Italy proposes 60,000 volunteers for post-virus vigilance

first_imgThey would answer questions and remind the public of social distancing rules, or the need to wear masks, in crowded areas such as beaches, parks and city streets. The volunteers would not be able to fine people. Decaro said Monday that some of these potential volunteers had already “helped deliver groceries or medicines to those who could not leave their homes during the crisis.” “In this new phase, they will help control access to parks or markets, counting the number of people entering or leaving, or explaining the rules of access to beaches when they reopen,” Decaro, who is also president of the Association of Italian Municipalities, said in a statement.Some authorities said they welcomed the idea of more help in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis as they struggle with crowd control at bars, cafes and beaches after two months of lockdown.  “Civic assistants can be useful,” said Paolo Truzu, mayor Sardinia’s capital Cagliari, adding that he envisioned them helping on his city’s beaches. Others, however, scoffed at the idea. “How can we think that 60,000 people found who knows where, trained who knows where will be going around Italy telling Italians what to do on the basis of rules that nobody understands?” asked former government minister Carlo Calenda, leader of the small centrist Azione party, on Twitter. “Is this normal and legitimate in a democratic country?” Giordano Masini, member of the pro-European Piu Europa (More Europe) party, said what Italy needed was more capable professionals. “We need doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, educated people,” Masini said. Topics :center_img Italian officials have proposed creating a 60,000-strong corps of volunteer “civic assistants” who would remind people of the need to observe measures against coronavirus infection as the country emerges from lockdown. The force, to be drawn from among pensioners and the unemployed, is the brainchild of Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia and Antonio Decaro, mayor of the southern city of Bari.The civil protection unit, which manages the various volunteers helping to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic that has caused nearly 33,000 deaths in Italy, would be charged with the recruitment.last_img read more

‘Crunch time’ for auto-enrolment to come in 2016-17, expert warns

first_imgThe costs of enrolling these employers could be considerable, Daykin said.This business might not prove cost effective to established providers such as Now Pensions, and many of these smaller arrangements could go NEST.He said pay-roll service providers used by many smaller employers might be a possible way to deliver auto-enrolment to them.He described the introduction of the new decumulation arrangements in the UK Budget by the chancellor as “blowing-up” the existing structure, which he hinted it might have been better to reform.He said there was no model worldwide of a successful decumulation phase in place.Referring to the proposals to introduce collective defined contribution arrangements to the UK, modelled on the Dutch or Danish pension systems, Daykin said these might be a “missed opportunity”, in view of auto-enrolment. He estimated that the new flat rate state pension coming in 2016 would work out at £160 (€200) per week. The crunch time for auto-enrolment in the UK will come in 2016-17 when hundreds and thousands of smaller employers must join the new pensions system, former government actuary Chris Daykin has warned.At a recent Politeia meeting in London, he said opt-out rates were currently less than 10% among the larger employers’ schemes, but he said a threat to the success of auto-enrolment could come if opt-outs increased to 20-25% among smaller employers.“There would be high risks to auto-enrolment if opt-out rates hit 20 to 25%,” he said.Research by Now Pensions, of which Daykin is a director, has shown low awareness of auto-enrolment among small employers.last_img read more

EMGS Adds Interim CEO

first_imgEMGS has appointed Bjørn Petter Lindhom as interim CEO of the company, following the resignation of Christiaan Vermeijden from CEO position in September due to personal reasons.Lindhom will assume the position on December 01, 2018, the company informed.Lindhom started his career at Telenor and joined EMGS in 2003. He has held a number of technical and commercial positions within the company, currently as business unit president, NSA Region (North and South America).Eystein Eriksrud, chairman of the board said: “Bjørn Petter Lindhom has extensive experience working within EMGS and the geophysical industry, and with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. We are very pleased to have been able to identify and appoint such a strong individual from within the Company, and the Board of Directors looks forward to working together with Lindhom going forward.”last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 launches second ticket lottery for Paralympic Games

