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Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

Indonesia stock index plunges to three-year low amid virus fears

first_imgThe Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) nosedived to a level unseen since March 2017 on Thursday afternoon amid fears over the spread of COVID-19, extending losses recorded by Asian stocks.The main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) plunged 2.63 percent to 5,539.38 before lunch break. The figure was the lowest since March 10, 2017 when the index stood at 5,390, Bloomberg data showed.“Market players now are still responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which is spreading faster,” Pilarmas Investindo Sekuritas researchers wrote in a note. Topics : IDX trading director Laksono Widodo told The Jakarta Post that the bourse would continue trading after lunch break despite the sharp drop.“We’ll monitor the situation closely,” he said over text message. “We’ve prepared a crisis protocol if it falls 5 percent.”The steep decline was in line with Asian markets.Japan’s Nikkei dropped more than 2 percent, South Korea’s Kospi fell almost 1 percent, the Hong Kong Stock Index slipped 0.84 percent while Shanghai’s index managed to gained 0.41 percent as of Thursday afternoon.“The rising infection cases beyond Chinese shores has certainly raised the pandemic risk,” said Desh Peramunetilleke, head of microstrategy at Jefferies in Hong Kong, as quoted by Reuters. “The current earnings estimates do not yet factor in such risk and are therefore vulnerable to further downgrades.”More than 82,000 people have contracted COVID-19 around the globe as of Thursday afternoon with 2,801 deaths, mostly in China, the world’s second-largest economy.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 18, 2020

Arsenal cannot make Robin van Persie mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Bacary Sagna

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Apr 2020 1:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Arsenal cannot make Robin van Persie mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Bacary Sagna Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has just over one year remaining on his current Arsenal contract (Picture: Getty)Bacary Sagna has pleaded with Arsenal to learn from their past mistakes and pay whatever it takes to secure the long-term future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The club’s record signing has represented outstanding value for money since his £56million move from Borussia Dortmund two years ago.Aubameyang shared last season’s Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and is only two behind this term’s leading goalscorer Jamie Vardy, registering 17 goals for an Arsenal side currently marooned in mid-table. The 30-year-old has just over a year remaining on his current deal, however, and although publicly he has maintained he remains happy in north London he is beginning to attract the reported interest of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal were forced to sell former captain Robin van Persie for a cut-price £24million in similar circumstances during Sagna’s time with the club and the former Gunners right-back fears his old side cannot afford a repeat scenario. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie were teammates at Arsenal before the Dutch striker was allowed to join Manchester United (Picture: Getty)‘He can’t go now because Arsenal are on the way to building something strong,’ Sagna told Goal. ‘They can’t afford to lose him. If they have to pay him, then just pay him because if they want someone else of his quality they cost £150m.‘So don’t spend this £150m, just spend £50m and give it to him. It’s the same as van Persie and I think you have to learn from that situation.‘Auba deserves it. I’m not saying that because of his name or because he has scored a few goals. He’s the best striker in the league.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He is a machine, he has scored many goals for the team. If you want to build something, it has to be around him.‘Giving him the armband gave him some confidence. He is the captain, which means they want him to lead.‘Of course there are other ways of spending money, but I would rather pay him than trying to find a solution with him than losing him and then wasting time trying with someone else, and finding someone else now is very, very difficult.‘It’s like playing chess. You have to be smart. He deserves it, just give it to him.’MORE: Arsenal make offer to sign Layvin Kurzawa on free transferMORE: Man Utd and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar set to be offloaded by Atletico Madrid this summerRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2020

BLOG: Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate (ROUND-UP)

