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German minister commits suicide after ‘virus crisis worries’

German minister commits suicide after ‘virus crisis worries’

first_imgThomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said Sunday.Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said they believe he died by suicide.”We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad,” Bouffier said in a recorded statement. Popular and well-respected, Schaefer had long been touted as a possible successor to Bouffier.Like Bouffier, Schaefer belonged to Merkel’s center-right CDU party.He leaves behind a wife and two children. Topics :center_img Hesse is home to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.A visibly shaken Bouffier recalled that Schaefer, who was  Hesse’s finance chief for 10 years, had been working “day and night” to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.”Today we have to assume that he was deeply worried,” said Bouffier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.”It’s precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him,” he added.last_img read more

Spain braces for impact of economic ‘hibernation’ to fight virus

Spain braces for impact of economic ‘hibernation’ to fight virus

first_imgTopics : But in a country where nearly one in three workers was unemployed at the height of its economic crisis in 2013, and still had the eurozone’s second highest unemployment rate — 14 percent — after Greece, anxiety is mounting.Half of all Spaniards fear losing their job because of the outbreak, according to a recent survey published in the daily El Pais. Speaking after the cabinet approved the decision to impose the work ban, Budget Minister Maria Jesus Montero said this economic “hibernation” was needed to fight the pandemic which has so far claimed 7,340 lives in Spain.Spain’s main business lobby group, the CEOE, immediately warned of an “unprecedented impact on the Spanish economy”.The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy was already largely at a standstill due to the lockdown, with production in Spain’s car plants already halted for example. Spanish bank BBVA had already forecast the country’s economic output would drop by around 4.0 percent before this new measure, which should not lead to “big changes” in its economic outlook, said Nuno Fernandes, an economist at the IESE business school. Spain, already struggling with high unemployment and debt, is bracing for the impact of the government’s decision to put the country’s economy into “hibernation” to fight the spread of coronavirus.Grappling with Europe’s second-worst outbreak of the disease after Italy, the government on March 14 imposed a lockdown and on Sunday it went even further, banning all non-essential work for two weeks in the nation of around 47 million people.The measure targeted especially the construction and manufacturing sectors, such as Airbus which was forced to stop production in Spain.center_img Job loss fears Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s leftist government on Friday banned job dismissals during the pandemic, a step demanded by unions which warned that up to one million people risked losing their jobs.”If there are not revenues but there are expenses and we can’t fire… the only option left is to close,” the head of the country’s main business group, Antonio Garamedi, said Monday during a radio interview.The government had pledged up to 100 billion euros ($111 billion) for loan guarantees to businesses to cushion the economy from the damage caused by the pandemic.But the business lobby group predicts 300,000 jobs could be lost if the crisis lasts over a month, especially in hotels, travel agencies and the textile sector.”Spain is a country where, if economic activity stops, more jobs are destroyed than in other countries,” said Pedro Aznar of the ESADE business school.This is because nearly 30 percent of all workers have temporary contracts, the highest rate in Europe, especially in the key tourism sector, and a 2012 labor market reform made it easier and less expensive to fire workers, he added. ‘Fewer resources’ The tourism sector, which accounts for around 12 percent of Spain’s GDP, has been especially hard hit by the pandemic.The UN World Tourism Organization predicted Friday that international travel will likely fall by 20 to 30 percent this year due to the disease.The global recession, which the virus will spark will also hit car sales, more bad news for Spain, Europe’s second-biggest car producer after Germany.With companies stopping their activity, “tax revenues will be very bad and the government will have fewer resources while it will have more expenses,” Aznar said.He said this explains why Sanchez “insists so much” on a proposal made by Spain and eight other European Union member states that the bloc borrow money to finance the fight against coronavirus by issuing joint “coronabonds”, he added.Germany and the Netherlands have opposed the idea.Spain has much less margin to maneuver now than it did when the global finance crisis struck in 2008.The country’s public debt currently stands at over 95 percent of its economic output, compared with less than 37 percent in 2007.last_img read more

