BWF cancels China Open and other tournaments over COVID-19

first_imgThe Badminton World Federation (BWF) has called off more international tournaments, including the 2020 BWF World Tour, due to heightened concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.The four canceled tournaments – the Yonex Taiwan Open, Korea Open, Victor China Open, and Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open – were originally set to take place throughout September.BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund said the federation was prioritizing the health and safety of the events’ stakeholder given that the current coronavirus crisis had shown no signs of subsiding in the near future. “We are deeply disappointed to have to cancel tournaments but feel that the well-being of everyone involved is most important at this time,” Lund said on the federation’s website, bwfbadminton.com, on Wednesday, adding that the BWF would ensure total compliance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) protocols over the course of the health emergency.The federation stated that it would issue an update on its website on its website regarding tournaments in the remainder of this year. In April, the BWF had called off a number of tournaments scheduled for May to July.The 2020 Blibli Indonesia Open, which was originally to be held in Jakarta from June 16 to 21, is set to run from Nov. 11 to 22, according to the new schedule.Topics :last_img read more

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Larger Dutch schemes return up to 1.9% in third quarter

first_imgThe €3bn Pensioenfonds KLM Cabinepersoneel announced a quarterly profit of 1.6% and a cumulative return of 5.2%.It said its holdings in fixed income, equity and real estate had generated 0.8%, 3.2% and 0.2%, respectively, since June. Funding of KLM’s pension fund for cabin staff rose 2.9 percentage points to 110.9%.Coverage of the Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM (€8.5bn) improved 3.7 percentage points to 112.7% at September-end, following a 1.6% investment return during the last quarter.KLM’s pension fund for ground staff said that risk-bearing bonds in its portfolio had benefited from the “continued positive sentiment among investors as well as increasing corporate profits”.The €8.6bn Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel KLM said it returned 1.2% over the third quarter and 4.4% year-to-date.Funding of the pilots scheme improved by 4 percentage points to 124.5%, exceeding its required financial buffers by 1.3 percentage point. Several larger Dutch pension funds reported returns of up to 1.9% during the third quarter, leading to year-to-date results of up to 5.2%.As a consequence of rising interest rates and positive returns on investments, coverage ratios of the schemes also improved by several percentage points.The €24.9bn PGB posted a quarterly result of 1.9%, taking its cumulative return to 4% for 2017 so far.The multi-sector scheme attributed the quarterly profit of 0.8% on its 43.5% matching portfolio to its dynamic investment policy. Both government and corporate bond allocations yielded 0.9%, while mortgages returned 1.7%. The scheme said its return portfolio generated 2.8% during the last quarter. It was largely able to compensate the drop of the US dollar relative to the euro using its currency hedge. As a result, equity holdings gained 2.8% since June and 7.5% year-to-date.PGB reported that property, infrastructure and private equity had delivered 1.1%, 0.7% and 2.9%, respectively, over the third quarter, and yielded 4%, 2.4% and 6.6% so far this year.It said its funding rose 2.9 percentage points to 103.7%.Vervoer, the €23.9bn pension fund for private road transport, reported quarterly and year-to-date results of 1.1% and 1%, respectively. However, it did not specify its returns per asset class.The scheme’s funding improved by 1.7 percentage points to 103.5%.KLM schemes strengthen funding levelslast_img read more

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Film Screening for International Migrants Day 2019

