Academy signs £35m Blackpool retail deal

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BNPB confirms COVID-19 data discrepancy between central, regional govts

first_imgNational Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Agus Wibowo says that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases the central government has been publishing did not match the figures that regional administrations were reporting.Agus said on Sunday during a virtual discussion with the Energy Academy Indonesia that the BNPB had been collating reports from both the Health Ministry and regional administrations in its work behind the scenes, and claimed that he did not understand the reason for the discrepancy in the data.“BNPB gathers data from the regions and the Health Ministry. We compare them. But because the [government] spokesman is Pak Yuri, we publish what he reports,” Agus said,  referring to Achmad Yurianto, the Health Ministry’s disease prevention and control director general.Agus confirmed a lack of data transparency from the central government, saying that the data the BNPB received from the Health Ministry was limited.“We have been fed limited data from the Health Ministry, so we have not been able to provide complete or [transparent] data,” said Agus.Read also: KawalCOVID-19 volunteers call for regional quarantines as crisis looms“I just found out that what the Health Ministry reports to the WHO [World Health Organization] is complete, with the case gender, age and [medical] status. I’ve only just been made aware that such data [exists],” he said.Agus said that the disaster agency was currently developing the Lawan COVID-19 (fight COVID-19) application, which would gather data on confirmed cases from around the country and be made available in the coming week.“We are mobilizing many personnel from the BNPB and BPBDs [Regional Disaster Mitigation Agencies], also the military and the police, for data input that will connect to the application,” he said.KawalCOVID-19 community group initiator Ainun Najib, who also participated in the discussion on April 5, said that the government needed to be more open about the outbreak on Indonesian shores, fearing that inaccurate data that did not reflect the reality might catch the public off guard.Read also: COVID-19: Anies slams Health Ministry’s requirements for large-scale social restrictions“People could perhaps think [that cases] have declined,” Ainun said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan earlier cast doubt on the central government’s data, saying that the capital had buried more than 400 Jakartans according to COVID-19 protocol.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil also suggested that the number of confirmed cases in his province was exponentially higher than the central government’s published figures.During a teleconference with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin on Friday, Ridwan said that the government’s official count reported only 225 confirmed cases in West Java on Friday, but that his administration’s rapid testing program had identified 677 new cases. By Sunday, Indonesia’s COVID-19 epicenter of Jakarta had recorded 1,124 confirmed cases and 95 deaths, followed by West Java with 252 confirmed cases and 28 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Scientific Beta unrelenting in criticism of EC climate benchmark plans [updated]