Young male violence higher with lower drinking age

Young male violence higher with lower drinking age

first_img3News 20 June 2014More young men have been getting into fights since the legal drinking age was reduced to 18 in New Zealand, a study has found.New research from the University of Otago shows that since the minimum age at which Kiwis can buy alcohol was reduced to 18 in 1999, there has been an increase of assaults in male youths aged between 15 and 19.The study looked at the number of patients admitted to hospitals with injuries from assaults that took place on weekends before and after the law changed.In particular, researchers compared assault rates among 18-19 year-olds, whose legal access to alcohol increased, with 15-17 year-olds, whose informal access to alcohol is likely to have increased, as well as 20-21 year-olds, who were unaffected by the change in law.The results, published in the American Journal of Public Health, show there are more assaults in male youths 15-19, but not for girls the same age.http://www.3news.co.nz/Young-male-violence-higher-with-lower-drinking-age/tabid/423/articleID/349372/Default.aspxlast_img read more

Science is killing the pro-abortion movement!

Science is killing the pro-abortion movement!

first_imgScience Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a BoostThe Atlantic 18 January 2018Family First Comment: “Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. Like McGuire, today’s prospective moms and dads can learn more about their baby earlier into a pregnancy than their parents or grandparents. And like McGuire, when they see their fetus on an ultrasound, they may see humanizing qualities like smiles or claps, even if most scientists see random muscle movements.These advances fundamentally shift the moral intuition around abortion. New technology makes it easier to apprehend the humanity of a growing child and imagine a fetus as a creature with moral status.”Advocates are tracking new developments in neonatal research and technology—and transforming one of America’s most contentious debates.The first time Ashley McGuire had a baby, she and her husband had to wait 20 weeks to learn its sex. By her third, they found out at 10 weeks with a blood test. Technology has defined her pregnancies, she told me, from the apps that track weekly development to the ultrasounds that show the growing child. “My generation has grown up under an entirely different world of science and technology than the Roe generation,” she said. “We’re in a culture that is science-obsessed.”Activists like McGuire believe it makes perfect sense to be pro-science and pro-life. While she opposes abortion on moral grounds, she believes studies of fetal development, improved medical techniques, and other advances anchor the movement’s arguments in scientific fact. “The pro-life message has been, for the last 40-something years, that the fetus … is a life, and it is a human life worthy of all the rights the rest of us have,” she said. “That’s been more of an abstract concept until the last decade or so.” But, she added, “when you’re seeing a baby sucking its thumb at 18 weeks, smiling, clapping,” it becomes “harder to square the idea that that 20-week-old, that unborn baby or fetus, is discardable.”Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. Like McGuire, today’s prospective moms and dads can learn more about their baby earlier into a pregnancy than their parents or grandparents. And like McGuire, when they see their fetus on an ultrasound, they may see humanizing qualities like smiles or claps, even if most scientists see random muscle movements.These advances fundamentally shift the moral intuition around abortion. New technology makes it easier to apprehend the humanity of a growing child and imagine a fetus as a creature with moral status. Over the last several decades, pro-life leaders have increasingly recognized this and rallied the power of scientific evidence to promote their cause. They have built new institutions to produce, track, and distribute scientifically crafted information on abortion. They hungrily follow new research in embryology. They celebrate progress in neonatology as a means to save young lives. New science is “instilling a sense of awe that we never really had before at any point in human history,” McGuire said. “We didn’t know any of this.”In many ways, this represents a dramatic reversal; pro-choice activists have long claimed science for their own side. The Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy organization that defends abortion and reproductive rights, has exercised a near-monopoly over the data of abortion, serving as a source for supporters and opponents alike. And the pro-choice movement’s rhetoric has matched its resources: Its proponents often describe themselves as the sole defenders of women’s welfare and scientific consensus. The idea that life begins at conception “goes against legal precedent, science, and public opinion,” said Ilyse Hogue, the president of the abortion-advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a recent op-ed for CNBC. Members of the pro-life movement are “not really anti-abortion,” she wrote in another piece. “They are against [a] world where women can contribute equally and chart our own destiny in ways our grandmothers never thought possible.”READ MORE: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/pro-life-pro-science/549308/last_img read more

