South Korea COVID-19 infections ‘in full swing’ after protest outbreak

first_imgKwon urged all demonstrators to get tested immediately at nearby public health clinics to protect the vulnerable around them.The demonstration may have been a “catalyst” for the nationwide outbreak, as churchgoers chartered buses to the capital from their homes across the country, including the southern port of Busan, Kwon said.Nods not hugs South Korea has reported 16,346 cases of the new coronavirus with 307 COVID-19 deaths.If infections continue rising at the current rate or accelerate, authorities say they will likely impose the strictest level of social distancing – closing schools, requiring employees to work from home and limiting gatherings to 10 people.”Please do not make physical contact. Exchange nods instead of handshakes,” Kwon said. “Refrain from physical contact such as hugging.”At least 53 of the new infections are linked to the Sarang Jeil Church, bringing the group’s total to 676. Hundreds more church members are being traced for testing.Infections from the Seoul rally and one on Aug. 8 include people from nine cities and provinces. Health authorities said epidemiological work is underway in 150 facilities, including the workplaces of infected church members.Sixty infections, including 33 from the church, have been linked to the anti-government rallies in Seoul, which drew thousands of people. At least 8,500 demonstrators had been tested as of Thursday, Kwon said.The government has banned in-person church meetings in the greater Seoul area – an urban sprawl of 25 million people – and closed other high-risk locations, including nightclubs, karaoke bars, buffets and cyber cafes.The Seoul city government restricted rallies there to fewer than 10 people from Friday through the rest of August.Topics : South Korea’s coronavirus infections are back “in full swing” and spreading nationwide after members of a church attended a political demonstration, authorities said on Thursday, threatening one of the world’s COVID-19 success stories.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 288 new cases as of midnight on Wednesday, marking a week of triple-digit daily increases, although down slightly from the previous day’s 297.”This is a grave situation that could possibly lead to a nationwide pandemic,” Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told a briefing. Without aggressive contact tracing, the country could experience the types of spikes and continued infections witnessed in the United States and Europe, said KCDC deputy director Kwon Jun-wook.”Consider the COVID-19 pandemic now to be in full-swing.”South Korea was one of the first countries outside China to see an explosive spread of the new coronavirus, but intensive tracing and testing had brought infections under control and quelled a subsequent series of spikes.The latest outbreak is driven by hundreds of infections among members of a church run by a far-right preacher. They had attended an anti-government protest in Seoul on Aug. 15, the 75th anniversary of the Japan’s World War Two surrender and the end of colonial rule.last_img read more

France’s FRR awards €1.7bn domestic, European small cap mandates

first_imgThe public fund is in the middle of the selection process for US small cap mandates, and in the early stage of the selection process for Japanese equity mandates.In February FRR announced it had lost 5.2% in 2018, its first investment loss in eight years. The stock market fall in the last two months of the year had dramatically affected its performance, it said.Further readingWhy FRR doesn’t invest in green bonds – for nowOlivier Rousseau, executive director of FRR, explains the French pension reserve fund’s approach to green bonds France’s FRR addresses Brexit concerns in manager searchThe €36bn fund took steps to remove Brexit-related uncertainty from having an adverse effect on the small cap manager search FRR’s headquarters in Paris France’s €32.6bn Fonds de réserves pour la retraite (FRR) has chosen the managers it wants to run an indicative €1.7bn in French and European small cap equity strategies.JP Morgan Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management and Fil Gestion have landed European small cap mandates, to which the pension reserve fund previously indicated plans to allocate up to €1.1bn.  HSBC Global Asset Management, Amiral Gestion, Sycomore Asset Management, and BFT Investment Managers have been chosen to run up to €600m in domestic small cap investments.The tender was launched in April last year, with FRR saying it would pay particular attention to how managers integrated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues in their processes. It has tightened its ESG focus for all manager searches.  last_img read more