first_imgScientific Beta has redirected to draft benchmark-related rules prepared by the European Commission the strong criticism it previously expressed of the proposals developed by the technical expert group (TEG) that has been advising the EU executive on sustainable finance.The draft rules in question are the so-called draft delegated acts on minimum standards for EU climate benchmarks and disclosures about environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors in benchmarks.The Commission published the draft rules last month with a call for any feedback to be submitted by tomorrow.Scientific Beta yesterday shared the letter it sent to the Commission, with CEO Noël Amenc in a press release explaining the smart beta index provider’s view that the Commission’s proposal “does not go in the right direction and our previous criticism of the proposal from the TEG remains relevant for the most part”. “This regulation makes the weights of stocks depend more on their stock market performance than on their ecological performance”Noël Amenc, CEO of Scientific Beta“In very concrete terms,” said Amenc, “the new carbon metric will allow a company that has a better stock market performance than the market average to participate proportionally more in the emission of greenhouse gases than others.“Ultimately, this regulation makes the weights of stocks depend more on their stock market performance than on their ecological performance,” he claimed.In its letter to the Commission, Scientific Beta said that a recent spike in the carbon intensity of benchmark products launched in anticipation of the final EU rules “richly illustrated” its point that the rules on the table would introduce capital market instability to the assessment of decarbonisation.An equity market downturn would potentially trigger “portfolio adjustments most unconducive to setting long-term decarbonisation incentives for issuers,” it said.Scientific Beta’s “remedial” proposals are for the rules on the EU climate benchmarks to “giv[e] administrators flexibility in sector allocations while neutralising sector effects to assess decarbonisation”, to use the “standard” version of carbon intensity and “to incorporate important value-chain considerations with metrics of sufficient granularity”.According to Scientific Beta, the version of the weighted average carbon intensity metric (WACI) taken up in the draft delegated act has not gained wide acceptance.The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has so far recommended asset managers and asset owners use the weighted average carbon intensity metric with revenues, not enterprise value, as the denominator.The Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, however, departed from this when it recently indicated a “preference for footprint intensity normalisation rules based on enterprise value”, including in part to achieve some consistency with the EU climate benchmarks.Scientific Beta’s scathing criticism of the TEG’s proposals generated a vehement counter-argument from a member of the expert group.Benchmark ESG explanationsAnother of last month’s draft delegated acts is aimed at supplementing a new requirement to explain in the benchmark statement how environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related disclosures should be provided.Scientific Beta said the Commission “should be commended for reducing much of the conceptual confusion of the TEG proposals, and considerably improving the informational potential of proposed disclosures”.However, in its view, the Commission’s proposal was still in need of being fixed, because it would impose “extensive and expensive sustainability disclosures” and risked providing regulatory endorsement to metrics “whose divergence frustrates the possibility of meaningful comparisons and is a hindrance to decision-making in matters of sustainability”.Scientific Beta had already suggested as a solution that an administrative body be tasked with making available the data to be used by benchmark administrators to produce mandated ESG-related disclosures.In its letter to the Commission it fleshed this out to say that the body it envisaged was something similar to the ethics councils supporting Sweden’s buffer funds and Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, in that it would look after controversy assessments in addition to “objective data”.ESMA last week issued a “no-action letter” to national supervisory authorities in relation to the ESG benchmark disclosure rules because the relevant delegated acts were not ready.A spokesman for the watchdog has since confirmed it was the first time it used its power to issue no-action letters, which it obtained under a revised regulation that stemmed from a review of the European Supervisory Authorities.Read moreClimate benchmarks: Brown to greenBrown to green – Index providers are making the first steps towards adoption of the new EU climate benchmarksTo read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.This article was updated to specify that the carbon intensity measure recommended by the TCFD for asset owners and asset managers has revenues as the denominator. “Even though we have planned to provide versions of our flagship indices that will comply with these standards, which will be a business opportunity for us, we will not recommend that our clients adopt these indices,” he said.“Scientific Beta was set up by an academic institution to advance state-of-the-art equity investing based on scientific ethics and we believe that it is our duty to highlight the flaws and risks that this draft regulation poses for the fight against climate change.”Scientific Beta said it would also be writing to the European Council and the European Parliament.A spokeswoman for the European Commission confirmed it has received Scientific Beta’s letter, but that she could not say more at this stage.“We will analyse their contribution, as well as the contributions received by other stakeholders, in view of our reflection and work around these draft delegated acts,” she said.In the explanation of the delegated act about the minimum standards for the EU climate benchmark categories the Commission said the requirements laid down “maintain a certain degree of flexibility in the design of the methodology of benchmarks, in order to allow room for the market to develop innovative strategies and adapt to the specific need of investors”.There has been strong appetite for the new categories of EU climate benchmarks – EU Climate Transition Benchmarks and Paris-aligned Benchmarks – among index providers, with many launching concept products in anticipation of the regulatory regime being finalised.Carbon metric concernsWith regard to the proposed requirements for the minimum standards, Scientific Beta reiterated the issues it has with the proposed carbon intensity metric for assessing decarbonisation, namely its calculation based on enterprise value rather than revenues, and the inclusion of value chain or Scope 3 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Two killed in State Road 129 crash Sunday

first_imgRipley County, In. — Two people were killed in a crash on State Road 129 near Mud Pike in Ripley County Sunday night. Indiana State Police say around 9 p.m. a car driven by Amanda Shadday, 34, of Batesville, was northbound on Sttae Road 129 when she crossed the centerline into the path a another car driven by Tracy Lipps, 61, of Osgood. Shadday was declared deceased at the scene. A passenger in the Lipps vehicle, Ralph Lawson, 64, of Virginia also sustained fatal injuries. Lipps was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital with serious injuries.last_img read more

February 6, 2018 Police Blotter

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Batesville Easter Egg Hunt announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Christian Church invites the public to the 2019 Batesville Easter Egg Hunt at the Batesville High School football field on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  Gates open at noon for registration, games, door prizes, and pictures.  Age-specific Egg Hunts start at 1 p. m.last_img

