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first_img“I cannot rule out a broader lockdown,” North-Rhine Westphalia’s premier Armin Laschet told German television ZDF on Sunday.Outbreaks in recent weeks have occurred in nursing homes, hospitals, institutions for asylum seekers and refugees, in meat processing plants and logistics companies, among seasonal harvest workers and in connection with religious events, RKI said.The 2.88 rate is a jump from 1.06 on Friday, based on RKI’s moving 4-day average data, which reflects infection rates one to two weeks ago.Based on a 7-day average, infection rates have risen to 2.03, RKI said, adding that an accurate reading for long-term patterns will take a couple of days.The spike in infections is mainly related to local outbreaks including in North Rhine-Westphalia, RKI said. North-Rhine Westphalia was one of the regions most vocal about urging Merkel to ease lockdown restrictions.A high 7-day incidence rate was observed in the towns of Guetersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Further outbreaks were detected in the cities of Magdeburg, in Saxony Anhalt and the Berlin district of Neukoelln, RKI said.In total, Germany has reported 189,822 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,882 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, RKI said.In an interview published on Sunday, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the economy had passed the worst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak and was now expected to recover gradually. Topics : Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumped to 2.88 on Sunday, up from 1.79 a day earlier, health authorities said, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.The rise brings with it the possibility of renewed restrictions on activity in Europe’s largest economy – a blow to a country that so far had widely been seen as successful in curbing the coronavirus spread and keeping the death toll relatively low.To keep the pandemic under control, Germany needs the reproduction rate to drop below one. The rate of 2.88, published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health, means that out of 100 people who contract the virus, a further 288 people will get infected.center_img Chancellor Angela Merkel had favored maintaining lockdown measures for longer but gradually eased restrictions in recent weeks following pressure from regional politicians to reboot the economy.Already, the country is grappling to get people to adhere to isolation rules in places where they have been imposed. Over the weekend, authorities in Goettingen needed riot police to enforce quarantine measures.In North-Rhine Westphalia, more than 1,300 people working at a slaugterhouse in Guetersloh tested positive for coronavirus, up from 803 infections on Friday.As a result, North-Rhine Westphalia has put 7,000 people under quarantine and closed kindergartens and schools close to the abattoir.last_img read more


first_imgPassive funds and concentration risk pose threats to the development of actively managed green bond funds, according to Fitch Ratings.The credit rating agency highlighted the challenges ahead of what it said could be a pivotal year for the green bond sector in 2018. Next year will see a number of funds launched in 2015 reach a three-year track record, an important milestone for many fund selectors.Although green bond issuance increased “dramatically” last year, the market was still small and there were a limited number of issuers, Fitch said.It estimated there were around 100 issuers of green bonds, compared with 3,000 issuers in broader market indices. “Many of these [green bond] issuers are in a handful of sectors, such as supranationals, utilities and local authorities, while sectors like banking and energy, which represent a large part of the broader bond market, are currently under-represented,” Fitch said.The investable universe could end up being even smaller if funds applied additional exclusion criteria, thereby increasing concentration risks, the rating agency added.It cited the example of a green bond issued by Repsol, a Spanish oil and gas company, in May, which was shunned by some investors due to concerns about the compatibility between the company’s business and environmental goals.Fitch said some funds mitigated concentration risk by buying a certain proportion of non-green bonds from issuers that meet broader green criteria.Fitch also raised the prospect of passive funds “cannibalising” active products, as has happened in broader markets. It highlighted Lyxor’s launch of a green bond exchange-traded fund earlier this year as potentially “hamper[ing] the prospects for managed funds”.“In the green bond sector limited diversification makes it harder for managed funds to differentiate themselves from the index, and the small size of the sector creates the risk of active funds being crowded out,” it said.Chris Wrigley, senior fixed income portfolio manager at Mirova, said that although the green bond market was young and still growing, the asset manager had not encountered any particular diversification restraints.“Green bonds are now diversified by currency, country, sub class, credit rating, maturity, sector, etc.,” he said. “We believe there are more than 165 issues in the Bloomberg Barclays Green Index and so there is a significant universe for portfolio managers to select from.”Active managers can engage with issuers while passive managers will tend to wait for an index provider to remove a bond issue from an index if there are concerns from an ESG perspective, he noted. Fitch counted 17 dedicated green bond funds to date in Europe and estimated sector-wide assets under management of around €1.4bn as at the end of June, up more than 400% since 2015.Continued growth in assets could also prove crucial to the sector’s success, Fitch added, as many institutional investors set minimum levels before they can invest in a fund and also typically cap their maximum percentage holding of any given fund. Five of the 17 green bond funds had assets in excess of €100m as at the end of June, with €100m being a common minimum hurdle for larger fund investors.Although strong investor appetite for green bonds – combined with technical factors – could support the growth of the green bond fund sector, its prospects were “far from certain”, the credit rating agency said.For example, green bond funds could simply be subsumed into ESG-integration bond funds, while limited issuance could also curtail sector growth.However, Fitch also emphasised that “all fund sectors have to start somewhere and there are plenty of examples of specialist fund sectors developing over time”.“In this case, broad institutional investor support is an important factor both within green bond funds and in direct green bond mandate-based investment,” said Fitch.last_img read more


