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Putin warns Russia’s virus outbreak could get worse

first_img“The number of coronavirus infections in Russia gradually decreased in June and July,” Putin said during a video conference with officials, adding that the number of new cases had halved since the peak in May.Yet Putin cautioned that, “the situation remains difficult — it could swing in any direction”. The president called on Russians to observe the rules in place to prevent the spread of the virus to avoid any need to “re-impose restrictions, especially large-scale ones”.It was important that “kindergartens, colleges, and organizations can work safely, in the regular manner to which people are accustomed”, he added. Topics : Russia shuttered businesses and imposed a strict lockdown in March to slow the outbreak which centered around Moscow where around half the cases were reported.Health officials on Wednesday reported 5,475 new cases in the country. A government tally during the peak of the epidemic in May reported more than 11,000 new cases.Only India, Brazil and the worst-hit country, the United States, have recorded higher total numbers of infections than Russia.center_img Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the country’s coronavirus outbreak had stabilized but warned the situation remained difficult and could easily deteriorate.   Russia has registered the fourth-highest number of infections in the world and health officials on Wednesday reported a total of 828,990 cases and 13,673 fatalities.Officials eased most virus restrictions in June ahead of a large military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms that could extend Putin’s rule. last_img read more

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IPE Awards Seminar: Market volatility ‘irrelevant’, cash flows key, says Bridgeland

first_imgSource: IPEDelegates were polled on if they knew the cashflows of their pension funds.The former consultant called on pension funds to start thinking like businesses, explaining how it was at first hard for her trustee board to understand why actuaries were attempting to assess the value of cash flows from the fund’s holdings.“The reality is that most businesses and most businesses when they are thinking about a long-term project will look at cash flows,” she said.“Really, that is the common sense – you apply that business thinking to the problem.“Why are we thinking about volatility and market values? That’s irrelevant. What matters is volatility and diversification of cash flows.”Bridgeland said it was important to change the mindset of all involved in monitoring asset performance, and that she wanted to compare the performance of a long-lease property with that of infrastructure debt, without having to place the assets into different categories.“You want to get the best price for the cash flows, and you want to assess risk based on the characteristics of those cash flows,” she said. Bridgeland said that, when she first joined the BP scheme, it resembled a balanced fund in its investment approach, but that she had implemented a number of strategy changes since 2007 and knew exactly where she wanted the plan to be in 2023 – even if the path towards achieving her goals was an unpredictable one.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Market volatility and fluctuating asset values are “irrelevant” and should be ignored in favour of an approach based around the monitoring of cash flows, Sally Bridgeland of the UK’s BP Pension Scheme has said.The chief executive of the £16.6bn (€19.9bn) fund also told attendees at the IPE Awards Seminar in Noordwijk that pension funds were unlikely to be prepared for the operational challenges coming their way in a post-Lehman Brothers world.Five years after the financial institution’s collapse, Bridgeland was interviewed by Amin Rajan, chief executive of CREATE-Research, on how the demise of the investment bank had changed approaches to investment.“For me, the interesting thing is that, 10 years ago, nobody used the word ‘risk’,” Bridgeland said. She also expressed surprise at a poll of attendees that found 58% knew their pension fund to be cash-flow positive.Only 6% of attendees said they did not know into which category their scheme fell.Bridgeland said the focus on risk and the fact pension fund employees knew their fund was cash-flow positive “[signalled] the fact we are moving into a different era”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#center_img Delegates were also asked during Bridgeland’s panel about their overall risk appetite.“I’m not sure the asset management industry, the consulting industry and even individual pension funds have the operational flexibility they need to do that kind of journey – that’s what reality is going to throw at us,” she said. Weighing in on an earlier debate about smart beta – one that saw the strategies branded “old wine in new bottles” – the chief executive said the challenges over ever-changing strategies facing the pensions industry was a different one.“It’s symptomatic of not old wine in new bottles but middle-aged people on Harley-Davidsons,” she said. “It’s a bit of a mid-life crisis, where everyone is trying to grapple with what we’ve got to try, and make sense of the journey ahead.”Bridgeland predicted that, rather than wine, pension funds in future would want cocktails of asset allocation.“Different pension funds will want different ways of looking at their assets, and they might want it shaken and they might want it stirred because of the particular characteristics they have,” she said.last_img read more

