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In slums and windowless apartments, Asia’s poor bear brunt of coronavirus

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first_imgIsolation is also hard when space is constrained and rooms are often shared, said Annie Wilkinson, a research fellow at research organization the Institute of Development Studies.”Slums’ informal or illegal status often undermines both the collection of data and the implementation of policies to improve health,” she said.”There is a real risk that the impacts on the urban poor will be considerably higher than elsewhere,” she said.’Alarming’In Hong Kong, where thousands of people who have recently visited China or may have had contact with patients, are confined to their homes under quarantine orders, it is particularly risky for those who live in partitioned flats.These units generally have poor ventilation and drainage, and residents are more vulnerable because of the shared kitchen and toilets, said Choyu Cheung, a community organizer at the Society for Community Organization, a non-profit.”This epidemic highlights how alarming the housing situation is in Hong Kong,” Cheung said.While the Hong Kong government has announced handouts to tackle the outbreak, some public housing has been converted into quarantine centers, thereby reducing an already constrained supply of public housing.In South Asia, authorities have reported rising numbers of coronavirus cases.In India, at least 4 million people are homeless in urban areas, and more than 70 million live in informal settlements, said Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), a non-profit.In addition to providing emergency accommodation and healthcare services, authorities must enforce a moratorium on evictions, said Shivani Chaudhry, executive director at HLRN.”Under the current circumstances, demolishing homes and rendering people homeless would result in increasing their vulnerability to contracting and spreading the virus,” she said.In Delhi, city officials are sanitizing homeless shelters, and providing tent shelters until the end of the month, said Bipin Rai, a member of the Delhi Urban Slum Improvement Board.”The government is closely monitoring the needs of homeless citizens. There will be no evictions for now,” he said. Millions of homeless people and those living in informal settlements across Asia are at heightened risk of contracting the coronavirus due to their dire living conditions, housing experts said on Tuesday.The coronavirus has infected about 180,000 people worldwide and killed more than 7,000, according to a Reuters tally.While the data does not show how many lived in slums, the high density of settlements and meager facilities raises their vulnerability, said Cecilia Tacoli, a researcher at the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development. “Proximity is an important driver of infection, and low-income settlements in many cities of the Global South are very densely populated,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”Given that new infectious diseases will likely continue to spread rapidly into and within cities, low-income settlements need more effective infrastructure,” she said.Globally, about 1.8 billion people live in inadequate housing and homelessness, according to the United Nations.While handwashing is a basic precaution against the coronavirus, about 40% of the world’s population do not have such a facility with water and soap at home, according to UNICEF, the UN’s children’s fund.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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‘I just can’t understand it!’ – Ruud Gullit rips into ‘overrated’ David Luiz amid Arsenal struggles

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first_imgDavid Luiz had a night to forget as Arsenal were comprehensively beaten at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Dutch legend Ruud Gullit says he’s never understood the hype around David Luiz and has labelled the error-prone Arsenal defender ‘overrated’ in the wake of his horror show performance against Manchester City.Mikel Arteta started Luiz on the substitutes bench for Arsenal’s first game back but was forced to introduce the Brazilian after Pablo Mari suffered an ankle injury midway through the first half at the Etihad. Luiz was largely to blame for Raheem Sterling’s strike on half-time and the centre-back’s night soon got even worse after he clumsily fouled Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area in the 51st minute. ‘I just can’t understand it!’ – Ruud Gullit rips into ‘overrated’ David Luiz amid Arsenal struggles Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Jun 2020 9:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Luiz was given his marching orders just after half-time at the Etihad (Picture: Getty)Kevin De Bruyne made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick after Luiz’s sending off and Phil Foden added a third at the death to seal all three points for City.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLuiz’s red card meant he was suspended for Arsenal’s trip to Brighton which also ended in defeat to add to what has been a miserable return to the Premier League for Arteta’s side. Discussing Luiz’s struggles on Ziggo Sport, former AC Milan and Chelsea star Gullit said: ‘Yes, David is not doing well.‘I think he’s an overrated player, really. When he played in midfield I thought he was reasonable, but then there was already discussion about what he actually is as a player. ‘But he preferred to play as a defender… Well, we all remember the match between Brazil and Germany (7-1 at the 2014 World Cup). I just can’t understand it!‘Most clubs have done away with him, but he keeps coming back somewhere.’center_img Gullit has never understood the hype around Luiz (Picture: Getty)Luiz accepted full responsibility for Arsenal’s defeat to City during his post-match interview with Sky Sports and admitted he should have made an earlier decision over his contract situation, with his current deal nearing its end. ‘It’s not the team’s fault. It was my fault,’ the Brazil international said. ‘I take the decision to play, I should take a decision in the last two months but I didn’t. ‘Today, I think the team did well, especially after the ten men. ‘The coach is amazing, all the players did amazing, it was my fault. ‘I should have taken a different decision in the last two months, and I didn’t.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It was all about my contract, if I stayed here or not. I have 14 more days maybe here, and that’s it, so today was my fault. ‘A different decision to decide my future to decide as early as possibly but I didn’t. ‘I don’t want to use that as an excuse, it’s my fault, that’s it. ‘I love to be here, that’s why I continue to train hard, that’s why I came here today, that’s why I tried to do everything, that’s why I’m here [explaining], that’s why I said to the players, “Nobody help me to speak”, it’s me, I have to show my face and be here. ‘I want to stay. The coach knows, the coach wants me to stay, we are waiting for the decisions.’Does David Luiz still have a future at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementAdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal’s restart preparations were hampered after positive coronavirus test saw three players pulled from trainingMORE: Michael Owen destroys ‘soft’ Arsenal after Brighton defeat Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Real estate drives 17% return at pension fund for KLM cabin staff