first_imgAustralian energy company Santos has announced positive results of its two-well appraisal drilling program in the Barossa field, offshore Darwin, Australia. The project is operated by ConocoPhillips.The results has strengthened the field’s position as lead candidate to supply backfill gas to Darwin LNG plant, Santos said.According to Santos, well logs and pressure data from the Barossa-5 and Barossa-6 wells confirm that the primary Elang reservoir section is gas saturated and in pressure communication with previous wells drilled on the Barossa field, located in NT/RL5, Bonaparte Basin offshore Northern Territory.The successful outcome from the two appraisal wells justified further production testing in the field to confirm reservoir productivity and acquire critical dynamic data to support field development planning, Santos said.The Elang reservoir interval in Barossa-6 is similar to the high quality reservoir penetrated in the offset Barossa-3 well, drilled in 2014, some 4.3 kilometers to the east. Barossa-6 flowed gas and condensate from an interval between 4,103 meters to 4,144 meters at a maximum rate of 65 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) per day on a 68/64” choke. A condensate gas ratio of 7 barrels per mmscf was measured at surface with gas composition analysis indicating inerts were as expected. The well flow rate was constrained by test facilities. Multiple hydrocarbon samples were collected for further analysis.FEED decision in 2018 The two-well Barossa appraisal drilling program has now been successfully concluded with results significantly reducing resource uncertainty and further confirming the high deliverability potential of the primary Elang reservoir, Santos said. Subsurface data obtained from the appraisal program will now be integrated into subsurface models to support a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) entry decision in early 2018.The Barossa gas field, 300 kilometers north of Darwin, sits within Santos’ Northern Australia asset, one of the company’s five core assets.“Santos remains committed to working with its joint venture partners in Northern Australia to commercialize the company’s significant discovered resource base in the region through backfill and/or expansion of existing projects,” Santos said.Santos holds a 25% interest in the Barossa-Caldita joint venture along with partners ConocoPhillips (37.5% and operator) and SK E&S (37.5%). Santos is also a joint venture partner in Darwin LNG with an 11.5% interest.last_img read more


first_imgQatari LNG shipping giant Nakilat has expanded its joint venture partnership with Greek shipping company Maran Ventures to include two additional liquefied natural gas vessels.Maran Nakilat was first established in 2005 with four jointly-owned LNG vessels, and was further expanded on several occasions.This new agreement increases the number of vessels jointly-owned by Nakilat and Maran Gas from 13 to 15 vessels, according to a statement by Nakilat.The two newly added vessels, Woodside Rogers and Woodside Goode were both built and delivered in 2015 by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The two vessels are under long-term charter with Australian LNG operator Woodside.They are equipped with dual fuel diesel-electric (DFDE) propulsion models with a capacity of 159,800 cubic metres, each.last_img read more


first_imgROQUE. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO “Importante ang IT purchase kasi lahat ng kababalaghan diyan sa PhilHealth ay nagagawa kasi nga po wala silang mabuting IT system para maiwasan ‘yang corruption na ‘yan,” said Roque. MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials are currently being investigated over the alleged overpriced purchase of IT system worth P2 billion, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. “Nananawagan ako sa kaniya na ngayong meron nang pormal na imbestigasyon, sana po ay makipagtulungan na lang siya tutal siya naman ay nag-resign na para matigil na once and for all ang corruption diyan sa PhilHealth,” said Roque in an interview with GMA’s “Unang Balita.” PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales, however, has once again denied irregularities in the agency, and even dared Keith to back his claim of “widespread corruption,” as written in the latter’s resignation letter. In a television interview yesterday, Roque urged PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Montes Keith, who tendered his resignation on Thursday over “widespread corruption” in the agency, to assist in the investigation being spearheaded by the Presidential Management Staff. “Kung may alam siyang corruption, ilabas niya. Mag-aantay pa siya ng August 31 [for his resignation to become effective]? Gawin na niyang Lunes o ngayon, kasi detrimental na ‘yung ano niya… it would compromise the corporation for him to stay, for him to have access to the resources of the corporation,” he added. “Kung hindi niya nagawa habang nasa loob, gawin na niya ngayon at sabihin na niya ang lahat ng nalalaman niya bilang anti-fraud officer,” he added. PhilHealth’s private board members were opposed to the agency’s purchase of an IT system as its component worth over P730 million has yet to get approval from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Roque said. “[Aabot sa] 50,000 transactions ang hina-handle ng PhilHealth araw-araw, palagay ko naman kung hindi corruption ‘yung mga inefficiencies diyan, mali ‘yung pasok [ng entries], kulang. Pero iyong sinasabi na korapsyon na may sindikato, may mafia, wala hong ebidensiya,” Morales told DZBB. “Ang kongklusyon ko diyan talaga ay may sindikato talaga at ito ay ‘yung pinakamatataas na career executives diyan sa PhilHealth [ang involved],” he added. “Hindi natin nilalahat, pero ang pinakamatitindi po diyan ay ‘yung pinakamatataas ang katungkulan dahil sila ang bumubuo sa mga polisiya ng PhilHealth.”/PNlast_img read more