first_img Share                                        Maxine Alleyne-EspritFor the first time, Dominica will join the rest of the world in celebrating International Migrants Day, on Wednesday December 18th and with a film screening.Migrants Day is an initiative of the United Nations, through its office on migration.Maxine Alleyne-Esprit is Local Communication and Community Engagement officer of the United Nations International Organisation for Migration.She described the day’s activity.Alleyne-Esprit says, “This is the first time that Dominica will be participating in the Global Migration Film Festival, and we are doing just the one day activity, on the actual International Migrants Day. We are hosting a free screening of the film, ‘One Way Ticket.’ It will be shown at the Emerald Movies in Roseau from 9:30 in the morning and we expect to be there until maybe 1:00.”Following the screening of the film, the floor will be open for discussion on the issue of migration.Alleyne-Esprit says migration is not limited to moving to another country but even within a country, the needs of people moving from one point to another are important.She affirmed “We are also a migrant society, and that is one of the things that we see. The Caribbean is made up of migrant societies, our societies are based on migration. We came here from other places, and we also leave here often and go to other places. So this is just an attempt to bring some attention to migration and to open up a discussion. We also would like to invite any members of the public who are interested in the discussion about migration or would like to participate in that discussion to come as well.”The viewing and discussion is on Wednesday 18 December at the Emerald Cinema from 9am to 1pm.The IOM began operations in Dominica in 2015. Tweet Share EntertainmentInternationalLifestyleLocalNews Film Screening for International Migrants Day 2019 by: – December 16, 2019center_img Sharing is caring! 80 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Dominica observes World Responsible Tourism Day

first_imgLocalNews Dominica observes World Responsible Tourism Day by: – November 9, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Image via: mekongtourism.orgRoseau, Dominica – (November 9, 2011) – Dominica joins the rest of the world in observing World Responsible Tourism Day celebrated under the theme ‘Responsible Tourism Changes Lives’. The Day strives to educate, motivate, and inspire travel and tourism stakeholders and the travelling public to engage in year-round responsible tourism activity. In 2002 the Cape Town Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations agreed a declaration on responsible tourism. The declaration affirms that responsible tourism:• Minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts• Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being of host communities; improves working conditions and access to the industry• Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances• Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity• Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues• Provides access for physically challenged people• Is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence Discover Dominica Authority imparts some responsible tourism practices which can be adopted by both foreign and local tourists:• Buy locally produced products and support local restaurants• Eat organically grown foods• Respect the local culture and traditions• Turn down/off heating and air-conditioning and lights when not required• Use water sparingly• Do not step on, touch or remove any coral• Use litter bins or dispose waste responsibly• Adopt recycling habits• Book tours with DDA Certified taxi operators and tour guides• Do not buy products made from endangered or wild animals and plants• Engage in community tourism development• Leave only footprints, take only memories when visiting nature sitesPress Release Discover Dominica Authority Tweetcenter_img 7 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

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Tyson pockets £20k in 6 hours charging fans £250 per video messages

first_imgBoxing  legend Mike Tyson earned £17,000 in just six hours sending personalised video messages. The 53-year-old, who is believed to have a net worth of around £2.5million, is raking in £250 for sending out personalised clips to fans. He is using the video uploading site Cameo – and has just one review so far, a five-star one at that. And his move on to the platform is going pretty well, earning almost £20,000 in his first six hours of ‘work’ according to TMZ. Iron Mike, once the most feared boxer on the planet, earned near to £350m in the sport, but blew it all with his extravagant lifestyle. His film and promotional earnings saw him hit near to £580m, but in 2003 Tyson filed for bankruptcy following what Forbes describe as “reckless spending”. SunSport reported on the shock claims from the ex-boxer that he is looking forward to death as “living might be more complicated than dying”. This is the website ex-boxer Mike Tyson is earning a fair whack fromCredit: Cameo Tyson still stands as the youngest heavyweight world champion in history after beating Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20 years and 4 months. And the 53-year-old believes his total lack of fear drove him to embrace the possibility of death in the ring – but always thought he would “do the killing” if fatality struck during one of his fights. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And UniqueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? He told The Sportsman: “I knew there was a possibility that I could die during training, during a fight. I knew that. “But I wasn’t scared because I thought if anybody was going to die, I would do the killing. That self-confidence was a survival mechanism. “But now, from my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die.” When asked if he is actually looking forward to death, the knockout king said: “Yeah. I don’t fear it. “Living might be more complicated than dying to me. The belief of it. I don’t know if it’s true. Because living takes a lot of courage. Without the courage, you can’t handle living. Mike Tyson was one of the most ferocious of boxers during his career in the ring Read Also: Fans tip Pulev to ‘crush’ Joshua after watching Bulgarian training video “Living is a journey, living is a struggle. People have everything and they still can’t do it, they struggle. We take ourselves too seriously. “We think we’re somebody. Who the f***? We’re nothing! We come from s***; we think we’re special! Fame is s***.” Tyson recently broke down in tears on his podcast. He revealed he has been left feeling empty with his years as one of sport’s biggest stars well behind him and that he misses the man he was during his prime.last_img read more