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first_imgMark Burbach, CIO at Blue Sky Group, the asset manager for the KLM schemes, said listed property returned 21.9%.He said the return had come from “a very low point of the market” two years ago, as well as the continuously diminishing costs of capital. He added that listed property in the US had delivered the best results.Burbach said he was very pleased with the 10.3% return on private property, and attributed the result to “a combination of high-quality assets, active management, low leverage and relatively long underlying rental contracts, which provided stability”.He added that the pension fund wanted to increase the strategic allocation to private real estate gradually from approximately 50% to 60% within a year, “as it is expected to generate a more stable cash flow than listed property”. Currently, the scheme’s property portfolio is almost equally divided between private and listed property.However, with a return of 24.4%, private equity was the pension fund’s best returning asset class. Burbach attributed the result chiefly to the value increase of secondary funds, adding that the rise of the US dollar against the euro had also provided a tailwind.The scheme for cabin staff closed out 2014 with a nominal funding of 115.1% – representing a shortfall of its required financial reserves of 6.6% – and a real coverage ratio of 80.8%.KLM’s €7.3bn pension fund for ground staff (Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM) reported an annual return of 14%, following a fourth quarterly return of 3.5%.With annual and quarterly results of 15.8% and 6.5%, respectively, listed property was also the best performing asset class.Bonds and equity delivered 12.4% and 10.5% over the full year.The scheme added that its 50% hedge of the interest risk on its liabilities contributed 2.3 percentage points to the annual return.However, it noted that it had been unable to benefit from the rise of the US dollar against the euro, as it had largely hedged currency risk.As of the end of December, the ground staff scheme had a nominal funding of 116.3% – 3.1 percentage points short of the required level.The €7.8bn pension fund for pilots (Vliegend Personeel KLM) reported a 2.5% quarterly return, leading to an annual return of 11%.At the end of 2014, the pension fund had a coverage ratio of 126.3%, exceeding the mandatory funding by 7 percentage points. KLM’s three large pension funds in the Netherlands all reported strong results for 2014, with the €2.5bn scheme for cabin staff returning more than 17%.The fourth quarter contributed 4.5 percentage points to the cabin staff scheme’s annual return, with returns of 1.3% for government bonds, 2.5% for equity and 6.8% for property.For the whole of 2014, bonds, equity and real estate returned 10.4%, 10.7% and 16.2%, respectively, the Pensioenfonds KLM Cabinepersoneel said.The 50% hedge of the interest risk on liabilities contributed 6.4 percentage points to the annual performance.last_img read more

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SAY NOPE TO DOPE: Vincent’s story – As an ex-cannabis user, I’ll be voting NO.