first_img Residents of Japan who don’t obtain any tickets during this lottery will have another chance in the last round of ticket sales in spring. Overseas residents can purchase tickets for the Paralympic Games through designated authorized ticket resellers. For the Olympic Games, which will begin with an opening ceremony July 24, tickets will be available for purchase in spring at ticket booths in Tokyo and through its website. Tickets to five marathon and race-walking events — which have become shrouded in controversy following a unilateral decision in October by the International Olympic Committee to host them in Sapporo instead of Tokyo due to heat concerns — are not yet available. Read Also:Cardboard beds to be used in  Athletes’ Village at Tokyo 2020 During a news conference in November, organizers said it will be “several months” before plans for these events are solidified and “several more months” before tickets are made available. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The application period will run from early Wednesday until 11:59 a.m. on Jan. 29 for residents of Japan. Applicants will know the results Feb. 18. The first Paralympic ticket lottery saw about 600,000 ticket sales while receiving more than 3 million requests. Organizers are aiming to sell more this time. The Paralympic Games’ opening ceremony will be held Aug. 25. Over the course of 12 days, 4,400 athletes will compete in 22 sports across 539 events. The closing ceremony will be held Sept. 6. Tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies will cost between ¥8,000 and ¥150,000. Tickets to competitive events have been priced between ¥900 and ¥7,000 in an effort to attract young spectators and encourage people to attend with family and friends, according to the organizing committee.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks The Tokyo Organising Committee of the 2020 Games will begin accepting applications Wednesday for the second ticket lottery for the Paralympics. Loading… last_img read more

Windies ambitious but ‘staying in the present’, says Holder

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder said yesterday West Indies would not be relying on their recent success against England for motivation, stressing the importance of the need to “stay in the present” for the three-Test series here next month.Speaking in a media conference via Zoom, Holder pointed out even though the Caribbean side were the holders of the Wisden Trophy following their series win last year, facing England at home in their conditions presented a formidable challenge.However, the top-ranked Test all-rounder said his side were “pumped up” by the prospect of beating England at home, and would not be deterred by the lack of past success in the United Kingdom that has seen them without a series win here in 32 years.“I think we’ve just got to stay in the present,” Holder told journalists from quarantine at Old Trafford here.“I know what goes into planning for a series and I know how these guys function, and our plans and our thought processes are all different but the main thing is to have that common alignment as a group and we all push towards one common cause.“We’ve obviously beaten England in the recent past and we will no doubt never forget that but to live in the past would not be the right way to go about it. England are a very, very good side in their home conditions and the stats would definitely prove that.“So we may have won last year January but this is going to be July 2020 – so many different things have changed from then to now, conditions being one of them.”He continued: “Even now to say that we’re favourites ahead of England I think would be wrong. England are still a higher-ranked side than we and will be favourites in their backyard and it’s all the more for us to play for.“We’ve got that extra motivation to beat England in England so there’s lots to play for, lots to motivate us as a group and I am assured that the guys are really pumped up for the opportunity.”West Indies arrived here Tuesday to defend the Wisden Trophy they secured last year when they stunned England 2-1 in a three-Test series in the Caribbean.They take on England in the opening Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on July 8 before returning to Old Trafford for the final two Tests carded for July 16 and July 24.The series will be the first of its kind, played behind closed doors in a ‘bio-secure’ environment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has already resulted in over 4 100 deaths in the UK.West Indies players were tested for COVID-19 before leaving the Caribbean, flown by private charter here before being tested again following their arrival.They will spend the next two weeks in quarantine while training, and will be isolated from the public throughout the seven-week tour.Holder said while the many novel changes for the series would require some adjustment, he did not anticipate them impacting the players’ desire.“I guess the only thing is we won’t be able to play in front the crowds.” he explained.“I was just today remarking to some of the guys how much I enjoy playing in front of the Barmy Army and to not hear them sing, and not hear them chant and do the normal things they’re accustomed doing would take some getting used to, to be honest.“I guess that’s just a matter for me personally to cope with and deal with but in terms of the entire group, these guys are really motivated for the challenge ahead and lots of guys have points to prove.”West Indies have travelled with an increased contingent for the tour with a 14-man squad supplemented by 11 reserves to accommodate injury replacements and warm-up matches among themselves.TEST MATCH SCHEDULEJuly 8-12: 1st Test at Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonJuly 16-20: 2nd Test at Old Trafford, ManchesterJuly 24-28: 3rd Test at Old Trafford, Manchesterlast_img read more