Trial of former IAAF President set to start on June 8

Trial of former IAAF President set to start on June 8

first_img In their order for reference, the magistrates in charge of the investigation estimated that “Papa Massata Diack could only be enriched in considerable proportions to the prejudice of the IAAF with the constant and enlightened support of his father, who cannot leave the sole responsibility for it to his son.” In the same document, judges say Diack “played an active role, abusing his quality as President of the institution, and effectively placed his son at the heart of the system put in place which enabled him to divert important upstream revenues from the IAAF funds.” read also:Lamine Diack’s trial in Paris adjourned until June Four other defendants will also be tried in the case – Gabriel Dollé, former director of the IAAF’s medical and anti-doping department, Habib Cissé, lawyer and ex-legal advisor to Lamine Diack, Valentin Balakhnichev, ex-President of the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) and former treasurer and vice-president of the IAAF and Alexei Melnikov, former head coach of long distance races at ARAF. Only Lamine Diack, Dollé and Cissé are expected to be present at the opening of the trial. Papa Diack, who lives in Senegal, is under an international arrest warrant issued on February 13 by French judicial authorities, while Balaknichev and Melnikov are also the subject of arrest warrants, however both the Senegalese and Russian Governments are refusing to extradite the accused. The trial was originally due to begin on January 13 but was adjourned just hours before it was due to start after prosecutors asked for more time to review three folders worth of documents relating to evidence given by Papa Diack in November. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It was originally due to start in January, before being moved back to June 3. French media are now reporting it is due to begin on June 8, one day after Diack’s 87th birthday, although the exact reason for the further delay is unknown. Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999 to 2015, is charged with “giving and receiving bribes”, “breach of trust” and “organised money laundering” and is facing a potential 10-year prison sentence for allegedly taking bribes to cover up tests showing doping by 23 Russian athletes, as reported by France 24. Prosecutors allege Diack, who was arrested in November 2015, obtained $1.5 million (£1.2 million/€1.36 million) of Russian funds to help fund Macky Sall’s successful campaign for President of Senegal in 2012, in exchange for the IAAF’s anti-doping arm covering up offences by Russian athletes. The trial will take place in Paris and is expected to last 10 days, as reported by L’Equipe.Advertisement Trial of former IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) President Lamine Diack, who has been accused of corruption, influence-trafficking and money laundering, has been moved back five days to June 8. Promoted Content33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?Top 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love WithWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… last_img read more

Joao Felix out for three weeks

Joao Felix out for three weeks

first_imgRelatedPosts Joao Felix wins 2019 Golden Boy award Felix, Partey give Atletico points in Moscow Atletico capture Felix for £113m Joao Felix is to be sidelined for up to three weeks after the 19-year-old suffered an ankle knock on Saturday.Felix was withdrawn with 10 minutes to go in Atletico Madrid’s draw with Valencia, as the sides were unable to be separated after goals from Diego Costa and Dani Parejo.The Portuguese star underwent X-ray and MRI scans at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra hospital and the club later confirmed that their mega-money summer signing has suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain.The injury means Felix will be out for around three weeks, and the attacker will miss league ties against Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Sevilla, as well as Atletico’s Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen.Felix has had a steady start to life in the Spanish capital since joining Diego Simeone’s side for a whopping £114million this summer.The 19-year-old has scored three goals and provided a sole assist in his 13 appearances for the Spanish side, and has looked bright in parts when deployed on the wing or alongside Diego Costa up front.Atletico Madrid have drawn four of their last five league games and sit in fifth place in La Liga after nine games this season. Following Real Madrid’s loss to RCD Mallorca on Saturday night, Barcelona are the front runners at the top of the league.  Tags: Clinica Universidad de NevarraJoao Felixlast_img read more