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Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s new English record after Bournemouth win

first_img Loading… Reacting to setting a new benchmark which was previously held by the Liverpool team managed by the legendary Bob Paisley, current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: ‘We will never compare that with fella. ‘We didn’t think about the number before the game but after we can. It’s special, but we have to fight hard.’Having surrendered their 44-game unbeaten Premier League run at Watford last weekend, before crashing out of the FA Cup in midweek following a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, Klopp was delighted his side ended a mini-slump by holding on against Bournemouth. Liverpool will now concentrate on overturning a 1-0 deficit in their Champions League last 16 tie against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and Klopp was pleased to see his team exhibit their battling qualities ahead of the visit of Diego Simeone’s side to Anfield.‘I know what the boys are able to do, but I am not the one that is playing, they are,’ he said. Read Also: La Liga: Atletico draw with Sevilla ahead of Liverpool showdown‘We have said before, confidence is not something that you get, put in your pocket and keep for the rest of your life. It comes and goes. ‘You need that feeling where things work out.‘You have to fight hard, that’s always the main thing to do, but we have 82 points now, which is really nice. We have to carry on fighting. Give everyone a proper fight and that’s what we did today.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool survived some nervy moments against Bournemouth, most notably when James Milner was forced into making a desperate goalline clearance from Ryan Fraser’s lob, but the victory represented a 22nd consecutive league win at Anfield, an all-time English top-flight record.Advertisement Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies10 Largest Cities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

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No serious injuries reported in Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools bus crash

first_imgConnersville, In. — A school bus reportedly carrying a swimming team from Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools was involved in a crash near the Connersville High School Tuesday.Investigators say near the intersection of South Gray and Zigler Roads the bus went through a stop sign, hit a utility pole and flipped. Police are calling it an accident and expect the bus to be inspected today.The bus was carrying 36 students, a coach and a driver. Police say 16 students suffered minor injuries.The crash remains under investigation.last_img

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Duckett suspended from playing and warned about his conduct

first_img(REUTERS)) – England Lions cricketer Ben Duckett has been suspended from playing in the remainder of the team’s training camp in Australia and warned about his conduct after a bar incident last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday.England’s Ashes tour was plunged into crisis after batsman Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink on a senior England player reported to be paceman James Anderson after an argument in a Perth bar late on Thursday.The 23-year-old Duckett, who was stood down from an Ashes tour game, was also fined the “maximum allowable amount” for a Lions player. He will remain with the team and return to England at the end of the camp on Dec. 17, ECB said on their website (www.ecb.co.uk).Earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali said England’s cricketers must improve their off-field behaviour or risk turning a younger generation of players away from the game.England’s Ashes tour was plunged into crisis after batsman Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink on a senior England player reported to be paceman James Anderson after an argument in a Perth bar late on Thursday.The 23-year-old Duckett, who was stood down from an Ashes tour game, was also fined the “maximum allowable amount” for a Lions player. He will remain with the team and return to England at the end of the camp on Dec. 17, ECB said on their website (www.ecb.co.uk).Earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali said England’s cricketers must improve their off-field behaviour or risk turning a younger generation of players away from the game.The behaviour of England players has come under scrutiny after all-rounder Ben Stokes was left out of the tour after he and team mate Alex Hales were arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft said England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had given him a friendly headbutt in a Perth bar before the series but both men played down the row.England coach Trevor Bayliss described Duckett’s actions as “not acceptable” on Saturday and expressed his frustration at having to constantly explain the off-field behaviour of his players to the media.”Trevor Bayliss, Andrew Strauss and all the guys who get most of the flak for it… you feel for them,“ Moeen added. ”We’re all grown men and we should know how to behave.“Through county cricket all the way up to international cricket, the individual needs to be responsible. Off-field behaviour needs to improve and we all know that.”The third Ashes Test starts on Thursday in Perth with England down 2-0 and hoping to avoid another humiliating whitewash.last_img read more

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Third line gives 1st rate production