DeSantis Signs Law to Ban Workplace Vaping

first_imgVaping will soon be against the law in places of work in the Sunshine State.As the weekend started, Governor DeSantis signed into law SB 7012, the law which officially implements “Amendment 9,” approved by voters last November.The law takes effect on July 1.It includes the following:-Adds vaping to the ban on people under age 18 smoking tobacco within 1,000 feet of a school-Sets a fine for violating the ban to at least $250 and up to $750 for a first offense, and at least $500 up to $2,000 for each additional offense-Requires that all fine money collected from vaping offenses be put toward children’s medical services programsThe law does still allow vaping in standalone bars, and vape and tobacco shops, as well as in designated hotel rooms and airport lounges.The bill recently passed both the House and the Senate unanimously.last_img read more

Guyana’s Duguid to officiate in ICC Under-19 World Cup

first_imgGUYANA’S international umpire Nigel Duguid has been chosen by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as one of its match officials for the upcoming ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup scheduled to get underway in New Zealand from January 18.It marks the second consecutive World Cup appearance for Duguid who also stood in the 2016 tournament in Bangladesh.Duguid joins Barbadian Gregory Brathwaite as the other regional umpire on the international panel which includes Robert Bailey, Anil Chaudhary, Shaun George, Shaun Haig, Mark Hawthorne, David Odhiambo, Buddhi Pradhan Ranmore Martinesz, C.K. Nandan, Ian Ramage, Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza, Tim Robinson, Langton Rusere and Paul Wilson.The former Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) left-arm spinner who gave up playing for an umpiring career in 2010, was appointed to the ICC TV Umpires panel the following year and has been officiating in regional matches ever since.Duguid officiated in his first T20 International, featuring West Indies and Ireland on February 21, 2014 and has done five matches to date. He also stood in his first One Day International (ODI) on March 5, 2017 when West Indies opposed England and has done three more games since. He is also among the umpires in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Duguid also had a stint in the English cricket season in 2012 after doing duties in the Bangladesh ‘A’ team tour of the Caribbean the previous year.Apart from them, David Odhiambo, Buddhi Pradhan and Ian Ramage from the ICC Development Panel will also be officiating in the tournament.Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, and Devdas Govindjee and David Jukes of the International Panel of ICC Match Referees, will also be officiating in the tournament.Shaun George and Ahsan Raza will be the on-field umpires for the match between defending champions West Indies and hosts New Zealand on the opening day at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, while Robert Bailey will be the TV umpire and Timothy Robinson the fourth umpire. David Jukes has been appointed as the match referee for this match.Umpire and match referee appointments for the knockout stages will be announced after the teams have been confirmed.The West Indies will be looking to defend their title and emulate Pakistan, who won consecutive titles in 2004 and 2006. Australia and India have each won the title three times while England and South Africa are the other teams to have won the tournament, which replicates a major tournament experience in terms of organisation and playing facilities.The other teams participating in the 16-team tournament are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Kenya, Namibia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.The teams have been divided in groups of four. The top two sides from each group will advance to the Super League while the remaining eight teams will figure in the Plate Championship.The preliminary round matches will be followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, plus the play-offs.last_img read more

