In drastic step, Italy bishops cancel weekday Masses in coronavirus areas

first_imgItaly’s bishops on Thursday ordered that Masses not be held during the week in churches in areas of the north of the country affected by the coronavirus outbreak, a step believed to be unprecedented.It was believed to be the first time such a draconian step had been taken in Italy, the European country worst hit so far by the coronavirus outbreak. Masses were not even cancelled when the plague struck Milan in the 17th century.A statement from the bishops conference said Masses would not be held from Monday to Saturday in churches in the Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna region as well as in the provinces of Savona in the Liguria region and Pesaro and Urbino in the Marche region. The statement did not mention Masses on Sunday, when according to Church teaching Catholics are obliged to attend Mass unless they are ill.The move comes during the season of Lent, where more Catholics go to weekday Mass than at other times during the year.The Italian government has ordered the closure of cinemas and theatres and has told Italians not to shake hands or hug each other. Schools and universities have been closed until March 15.The death toll from coronavirus in Italy stood at 107 on Wednesday while the accumulative number of cases totaled almost 3,090.Several conferences that were to have taken place in the next few months with the participation of Pope Francis have been postponed.The Vatican has said the 83-year-old pope, who cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy, is currently suffering from a cold that is “without symptoms related to other pathologies”.Topics :last_img read more

‘We don’t want people to panic’: Jokowi says on lack of transparency about COVID cases

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has admitted that he was deliberately holding back some information on COVID-19 cases to prevent the public from panicking. “Indeed, we did not deliver certain information to the public because we did not want to stir panic. We have worked hard to overcome this, since the novel coronavirus outbreak can happen regardless of the country border,” Jokowi said on Friday.He assured the public that his administration had tried its best to overcome the pandemic through several measures. He also told the public to remain calm and vigilant. Read also: COVID-19: Mr. President, you need professional help“We will inform the public eventually. However, we have to think of the possibility that the public will react to it by panicking or worrying, as well as the effect on the recovered patients. Every country has different policies,” Jokowi said, adding that he would inform the public whenever a new cluster appeared. The government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 Achmad Yurianto announced that the number of confirmed cases had risen to 69 on Friday. As of now, four patients have died due to the disease, while five patients have recovered. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMSurakarta administration battles to keep beloved cultural site public

first_imgGoogle Forgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Topics : The administration of Surakarta in Central Java has vowed to keep the Sriwedari Park complex, one of the city’s most beloved historical sites, open to the public amid a messy legal battle over land rights.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo vowed to keep fighting to keep Sriwedari a public space, as he has reason to believe it won’t be spared once it falls into private hands.The Surakarta District Court moved to conclude a drawn-out land ownership dispute over the Sriwedari complex by ordering the restoration of rights to the descendants of the heir, RMT Wirjodiningrat, based on a 2016 Supreme Court ruling. The court ordered to seize and vacate the land on Feb. 21, reigniting a dispute that has persisted since 1970.Rudy’s administration will be working with the prosecutor’s office as the city’s legal counsel to persuade the legal … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook surakarta heritage-sites land-dispute Sriwedari-Parklast_img read more

Japan’s Pension Investment Fund expected to ramp up equity exposure

first_imgJapan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world’s biggest retirement fund, is thinking to increase its allocation to domestic equities to approximately 30%, according to Nikko Asset Management.Hiroki Tsujimura, the company’s CIO in Japan, said many professionals within the fund had been discussing the ideal allocation for the asset class, and that the 30% figure “had been talked about”.The $1.2trn (€872bn) fund currently has a 21% allocation to domestic equities.“It is expected that GPIF should probably raise its allocation to domestic equities by approximately 5-10%,” Tsujimura said. Nikko Asset Management was one of eight fund managers selected by the fund last year to manage its foreign equity portfolio using MSCI Kokusai as benchmark.It was also named last month as one of 11 traditional active managers.GPIF is awaiting the outcome of a five-year Health Ministry review of public pension finances.Finance minister Taro Aso said last month changes to the Health Ministry’s plan for the GPIF would be discussed in June, when the government is expected to present another set of measures to boost growth.Investors are expecting the government to announce details of asset allocation targets and new investment approaches.The Health Ministry, which oversees the fund, has made key appointments to the fund, added new managers and styles, following recommendations from a state panel led by prime minister Shinzo Abe.A 10% increase will equate to the amount of Japanese equities purchased by foreign investors during the whole of last year, according to Tsujimura.The fund has a 55% allocation to domestic bonds, or Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs).The 10-year rate for JGBs is about 0.6%.GPIF is widely expected to allocate more of its funds to riskier assets including equity, infrastructure and private equity as pension obligations swell in the world’s oldest population.In February, the fund agreed with Canada’s Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and the Development Bank of Japan to invest in infrastructure projects through an investment trust fund.Since taking power in December 2012, Abe has pressed the GPIF to overhaul its portfolio, putting more money into domestic stocks and other riskier instruments to support his efforts to pull Japan out of more than a decade of deflation.“We now expect stock prices to appreciate and undervalued stocks to gradually disappear as the revival of Japan’s economy gather momentum,” Tsujimura said.last_img read more