Lynagh: O’Connell should lead Lions

Lynagh: O’Connell should lead Lions

first_img Press Association Bookmakers suspended betting on the captaincy after Warburton was backed heavily late last week, and the Wales flanker is expected to be unveiled when the squad is announced in London on Tuesday. “I guess the favourite is Warburton, but for me it has to be Paul O’Connell,” said Lynagh, speaking at the launch of Specsavers’ sponsorship of match officials for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. “He’s done it before, he’s a big guy, an inspirational bloke, fresh because he hasn’t played much this season and is as fit as he’s ever been. “From a political point of view you have Scottish, Welsh and English represented in the management and no Irish. Appointing O’Connell would balance things up.” Lynagh subscribes to the view that for the first time a ‘tour captain’, who would not be guaranteed his place in the Test XV, should be chosen. “I’d go down that route because it takes the pressure off who’s going to be a certainty in the team,” said Lynagh, who won 72 caps between 1984-1995. “If he’s not playing well, do you drop the captain? If you pick a tour captain then he has to perform during the opening three weeks of the tour to get in the Test team. That would be interesting.” O’Connell, who has missed most of the season with a back injury, became a genuine contender following an epic display for Munster against Harlequins in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals. center_img Australia great Michael Lynagh views Paul O’Connell as the best man to lead the British and Irish Lions this summer, but predicts that Warren Gatland will opt for Sam Warburton.last_img read more

Dier finds his way back home

Dier finds his way back home

first_img “It has always been my ambition and my dream to come back to England and play in the Premier League. “The reason I moved to Portugal was nothing to do with football – it was because of my family. “We moved there when I was six, I got picked up by Sporting when I was eight and I went through their youth system, all the way to the first team. “It is kind of a strange background and everyone seems surprised by it. But it just happened that way really. “At the beginning it was hard because I didn’t really speak the language. I was seen as a bit of an outsider. “But after I picked up the language when I was 12 or 13, it was really easy. I don’t think they saw me as English – they pretty much saw me like one of their own. “The Premier League was still the only league I watched really. It is on television in Portugal and it is the biggest league in the world in my opinion. “Obviously I’ve watched a lot of Tottenham, and I’ve always enjoyed the way they play, their attacking football. “I think, coming from Portugal, that suits me and this season I just want to adapt really quickly to the Premier League and do the best I can.” Dier, who had a spell on loan with Everton in 2011 to further his experience, made 26 league appearances overall for Sporting after making his debut in November 2012. Eric Dier admits it has been something of a “strange” journey that has taken him to signing for Tottenham – and he feels he is fulfilling a dream now the transfer is complete. The 20-year-old Cheltenham-born player, who can operate as a defender or holding midfielder, has joined the Barclays Premier League side from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, where he came through the youth ranks. Having finalised his switch on a five-year deal for around £4million, the England Under-21 international told Spurs TV: “I am really excited to be joining such a big club. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Woman wins 3.8 million jackpot at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Woman wins 3.8 million jackpot at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

first_imgA Fort Lauderdale woman celebrating her 60th birthday is now a millionaire after hitting the jackpot on a $1 slot machine at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.The woman was inducted into a new tax bracket on Thursday after wagering a $5 bet on the slot machine:“I am in absolute shock,” the woman told our news partners at WPTV. ” You like to dream big but that’s really big. That’s not even in the really big. That’s not even in the ballpark of what you think you can win. That’s a lottery. It still feels like a dream.”The winner who asked to remain anonymous says she plans to spend her winnings modestly:“We’re talking about hurricane windows,” she said. ” We talked about resurfacing the pool or maybe getting a nicer condo after retirement.”The 3.8 million win is the largest payout at any Seminole Tribe of Florida gaming property.last_img read more

WDFA/GFF NAMILCO Flour Under-17 match to be played today

WDFA/GFF NAMILCO Flour Under-17 match to be played today

first_imgTHE West Demerara Football Association (WDFA)-run Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/NAMILCO-sponsored Under-17 football league championship continues today with an adjusted fixture of games set for the Den Amstel ground.Today’s lone match will see bottom-of-the-table Wales take on third-placed Pouderoyen from 16:00hrs.On Sunday the tournament continues with a double-header starting at 10:00hrs with Wales tackling Eagles and in the second game from 12:00hrs Den Amstel clash with Hurry-ATE.Den Amstel’s Chris Smith can take the lead in this second game to become the top goalscorer as he and Uitvlugt’s Travis Fraser (five goals apiece) are the joint leaders so far of this championship.last_img