NHS cash recovery plan will leave employers with extra liability cost

first_imgNHS cash recovery plan will leave employers with extra liability costOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Plans to allow the NHS to recover the costs of workplace accidents couldleave employers with a £150m bill, the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF)has warned. The union is urging ministers to remove the proposal from the Health andSocial Care Bill because of the cost it would add to employers’ liabilityinsurance. Martin Temple, director general at the EEF, confirmed he had written tohealth secretary Alan Milburn urging him to drop the proposals from the Bill. “The issues around the UK’s compensation system are profound and mayrequire a very different approach or combination of approaches to find along-term solution,” said Temple. “This proposal is premature and likely to be misdirected when taken inthe context of future decisions on compensation for workplace accidents.” The Department of Health hopes the changes will ensure employers that areliable for accidents cover the related NHS costs. But the EEF claims that any costs would be footed by employers through theemployers’ liability insurance system, spreading the burden across allemployers, regardless of safety records and policies. “The measure will not achieve its goals and will simply add furtherpressure to a system already showing incredible strain. Employers who takepositive action to improve the health and safety of employers will besubsidising those who are negligent,” said Temple. The EEF is campaigning for a review of the entire workplace insurancesystem. By Ross Wighamwww.eef.org.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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US Navy helps Iranian mariners in Persian Gulf

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy helps Iranian mariners in Persian Gulf View post tag: USS Nitze View post tag: Persian Gulf US Navy helps Iranian mariners in Persian Gulf Authorities View post tag: Irancenter_img November 22, 2016 View post tag: US Navy The U.S. Navy has shared a report of its guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) helping three Iranian mariners in distress in the Persian Gulf on November 18.According to the U.S. Navy, Nitze received notification from aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) of a small fishing vessel in distress.Once Nitze’s crew identified the distressed vessel, the ship took action to render assistance.After confirming the distressed vessel’s mariners were safe, they discovered the vessel had a dead battery. Nitze provided the Iranian crew with a new battery and a case of water, the U.S. Navy said.“Our sailors are trained to respond quickly to those in distress at sea,” said Cmdr. Paul Kaylor, commanding officer of Nitze. “We are proud to have assisted in this situation.”While not related it is interesting to note that ten U.S. Navy sailors were detained at gunpoint by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in late January this year. U.S. sailors strayed into Iranian territorial waters after experiencing problems with both the communication equipment and mechanical issues with the boats they were using. Share this articlelast_img read more

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News story: Winfrith land transfer secures £1.7 million savings

first_img As part of its decommissioning mission, the NDA is committed to disposing of its assets and freeing up its land for alternative uses, wherever appropriate. I am delighted that we have signed this agreement with Tradebe Inutec, which reduces our liabilities while supporting the supply chain and the local economy. Tradebe Inutec, an existing tenant, has operated a facility at the Dorset site for more than 30 years and now has greater flexibility to expand or diversify its operations on land adjacent to the former civil nuclear research site – which is now being decommissioned by Magnox Ltd. The agreement will safeguard up to 70 skilled jobs.Before the sale can be finalised, the controls covering the nuclear facility need to be lifted through approval by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The deal is expected to conclude next year and will mean that the NDA’s mission will be completed for this part of the site. Work under way at the facilityThe Tradebe Inutec site occupies almost 3 hectares, around the same size as 4 football pitches.The transfer aligns to the NDA’s strategy for surplus assets. To date this has raised more than £500 million for the UK taxpayer, including the sale of non-operational land at Wylfa, Oldbury, Hinkley and Bradwell.NDA Chief Financial Officer David Batters said:center_img Tradebe Inutec provides a wide range of radioactive waste management services to UK and overseas markets, including recycling and thermal treatment. Its Winfrith site processes low-level wastes (LLW) and borderline Intermediate Level Waste (ILW).last_img read more