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first_imgStarting off with cannabis as a young person in West Auckland, Vincent’s weekend use became everyday use. And then became all day use. He’d do what was called wake and bake & go to work high. And then get high at lunchtime. And get high when he got home. It was a gateway drug to LSD, methamphetamine, cocaine, synthetic cannabis and opioid abuse.“As an ex cannabis user, I’ll be voting no. I do want this cycle to stop. I don’t want my children to have to go through what I had. I don’t want my children to be told that cannabis is safe. I want my kids to have every opportunity that I should have got.”“The destruction of relationships, the laziness & procrastination, the loss of dreams & ambitions & opportunities that go with it. I love being drug free – I wish I’d done it a lot sooner.”“I’d encourage everybody else that doesn’t use cannabis and doesn’t want to see the detrimental effects on society to vote no.”#saynopetodopeVoteNO.nzlast_img read more

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Royal Priesthood to host Women Empowerment forum

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first_img Share 265 Views   no discussions Share Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews Royal Priesthood to host Women Empowerment forum by: – August 12, 2014center_img Sharing is caring! Share Royal Priesthood will be hosting its first event aimed at empowering women on August 21-22 2014 at the Living Hope fellowship in Massacre. The event is being held in collaboration with Hilly Leon Ministries from Virginia in the USA. Women Empowerment 2014 will be held under the theme “MAD- Make A Difference”. The first session themed Life in a Fishbowl is targeted at the wives of pastors and elders The focus will be to help these women to handle scrutiny ,the expectations and public opinions. They will be expose to ways of making life in a fishbowl more enjoyable. Women will be better able to understand the importance of developing and maintaining close, trusted and supportive friendships.The second night will be for all women and will be held under the theme Get out of the Boat. Women will be challenged to experience the joy, freedom and miracle of being a child of God.The session will explore reasons why people choose to stay in the boat and what to do if they start to sink. Women will be exhorted to get out of the boat, get powered up through prayer and keep their eyes on Jesus and take a step of faith.The two nights of services will focus on helping the women to leave their well defined, secure comfort zones and get out of the boat so they can experience the miracle of walking on water. Women will be encouraged to get out of the boat in the area of their comfort zones and learn to trust others as well as let others get to know them. They will be challenged to reach out past their social comfort zones and make a difference in the lives of others. It is the hope that after the sessions women will develop a deeper spiritual relationship with God through prayer and reading of the word and will desire to have a more intimate relationship with The Lord.For more information you can contact Beverly Leblanc at 2753662 or Bernadette Jean Jacques at 4498593last_img read more

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Lisbon to host UCL mini-tournament from quarter final onwards

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first_imgMoscow and Russia had expressed interest but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is believed to have knocked the country back due to the high amount of coronavirus cases, while Germany, specifically Frankfurt, was also an option but the feeling was that it would give an advantage to the two Bundesliga sides. Loading… Benfica’s Estadio da Luz hosted the 2014 Champions League final won by Real Madrid, while the Estádio José Alvalade – home to Sporting CP – is another Lisbon ground rated five stars by UEFA | Champions League |Lisbon has been chosen as the host for the remaining Champions League games. The city has two UEFA 5-star ranked stadiums in Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade.No official confirmation from UEFA as of yet. (Via BILD & CMTV ) pic.twitter.com/dASUuDsCcZ— Próxima Jornada (@ProximaJornada1) June 7, 2020 Currently the competition has only completed four round of 16 fixtures and according to BILD, the final stages of the tournament are to take place across Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. The country could however press forward and try and host the Europa League final as an alternative. It’s said that Istanbul hosting without any fans in attendance will not be financially viable and so UEFA have decided that the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of Europe’s premier club competition will take place in the same city. Meanwhile Portugal do not have any representation in the knockout stages, their number of coronavirus case is less concerning and the city of Lisbon also has two high-quality stadiums.center_img Read Also: Lionel Messi passed fit for La Liga restartUEFA are poised to announce the host following a meeting on June 17 and the revised tournament will likely take place in August. The final was slated to take place in Istanbul on 30 May before it was postponed indefinitely by UEFA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are all through to the last eight, with four of the last 16 second still legs to be played. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The city of Lisbon is set to host a Champions League mini-tournament in a bid to finally finish the delayed competition.last_img read more

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Area Basketball Scores (1-24)

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first_imgArea Basketball ScoresFriday  (1-24)Girls ScoresBatesville  53     South Dearborn  44East Central  62     Connersville  37Jac-Cen-Del  69     SW-Hanover  45South Ripley  52     Switz. County  39Waldron  49     Milan  46Greensburg  64     Lawrenceburg  57North Decatur  62     Edinburgh  58South Decatur  65     Columbus Christian  32Rising Sun  40     Shawe Memorial  22Rushville  53     Heritage Christian  46  (OT)Shelbyville  53     Hauser  37Morristown  46     Indy Lutheran  22SW-Shelby  49     Greenwood Christian  43Boys ScoresGreensburg  67     Lawrenceburg  52last_img

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‘Dream’ performance great for confidence — Ajayi