first_imgBen Grotting has benefitted recently from the addition of Aaron Bendickson to the Badgers\’ third line.[/media-credit]Men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves claims his team doesn’t have a true top line. Nor do the Badgers have a real fourth line. Rather, anyone can step in on any given night and contribute.But regardless of where Wisconsin’s third line of John Mitchell, Aaron Bendickson and Ben Grotting falls in the pecking order, the unit seems to be clicking.“Is that our third line or our second line?” Eaves joked when asked about the trio.In a 6-3 win against Alaska Anchorage, the line contributed with four points — with Bendickson netting a goal, Mitchell adding an assist and Grotting picking up one of each. The following weekend against Colorado College, the three finished with six points.Call them the third line if you want, but they’ve been putting up first line numbers.“It says that we’re going to be tough to play against,” Mitchell said of his line’s production.“I think we as a team have a lot of depth,” Bendickson added. “We can put out all of our lines versus any line in the league a lot of times.”Bendickson couldn’t point to just one thing that’s led to the recent upswing for the trio. Instead, he feels all the pieces have been falling into place.“We’re finding each other; we’re getting other places; we’re supporting each other well,” Bendickson said. “I think it’s all those things combined that’s making a difference.”Mitchell and Grotting played most of the 2007-08 season on the same line, developing a chemistry that has carried over into this year.“John and I are so familiar with each other,” Grotting said. “We’ve been going out there and doing the things we do well. He and I are just making sure we keep it simple, get the puck deep.”It wasn’t until recently, however, that Bendickson joined the pairing. For most of the season, sophomore Sean Dolan had been centering the third line. But the coaching staff decided to mix things up in order to spark production in both Dolan and Bendickson.“I think that, to be honest with you, Sean was struggling a little bit,” Eaves said. “We needed to make a change and try to get him going a little bit and it opened up the opportunity for [Bendickson], and he’s taken advantage of it.”While Dolan may have been struggling, scoring wasn’t exactly coming easily for Bendickson, who tallied an assist playing on the “top” line in UW’s season opener against Boston College but then went 16 games without recording a point. Since playing with Mitchell and Grotting, however, he’s scored a pair of goals — in two consecutive games — and added an assist in the past two weekends.“I think with the success has come confidence,” Eaves said of Bendickson. “That’s a big thing for any athlete, and it’s no different for [Aaron]. I think the confidence has allowed him to stay on top of his game and be more consistent with that high level of play.”In moving up to the third line, the smaller, quicker Bendickson has brought an element not seen in Mitchell or Grotting’s games.“What Aaron’s brought is when we get the puck in, he’s able to shift in and out of small areas,” Grotting said. “He’s really good with the puck. He’s able to find us in the offensive zone, and John’s able to put the puck in the net. We’ve been having a lot of success.”For both Bendickson and Grotting, playing on the same line as the team’s leading goal scorer hasn’t hurt. Mitchell has found the net 11 times on the season, tied with Badger captain Blake Geoffrion for tops on the team.Three of Mitchell’s goals have come since Bendickson joined the line in the second game of the Northern Michigan series. He’s also picked up five assists in that five-game span.“He’s finding a way to find the back of the net, and that’s a good thing,” Bendickson said of Mitchell. “He’s putting the puck away. What else can you say? He’s getting the job done.”While Mitchell sits at the top of the scoring sheet after the halfway mark of the season, it wasn’t something he set out to do at the start of the year.“My personal goal was to do as much as possible to help this team. It wasn’t to lead the team in goals,” said Mitchell, who scored eight goals last season. “I do have three or four goals off my hip or off my shin pad, but it’s going to the net, making it difficult on the goalies. These goalies these days are so good. It’s hard to beat them clearly. We need everyone going to the net.”But with a player like the 6-foot-5 Mitchell scoring as often as he has, the Badgers have proven yet again that balance and depth is their strong suit.“It is one of our strengths, and we have to play to that strength,” Eaves said. “We feel like we could play any of our lines against the other team’s top lines because of the way we play without the puck. If we could play well without the puck and chip in offensively, then we’re pretty solid.”With 10 games left in the season, UW’s lineups could shift between now and the end of the year. But will Bendickson, Grotting and Mitchell stay together on what has become a productive Badger line?“As long as they keep playing well,” Eaves said. “We’re not that dumb.”last_img read more

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Williams, Walls kick-starting offense for women’s soccer