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Ahead of her time

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.Saheela Ibraheem was accepted to Harvard College at age 15, and arrived at 16. She took ultra-tough Math 55. She was a teaching fellow for Harvard’s largest class, CS50. She introduced President Barack Obama at a reception in March. Now, she is graduating at just 20.So she’s planning a well-earned rest.Ibraheem is a Quincy House neurobiology concentrator with a computer science secondary and an aim for a career in academia. That means graduate school is in her future. But first she’s taking a gap year and, for once, has no specific plans for it yet.Ibraheem, who grew up in Piscataway, N.J., has long been in the spotlight for her academic achievements. At 16, she was named to a list of “The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers,” which got the attention of the White House. She was invited to Washington, D.C., in early March, where she introduced the president and first lady at a reception to kick off Black History Month.“She’s like the State Department and the National Institutes of Health all rolled into one,” Obama said during a short speech. “Young people like this inspire our future.”Ibraheem became interested in neurobiology in high school — which she entered after skipping sixth and ninth grades — when she picked up a copy of “Gray’s Anatomy” at the school library. She fed that interest at Harvard not just in class, but also in the laboratory of Emery Brown, who investigates the neurobiology of anesthesia and holds appointments at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.Ibraheem’s parents are both numerically inclined. Her father is a quantitative analyst for a New York bank, and her mother is an accountant. She has three younger brothers, two of whom are in their first years at Yale University and Dartmouth College. Lest her academic accolades give her a big head, one brother reminds her occasionally that he got into Yale, and she didn’t.Being younger than her Harvard classmates didn’t prove too difficult, Ibraheem said, though she recalled that one first meeting with a classmate devolved into an argument about how old she really was. Other than that, she said that being too young to buy some cold medicines or to see R-rated movies were the most significant obstacles.At Harvard, Ibraheem has been a member of the Harvard Islamic Society, and worked with two other student groups: the Science Club for Girls, which provides after-school mentoring at the Amigos School in Cambridge, and, Dreamporte, which uses 3-D technology to teach geography and world culture to foster children.When asked what advice she had for incoming students, Ibraheem said that they shouldn’t shy away from challenging classes, but that they also shouldn’t sacrifice sleep and free time just to study endlessly.“There are so many new people. Meet as many as you can. Maybe try out extracurriculars you didn’t [try] before,” Ibraheem said.Ibraheem said her Harvard experience transformed her from a shy person to someone comfortable meeting people, talking with them, and listening to them.“[It was] definitely enlightening, transformative, unique,” she said.last_img read more

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BPU Awarded Money For Its Manufacturing Clean Energy Proposal

