‘Right direction’ Zarif also appealed to the United Nations for an end to US sanctions, which he said were “undermining our efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran”.The United States is currently pursuing a policy of “maximum pressure” aimed at crippling the Iranian government’s finances.President Donald Trump launched the campaign in 2018 after unilaterally withdrawing the US from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposing sanctions.In theory, humanitarian items are exempt from the US sanctions, but in reality banks tend to turn down transactions involving Iran to avoid being exposed to potential litigation.The World Health Organization praised Iran as a delegation of WHO and public health experts left the country after a five-day mission.”We see that Iran’s strategies and priorities to control COVID-19 are evolving in the right direction,” said Richard Brennan, WHO regional emergency director.”But more needs to be done,” he said in a statement.”We agreed on several priority areas for scale-up with the national health authorities, based on informed experiences in China and elsewhere.” Topics : Among other top brass at the gathering was Gholamreza Soleimani, who heads the Basij, a volunteer militia loyal to the establishment, as was Defense Minister Amir Hatami.Bagheri appeared in front of the cameras later to say a newly formed commission had been charged with overseeing the “emptying of shops, streets and roads” within the next 24 hours. Entire nation to be monitored “During the next 10 days, the entire Iranian nation will be monitored once through cyberspace, by phone and, if necessary, in person, and those suspected of being ill will be fully identified,” he said.It was difficult to estimate on Friday the real extent of the measures announced by the general.News of the lockdown came as Iran said the novel coronavirus had claimed another 85 lives, its highest single-day toll since the first deaths were announced on February 19.”Sadly, 85 people infected with the COVID-19 disease have died in the past 24 hours,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.”Across the country, at least 1,289 infected people have been added to the list of confirmed patients.”In all, the ministry says 514 people have been killed by the illness out of 11,364 confirmed cases of infection in Iran.Several politicians and officials have been infected, with some dying from the illness.The latest suspected case was Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Iran’s supreme leader on foreign policy.Velayati fell ill with “mild symptoms” on Wednesday and has been placed in quarantine, according to Tasnim news agency.Iran on Thursday said it asked the International Monetary Fund for its first loan in decades to combat the coronavirus outbreak.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged the IMF to “stand on the right side of history”. But despite those and other measures including the cancellation of the main weekly Friday prayers, the official number of deaths and infections has continued to grow exponentially.Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday ordered the armed forces to lead the battle against the outbreak.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei instructed the security forces to bring their services together and expand efforts to combat the virus.Acting on those orders, armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri chaired a meeting on Friday that included Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Salami and police chief Hossein Ashtari. Iran said Friday the security forces will clear the streets nationwide within 24 hours so all citizens can be checked for coronavirus — its toughest measure yet to combat the outbreak.The COVID-19 epidemic in Iran — a nation of more than 80 million people — has now claimed over 500 lives and infected more than 11,000.Since it announced the first deaths last month, Iran has shut schools, postponed events and discouraged travel ahead of Nowrouz, the country’s New Year holidays.
Allianz Global Investors (AGI) is due to acquire fixed income specialist Rogge Global Partners (RGP) in a bid to grow its fixed income client offering.The transaction involves Old Mutual and RGP management selling the entire issued share capital to AGI, although the terms were not disclosed.The acquisition is designed to further strengthen AGI’s fixed income capabilities, the asset manager said in a statement.RGP gains “a strategic partner that will offer greater distribution potential for its strategies”, it added. AGI had €427bn in assets under management (AUM) as at the end of September, with €167bn in fixed income strategies, up from €109bn four years ago – a 53% increase. RGP has €34bn in AUM, all of which is in fixed income products.Andreas Utermann, global CIO and chief executive-elect at AGI, said the two businesses were “a natural fit – in terms of both product mix and culture”. AGI has made several investments to grow its fixed income business in recent years.Most recently, it appointed Mike Riddell to lead the development of the asset manager’s UK fixed income capability. It also created an Asian fixed income team and developed its emerging market debt team.The RGP team will become part of the global investment platform at AGI.Subject to regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close by the second quarter.
Employee pension schemes in Finland will find it hard to achieve their targeted investment returns in the next few years in the current low-interest-rate environment, the country’s financial supervisor has warned.Releasing data on the financial position and risks of supervised entities, the Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanssivalvonta or FIN-FSA) said the investment return for the employee pension sector was zero in the first half of this year.“A positive return in the second quarter covered the losses generated in the first quarter,” it said.“The solvency position of the employee pension sector weakened, but risk-bearing capacity remained strong.” The investment return for the sector failed to reach the target level in the January-to-June period.“Likewise, in the coming years, it will be difficult to reach the target level if interest rates remain at their current low level,” the regulator added.According to FIN-FSA figures, the average solvency ratio for the employee pension sector fell to 26% at the end of June from 28.6% at the end of December 2015.However, the risk-based solvency position for the sector rose to 2.1 at the end of June from 2.0 at the end of December, the authority said, explaining that the decrease in equity risk in the investment portfolio had been reflected as a decline in the solvency limit.
Image courtesy of BAMThe National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO) launched a tender seeking the supply of up to 16 cargoes to its Al‐Sheikh Sabah LNG Terminal at Aqaba.NEPCO plans to work with bidders to execute a master sale and purchase agreement before the bid submission deadline on August 2.Volumes would be delivered during 2018 on a DES (delivered ex-ship) basis, according to the tender document.Jordan started importing liquefied natural gas in May 2015 when the 160,000-cbm FSRU Golar Eskimo arrived in the port of Aqaba.The FSRU is capable of delivering up to 500 mmscfd with a peaking capacity of 750 mmscfd.