Montserrat deputy commissioner of police resigns

first_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Montserrat deputy commissioner of police resigns by: – March 1, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 119 Views   no discussions BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — The governor of Montserrat, Adrian Davis, has confirmed that Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Morris has resigned from the Royal Montserrat Police Service.Deputy Commissioner Paul Morris (left). Photo credit: gov.msDavis said Morris gave no grounds for his resignation. He said, however, that Morris was entitled to make such a decision under the terms of his contract.When asked to comment further, Davis says he is considering all aspects of the administration of the Royal Montserrat Police Service in light of the findings of a report on police misconduct within the police service. Davis said that the details of the report prepared by police officers from the Cayman Islands and Bermuda are being reviewed by the Director of Public Prosecution Kathy-Ann Pyke.Morris, who was appointed deputy commissioner of police in 2008, was given the responsibility during his tenure for the overall administration of the RMPS to include training, development and budget. He previously served a four-year stint as superintendent of police from 2000-2004.His resignation comes on the heels of RMPS officer, Sergeant Ottley Laborde being charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding, disorderly conduct, and threatening language, stemming from a December 2011 incident.The former commissioner led the investigation into the police brutality case and worked with the visiting police officers to complete the final Nerissa GoldenCaribbean News Nowlast_img read more

De Lima dares Duterte: Let Robredo take over

first_img“Niloko mo ang mga tao na six months solve lahat ng problema. Ngayon hinahamon mo si VP Leni na gawin ang hindi mo nagawa?” says Sen. Leila de Lima in a statement on Thursday. ABS-CBN NEWS “Duterte must first relinquish his post entirely to VP Robredo, who will then be Acting President throughout the overacting phase of Duterte’s spoiled brat persona, and not only take over law enforcement functions,” the opposition senator said. According to the opposition senator, that is the only “manly way” for Duterte to stay true to his challenge for Robredo to takeover his drug war. “Follow the Constitution. Transmit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives your written declaration that you are unable to discharge the powers and duties of your office and let VP (Vice President) Robredo take over,” De Lima said. De Lima added: “Niloko mo ang mga tao na six months solve lahat ng problema. Ngayon hinahamon mo si VP Leni na gawin ang hindi mo nagawa? Sino ba ang nangako sa taumbayan na ayusin ang Pilipinas sa loob ng anim na buwan?” De Lima also said that Duterte have once again resorted to attacking Robredo as he “cannot admit that he miserably failed the millions of Filipino people who believed in his fake promise to rid the country of illegal drugs in six months.” In a statement, De Lima said that Duterte should write a letter to the Senate and House of Representatives officially declaring himself as unable to discharge his functions as the President. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, meanwhile, laughed off the latest tirades of De Lima, who was detained for allegedly allowing the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons during her time as Department of Justice secretary. “You failed. And now you mock VP Robredo when you were the one who bragged everything is solvable with the six month Duterte formula of wishing that things would just fix themselves by the sheer power of your stupid jokes and equally idiotic ramblings,” she said. MANILA – Detained Sen. Leila de Lima has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to let Vice President Leni Robredo take over from his official functions as Chief Executive. “De Lima must be hallucinating. Could be the result of incarceration. I pity her. I’m praying for her health,” Panelo said in a text message to the media on Thursday./PNlast_img read more