first_imgWNYNewsNow Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has been awarded $750,000 in support by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its “Manufacturing Clean Energy in the Southern Tier” proposal. Officials say the BPU-led program is designed to facilitate innovation focusing on climate technology company formation, enhance regional workforce development, create jobs in the growing sector and strengthen connections among manufacturers across the Western Southern Tier counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.Awarded under NYSERDA’s “Accelerate the Southern Tier” program opportunity, which seeks to boost the formation and growth of early-stage innovation in the Southern Tier to help New York State advance its climate and clean energy goals and continues development of the region to help foster growth of climate technology businesses.“We are very pleased that New York State leadership recognizes that significant investment in climate technology manufacturing will benefit existing Jamestown-area companies as well as to help attract new companies to the region,” says BPU General Manager David Leathers. “This BPU-led program supports our western New York legacy as a manufacturing powerhouse in the State and speaks to our potential as a climate technology manufacturing resource for decades to come.” The Manufacturing Clean Energy in the Southern Tier project will encompass four initiatives:Climate Technology Studies designed to evaluate the regional and individual manufacturer’s potential to enter the climate technology manufacturing market in the Western Southern Tier.Climate Technology Workforce Development which will augment training and educational programming at Jamestown Community College.Climate Technology Manufacturing Conference and Tradeshow held in Jamestown and designed to attract manufacturing interests from across the country. The campaign promoting the Western Southern Tier’s status as a climate technology manufacturing hub for the expanding domestic supply chain.“Climate technology businesses provide a bright future for innovative manufacturers and, in the Western Southern Tier, we’re poised to capitalize on that future,” adds Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities stands as one of the most important economic development assets in our region. With our partners, this award will help us identify our shared potential to augment climate technology manufacturing, promote the region as a climate technology ‘hub’ and contribute locally to a 21st Century workforce.”“Jamestown and Chautauqua County businesses can only benefit from a program designed to augment our successful local companies and attract new partners, new ideas and new investment,” states Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer. “Doing so now, at a time of critical need for our region, exemplifies our relentless determination to build a better future.”“The Gebbie Foundation looks forward to being a part of bringing a Climate Technology Conference and Tradeshow to the Jamestown area as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so,” says Greg Edwards, Chief Executive Officer at the Gebbie Foundation. “In keeping with the Foundation’s strategic focus of revitalizing downtown Jamestown, we invest in community and economic development projects such as this, that draw further investment from public and private partners. By becoming known as an ideal conference and convention location, we can attract people to our region to experience all the area has to offer.”This effort complements New York State’s national-leading climate and clean energy goals as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to lower greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050. The Accelerate Southern Tier Awards complements other State innovation and economic development initiatives such as the 76West Clean Energy Business Competition and Southern Tier Soaring.76West recently awarded $2.5 million to four companies, to expand operations in the region, and previous competition finalists and semifinalists have successfully integrated themselves, raising $51 million in private capital, making multimillion-dollar investments in property and equipment in the region while spending more than $1.7 million on key suppliers.Workforce training through Jamestown Community College (JCC) will increase the number of available skilled workers with knowledge of clean energy-specific technologies.“Jamestown Community College is pleased to be part of the Manufacturing the Climate Technology Future in the Southern Tier consortium in partnership with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, which calls for a four-pronged initiative designed to facilitate climate technology company formation, growth, recruitment, and job creation across the Western Southern Tier counties,” says JCC President Daniel DeMarte.“JCC’s specific role in this initiative,” continues DeMarte, “is to develop a Climate Technology program comprised of fundamental courses in residential and commercial electricity as well as more advanced offerings in Building Automation Systems focusing on the installation, repair, and maintenance of computer-based systems designed to control a building’s mechanical and electrical equipment including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management systems. Courses will be available beginning fall 2021.”Students in JCC’s program can also benefit from scholarship support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF).“The CRCF is proud of its heritage administering over 300 scholarship funds to local students,” explains the Foundation’s Executive Director, Tory Irgang. “This partnership will offer our local students access to unique training and education for good paying jobs in this growing sector of our economy.”The intended impact from the program will extend beyond Jamestown’s borders across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.“With more Americans working in climate technology-related industries than ever before, job growth in this sector continues to exceed expectations,” notes Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and CEO of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA). “The CCIDA and our counterparts in the Western Southern Tier—a region with more than 330 manufacturers responsible for more than $7.5 billion dollars of commerce—see tremendous value in making smart investments in climate technology manufacturing.”Boosting manufacturers across the three counties is a significant goal of the program. Through individual manufacturing studies evaluating value-added investments in climate technology to a conference and tradeshow event meant to connect local firms with national investors and potential partners, new ideas and new jobs are on the agenda.“Emerging climate technologies and the long-term trend toward sustainable climate technology solutions presents myriad opportunities for manufacturers across the Western Southern Tier,” says Tim Piazza, talent pipeline and apprenticeship coordinator at the Manufacturing Association of the Southern Tier (MAST). “From individual studies analyzing a manufacturer’s potential to efficiently enter the climate technology supply chain, to conferences and shared marketing designed to draw attention to the region, the program’s benefits are substantial.”“I’m so proud of the JBPU and City of Jamestown team members who led the successful application process, along with a long list of local and regional community partners,” says Leathers. “This grant award outcome is recognition of a tremendous example of preparedness, teamwork and collaboration.”Supporters of the proposal include: the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth, Chautauqua County Visitors’ Bureau, Chautauqua County Education Coalition, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the City of Jamestown Department of Development, the Gebbie Foundation, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, the Manufacturer’s Association of the Southern Tier, and the Small Business Development Center. 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Bebe Neuwirth to Join Patina Miller in CBS’ Madam Secretary