‘If Chinese buyers can buy, they will’ despite COVID19 delays

first_img St Lucia Manor, 118 Hawken Drive, St Lucia. Photo: Supplied“Chinese buyers are being more cautious, but they haven’t dropped off,” he said.“With the stockmarket being so volatile, this gives mums and dads a safety net to have money in real estate.”While inquiries remain strong, the company admits the situation is not without challenges, with travel and other restrictions making transactions difficult. “Over the past month we have had plenty of online inquiries from Chinese people, but much less of a presence than usual at open for inspections, developer sales suites and auctions,” he said. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Palmer wants special pontoon permission International students arriving from Asia via Brisbane International Airport early this month. Asian property demand here is partly driven by a desire to house young adults during their education.Foreign investors, especially Asian buyers, are still hungry for property in Queensland, despite coronavirus restrictions delaying transactions. Juwai-IQI, a Chinese global proptech group, shows Brisbane to be the third-most popular city in Australia for Chinese buyers, after Melbourne and top-ranking Sydney. center_img Prior to the coronavirus outbreak the company, which has a focus on new development properties, forecast that buyer demand from this demographic would continue to grow. Juwai IQI executive chairman Georg Chmiel said in 2019 Chinese buyers made 8.9 per cent more inquiries about Australian property than the previous year. “It is impossible to know what will happen with the market over the coming months. Yet this much is certain, if Chinese buyers can buy, they will. They like Australia. They like Brisbane. They want to invest here and to live here.” Brisbane property developer Emil Juresic of NGU Corp, who is selling a $4 million-plus home at 118 Hawken Drive in St Lucia said that 80 per cent of the more than 250 people who attended the recent open home were Chinese. Agents said 80 per cent of the more than 250 people who attended the recent open home for 118 Hawken Drive, St Lucia, were Chinese.Mr Chmiel said the company was working with buyers to help to facilitate transactions in alternative ways, such as sending and signing contracts over email. “My advice to anyone selling a home right now is to do as much online marketing as possible,” he said. “Try to reach overseas and local buyers using online tools that won’t be affected by travel bans or quarantines.” More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoMr Juresic said he had not seen a drop in inquiries for property since the outbreak.“We are still taking phone calls and doing as many private inspections,” he said.“Buyers are still coming and people are still looking at houses; this has been our strongest month.” Leading property experts are warning investors and homebuyers to determine quickly whether a property is likely to make it to auction in the current market. Real Estate Buyers Agents Association president Cate Bakos said with global restrictions on COVID-19 moving rapidly, there was a high chance vendors could start choosing to “take the money and run”, preferring to accept early offers rather than risk seeing how many buyers turn up at auction. “On the flip side, smaller auction crowds can present significant advantages to buyers looking to negotiate with less competition,” Ms Bakos said. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

CBN FC beat Unity Bank FC to win 2019 AFIFC

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available The Central Bank of Nigeria Football Club has won the 2019 All Financial Institutions Football Club competition, beating the Unity Bank Football Club by a lone goal at the game played at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, formerly known as Abakaliki Township Stadium.The only goal of the pulsating match was scored by Lazarus Ijale, via a spot kick in the 63rd minute of the game.Speaking at the event, which was graced by ex-Super Eagles star, Victor Ikpeba, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, commended all the teams that participated in the competition, and stressed that the tournament was one of the Bank’s foremost and oldest Corporate Social Responsibility functions.Emefiele, whose remarks were delivered by the Deputy Director in the Corporate Communications Department of the Bank and Head of the Public Relations Division, Veronica Aqua, noted that the Bank remained committed to contributing to the promotion and development of football in the country, in addition to its contributions in golf and tennis.He noted that the AFIFC had become a very significant tournament among financial institutions in Nigeria, particularly as it created an opportunity for social interaction among financial institutions and regulators as well as facilitated the promotion of harmony in Nigeria’s financial system.While congratulating the winners of this year’s competition, the CBN Governor assured that the Bank would sustain its sponsorship of the event, even as he urged financial institutions to continue to uphold the spirit of sportsmanship.The Governor also thanked the Ebonyi State Government for making the stadium available, and the Nigeria Football Federation for mobilizing financial institutions as well as ensuring a hitch-free competition.He further acknowledged the contribution of the media and all the football fans for their excellent conduct during the competition.Also speaking, Ikpeba lauded the CBN for leading the way in promoting the game of football and other sporting activities as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.Ikpeba stressed the importance of sponsorship to the development of sports in the country, noting that the government or a single corporate entity could not do it all.He also urged other corporate bodies to emulate the CBN in supporting sports for the overall good of the society.Meanwhile, in the third-place play-off that preceded the final match, last year’s losing finalist, the Securities and Exchange Commission Football Club of Abuja pipped Amju Unique Microfinance Bank, Delta State to win the bronze medal.Tags: 2019 AFIFCCBN FCUnity Bank FClast_img read more