‘No concrete plan’ | Duterte late-night report hit for lack of details

first_imgSen. Risa Hontiveros said the President“should act with a sense of urgency” following the stimulus law that gave himspecial powers to address the contagion. Gabriela Women’s Partylist echoedHontiveros’ concerns, saying it was better if Duterte mentioned the names offallen health workers instead of “oligarchs and corporation who are justsharing crumbs from their profit.” In his televised public address late Monday night, more than seven hours past the 4 p.m. tentative schedule, President Rodrigo Duterte says the government has set aside P200 billion for those affected by the enhanced community quarantine. ABS-CBN NEWS “After almost eight hours of delay, thepublic was presented with neither a sound assessment nor a concrete plan toaddress the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 crisis,” Hontiveros said in astatement. The country’s hospitals continue tosuffer from a lack of PPEs as the supply of medical equipment plungedworldwide, while at least 12 doctors have died fighting in the frontlinesagainst the respiratory illness. (ABS-CBNNews) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s televisedreport released late Monday was “lacking” in details on mass testing andfinancial aid for Filipinos reeling from the effect of the coronavirus pandemic,a senator said Tuesday. “What are the steps being taken by thegovernment to enhance our capacity for mass testing? How do we ensure thatthere are enough personal protective equipment [PPE] in every hospital? How dowe get the cash assistance to the most vulnerable as soon as possible? So far,the President provided no clear answers to these questions. It is alarming.” “How could the President miss this verycritical lens at this crucial time? Bakitsasabihing swerte sila sa kanilang pagkamatay gayong dapat na manatili silangbuhay nang makapagpatuloy sa paglilingkod sa bayan?” it added. “It is very inappropriate for Duterte toromanticize the death of our health workers under current circumstances as somestroke of luck. In fact he should be alarmed: We are losing those who aresupposed to save lives,” it said.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgRavens lose DT Brockers, who returns to Rams for 3-year dealUNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens won’t have Michael Brockers on their retooled defensive line after all, and now he’s headed back to Los Angeles. Baltimore reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Rams free agent last week but the deal was never sealed in part because Brockers could not take a physical at the team’s training facility due to restrictions by the NFL regarding the coronavirus.The Ravens had concerns over a lingering ankle sprain after Brockers had a physical administered by two independent doctors. Baltimore and Brockers ultimately failed to reach an agreement on an amended contract.In other NFL news:— The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with linebacker Reggie Ragland, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Ragland started 32 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champions, making seven starts. He had two sacks. — People familiar with the agreement tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball players have agreed to a deal that would preserve service time if the season is canceled because of the coronavirus. The agreement between MLB and the union gives management the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021. The person said management will advance $170 million to players in two stages. Opening day originally was to have been yesterday but has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the virus pandemic.— The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.— The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus. The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week. Tests stopped today and will resume on April 6.— Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros, about $1.1 million, to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.NFL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAthletes who qualified for Tokyo Games are in for 2021UNDATED (AP) — There’s good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. Associated Press — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Other Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.— ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus. Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert had tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date and fought through her symptoms to work that night. She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday.  — Santa Anita has stopped live racing because of the coronavirus after receiving instructions from the Los Angeles County Health Department. The track in Arcadia, California, was preparing to run eight races when the cancellation was announced. It’s not immediately known when racing will be allowed to resume. The Santa Anita Derby won’t be run on April 4 as scheduled. It’s the major West Coast prep for the Kentucky Derby, which itself has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has joined the field for IndyCar’s inaugural online race as he contemplates driving in that series following his retirement from full-time stock car racing. IndyCar has followed NASCAR, IMSA and Formula One in setting up a virtual racing series to give fans content during the coronavirus pandemic that brought sports to a halt. IndyCar’s first race is Saturday and Johnson is the 26th driver to enter.— Commissioner Roger Goodell has told NFL teams that the draft will go on as originally scheduled next month. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell said the draft will still take place April 23-25, but will be scaled down and “televised in a way that reflects current conditions.” It was originally planned as a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams were told to plan “to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters.” The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Hammonds averaged 12.9 points while leading the Bulldogs with 7.4 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in scoring, behind freshman Anthony Edwards, who also has entered the draft.While Edwards could be the top pick in the draft, Hammonds’ draft outlook is far less certain. When announcing his plans on his Twitter account on Friday, Hammonds said he is protecting his option to return for his senior season.DAVIS LOVE-HOUSE FIREHouse of Davis Love III destroyed by early morning fireST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia home of Hall of Fame golfer Davis Love III has been destroyed by fire. Love, a former PGA champion and two-time Ryder Cup captain, is one of the most prominent figures at Sea Island. It’s part of the “Golden Isles” about 40 miles north of the Florida state line. Love runs a PGA Tour event at Sea Island Golf Club, and the area is home to several PGA Tour players.Glynn County Fire Chief R.K. Jordan says the emergency call was placed from the horse barn at Love’s house at 5:18 a.m. Friday and fire units were on the scene in five minutes. He said the Fire Department deployed 16 firefighters for the two-story home that was fully engulfed. Jordan said the caller reported the fire started in the garage, though that’s under investigation.No one from Love’s family was injured.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 27, 2020 — The Minnesota Vikings re-signed two more of their own free agents, with new contracts for running back Ameer Abdullah and center Brett Jones. Abdullah has been the primary kickoff returner since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions in 2018. He also carved out a niche on coverage units last season. Abdullah had 203 yards from scrimmage with one receiving touchdown in a reserve role. Jones joined the Vikings in a trade with the New York Giants in 2018. He’s the second backup offensive lineman to re-up with the team this spring, joining tackle Rashod Hill.— Terry Tausch, an All-American offensive lineman at Texas and eight-year NFL veteran who played for the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 61. The Longhorns announced that Tausch died Wednesday night at his home in Plano, Texas. His older brother, Gary Tausch, told San Antonio TV station KENS that the death was “sudden.” Tausch was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings in 1982, playing seven seasons for them. He was their starting right guard for five years, until joining the 49ers in 1989 in what was his final NFL season. It ended with a Super Bowl ring.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA-HAMMONDS-NBAGeorgia’s Hammonds entering NBA draft, protects eligibilityATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds says he is entering the NBA draft while protecting his college eligibility. Update on the latest sports Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe.Still to be determined is how the rest of the spots at the rescheduled games will be allocated. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures.The date of the next world track championships is in limbo until the International Olympic Committee decides on a new schedule for the postponed Tokyo Games. Sebastian Coe, the Olympic great who is now president of World Athletics, said Friday there are plenty of options for rescheduling next year’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon, but at the moment they all depend on the IOC.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to provide another year of eligibility to spring sport athletes. That includes sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse. Those players had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar relief to winter sport athletes, such as basketball and hockey players and wrestlers, will also be considered. There does not appear to be support for that.last_img read more