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2 Aklanons recover from COVID-19 – PHO

first_img“The Libacao resident will be dischargedtomorrow from the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) in thiscapital town and will undergo a 14-day-quarantine in his home. The Boracaydoctor, on the other hand, will still be quarantined for 14 days at the AklanTraining Center,” he said. PHO-Aklan Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. saidyesterday the two patients were the doctor from Boracay Island in Malay townand a senior citizen from the town of Libacao. Meanwhile, Dr. Joanne Abril, head of theinfectious diseases of the DRSTMH, said the investigation drugs used by doctorsmay have contributed to the recovery of the Libacao patient. BY JUN AGUIRRE AND BOY RYAN ZABALKALIBO, Aklan – Two Aklanons have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here. “We could not yet consider if theinvestigation drug is effective. We need more results coming from the otherpatients,” Abril said.As of April 21, this province still has six confirmed cases of COVID-19 with nomortality from it. No new cases of the virus have also been registered byPHO-Aklan for more than two weeks.   In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19in this province, the enhanced community quarantine directives of Gov.Florencio Miraflores came into effect on March 23. Residents have been ordered tostay home, to wear protective masks, to avoid large gatherings, and to maintainsocial distancing to not contract the virus./PN * A 40-year-old seaman from this capitaltownThe three patients, whose swab samples were collected by the Western VisayasMedical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City on April 13, are still waiting fortheir repeat confirmatory testing for COVID-19 results while the 68-year-oldman tested positive for the virus once more on April 21. * A 68-year-old man and his 66-year-oldwife from this capital town* A 44-year-old resident of Altavas town but works in Roxas City, Capiz All the patients had a history of travelto Manila within the past two months before they contracted the virus.Here’s the list of the four other confirmed cases of COVID-19 in this province:last_img read more

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Duterte keeps Sinas as Metro Manila top cop

first_img“Itong kaso ni Sinas, ako yung ayaw na malipat siya. He is a good officer, he is an honest one. Hindi niya kasalanan na may mangharana sa kanya sa birthday niya,” President Duterte said.“Kailangan ko ‘yung tao [Sinas]. Mas kailangan ko ‘yung tao dito sa trabaho niya,” the Chief Executive added. “I don’t believe in just firing him because kinantahan siya ng happy birthday.”Meanwhile, the criminal complaint against Sinas will still push through amid President Duterte defending him, Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service Inspector General Attorney Alfegar Triambulo said.Triambulo said in an interview with GMA News that President Duterte’s statement on Sinas’ case has no implication with the criminal and administrative complaints filed against the cop.“‘Yung sa criminal [case], tutuloy naman ‘yun eh, ewan ko sa piskal kung ano ang nangyari, malaman din natin sa piskal… Kasi sabi niya, kung the law is the law eh di tuloy ‘yung mga kaso pero siguro for the meantime… puwede ka namang manatili diyan hanggang walang conviction,” Triambulo said.Triambulo also said that President Duterte could have not seen yet the investigation report which IAS sent to the office of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last Monday.Sinas received criticisms after photos of his birthday celebration on May 8 at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City— which he had labeled as a simple “mañanita” or early morning serenade—went viral online last week.The pictures were initially uploaded on the Facebook page of NCRPO’s public information office where police officers were seen giving Sinas roses and cakes while other photos were seen Sinas mingling with guests seated at various tables.Sinas has apologized for the incident, but claimed he found “nothing wrong” with the gathering, saying proper social distancing and health measures were followed by the guests./PN MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said Police Major General Debold Sinas will stay in his position amid growing calls for his ouster due to community quarantine violation.In an address to the public aired on early Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he does not intend to transfer the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, who came under fire for his controversial birthday bash earlier this month.last_img read more