first_img Bebe Neuwirth Patina Miller Bergen, who played the role of Four Seasons mastermind Bob Gaudio in the national tour, Los Angeles and Las Vegas casts of Jersey Boys, will reprise the role in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical. His theater credits include Billy Crocker in the national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes, the title role in Hero at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL, and Rudi Gernreich in the Los Angeles premiere of The Temperamentals. His film and TV credits include How Sweet It Is, Gossip Girl, Person of Interest, Desperate Housewives and Franklin & Bash. Star Files Bebe Neuwirth is to join the previously reported Patina Miller in CBS’ pilot Madam Secretary. According to Deadline, the Tony winner will play Nadine, the chief of staff to a maverick female secretary of state played by Tea Leoni. Jersey Boys’ Erich Bergen will also appear in the role of Leoni’s assistant. Neuwirth received Tony awards for her performances in Chicago and Sweet Charity. Her other Broadway credits include The Addams Family, Fosse, A Chorus Line, Little Me, Dancin’ and Damn Yankees. Neuwirth’s film and TV credits include her two-time Emmy Award-winning performance as Dr. Lilith Sternin in Cheers and Frasier, Wild Palms, Dash and Lily, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Bored to Death, Green Card, Summer of Sam, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Jumanji, The Faculty, Adopt a Sailor, The Paint Job and Fame. View Commentslast_img read more

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Bolivia’s FELCN Combats Drug Traffickers in the Amazon Region

first_imgBolivia’s Special Force in the War on Drugs (FELCN) is intensifying security operations –“fighting organizations of organized crime throughout Bolivia’s Amazon,” in the words of FELCN chief Mario Centellas. Nevertheless, their efforts span the whole of Bolivia, where there were 762 active gangs in 2013 according to the National Public Safety Observatory. Most of those criminal organizations are concentrated in the Departments of La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba; some are street gangs, while others are larger and more sophisticated organized crime groups. Consequently, they’ve registered several successful operations in the region in recent months. Even as criminal organizations work across Bolivia’s borders, Bolivia is fighting back by cooperating with other countries in the region. They’ve been busy. From January through October 31, of this year, antinarcotic agents with the FELCN have performed 11,286 operations in the Amazon region and throughout the country. During that time they’ve detained 2,920 people suspected of drug trafficking activities, eradicated 9,457 hectares of coca crops and seized 175 tons of drugs. That’s up from the 118 tons of drugs throughout 2013. Successful anti-drug operations Some of those groups are Colombian. In Bolivia, Colombian drug traffickers can produce a kilo of high-quality cocaine from Peruvian base for less than US$2,000. That same kilo in Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo is worth up to US $8,000. Various Colombian drug trafficking groups – as well as groups from Brazil – operate in remote areas of the Amazon region, where they produce and transport significant quantities of drugs, weapons, and also engage in human trafficking. Among other missions, FELCN members perform daily patrols to locate and destroy clandestine drug labs, in addition to aerial operations and drug seizures. For example, in joint operations, the FELCN and Peruvian security forces seized 16 aircraft from January to mid-November. Meanwhile, Colombian and Brazilian security forces have conducted successful security operations to protect their borders, sometimes using advanced technologies such as aerial surveillance. Nevertheless, their efforts span the whole of Bolivia, where there were 762 active gangs in 2013 according to the National Public Safety Observatory. Most of those criminal organizations are concentrated in the Departments of La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba; some are street gangs, while others are larger and more sophisticated organized crime groups. Bolivia’s Special Force in the War on Drugs (FELCN) is intensifying security operations –“fighting organizations of organized crime throughout Bolivia’s Amazon,” in the words of FELCN chief Mario Centellas. By Dialogo November 21, 2014 During that