first_img Economy,  Efficiency,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to announce a significant reduction in the error rate of the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is the latest success in the Wolf Administration’s “Government that Works” effort to spearhead initiatives that save costs, reduce waste, improve efficiency, and reform government programs.Nationally, the SNAP payment error rate was 3.66% in 2014. Since coming into office in January, the Wolf Administration has reduced the food stamp error rate by 58% to 2.01%, which is well below the national average. Furthermore, this reduction represents the largest percentage decrease in the SNAP error rate in a single year in the 29 years that these records have been kept. The change in error rate is estimated to equal a cost avoidance of nearly $35 million.Check out the coverage of the announcement below:Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf says reduced fraud, errors cut cost of food stamps.“The state’s efforts to modernize the food stamp program and root out fraud has resulted in big savings for taxpayers, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday at a press conference surrounded by food security advocates. The governor said his administration has avoided handing out $35 million in erroneous payments by reducing the percentage of Pennsylvanians mistakenly receiving too much or too little under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He credited case workers for the success… ‘This is really a win-win for everyone involved,’ [Joanne Glover, a special assistant in the department of human services,] said shortly after the press conference. ‘Being accountable to those we serve and to the taxpayers was our mission when we started these initiatives.’… Wolf touted the success as one of the many ways his administration is cutting costs and improving efficiency.” [01/20/16]WITF: Food stamps program cutting errors, says Wolf.“The Wolf administration says the state’s food stamps program is making fewer mistakes, marking its lowest error rate in 29 years of keeping records. ‘We’re not giving anything to the wrong people and we’re doing this the right way,’ said Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday. The lower error rate is estimated to save as much as $35 million in federal money for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Computer system updates have helped drive down instances of overpayment, underpayment, and fraud. Regular bureaucratic check-ups have also helped administrators avoid the most common errors.” [01/20/16]WTAJ: PA reports millions in food stamp savings.“Governor Tom Wolf  says a reduction in errors in Pennsylvania’s food stamp program has saved $35-million dollars this year. The governor says erroneous payments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have dropped by 58 percent , thanks to better training of staff. The administration says the state’s Department of Human Services implemented a bi-weekly “Knowledge Check” for staff who work on food stamps to ensure they’re well-versed on  issues that account for the highest number of errors. DHS also provided in-depth training to staff in areas of the state with higher error rates.” [01/20/16]Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: State says error rate for food stamps drops to lowest recorded level.“The state has reduced its food stamp error rate to what officials say is the lowest ever in the 29 years it has been keeping records, to just slightly over 2 percent. Department of Human Services staff credited the improvement to improved technology and better staff training. ‘People from time to time need help … we’re trying to do our best to make this program work for the people who need it,’ Mr. Wolf said. ‘We’re also trying to do our best to make it work for the people who fund it, the taxpayers who fund this program.’” [01/20/16]FOX43: Governor: Pennsylvania SNAP error rates well below national average.“‘Today, we are thrilled to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is administering SNAP at historically accurate levels,’ said Governor Wolf. ‘This is an exciting announcement, as it shows success in our work to combat hunger and food insecurity in our state, as well as in our push to create a government that works in Pennsylvania… What all of this means is that not only are the people of Pennsylvania who are eligible for assistance the ones receiving it – and in the correct amount — but we are avoiding $35 million in federal costs by appropriately allocating the funds… This is no small number, and we are proud of the improvement in accuracy and efficiency this represents in a system that Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations truly need.’” [01/20/16]LNP: State saves $35 million by cutting errors in food assistance program.“Pennsylvania has cut errors in the administration of the federal government’s main food assistance program by a record amount, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday in Lancaster… Wolf said cutting the error rate saved taxpayers about $35 million, while ensuring that the Pennsylvanians who receive assistance eligible and that the dollar amounts they receive are correct.” [01/20/16] January 21, 2016 By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate (ROUND-UP)center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2020

Six recognised by Dominica Cancer Society

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Six recognised by Dominica Cancer Society by: Dominica Vibes News – May 2, 2017 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 258 Views   no discussions The Dominica Cancer Society recognized six people and institutions that have donated and assisted it in its cause during its Annual General Meeting on Saturday April 29, 2017. Delia Cuffy-Weekes, Public Relations Officer of the Society, told Dominica Vibes in an interview on Tuesday May 2, 2017 that tokens were presented to the Office of the Prime Minster, Dr. Hendricks A. Paul, Missy Henderson, Dominica Social Security, Pricilla Luke and Lydia Abraham as they have been “very generous towards the work of the Dominica Cancer Society”.During the AGM their collaboration with international partners, who continue to work closely with the Society, was also highlighted. “We keep making the point that we need as much help as we can get because cancer care is very expensive, both financially and emotionally, and we stand ready to assist in whatever way possible,” she said. There is always a call for individuals and cooperate citizens at home and abroad to join them in their fight against cancer Weekes added. “If people do not know how they can help, they can just reach out to the board and we will tell them the different ways how they can assist.”They may choose to assist a particular individual or they may choose to host a fundraising event and donate the money to the cancer society she said. “Because we operate in a very transparent way, they can actually find out where their monies went, which people were helped; that is the way we operate and we hope to continue keeping it that way.”Moreover, she said it is the Society’s hope that cancer patients will have access to all the possible treatments locally. “At present there is actually a dedicated part of the current hospital, which is where the Oncology Department, where the cancer patients do some of their treatment locally. We are hoping, yes that in the future and maybe not the distant future, that we will have access to the other things that we need so that our clients do not need to go out for radiation and some other treatment.”However in the meantime, the Cancer Society continues to work with patients and assist them in any way possible. “So for example that is why we also have our care team, the people who go to visit the patients at the hospital, the people who go and volunteer at the Oncology Department to help clients navigate the system and to feel more comfortable dealing with their particular diagnosis,” Weekes explained.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2020