IRFU to take on French spending

first_img Press Association Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) chief executive Philip Browne admitted the four provinces are “all struggling” to keep pace with their French counterparts. The IRFU reported a surplus in excess of 8.7million Euro owing to ticket sales, new broadcasting deals and Ireland’s two-straight RBS 6 Nations titles. Outgoing management committee chairman Finbarr Crowley was lined up to be voted in as a new junior vice president – until Billy Glynn intervened. Former IRFU president Glynn proposed ex-British Lions star Phil Orr as an alternative. Glynn decried “flawed mismanagement of the changes in laws” from a recent EGM designed to streamline IRFU governance, before touting Orr’s standing in the game as a boon to Ireland’s bid to host World Cup 2023. After a hastily-convened vote Orr was duly elected, leaving Crowley empty-handed when he had expected a vice-presidency as a quid pro quo for his management committee service. A chastened Crowley addressed the meeting in relinquishing his role as management committee chairman. “Despite losing out on today’s vote I will continue to commit myself to the game of rugby, regardless of what level or where it is,” said Crowley. “From what I can see there are bridges to be mended, so hopefully that can be done to the satisfaction of council.” Browne admitted the IRFU have a duty to keep raising investment into Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster where possible. “At professional game level it allows to start putting a little bit more money into the academy system and the elite player pool,” said Browne. “What we’re trying to do with David Nucifora (performance director) is to try and drive the high-performance system through the age groups so that we have contact with kids at an earlier age. “It obviously allows us to put a bit more money into the provinces who are all struggling to some extent in terms of financial pressures that are coming to bear because of the money in France. “We’re trying to make them financially viable and sustainable but at the same time we’ve got to try to put competitive teams on the park. “So it’s about all those things, it’s really around the high-performance system and player contracts where that money goes.” In 2013/14 the IRFU posted a surplus of 7.3million Euro. A second-straight surplus leaves the organisation in rude health ahead of next month’s Rugby World Cup. Martin O’Sullivan was enrolled as the 128th Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) president at Friday’s annual council meeting at the Aviva Stadium. Irish rugby bosses will hand the four provinces an extra 3.2million a year to combat the threat of France’s big-spending superpowers.last_img read more

Afghans Ring Warning Bell, But Will Pakistan Repeat History

first_imgBristol: When Afghanistan got past Pakistan by three wickets on Friday, it looked like an upset. But come the World Cup, this could be the norm when the ever diminishing fine line between minnows and heavyweights could further whittle down.Yet, just like every dark cloud has a silver lining, Pakistan too can take solace from the loss. In 1992, the Imran Khan-led team lost to then pushovers Sri Lanka in a World Cup warm-up game and the rest as they say is history. Whether history repeats itself is still to be seen, but from the initial tryst, it looks highly unlikely that this team which lacks balance is going to go the distance.After the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of hot favourites England, Pakistan were desperate to get their house in order. A fast improving Afghanistan team was never going to be easy, but when Sarfaraz Ahmed called right and decided to bat first, not many would have thought that their opponents would have a stroll in the park by the end of the match.The highly rated Babar Azam was the only shining light for Pakistan as he notched up his third hundred of the month, a 108-ball 112 laced with 10 fours.Afghanistan were poor in the field, but Pakistan batsmen still failed to make the most of it as the likes of Imam-Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and skipper Sarfraz gave a poor account of themselves. With the ball, the usual suspects in Rashid Khan (2/27 in 9 overs) and Mohammad Nabi (3/46 in 10 overs) did the damage.Pakistan then came up against Hazratullah Zazai, who struck a 28-ball 49 in the first Powerplay. From then on, the required run rate was always in control, and in Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan had a batsman with the temperament to see his side through, finishing unbeaten on 74.Afghanistan’s maturity could ring warning bells for other sides too in a World Cup format where every team plays the other.India coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli had said before leaving for the UK that they are a far better side than what they were four years back, and now every team will know they cannot let their guard drop even for once against the Afghans. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Serena moves ahead of Navratilova and into US Open fourth round

first_imgSERENA Williams powered to a record 307th Grand Slam match win to reach the fourth round of the US Open.The world number one moved ahead of Martina Navratilova for most match wins in a major by a woman, and tied Roger Federer’s mark for men with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.“That’s pretty awesome and what a place to do it, where everything first started,” said the 34-year-old.Serena won her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 1999.She is bidding to claim a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title and her seventh US Open crown.She next faces Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, a 6-2 7-5 winner over China’s Zhang Shuai.Sister Venus Williams, the sixth seed and oldest woman in the tournament at 36, plays Laura Siegemund of Germany later.Fifth seed Simona Halep of Romania smashed her racquet in frustration before avoiding an upset by defeating Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-1 2-6 6-4.Halep trailed 3-1 in the deciding set but fought back to reach the last 16.“I don’t know how I came back. I felt like I didn’t play my best but I was fighting to the end for every ball,” she said.Halep will play Spain’s 11th seed Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.Suarez celebrated her 28th birthday with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Russian Elena Vesnina.Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland overcame France’s Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-3 and will face either American Varvara Lepchenko or Ana Konjuh of Croatia next.last_img read more

Republic end year on a positive note.