operation they also arrested four suspects: Paraguayan national Wilder David, Brazilian national Joao Carlos L.C.; Peruvian national José V.S.; and Gary R.A., a Bolivian national. Their drug ring was storing the cocaine, which they had brought into Bolivia from Perú, at a ranch; from there, they planned on transporting it to Paraguay, Brazil, and Europe. Before the security operation broke up the scheme, drug gang pilots were transporting cocaine in four to six flights a day, according to La Prensa. For example, in joint operations, the FELCN and Peruvian security forces seized 16 aircraft from January to mid-November. Meanwhile, Colombian and Brazilian security forces have conducted successful security operations to protect their borders, sometimes using advanced technologies such as aerial surveillance. The FELCN and other security forces focus much of their attention on three key areas where organized crime groups transport drugs from Perú into Bolivia: San Martin, Puno, and VRAEM regions. These are areas where drug traffickers operate production centers and process cocaine base paste, which they later refine in the country’s northern regions. For example, the FELCN seized a model C-210 G Cessna aircraft and 102 kilograms of cocaine in the Department of Beni on October 12 . The aircraft was registered in Paraguay. Even as criminal organizations work across Bolivia’s borders, Bolivia is fighting back by cooperating with other countries in the region. Such technologies, while “expensive at the outset, can lead to large savings for the state in the medium term,” said Carlos Mendoza Mora, a security consultant with Strategic Project Consulting, a private firm in Mexico City. He added that focusing the FELCN’s efforts in border regions is an effective strategy, which provides “viability and security” to civilians in those areas. During that operation they also arrested four suspects: Paraguayan national Wilder David, Brazilian national Joao Carlos L.C.; Peruvian national José V.S.; and Gary R.A., a Bolivian national. Their drug ring was storing the cocaine, which they had brought into Bolivia from Perú, at a ranch; from there, they planned on transporting it to Paraguay, Brazil, and Europe. Before the security operation broke up the scheme, drug gang pilots were transporting cocaine in four to six flights a day, according to La Prensa. Consequently, they’ve registered several successful operations in the region in recent months. They’ve been busy. From January through October 31, of this year, antinarcotic agents with the FELCN have performed 11,286 operations in the Amazon region and throughout the country. During that time they’ve detained 2,920 people suspected of drug trafficking activities, eradicated 9,457 hectares of coca crops and seized 175 tons of drugs. That’s up from the 118 tons of drugs throughout 2013. Cooperation and technology The FELCN and other security forces focus much of their attention on three key areas where organized crime groups transport drugs from Perú into Bolivia: San Martin, Puno, and VRAEM regions. These are areas where drug traffickers operate production centers and process cocaine base paste, which they later refine in the country’s northern regions. Cooperation and technology Such technologies, while “expensive at the outset, can lead to large savings for the state in the medium term,” said Carlos Mendoza Mora, a security consultant with Strategic Project Consulting, a private firm in Mexico City. He added that focusing the FELCN’s efforts in border regions is an effective strategy, which provides “viability and security” to civilians in those areas. Some of those groups are Colombian. In Bolivia, Colombian drug traffickers can produce a kilo of high-quality cocaine from Peruvian base for less than US$2,000. That same kilo in Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo is worth up to US $8,000. Various Colombian drug trafficking groups – as well as groups from Brazil – operate in remote areas of the Amazon region, where they produce and transport significant quantities of drugs, weapons, and also engage in human trafficking. Among other missions, FELCN members perform daily patrols to locate and destroy clandestine drug labs, in addition to aerial operations and drug seizures. Successful anti-drug operations For example, the FELCN seized a model C-210 G Cessna aircraft and 102 kilograms of cocaine in the Department of Beni on October 12 . The aircraft was registered in Paraguay. last_img read more