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first_imgRelatedPosts Sheffield United sign McBurnie from Swansea in club record deal Crystal Palace land Jordan Ayew Mikel: Middlesbrough must keep fighting  Semi Ajayi admits confidence in the Albion dressing room is sky-high but says his teammates know they must stave off complacency.The Baggies recorded a 5-1 triumph over Swansea City at The Hawthorns to extend their winning run to six games – their longest streak of victories in more than 15 years.And Ajayi, who joined the Club from Rotherham in the summer, hopes Albion can stay in fine form for as long as possible.“It’s definitely one of our best performances of the season,” he said. “We were very clinical, we controlled the game for the majority of it and we defended well apart from one sloppy set-piece so we can be pretty pleased with our day’s work.“It’s amazing when everything clicks, when the goals are flowing, when the passing is slick and the fans are right behind you, it’s really good. It is great for confidence, it’s what every footballer dreams of when they step on the pitch, so today was a very good day.“It’s good for confidence and morale that we are still winning and picking up three points and going into every game confident that we can continue the run. As long as we keep working hard and doing the things the manager wants us to day, hopefully this run can continue for much, much longer.”Ajayi sent the Baggies on their way with a 24th-minute header against the Swans but says his third goal of the season still leaves him behind schedule.“I am always hungry for more goals, if anything I am behind schedule,” he admitted.“I was aiming for double figures. It is good to get one today and hopefully I can get many more.“I think it was just instinctive. Me and Barts try to separate where we go, we don’t like to attack the same areas. We ended up being in two different areas, the first one fell to him and luckily he found me with the header and I managed to put it away but it was more instinct, I wouldn’t say we planned to do that.” Tags: RotherhamSwansea Citylast_img read more

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McClaren – I’m sticking with Derby

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first_img And the former England boss insisted, with the Rams currently third in the Sky Bet Championship, he is focused on their promotion push. “I have a job to do here and I’m solely focusing on trying to get Derby into the Premier League,” he told skysports.com “We’ve got a very, very good chance and everything else is speculation. We’ve got 16 games to go and have a chance of achieving what we want to achieve and I’m not going to walk away from it. As for Villa, who are the Barclays Premier League’s lowest scorers and currently in the relegation zone, McClaren added: “No doubt who goes in, it is a very good job, a big job and a sleeping giant. “And someone is going to be very lucky to get that.” Lambert was sacked on Wednesday after 10 games without a win, culminating in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Hull. Tim Sherwood appears to be the current favourite to take over at the Premier League strugglers, who are third from bottom. Steve McClaren has distanced himself from the managerial vacancy at Aston Villa. Press Associationcenter_img The Derby boss has been linked with the post since Paul Lambert was sacked on Wednesday night. McClaren was set to be appointed at Villa in 2011 only for chairman Randy Lerner to change his mind and pick Alex McLeish from rivals Birmingham instead. last_img read more

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Everton duo James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman close to return

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first_img Press Association Everton have been given a major boost ahead of next week’s crucial Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester City with midfielder James McCarthy and defender Seamus Coleman likely to be fit. McCarthy has played just once in the last eight weeks because of a groin problem while Coleman was injured in the first leg on January 6 and was expected to be out for three to four weeks. “James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman are both progressing really well and I expect those two to be back in the squad after this full week,” said manager Roberto Martinez. center_img Neither are likely to be risked for Sunday’s visit of Swansea but utility man Bryan Oviedo will be ready after being carried off in the weekend’s dramatic 3-3 draw at Chelsea having taken a blow to the same leg he sustained a double fracture on two years ago. Midfielder Tom Cleverley is also set for an outing against the Swans after being an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge. “There was good news on Bryan Oviedo. We all felt the worst when he left the pitch on a stretcher but it’s been good to see him running in training today and I don’t expect him to be missing from the squad at the weekend,” the Toffees boss told evertonfc.com. “Tom Cleverley made the bench against Chelsea, so from that point of view he was passed fit, and it’s just about making sure he gets the match fitness that he needs and I expect this week is going to be a long week and a very good week of work to prepare for a very busy period ahead.” Martinez could have Leeds defender Sam Byram on board by the weekend as personal negotiations continue after they had a bid accepted on Thursday but they may have to fend off West Ham, who have reportedly also been successful with their offer. But forward Steven Naismith is on his way out after travelling to Norwich for a medical ahead of a £8.5million move. The Canaries wanted to sign the Scotland international in August but their bid came in too late for Everton to sign a replacement and so the situation was put on hold until this month. last_img read more

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