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland signed off on 2014 with an impressive 4-1 win over the USA at the Aviva.Two goals from Robbie Brady as well as goals by Anthony Pilkington and James McClean secured an encouraging win for Martin O’Neill’s side that helped to ease some of the disappointment from last week’s defeat to Scotland.New caps David McGoldrick and Cyrus Christie both impressed on their debuts, with McGoldrick setting-up goals for both Pilkington and Brady.last_img

Atsu opens up on lack of playing time at Newcastle

first_imgIt has not been the best of starts to a season for Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu, having struggled for game time under new manager Steve Bruce.The Ghana international seemed to have won over the former Hull City manager at the start of the season when he had a fine run in the team setting up two goals in the Magpies opening 5 league games, including their crucial winner against Tottenham Hotspurs in August.But after summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin’s recovery from an early season injury, Atsu has had to ettle for a place on the bench.The former FC Porto man has not started a game for Newcastle since September. But Atsu, who has played 465 minutes of Premier League football this season, has been “patiently” waiting for an opportunity at St James’s Park.“I’m working hard,” said Atsu. “I want to start games, because I think I’m in very good shape now. I’m patiently waiting for my chance, because we have, this December, a lot of games coming. I’m preparing for that.”With an injury to teammate Matt Richie, and calls for Miguel Almiron and Saint-Maximin to be rested, Atsu could feature from the start when Newcastle welcome champions Manchester City to the St James’ Park on Saturday.The match will be live on Citi 97.3FM from 12 noon.last_img read more

Super Bowl 53: Buffalo Wild Wings will give away free wings if game goes to OT

first_imgIf the game does go to OT, Buffalo Wild Wings will give away a free snack size of traditional or boneless wings on Feb. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. local time. Little Caesar’s did a similar promotion during March Madness, saying it would give away free pizza if a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed. UMBC pulled off a shocking upset of Virginia to make that happen. Super Bowl 53: 20 Opta facts for Patriots vs. Rams Super Bowl 53: Roger Goodell addresses no-call from NFC championship Buffalo Wild Wings is taking a page out of Little Caesar’s handbook.The chain restaurant is taking a chance at the Super Bowl this Sunday, as it will give away free wings if the game goes into overtime. This was the first year in NFL history both conference championship games went to OT. Former NFL punter and current broadcaster Pat McAfee, who is working with Buffalo Wild Wings during the promotion, is betting that it will happen.”I believe in putting things out into the universe,” he told Ominsport. “You put things out into the universe, you speak things into existence and I’m hoping that this happens, I’ve been speaking this into existence ever since I signed up with Buffalo Wild Wings and if this thing goes into overtime, I am a medium, all drums, crispy wings eater on a very regular basis, two or three times a week from Buffalo Wild Wings, and free wings for me on Sunday…wouldn’t only help my pocketbook, but it helps the morale of America, so I’m betting on it going to overtime.” Related News View this post on Instagram 🗣 FREE WINGS FOR AMERICA FROM @bwwings… if it goes to OT obvi.. This is a really cool moment for me, got to become a #BWWPartner for a Super Bowl promotion. I’m a lucky dude… Censorship’s a real kick in the sack tho 😂😂A post shared by patmcafeeshow (@patmcafeeshow) on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:48pm PSTNow, about overtime. Both championship games went to an extra period this season and there was plenty of controversy in the two matchups. In the AFC, potential MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs never got to touch the ball as Tom Brady led the Patriots down the field for a touchdown to win.Brady is now a perfect 3-0 in playoff overtime games and his opponent has never touched the ball in any of those games. McAfee would be willing to see the format changed.”You would hope that the MVP — probable MVP — is going to get a chance to touch the rock, but in the NFC game, I mean, there was the standard, ball, turnover…make it happen, other team wins, so…I know there’s been a lot of conversation about the overtime and everything like that…there’s a lot of crazy concepts that we could come up with but at the end of the day, anything that gets chosen is going to be debated upon,” he said. “I wish Patrick Mahomes would have gotten the chance to touch the ball there, but I also wish that maybe the Chiefs could have got a turnover there.”last_img read more