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Capital’s investment

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‘No nightlife’ says PM as Italy starts to party

first_img‘Defying death’ In order to encourage more outside seating – because the virus can spread more readily in enclosed spaces – Italy has eliminated a tax paid by cafes and restaurants for tables on the street. “In exchange, we ask them for a little additional effort to avoid gatherings and possible contagions,” Bergamo’s Gori said.Crowded street parties represent “a real withdrawal from reality”, psychoanalyst Caterina Tabasso told the Repubblica newspaper.”Young people often defy death and these crowded aperitifs can be an example of a sense of omnipotence.”Italy’s police, who until now have been charged with keeping people inside their homes, are now expected to perform more frequent patrols of popular nightlife areas.Fines can range from 400 euros to 3,000 euros ($438 to $3,288).Padua Police Commissioner Isabella Fusiello told the Stampa newspaper on Thursday that it was not just for the police to keep things under control. “Those who run public establishments also have responsibilities,” Fusiello said, saying that bar owners risked having their licences revoked. Rome bar owner Pulcinelli said his biggest fear was fines, but that he didn’t have any way to make people respect social distancing. “Tonight, all the bars in Trastevere will be open,” Pulcinelli said, adding it would be at its peak. “I think the police presence will be impressive.” Antonio Decaro, the mayor of Bari, suggested that cafe and bar owners deliver a mask with every cocktail.”It’s unreal to think that law enforcement can control every citizen,” Decaro said. They worry that crowds of mostly young people celebrating their freedom from quarantine may bring about another rise in infections of a disease that has already killed more than 32,000. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who took a tough line at the start of the crisis by putting his country of 60 million people under lockdown in early March, sounded like a nagging parent on Thursday as he spoke to parliament.”It’s not the time for parties, nightlife or gatherings,” Conte said. “During this phase, more than ever it’s fundamental to respect security distances and wear masks, where necessary.” The sun is shining and it feels like summer. For many Italians, that means one thing — Aperol spritzes at a terrace cafe with friends. But just days after most coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted, authorities are saying not so fast. From Palermo to Turin, images of partygoers gathering in piazzas and outside bars have caused panic among regional leaders and mayors. ‘Moment of freedom’ In the northern city of Padua, photos of dozens of young people packed together without masks outside a bar raised the ire of regional president Luca Zaia.”In 10 days, I’ll see the infection rates. If they rise, we’ll close bars, restaurants, beaches and we’ll lock ourselves back up again,” he warned. “No one wants to ban spritzes but I’m asking that we avoid gatherings and we wear masks until June 2.”Zaia said his Veneto region planned to make a short film showing “what it means to go for a spritz without a mask”.Similar scenes with hundreds of young people have been seen in Palermo in Sicily, in Turin in the northwest and Bari in the south, among other cities. In Rome, a bar owner in the popular nightlife zone of Trastevere, Alessandro Pulcinelli, told AFP that young people out at night have been lingering until about 1:00 am. “They think they’ve done everything they needed to and now it’s the moment of freedom,” said Pulcinelli. “They’ve got masks, but they don’t wear them. It’s hard to drink and talk with them.” On the eve of the reopening of restaurants and bars, the mayor of Bergamo, an epicenter of the virus in the northern region of Lombardy, said he had already seen “so many people who are not careful enough” during a walk through the city. “Are hundreds of deaths in our city not enough? Do we want to find ourselves in trouble once again in a month?” Mayor Giorgio Gori wrote Sunday on his Facebook page.In Lombardy, masks in public are mandatory.  Topics :last_img read more

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FIFA estimates Covid-19 will cost global soccer $11 billion

first_img“In particular in South America, many on account of their relative means and the spring to autumn season,” he said.Last month European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli predicted lost revenue of four billion euros over two years for its member clubs.Each national association can request a FIFA grant of $1million ($2mn for confederations) plus $500,000 for women’s soccer.Loans are available to national associations up to a maximum value of $5mn ($4mn for confederations).Rehn was at pains to stress that unlike in the past it was imperative the money made available by FIFA “is being used for the right purposes”.”Corruption has no room in soccer,” he stated.”Good governance is at the heart of this Covid-19 relief fund,” he said.”We have made this clear to member associations. I know some member associations have complained about heavy compliance procedures – I’m quite used to that. We do require full compliance and we have been working with globally-known auditing companies.”He gave some examples of how the relief fund is already being put into use, like in Thailand, where it has helped restart the national league competition, including coronavirus testing, but also to implement video assistant referee (VAR) technology.Mexico spent its entire $1.5million grant on its national women’s league, and in Brazil the funds are supporting the testing program in the women’s competition.And in Uruguay, the money has helped the federation re-hire staff it had been forced to lay off, who were crucial to its effective operation. FIFA on Wednesday put the cost of Covid-19 on soccer around the world at $11 billion in lost revenue.The pandemic has already led to over 150 soccer associations to seek financial help from the $1.5 billion emergency relief fund set up by soccer’s governing body.Olli Rehn, chairman of FIFA’s coronavirus steering committee, laid bare for the first time the true financial impact the virus has had on the game through fixture list chaos, empty stadiums and loss of TV rights revenue. “It’s a huge number and it covers the football economy in its entirety, including all youth academies,” Rehn, a Finnish politician and governor of the Bank of Finland, told a press conference.”This will impact next year as well, there is a carry over.””That is why this Covid-19 relief fund is not time-bound – they may request loans later on if they need to,” Rehn, who is also independent deputy chairman of the FIFA Governance Committee, said.He said that while Europe was hit hardest in terms of absolute cost, it was the associations outside Europe which “have suffered more”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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