first_imgIt’s a Sunday afternoon home game against Northern Iowa and play has just gotten under way for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Seven minutes into the match, redshirt senior forward Kodee Williams burns the defense up the right side and delivers a perfectly timed cross, slicing through the defense and connecting with fellow senior forward Cara Walls who promptly knocks it in for the upper-ninety goal.It’s the kind of chemistry that takes years to perfect.Whether it’s on the practice field, in the conditioning room or during games, UW head coach Paula Wilkins has watched her star strikers grow from the inexperienced freshman first stepping onto the pitch, to award-winning captains of the No. 9 team in the nation.“I think they complement each other, both as people and as players,” Wilkins said. “Kodee’s a little bit more fiery, a little bit more aggressive, while Cara’s a little bit more calm and steady. Not to discredit Kodee at all, it’s a compliment because if they were both similar, it would be kind of boring. I think they add a different dimension together so one’s steady and one’s kind of aggressive.”Having been dealt her fair share of adversity over the years, perhaps the fire and passion Williams brings to the field on a daily basis has been the key factor in getting over the obstacles she has faced. After a promising start to her UW campaign, which included 17 starts, four goals and four assists as a freshman, a devastating ACL injury the following off-season put her career in jeopardy.Although she had to watch from the sideline for the season and start back at square one physically, Williams wasn’t going to let one setback ruin her career after years of hard work to get to where she had been. After months of grueling physical therapy and strength training in the 2011-12 off-season, she had finally made it back off the bench the following season. It was a comeback that would earn her the UW Unsung Hero award and inspire the program as a whole.Whether it was during her recovery period or now, at the peak of her performance, Williams has always been able to count on Wilkins to keep the game engaging for her and the whole team as well.“I think Paula does a great job of changing things up for us at practice and during games,” Williams said. “In the offseason, she really keeps things interesting to keep us interested in soccer and I think that she has also made some awesome changes as a coach that have been passed down to us in terms of our communication styles. What she tells us, how she’s telling it to us, and that’s just really fueled the team I think.”As for Cara Walls, consistency has defined her career thus far. Before she ever took a step on the field for the Badgers, she had already staked her claim as a top national prospect following her performance for the FC U-18 Milwaukee club team, leading her squad to the national championship.Her career as a Badger has been more of the same kind of success. UW’s offensive player of the year in 2012, Second-Team All Big Ten in 2013, and a No. 88 ranking in the 100 Best Women’s College Soccer Players by Top Drawer Soccer are just a few of her highlights so far at the Division 1 level for the Badgers. With seven goals already in the team’s six games this season, it’s hard for anyone to really gauge her full potential.Sophomore midfielder Rose Lavelle, who has contributed as the team’s top 2014 setup player with five assists, said both Walls and Williams “lead by example” both on and off the field.“They work really hard and have very good work ethic which makes us want to work hard too,” Lavelle said. “Off the field, they’re just great people, they get the team together which is great for our team chemistry.”The accomplishments of her teammates should not be discounted by any means either. In just over a year, Lavelle has collected a series of individual accolades, including 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the year, 2013 All-First Team Big Ten and a selection to Soccer America’s preseason All-American Team. Junior midfielder Kinley McNicoll was just named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as well as the Division I Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer Sept. 9 following her dominating two-goal, two-assist performance on the West Coast this past weekend.Looking ahead, the biggest test for the Badgers’ offense will come this weekend with Big Ten play opening up on Friday against undefeated Michigan State before concluding the weekend on Sunday at Michigan (4-2-0).As the Badgers try to continue their hot start through Big Ten play, both Walls and Williams will have to continue their chemistry that produced that early goal against Northern Iowa.last_img read more

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Women’s volleyball gears up for Oregon

first_imgJunior outside hitter Khalia Lanier is averaging 4.33 kills per set in 2018. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)After splitting their games over the weekend, the women’s volleyball team will travel to Oregon this weekend. No. 15 USC will play No. 16 Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday. The Trojans faced both teams in October earlier this season at Galen Center. While USC defeated Oregon State in three sets, it was swept by Oregon. “I think we’ll be more disciplined to start,” senior libero Victoria Garrick said. “Then I think in the Oregon game being able to adjust to what they’re showing us early and making quick adjustments.”With a win, the Trojans will move ahead of Oregon in conference play, as both teams are 8-4 in Pac-12 play going into the game. Stanford leads the conference with a 12-0 record, but Washington State, USC and Oregon have the same record at 8-4.“I think when second place has four losses, it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s kind of a pride thing,” Garrick said. “We have some of our rivalries with those girls, so we definitely want to beat them at their home because they beat us here.” The Ducks are led in hitting by senior outside hitter Lindsey Vander-Weide, who is averaging 3.45 kills per set. Sophomore outside hitter Maddie Goings leads Oregon State in kills with an average of 3.36 per game. The Trojans have strength on their offensive side when it comes to hitting, as sophomore and junior outside hitters Brooke Botkin and Khalia Lanier average 4.50 and 4.33 kills respectively per set in conference. Aside form statistics, the team has spent more time preparing for the mental battle.“Oregon is going to have a lot of confidence because they beat us last time, so it’s going to be coming out early and shaking that confidence that they have,” Garrick said. “Oregon State is a team [that] we beat before pretty easily, but we can’t take that lightly.” Along with figuring out the mental game, the Trojans have studied footage and looked at stats. Having played both teams once before, they also have looked at their own game footage and figured out what areas need improvement. The last time the Trojans faced Oregon, they had 10 service errors and finished the game with a 54 percent side out percentage The Women of Troy know that these are areas to improve.“We are trying to pass more balls in system on serve receive, so [Tuesday], that’s we did for an hour,” Garrick said. “Just in system serve receive, hoping to pass 60 percent in system and that will make everyone happy.” Oregon is the 15th-ranked opponent that USC will have to face this season, and the Trojans so far defeated eight of those ranked opponents. USC has won 53 of 66 matchups against Oregon overall.After facing Oregon, the Trojans hope to add a couple wins to their record before returning home to take on both Washington schools. With Washington State holding the same conference record and a victory against them in their last meeting, the Trojans are looking to make this weekend count in preparation for next weekend.last_img read more