Syracuse holds possession in final minutes to secure 13-10 win over Penn in NCAA tournament 2nd-round game

first_imgAs an Orange clear found Taylor Gait, her father called her over with under eight minutes left in the game. SU head coach Gary Gait talked to his daughter as play continued, walking down the sideline with her, separated only by the white out-of-bounds line.“Take a swing, miss and hit the coach,” one fan yelled to a Pennsylvania player as the move drew the displeasure of the Quakers’ fans.But with 7:30 left in the game, Penn had been run ragged. It played a wire-to-wire, overtime game against Albany on Friday and mustered all it had to pester SU.But the Orange players held the ball and the game in their sticks.“It’s hard to take the ball away from a team that has very good stick work and it’s frustrating,” Penn head coach Karin Corbett said. “You’re tired. We don’t have a lot of subs. We don’t have a ton of depth and your kids have been playing hard.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 4-seeded SU (15-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) burned the final minutes off the clock, sidestepping a Pennsylvania (14-5, 6-1 Ivy) comeback attempt to preserve its 13-10 win. The Orange earned a rematch with Loyola (17-4, 8-0 Patriot) — who beat Syracuse 9-8 on May 2 — in the third round of the NCAA tournament.In the game’s final stretch, the Orange staved off shots and near misses by Penn while still managing to end the game holding the ball with a win in hand for just the fifth time since conference play started.“I thought we did a great job,” Gary Gait said, “especially when we took our five minutes off the clock and scored.“It shortened the game and it gave us a great opportunity to finish it the way we did.”SU held the ball from the time goalie Kelsey Richardson made a save with 8:48 left in the game until attack Kayla Treanor buried the dagger, a shot she unfurled while curling around the crease with 3:32 left in the game.Penn had its fair share of chances. Attack Tory Bensen and Emily Rogers-Healion rang two shots off the crossbar 25 seconds apart with just under 16 minutes left in the game. After Treanor’s goal, Penn won the ensuing draw, but Richardson made another save, drawing “Kel-sey Richardson” chants from the bench and stands.Penn intercepted a Kailah Kempney flip pass with 1:10 left, but sent a shot high on the other end. SU midfielder Gabby Jaquith ran with the ball in her stick as the final seconds ticked off.The Orange has found itself on the other side of teams holding the ball this season, prompting both Gary Gait and Richardson to lament the lack of a shot clock or stall warning before.“My whole college career has been defined by that thing,” Richardson said of the lack of a stall warning after a 10-7 March 7 loss to Maryland. “And so it sucks losing to them and by that many, and we were right there and it came to that and them just standing out.”But as SU was able to hold the ball for most of the last nine minutes, the seconds bled away just like any chance the Quakers would have to win the game.This time the Orange ended the game with the ball in its sticks and this time the Orange moved on.“It was great,” Richardson said. “We always like to be on the opposite end of that where we get to hold the ball instead of trying to chase the ball away from teams.” Comments Published on May 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more