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Juve to sacrifice Dybala for Pogba

first_imgJuventus are prepared to sacrifice Paulo Dybala for Paul Pogba, but not if he turns down Manchester United, while Andrea Pirlo picks his center-forward. The tactician spent most of Thursday in talks with President Andrea Agnelli, vice-president Pavel Nedved and director Fabio Paratici. According to multiple reports, the meeting lasted six hours and resulted in backing for Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the rumours of his potential departure. What did emerge in various papers was that Dybala is the player who could be sacrificed to raise funds after their early Champions League exit. According to Tuttosport, La Joya could even be offered to Manchester United as part of an exchange deal for Pirlo’s old teammate Pogba. However, Dybala already turned down Tottenham Hotspur last summer and is unlikely to change his mind for Manchester United, especially after he was Juve’s most impressive player in 2019-20.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better23 Marvel Heroes Reimagined By CaricaturistThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? The hunt is on for a genuine centre-forward, and there are several alternatives that Pirlo pointed to. Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli had been requested by Maurizio Sarri, but would not be entirely out of Pirlo’s plans either. read also:Pogba contract extension talks to begin after UEL campaign Duvan Zapata is the first choice from Atalanta, but La Dea are not eager to let the Colombia international go. Another candidate is Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez, who has been mentioned in links with Juventus for several months. Edin Dzeko would certainly be considered if he were to leave Roma, although Inter have also been linked with the Bosnian. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane delivers withering assessment of Arsenal

first_img “Listen, they’re soft – Arsenal are soft,” Keane, working as a pundit for ITV, said. “They’re weak. The goals they give away, you’ve got no chance of winning any big game if you defend like that. “I think there’s certainly a weakness to the group, they look like they lack characters, leaders and winners. “I enjoy watching Arsenal, I think they’re great to watch, particularly going forward. But part of football is, unfortunately, is defending. And mentally, they’re weak.” Arsenal will now turn their attentions back to the Premier League before the first of a double-header against Bayern Munich in Europe later this month. They host table-topping Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and defender Gabriel has urged his team-mates to remain calm ahead of the clash. “It was a complicated night against Olympiacos,” Gabriel told the club’s website. “We were in a good place in the first half, defending well, we were happy. But the three goals were our own fault. “We only have ourselves to blame for conceding them and now we have to rest, work harder and then on Sunday come back and have a good game. “We just need to be calm. We have to work hard and focus on putting in a good performance against Manchester United. “I am sad that we lost an important game at home. But we can still qualify. We have a very strong team, with some very good players. We now have to try to win the remaining matches in the group.” Press Association Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has launched another stinging attack on Arsenal, describing them as “weak”, “soft” and “lacking winners”.center_img The Gunners are staring at elimination from the Champions League group stages after losing both of their opening two matches. Arsenal went down 2-1 to Dynamo Zagreb in their first game before losing 3-2 at home to Olympiacos on Tuesday night. last_img read more

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Cricket News Former Sunrisers Hyderabad player announces retirement from International Cricket

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mumbai: Former India batsman and Andhra Pradesh skipper Venugopal Rao on Tuesday announced retirement from all forms of the game. “Y. Venugopala Rao, former captain of Andhra Ranji team and India international, who has represented India in 16 ODIs, and 65 IPL matches announced his retirement from all the forms of cricket,” the Andhra Cricket Association said in a statement.The 37-year-old from Visakhapatnam could amass only 218 runs with a lone fifty to his name in the 11 innings he played for India after making his debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005. He played his last ODI against West Indies at Basseterre on May 23, 2006. Rao played 121 first-class matches scoring 7,081 runs with 17 hundreds and 30 fifties to his credit.From 2008-2014 he played for Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.The ACA office-bearers recollected his valuable contribution to the game.”The President, Hon. Gen. Secretary and the members of the Andhra Cricket Association wish him all the best of luck for his future career and recollect his valuable contribution made by him for Andhra Cricket Association,” it added.center_img Venugopal Rao has announced retirement from International cricket. Rao represented India in 16 encounters. Rao has played 65 IPL games as well. last_img read more

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