations with Xavi and everyone is talking about them… but I can say that Xavi so far is at Al-Sadd. “The final decision is in the hands of Al-Sadd’s management, in the hands of the manager and the hands of Barcelona’s management.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona remain hopeful they can persuade former player Xavi to make a dramatic return as coach immediately rather than in the summer, according to reports in the Spanish press on Sunday.center_img Loading… Xavi is currently in charge of Qatari team Al-Sadd, who confirmed on Saturday he has held talks with Barca. Sadd’s coach Xavi speaks to his players during the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup quarter-final football match between Monterrey and al-Sadd at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on December 14, 2019. The Spaniard who won pulled the strings at the heart of Barcelona’s midfield in their golden era admitted it is his “dream job” to take charge of the Catalans. Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau met Xavi on Friday in Qatar and then again on Saturday night following Al-Sadd’s Qatar Cup semi-final win over Al-Rayyan. According to Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo, Abidal and Grau have offered Xavi the chance to replace Ernesto Valverde immediately, even if Xavi’s preference would be to wait until the end of the season. “The preferred thinking of Xavi would be to arrive at Camp Nou in the summer, a message he has transmitted,” Mundo reported on Sunday. “Negotiations remain open and the possibility has not been discarded of him signing imminently.” The suggestion on Saturday had been that Xavi would make a decision as early as Sunday, with terms and contracts already drawn up between the club. – Tough decision – Another Spanish sports daily Diario AS reported that Xavi will take his time to decide, while noting that with “every passing minute it seems to become more difficult for Xavi to say no to the offer of joining immediately”. Xavi’s situation is complicated by the fact he would like to lead Al-Sadd in the Qatar Cup final, which will be played on January 17. It would also be a daunting task to join Barcelona mid-season. The team are level on points in the league with Real Madrid and face a tough last-16 tie in the Champions League next month against Napoli. There is also the club’s political situation to consider, with Xavi believed to be key to the hopes of presidential candidate Victor Font, ahead of the club elections due next year. “It’s a difficult decision,” wrote El Pais on Sunday. “If he accepts, he is put under the wing of a weak leadership, with elections due in 2021. But if he says no, he may be criticised for refusing to return home.” Xavi is also said to want to show respect to Valverde, who has overseen Barcelona winning two La Liga titles in his two seasons in charge.last_img read more

first_img Fulham are positioned at the foot of the table four points adrift of safety but Magath, who replaced the axed René Meulensteen on February 14, views only one outcome at the end of the season. “This job is not tougher than I expected it to be. I knew that it would be a difficult job and it is,” he said. “But I don’t worry about that, I’m happy to be here. I’m looking forward and I’m convinced we’ll stay in the league. “I’m not looking at next season because we have to realise that we may not be staying in the Premier League, but I’m convinced that we will.” Should Fulham’s 13-season stay in the top flight come to an end in May, Magath insists he will remain at Craven Cottage. “I’m sure I will still be here, wherever the club is. I’m happy here and want to stay,” he said. Fulham have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games and have secured just 13 points at Craven Cottage all season. In contrast, Champions League-chasing Everton have won their last four matches. “Everton are in good shape, we’ve seen their result at Newcastle last weekend (winning 3-0). It will be our most difficult game here at Craven Cottage,” Magath said. “I don’t think about the other teams because we know we have to win games, otherwise we have no chance of staying in the league. “We have to win because we are a few points adrift, so we need more points than the other teams at the bottom.” Fulham continue to be without £12million Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou, who has yet to recover from a knee injury. Mitroglou has made only two appearances for the Cottagers since his deadline-day signing in January, but Magath hopes he will return soon. “Kostas is not happy about being injured, but it’s a normal thing for a football player. They get injuries,” he said. “We will see if he can join us in training next week. If there is a risk we will wait longer.” Press Association Felix Magath is convinced Fulham will win their battle for survival in the Barclays Premier League. Sunday’s clash with Everton is the first of four matches at Craven Cottage that will be critical to the club’s drive to escape relegation. Once the Toffees have been negotiated, Norwich, Hull and Crystal Palace are due to visit south west London. last_img read more