Red Force follow-on despite Ramdin, Jangoo half-centuries

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) – Test discard Denesh Ramdin continued to press his case for a recall to the regional side, stroking his third half-century of the season here Saturday to move to the brink of 700 runs.The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force skipper struck 75 but it was not enough to prevent his side from being forced to follow on, as they were dismissed for 172 in their first innings on the penultimate day of their ninth round contest in the Regional Four-Day Championship against Windward Islands Volcanoes.Behind by 194 runs, the visitors ended the day on 93 for two in their second innings, still requiring a further 101 runs to avoid an innings defeat.They were being carried by left-handed opener Amir Jangoo who was unbeaten on 58.Resuming the day at the National Stadium on 51 for four in reply to Volcanoes’ 366, Red Force were immediately in trouble when they lost Tion Webster without adding to his overnight three, bowled by seamer Kyle Mayers in the third over of the morning.Not for the first time this season, however, the right-handed Ramdin rescued the visitors. The 32-year-old faced 182 balls and struck seven fours but more importantly, anchored two key partnerships to push Red Force past 150.He put on 51 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo who made 23 from 75 balls, before adding a further 46 for the seventh wicket with Imran Khan who also got 23.The resistance ended with Imran Khan’s departure as Red Force lost their last four wickets for 18 runs, with Ramdin ninth out with his fourth century of the campaign in sight.Ramdin, a former Windies Test captain, now has 695 runs for the season – the second highest aggregate for the 2017/18 campaign.Off-spinner Shane Shillingford finished with three for 36 while left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson (2-32) and seamer Sherman Lewis (2-39) claimed two wickets apiece.VOLCANOES 1st Innings 366Red Force 1st Innings(overnight 51 for four)A Jangoo c Cato b Johnson 24J Solozano c Cato b Johnson 0E Nicholson lbw b Lewis 2Y Cariah lbw b Shillingford 7*D Ramdin c Edwards b Theophile 75T Webster b Mayers 3+S Katwaroo c Edwards b Edward 23Imran Khan c Cato b Lewis 23K Pierre c Theophile b Shillingford 2D St Clair not out 2B Charles c Hodge b Shillingford 1Extras (b6, lb4) 10TOTAL (all out, 85.1 overs) 172Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-13, 3-39, 4-43, 5-57, 6-108, 7-154, 8-165, 9-169, 10-172.Bowling: Johnson 11-1-32-2, Lewis 18-5-39-2, Mayers 13-11-6-1, Shillingford 23.1-6-36-3, Edward 11-3-34-1, Theophile 9-1-15-1.RED FORCE 2nd Innings (following on)A Jangoo not out 58J Solozano lbw b Mayers 16E Nicholson c Theophile b Edward 6Y Cariah not out 11Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (2 wkts, 44 overs) 93Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-31.Bowling: Johnson 7-2-17-0, Mayers 8-7-3-1, Shillingford 16-4-31-0, Lewis 4-1-8-0, Edward 4-0-16-1, Theophile 5-0-16-0.Position: Red Force require a further 101 runs to make Volcanoes bat again.last_img read more

Trojans reshuffled in NWSL Draft

first_imgTwo former USC women’s soccer players were selected on Tuesday in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. Forward Morgan Andrews was selected as the second pick in the second round by the Seattle Reign, while goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme went to the Houston Dash as the sixth pick in the third round.Former USC goalkeeper and NCAA National Champion Sammy Jo Prudhomme was drafted by the Houston Dash in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. Daily Trojan file photo.The draft took place after the Boston Breakers, one of the league’s founding teams, announced that it would cease operations on Sunday. All of the players who were under contract or whose rights were owned by the Breakers were eligible for selection in the draft, along with any members of the team’s Discovery List. Andrews and Prudhomme graduated in 2017 and played integral roles in the Trojans’ championship run in the 2016 NCAA College Cup. The duo were both part of head coach Keidane McAlpine’s early success with building his roster through transfers — Prudhomme left Oregon State after a stellar season with the Beavers in 2013, while Andrews left Notre Dame for the Trojans at the start of the 2015 season.In her two years with the program, Andrews scored 47 goals for the team, including the team’s first ever hat trick in the College Cup in 2016. She went on to become a captain that season, scoring one of the three goals in the 2016 national title game against West Virginia.Andrews was selected by the Breakers with the third overall pick of the 2017 NWSL Draft. A native of Milford, N.H., the selection was a homecoming for Andrews, who grew up dreaming of one day playing for the Boston program. She made 18 appearances for the Breakers. She also made several appearances for the U.S. U-17 and U-20 national teams, notching 2 goals.Now, Andrews heads to the Seattle Reign, a program that has defined itself as one of the most stable in the league in both success and in fan support. The team finished first in the regular season in both 2014 and 2015, and finished fifth overall last season. On her new team, Andrews will join a roster stocked with international superstars such as midfielder Megan Rapinoe. Prudhomme only allowed 27 goals during her two years as a keeper for the Trojans, becoming the core of the “brick wall backline” that defined the defense-first national championship team in 2016. She made 106 saves and only allowed 11 goals in that season’s run to the national title, earning distinction as Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year.In her solo season with the Breakers, Prudhomme made five appearances in the net. She now heads to the Houston Dash, a team that has struggled historically. In past seasons, the Dash has finished at the bottom of the league almost every year, failing to ever qualify for the playoffs.However, off-season trades and re-signings mean that Prudhomme will have the chance to play behind names such as striker Christen Press and forward Rachel Daly. In goal, she will be jockeying for playing time with Stanford alumni Jane Campbell, an up-and-coming star for the U.S. national team.The dispersal draft consisted of five rounds of nine picks, with teams choosing in an order selected by a weighted draw based on last season’s results. Most teams chose to defer their selection to the fourth round, leaving several younger players off the roster of any team for the foreseeable future.last_img read more