Prosecution closes case in murder trial involving Soufriere family

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 52 Views   no discussions LocalNews Prosecution closes case in murder trial involving Soufriere family by: – March 7, 2012center_img Share At day three of the murder trial involving three members of a Soufriere family for the death of their brother the State through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution has formally closed their case.Herbert XavierA nine member jury will determine whether Herbert Xavier, Lauretta Xavier and Manuella Williams murdered their brother Harrison Williams at Soufriere.It is the prosecution’s contention that on Friday 24th September, 2010 the defendants murdered their brother by beating him with a piece of wood on his head after an argument; an argument which started between Harrison and Herbert.The Court has heard evidence from Adis King the medical doctor who examined the lifeless body of Harrison Williams and pronounced him dead at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Her observations were that he had no respiratory movement, pale mucous membrane and a laceration to the forehead.Lauretta Xavier. Magistrate Candia Carette-George read the pathologist report of Iracele Maria Garcia Pineira which was admitted into evidence during the preliminary examination at the Magistrate Court. That report indicated that Harrison died as a result of “multiple trauma to the head and thorax resulting from internal and external bleeding”. According to the pathologist; “in her opinion, a sharp object with irregular edges could have caused the death of the Harrison Williams”.The wife of Harrison Williams, Jacklyn Williams and his daughter Hershema Williams testified that they both saw Herbert Williams strike Harrison on his head with a piece of wood. They also testified that they saw both Lauretta and Manuella Xavier strike Harrison on the night of 24th September, 2010.Among the other witnesses who testified for the prosecution was Delbert Xavier who is also a brother of the defendants and Harrison, Selwin Anatol, corporal of police Ashworth Gordon, Limron Bernard, investigating Officer Clifford Jno Baptiste and Sandra Henderson.Manuella Williams After lunch on Wednesday Justice Brian Cottle, members of the jury, the prosecution team led by Director of Public prosecutions Gene Pestaina, the Defendants and their attorneys visited the scene of the crime in Soufriere.Defence counsel Dawn Yearwood-Stewart represents Lauretta Xavier, Herbert Xavier is represented by Wayne Norde and Manuella Williams is represented by Ronald Charles.When the trial resumes on Thursday the Defence team will have an opportunity to present their side of the case.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Suzann Carol “Susie” Butters

first_imgSuzann Carol “Susie” Butters, age 46, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 16, 1971, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the daughter of, Leslie Lee and Lois June (Harmon) Butters. She was raised in Aurora, Indiana where she attended high school. Susie resided in the Osgood community for four years, Indianapolis community for several years and the past two years in the Vevay community. Susie was a member and was baptized at the North Madison Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana. She was a wonderful homemaker and loving mother and enjoyed gardening, especially her roses, playing Yahtzee and working puzzles. Susie will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. Susie passed away at 1:35 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the King’s Daughter’s Hospital in Madison, Indiana. Susie is survived by her daughters, Deanna Hankins and Meagan Leigh Hankins all of Vevay, IN; her son, Christopher Allen Hankins of Osgood, IN; her grandchildren, Adyson Hatton, Raegan Hatton, Aiden Pike, Ameila Hankins and Lillian Hankins; her mother, Lois June (Harmon) Butters of Vevay, IN; her sister, Denise Faye Sweet and her husband: Daniel Robert of Catoosa, OK; her brothers, Richard Lee Butters of Huntsville, AL, Terry Scott Butters of Elkhart, IN and Thomas Andrew Butters and his wife: Linda of Plant City, FL; her nephews, Joves Sweet of Talsa, OK, Daniel Sweet of Moore, OK, William “Adam” Sweet of Owasso, OK and Brian Lee Butters of FL and her niece, Katherine Butters of NC.She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie Lee Butters.No services are being held at this time.Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Baptist Church or Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