Stalwart Rigsby as good as it gets

first_imgAlready with a gold medal and an NCAA championship under her belt, Wisconsin goaltender Alex Rigsby led the nation in saves last year with 1044.[/media-credit]Since she was six years old, Alex Rigsby has been suiting up in 20 extra pounds of gear. And up until her first year in college, she has used that gear to stop shots from the sticks of men’s hockey teams.Rigsby, the starting goaltender for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, has been a mainstay between the pipes during her three years in Madison, and that is just how she likes it.The UW junior said she fell in love with the position the first time she tried it and has wanted to play there ever since.“In my first year of hockey, when I was six years old, we went around and we all got to rotate and play goalie,” Rigsby said. “As soon as I got to play goalie I was hooked. The next couple of years I kept asking to play goalie and finally I was able to get the opportunity. I really loved the position right from the start.”Rigsby then went on to play boys’ hockey and joined the AAA boys’ hockey team at the age of 10.In 2009, the Chicago Steel drafted Rigsby into the United State Hockey League, making her the first female ever drafted into the league.She then went on to play for the U.S. on the U18 women’s hockey team, where she won the gold medal at the World Ice Hockey Championships.The Delafield native was then recruited by Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson.Johnson said it was an easy decision to go after Rigsby.“She was playing in AAA midget hockey with boys and certainly if she can handle herself at that level against those type of shots, she catches your eye,” Johnson said. “It worked out being a local kid from the state of Wisconsin and [UW] sort of fit in nice where she can come in and do some of the things that she wanted to do.”It didn’t take long before Rigsby made an impact on the Wisconsin team, starting 31 games in her freshman season, ending up with a record of 27-1-2 and 7 shutouts, a mark good enough for third in the country.The Badgers would go on to win the NCAA championship with Rigsby tending the net.In her sophomore season, Rigsby ended up leading the nation in saves with 1,044.With the goaltender now in her third year, senior defensman Saige Pacholok said Rigsby brings a lot to the team on and off the ice.“I think right now [Rigsby] brings a lot of experience,” Pacholok said. “She brings a lot of leadership too. I think being one of our goalies that has played consistently in every game for three years now has been really good for her. She brings a lot of energy too. She is kind of goofy in the dressing room and her hair is kind of crazy, so I think energy is a big thing too.”Rigsby said she is happy her team believes in her, and she is able to be a leader.“Now I have become more of a leader of the team,” Rigsby said. “It’s nice knowing that the girls have confidence in me and I have confidence in my defensemen and my forwards. It’s just a good healthy relationship between all of the positions on the ice.”Rigsby has gotten her 2012-2013 campaign off to a good start, allowing only 15 goals in 10 games, and is currently coming off of a shutout last Sunday against New Hampshire.The Wisconsin goaltender was also honored with the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award for her performance last weekend at home.Johnson said he is happy to have such a consistent goaltender in his team’s net and knows what she can do for the team.“It’s a hard position; it’s probably one of the most difficult positions in all of sports and she has excelled at it,” Johnson said. “She gives us a chance to win every night. That’s what you ask of your goaltenders. She’s been able to do that for two and a quarter seasons now. Most of the games she’s been in, we’ve had a chance to win because she’s been able to stop pucks.”Being a junior, Rigsby will have two more shots at winning another NCAA championship for her school. After graduation, Rigsby has aspirations to win a medal for her country.“[If I play hockey after college] all depends on what happens with making the national team,” Rigsby said. “One of my goals is to someday play in the Olympics, so hopefully that can happen.”last_img read more

Work and Play Gears-up for Ondo Car Rally Nov 16

first_imgThe organisers of Work and Play Car race series have announced that the second edition of the Ondo Rally has been slated for November 16th and 17th, 2018 with the starting point being Smokin Hills Golf Course in Ilara- Mokin in Ondo State. The facilitator of the event, Ade Ojuoko, said at the weekend that this year’s edition would be a major improvement on last year’s.“We already have huge interest shown toward this event from the motorsport community in Nigeria, which for us is a sign for endorsement. We have also secured the support of the state government just like last year and the those of relevant bodies that would make the event a success.”Last year’s winner “Stingray” would be the major attraction this year along with other racing teams in Nigeria who have entered their top drivers for the event.Ojuoko also said that Work and Play’s race-car named ‘Tiger’ would be returning to this year’s edition with two other versions.“Apart from first time racing teams who have shown interest to be part of the event, our race car, “Tiger” would be racing with two other newer versions,” he added.Ojuoko also said that the global regulating body for the sport FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) would be represented at the event along with the officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps.The event this year would on the opening day be hosting all the participants and tourists to drifting challenge. There would also be sight-seeing visits to some of the major tourism attractions in the state including the popular Idanre Hills.“The show begins with a long convoy drive from Lagos through Ogun, Oyo and Osun states before the finally arriving at the venue of the first session of the races.”The participants and visitors would be received by the state officials. The event would be engaging over 100 volunteers for the race from the state apart from key personnel in the Central Working Committee.He added that the race’s goal is to spike local tourism and showcase each race destination to the audience of motorsports among other things. It is striking to note that the Ondo Car Rally officially signals the start of Nigeria Travel Week, a series of annual events in November designed to promote domestic and inbound tourism in Nigeria.The competition is in three categories, Off-Road, Road and Bike Race.  The Off-Road race would flag off the event where Sports Utility Vehicles have been penciled to race. The race is to be flagged off in Ilara-Mokin by the Founder of Elizade and Chairman of Toyota Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade. Ojo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