first_img “My aspiration is always to do better and go higher than my present stage. Right now, I won’t lie, we have a lot of offers and we are looking at them. As it is now, it’s possible I might leave or remain in Tunisia league and maybe not with Monestry. “There are offers from Germany in Europe, Middle East and within Africa too. My ambition is to play at the top level where I can compete for trophies internationally. Concerning the offers I have right now, my first option will be to go to Germany,” he told Sportzone. Loading… Nigeria international Anthony Okpotu has set his sights on a move away from Tunisian side US Monastir and continue his professional career in Germany, Sportinglife.ng reports. The former Lobi Stars forward was star of the campaign in just concluded 2019-2020 Tunisian Ligue one season as he bagged 13 goals to finish as the highest goal scorer for his team. Okpotu, who arrived modest US Monastir after spending the 2019 season at Albanian club KF Laçi on loan from Morocco side Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, is already aiming higher with a move to Europe.Advertisement Read Also: Barcelona celebrate 20 years of Messi’s arrivalOkpotu’s goals went a long way to help US Monastir finish third on the table, a result that qualifies them for the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time in their history.“I’m happy for the team and I am happy as an individual. I’m very happy that we’ve been able to achieve something as a group and myself being the highest goal scorer, I’m grateful to God for this achievement,” he said.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look IrresistibleThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more


first_img Press Association “We still give Danny a bit a of stick, a bit of banter, and I think he’d feel uncomfortable if we weren’t doing that,” he said. “At the same time when we need to gee him up we do. “The work he does for us as a team is great, he just needs one to deflect off him and go in the back of the net. “Maybe the goals aren’t coming because he’s working too hard for us and he finds himself in positions where he’s retreated to help the midfield, not in positions in the box where he can nick the tap-in. “That’s credit to him because he’s rolled his sleeves up but I’m sure he’d like a goal too. “It would be brilliant for Danny to nick one at Swansea. He’s well-liked there and had a very good time there.” If Graham’s barren streak does persist, Bruce is close to giving Matty Fryatt his chance in the Premier League. Fryatt managed only five appearances last season due to an Achilles injury and was sent on loan to Sheffield Wednesday early in the current campaign. But he is back now and eager to push his claims. Bruce said: “I’ve never really seen Matty play because he missed a year with his Achilles, but thankfully going to Sheffield has done him a bit of good and he’s come back into the fold.” Hull captain Curtis Davies expects Swansea to put Barclays Premier League points ahead of European ambition when the sides meet on Monday evening. And Davies is certain which way Laudrup will be leaning. “I would probably say they’re not really as interested in the Europa League game as they are in the Premier League,” said the central defender. “As much as I think if they get it right Swansea have a chance of winning the Europa League, especially with the way they play their football, their main concern is probably to get through our game. “Whoever is fit or whoever is not they will be patching them up and then look at the European game. “The Premier League is the bread and butter for them and they will want to impress here as well as the Europa League.” The trip to the Liberty Stadium represents a return to familiar surroundings for on-loan Tigers striker Danny Graham. His goal drought – which totals 13 matches for Hull but 30 in all, including the end of his Swansea stint and a disappointing time at Sunderland – is fast becoming a concern. Davies admits he has not escaped some good-natured ribbing from team-mates on the subject but remains a firm fan of the 28-year-old’s all-round contribution. Swansea host the Tigers just three days before their final Europa League group match at St Gallen, with qualification to the next stage not guaranteed for Michael Laudrup’s side. The Swans have a number of injury problems to manage, particularly up front, and may need to prioritise in certain areas with two matches in swift succession. last_img read more