Share Sharing is caring! News Libyans clash with police over detained lawyer, source says by: – February 16, 2011 Share 35 Views no discussions Share From Tim Lister, CNN Tweet Groups of protesters gathered to demonstrate both for and against the government of Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday.(CNN) — Libyan police clashed with protesters chanting anti-government slogans and demanding the release of a human rights activist early Wednesday, an independent source in the country told CNN. The about 150-200 protesters in the coastal city of Benghazi were supporting human rights activist and lawyer Fathi Terbil, who had been detained earlier, the source said. Several people were arrested after police confronted the protesters, the source said. But “there is nothing serious here,” said a highly-placed Libyan source who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to the media. “These are just young people fighting each other.” The source said the clashes were “not political” and that “Libya is not Egypt… This is not an organized revolution.” There were demonstrations in support of long-time Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in several cities, including Benghazi, on Wednesday, the country’s state news agency reported. The highly-placed source characterized the clashes as “street fights” and said, “there is no police, no security in Benghazi.” CNN’s independent source is not aware of further clashes in Benghazi Wednesday. The source said the government mobilized thousands of people in several Libyan cities early Wednesday, and is conveying the message that while grievances will be addressed, calls for the regime’s overthrow will not be tolerated. The demonstrations in Libya come amid a wave of unrest that is sweeping the region and has toppled the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt this year. It is not clear if Terbil, the lawyer, has been released, but the source expects that he will be. The government is anxious to reduce the risk of further confrontation, the source said. Terbil represents the families of prisoners killed in a massacre by security forces at the Abu Slim jail in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, in 1996. The source confirmed that some 100 members of the Libyan Islamist Fighters Group are due to be released later Wednesday as part of a long process of reconciliation between the group — which once supported al Qaeda — and the government. The releases began last year. Wednesday’s release will be the final batch of prisoners. CNN’s Zain Verjee contributed to this report.
Decatur County’s auditor is taking a new job as executive director for the Decatur County Community Foundation.Tami Wenning’s last day as auditor will be Monday, according to the Greensburg Daily News.She has held various offices at the Decatur County Courthouse for the past 15 years.A caucus will be held next month as county Republican Party members have until the of July to name a successor. GOP Chairman Larry Meyer told the newspaper he expects around three candidates to announce their candidacy for the seat.
Batesville Post 271 at Seymour Post 89, 6/16/15 (game was shortened to 7 inning due to weather delays).Post 271-011 000 0. 2 5 2Post 89-103 101 x. 6 10 5For Post 271:Ethan Adams 0-3, run, bb, sbTaylor Kopplin 1-4Brandt Ricketts 1-4Noah Gausman 2-3, run, bbZach Pottschmidt 1-3Ethan Adams started on the mound, pitched 4 innings and took the loss giving up 5 runs.Taylor Kopplin pitched 2 innings in relief giving up 1 run.Post 271 record: 0-3Next game: Thursday, 6/18/15 at Brookville.Courtesy of Batesville Post Coach Doug Behlmer.
Wylie said: ” It was a very nice surprise to see him do what he did at Punchestown. Willie told me during the summer we’d go down the Champion Hurdle route, but that we’d try to avoid Faugheen before hopefully meeting him at Cheltenham in March if all went well. “When they were entered against each other I was surprised and Willie told me not to expect to beat Faugheen. I think he was as surprised as anyone that he did. “I think the plan will be to go to Leopardstown and hopefully myself and Andrea (wife) will get over there for a few days over Christmas. “It’s just really exciting to have what looks a live candidate for the Champion Hurdle. I’ve never had one before.” The Wylies have enjoyed a strong start to the season in Ireland, with Bellshill and Up For Review both looking like major players in the novice hurdle division after making impressive starts to their jumping careers in November. “Bellshill was very good at Cork and I was impressed with Up For Review at Fairyhouse as well, so it’s exciting times,” said Wylie. “I’m sure we’ll learn more about them when they step up in grade.” Owner Graham Wylie is looking forward to making the trip to Leopardstown over Christmas to see if Nichols Canyon can reaffirm his Champion Hurdle claims in the Ryanair Hurdle. Press Association The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old struck four times at Grade One level during his novice campaign and inflicted a shock defeat on previously unbeaten stable companion Faugheen on his return to action in last month’s Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. Wylie expects the pair to be kept apart until a potential rematch at Cheltenham in March and with Faugheen set to return to Kempton to defend his Christmas Hurdle crown, Nichols Canyon will head to Leopardstown on December 29 for a race won four times by recently-retired former stablemate Hurricane Fly.
Syracuse forward C.J. Fair, who was named a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection on Monday, was voted a second-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Wednesday.The senior is joined by former Brewster (Mass.) Academy teammate and current Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim on the team, as well as Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early and Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, on the second team.Arizona guard Nick Johnson, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Louisville guard Russ Smith, Duke forward Jabari Parker and Creighton forward Doug McDermott make up the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) first team. The USBWA does not name a third team.Fair’s selection to the USBWA All-American team comes just two days after being left off any of Sporting News’ three All-America teams. Three other ACC players, including Parker, were named to those teams. North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren and North Carolina guard Marcus Paige were the two others. Both also joined Fair on the All-ACC first team.Fair’s 16.9 points per game ranked seventh in the ACC — but outside the top 100 nationally — and his 6.2 rebounds were tied for 16th most in the conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe small forward is also one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which earns him recognition as a Senior All-American.The Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches will announce their All-American teams in the coming weeks. Comments Published on March 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+