East Central shines in FFA competitions

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The state winning East Central High School FFA Environmental Natural Resources CDE (Career Development Event) team competed in the 2018 National FFA Environmental Natural Resources CDE at the National FFA Convention. The event was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Dull’s Tree Farm in Thorntown, Indiana.The team consisted of Amelia Hartman, Maria Hartman, Bailey Grunkemeyer, and Gage Crone. The Environmental Natural Resources CDE is a competitive event in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in problem-solving and decision-making skills in environmental and natural resources. These areas concentrate on soil profiles, water quality, waste management, and the use of global positioning units.Forty-one states were represented, and East Central High School placed in the bronze emblem category. This is the second time to compete in this national event.East Central’s, Kayla Miles, also competed in the 2018 National FFA Creed Speaking LDE.  This consists of delivering the FFA Creed from memory and responding to three questions. Forty-seven states were represented in this event and Kayla placed in the bronze emblem category. This is East Central’s first time competing in the National Creed Speaking LDE.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca

first_img Read Also: Video: Vinicius clips Real Madrid in front against Real Mallorca However, just as Moreno’s side looked to be gaining a foothold in the tie, Spanish international swerved home a brilliant 25 yard free kick. That goal should be enough to secure all three points for Zidane’s side at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, which lifts them back above rivals Barcelona at the top of the table, with seven games to play. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Los Blancos have looked backed to their best against Vicente Moreno’s side in Madrid, despite the visitors having their share of chances. Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both tested Mallorca keeper Manolo Reina in the early stages, before Brazilian winger Vincius Junior clipped them in front on 20 minutes. The home side have looked to press home their advantage after the break, with Benzema and Eden Hazard both bringing saves from Reina. Is there anything Sergio Ramos can’t do? Sick Goals everywhere pic.twitter.com/aSspJDQaGk— Patric (@Simplblue88) June 24, 2020 Loading…center_img A perfect free kick from…Sergio Ramos! The Madrid skipper continues his goalscoring form pic.twitter.com/eAd6fHjy33— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) June 24, 2020 Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has rocketed Zinedine Zidane’s side into a 2-0 lead through a brilliant free kick against Real Mallorca.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2020

Braithwaite, Agard to officiate at OECS boxing championships

first_imgRICHARD Braithwaite and Romona Agard, two of Guyana’s Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) Star One-certified referees/judges will wing out for St Lucia today to officiate in the Organisation of American States’ Boxing Championshipb which will get underway tonight and will conclude on Sunday.According to information received, six countries from the eastern Caribbean will be represented.Guyana Boxing Association president Steve Ninvalle is reported to have said the exposure for Braithwaite and Agard in St Lucia is most welcome as it will sharpen their skills as referee/judges in time for the second Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament, to be held here in Guyana from May 12 to 14.A total of 12 countries from the Caribbean and Guyana have expressed an interest in being represented in the tournament and already Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago have submitted the names of their team members.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2020

Sparta Boss, Leopold St square off today for final spot

first_imgFOLLOWING the abandonment of their semi-final clash, defending champions Sparta Boss and Leopold Street will clash for a place in the final of the Georgetown Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition this afternoon, at the National Cultural Centre tarmac, starting at 17:00hrs.The winners will meet West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ in the final set for Saturday at Demerara Park, opposite Thirst Park.The reigning title-holders will look to players such as Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, Eusi Phillips, Sheldon Shepherd, Cleon Forrester and Denis Edwards to lead their charge for victory.On the other hand, Omallo Williams and Okanie Fraser are the marquee players for Leopold Street and how they perform could prove pivotal in their quest to make the final.The overall winners of the G/town Zone will receive $500 000, a trophy and an automatic berth in the national playoffs, while second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will take home $250 000, $200 000 and $100 000 along with trophies.Colours Boutique on Robb Street is also on board the event. The organisers and coordinators commend the ranks of the Guyana Police Force for their solid support throughout the tournament.Patrons are being urged not to attend the games with firearms or any offensive weapon.last_img read more