first_imgToby Alderweireld would like to make his loan move to Southampton permanent, despite reported interest from the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham. The 26-year-old’s September arrival from Atletico Madrid appeared quite the coup, especially as the season-long loan gave Saints the option to make the move permanent for just £6.8million. Alderweireld’s impressive performances have made that fee look all the more paltry, but parent club Atletico could cancel that buy-out clause by paying Saints £1.5million That, along with growing interest in his services, muddies the water somewhat, but the Belgium international would be keen to stay at St Mary’s. “If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here,” Alderweireld, set to return against Chelsea after nine weeks out with a hamstring complaint, told the BBC. “It’s not up to me. Atletico could decide that they want me back. I have two years left there so it is difficult for me to answer the question. “I’m enjoying the Premier League, I’m enjoying playing for Southampton – I love the club and I love the fans. I am enjoying it here and my mind and focus is on Southampton.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgELLSWORTH — Week 2 of the high school football season presented Hancock County’s three teams with some tough challenges, but all three were up to the task.Bucksport’s game against Mattanawcook Academy on Friday was the highlight of the weekend. Although the Golden Bucks turned the ball over six times, the team still defeated the Lynx 48-42 in a three-overtime thriller.Quarterback Chase Carmichael had three total touchdowns for Bucksport (1-1), which beat Mattanawcook (1-1) on the road for the second year in a row. Carter Tolmasoff scored the winning touchdown for the Golden Bucks.Ellsworth/Sumner came close to a win against Mount View in the team’s Saturday afternoon game, which the Eagles led by eight points with less than a minute to play. Unfortunately for Ellsworth/Sumner (0-2), the Mustangs (1-1) tied the game with a touchdown and 2-point conversion and went on to win 43-35 in overtime.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textConnor Crawford led Ellsworth/Sumner with 215 passing yards, 208 of which went to Javon Williams. Crawford also led the way on defense for the Eagles with eight solo tackles, three assisted tackles and a forced fumble.Mount Desert Island (1-1) bounced back from a close loss against Winslow last week by pounding Old Town (0-2) 41-14. The game began Friday but had to be resumed Saturday after a lightning delay kept the two teams from playing.Bucksport and MDI will face each other at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Bucksport High School. Ellsworth/Sumner plays its home opener against Hermon (2-0) at that same time and date.last_img read more


first_img Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse drops 1st conference game to Pittsburgh, 72-61Grade Syracuse’s performance against Pittsburgh and vote for the player of the gameSyracuse crumbles after Dajuan Coleman fouls out in 72-61 loss to PittsburghSyracuse community reacts to loss against Pittsburgh Published on December 30, 2015 at 11:16 pm PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Syracuse (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost its first conference game of the season, 72-61, to Pittsburgh (11-1, 1-0). Here are three quick observations from SU’s loss. Big men on campusSyracuse found success on offense going mostly to the interior. It shot just 15 3-pointers and scored most of its points in the paint. The Orange went to a primarily big lineup, featuring Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Lydon and Tyler Roberson.A lot of in the interior success was due to the play of Roberson, who scored 15 points and showed a penchant for creating baskets off the dribble. With Syracuse down four after a Cameron Johnson 3 late in the second half, Roberson dribbled from top of the key and finished an old-fashioned 3-point play after a spin move to the basket.Coleman fouled out and Tyler Lydon had four himself. And late in the game, it proved too much for the Orange. With Syracuse down 3, Sheldon Jeter laid in a bucket from the paint, got fouled, and jumped high in the air as Syracuse saw its first conference game of the season slip away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Don’t care if you’re board The Orange has struggled to rebound all season and the start of conference play proved to be no different. Syracuse was picked apart on the glass, 43-25. This included an 19-8 advantage on the offensive glass. After the first half, Pittsburgh had 13 second chance points to Syracuse’s zero.Syracuse stayed in the game by limiting its turnovers (10) and shooting 43.5 percent from the field. And though the 2-3 zone defense allowed the Panthers to grab offensive rebounds, it also forced Pittsburgh to shoot 40.7 percent from the field. But Pittsburgh’s clear rebounding advantage helped it come back in the second half and eventually pull away from SU.Pin pointTrevor Cooney, often lambasted as a poor conference-play shooter, started off the ACC season with a bang on Wednesday. He scored 15 points and even pulled down six rebounds.With 12 minutes left in the first half, he picked up a defensive board, dribbled up to the top of the key and didn’t hesitate on a 3-pointer. Right after Syracuse got its first lead of the game in the second half, Cooney hit a catch-and-shoot 3 from the corner.After missing 11 straight 3-pointers for a stretch of nonconference action, the senior guard has now made 10 of his last 19 shots from beyond the arc. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more