TT spared full brunt of Bret

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago was  spared the full brunt of Tropical Storm Bret – the first named weather system of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season that made its way through the twin-island republic late Monday night into Tuesday.The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) said there were no reports of injuries but several properties, mainly in the eastern and northern section of Trinidad, as well as in Tobago, had been affected by the storm.“We have no reports of injuries,” said the head of the ODPM, Captain Neville Wint, confirming that at least 27 patients at the St. Ann’s Hospital on the outskirts of the capital Port of Spain had to be evacuated to another part of the building after the roof was blown away.The ODPM also reported that trees and roofs were blown away by the storm.In Tobago, a family was rescued by disaster preparedness officials after a tree fell on their home.Schools, banks, and some commercial businesses remained closed Tuesday prolonging the long weekend that included a public holiday on Monday, observed as Labour Day.Caribbean AirlinesMeanwhile, commercial flights are expected to resume Tuesday after both the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and the ANR Robinson Airport in Tobago re-opened.Tropical Storm Bret The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, its 8.00 am bulletin, said the storm was located near latitude 11.1 North, longitude 63.6 West.“Bret is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through today.  On the forecast track, the center of the tropical storm will continue to move across the southeastern Caribbean Sea today,” the NHC said.It reported that the maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts.“Little change in strength is forecast today, and a weakening trend is expected to begin later today and Bret is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday.”A tropical storm warning is in effect for Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita, while a tropical storm watch is in place for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.last_img read more

Premier League Review: 10-Star City Maintain Run As United, Chelsea Keep Up The Chase

first_imgStandings (Top 7):1. Manchester City 34 points2. Manchester United 26 points3. Chelsea 25 points4. Tottenham Hotspur 23 points5. Liverpool 22 points6. Arsenal 22 points7. Burnley 22 points Matchday 12 ResultsManchester United 4-1 Newcastle UnitedCrystal Palace 2-2 EvertonBournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield TownLiverpool 3-0 Southampton.Leicester City 0-2 Manchester CityArsenal 2-0 TottenhamWest Brom 0-4 ChelseaBurnley 2-0 Swansea City Manchester City will take some stopping if the evidence of the scintillating football they have played this season is anything to go by and that continued at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as they defeated Leicester City 2-0 in their Matchday 12 clash.Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne either side of halftime was enough to give Manchester City a 10th successive league win thus maintaining their eight points lead at the top of the table.City rivals and nearest challengers Manchester United kept up the chase with a 4-1 win over Newcastle United with the help of returning big guns like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Former Juventus midfielder Pogba scored on his return to action in addition to further goals from Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku, who ended his goal drought dating back to September.Champions Chelsea are also on City’s trail after they thrashed West Brom 4-0 to heap more pressure on manager Tony Pulis. Eden Hazard stole the show with two goals for the visitors in addition to other strikes from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso. Antonio Conte’s men are 9 points adrift of Manchester City.center_img Relatedlast_img read more

Cejuego backs Spanish coalition’s gambling agenda

first_img Related Articles Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share The governance of Spanish gambling trade association Cejuego has said that it will back the ‘drastic measures’ enforced by Spain’s newly formed PSOE-Podemos coalition government on licensed incumbents.The trade body, which counts Spanish heritage gambling firms Codere, Cirsa, Grupo Orenes and R. Franco amongst its members, has underlined its support for PSOE-Podemos signing off on a long-awaited Royal Decree implementing reforms on Spanish gambling advertising.Speaking to national media, Cejuego President Alejandro Landaluce stated that ‘this is something we have repeatedly asked from different governments’, before backing planned advertising reforms on the ‘scheduling, coverage and messaging of gambling’.Cejuego has also shown support support for gambling’s regulatory supervision being transferred to Spain’s Department of Consumer Affairs – ‘so long as legal certainty is strengthened for the development of our business activities’.Handed an expanded portfolio to oversee the development of gambling regulatory development, the PSOE-Podemos coalition government has confirmed the appointment of Podemos deputy Alberto Garzon as new Minister of Consumer Affairs.All Spanish gambling stakeholders now wait for PSOE-Podemos to publish the governing terms of its ‘coalition programme’ in which agreed reforms will be officially disclosed.Last week, PSOE informed Spanish media of inbound concrete directives to comprehensively monitor gambling engagements across all gambling across land-based and digital verticals.Last November, Spanish online gambling incumbents agreed to operate under the terms of a new self-enforced ‘code-of-conduct’’ mandate developed by trade body jDigital, designed to establish new marketing standards and significantly lower all-round betting advertising coverage. Share Betway continues CD Leganés sponsorship July 31, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020last_img read more