Villager fakes death to circumvent India’s virus lockdown

first_imgThe region’s Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Angral, said the four men and the driver travelled more than 160 kilometers in the ambulance, passing many checkpoints using a fake death certificate from the hospital.”The ambulance was stopped at the last checkpoint before they could reach home,” Angral told AFP.”A policeman there immediately figured out that the man lying covered inside the ambulance could not be dead.”The men were arrested and quarantined separately, Angral said, adding that they faced charges of “cheating and defying the government’s prohibitory orders”. A Kashmiri villager faked his death and travelled more than a hundred miles in an ambulance with four others in a desperate bid to circumvent India’s virus lockdown and return home, police said Wednesday.Hakim Din was being treated for a minor head injury at a hospital in Jammu when an ambulance driver suggested the 70-year-old fake his death to get past checkpoints, police said.Din and three other men wanted to return to Poonch, a far-flung region in Indian-administered Kashmir close to the de facto border with Pakistan. There are no known coronavirus cases in the Poonch region.India imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown from last Wednesday to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.There are more than 1,600 cases, including 38 deaths, in the vast nation of 1.3 billion people, according to the government.The nationwide lockdown comes in the wake of a long-running curfew in Kashmir, imposed as New Delhi scrapped the restive region’s semi-autonomous status on August 5.Some aspects of the curfew were gradually eased in the following months, allowing Kashmiris to travel outside their homes and villages.But some Kashmiris have been left stranded in cities and unable to return home to their villages after the sudden nationwide lockdown announcement.Internet access, which was cut in the earlier lockdown, has remained severely restricted with only 2G access.Many mobile phone users have also been unable to access the internet on their devices.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pictet, Lombard Odier publish figures for first time in centuries

first_imgSwiss private bank Pictet has published a financial report for the first time in more than 200 years.According to the half-year financial statement, the banking group generates 85% of its operating income from service income relating to wealth and asset management.Assets under management (AUM) at Pictet Asset Management amounted to CHF144bn (€117bn) after the first six months.Pictet, founded in 1805, began to operate as an institutional asset manager in 1967, when it became the founding member of the first independent investment foundation in Switzerland. As of the end of June, assets under management or custody in the whole banking group totalled CHF404bn, excluding double counting, which is CHF13bn more than at year-end 2013.“Taking double counting into account, amounts are split between wealth management (34%), asset management (33%) and asset servicing (33%),” the bank said.For previous years, the banking group reported assets under management or custody of CHF391bn for 2013, CHF374bn for 2012 and CHF337bn for 2011.The consolidated profit in the group for the first six months of 2014 stood at CHF203m.  The banking group was forced to disclose its financial status publicly for the first time as – in line with other Swiss private banks – as it changed its legal status as of January 2014.Both Pictet and Lombard Odier have changed to partnerships limited by shares according to Swiss law (“Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien nach Schweizer Recht”).This step was taken to limit the liability of owners in the event of losses or claims for damages.The eight partners in the Pictet Kommanditgesellschaft, as well as their eight counterparts at Lombard Odier, keep control over the banking groups as shareholders, and all operating business are now run as listed stock companies.As of the end of June, Lombard Odier, founded in 1796, managed CHF47.8bn for asset management clients.For the first six months of 2014, it reported CHF62.5m in consolidated net profit.last_img read more

UK should fight temptation to ‘fiddle numbers’ as Brexit swells deficits

first_imgWebb, now director of policy at Royal London Asset Management, dismissed a renewed consideration of smoothing out of hand.“If it turns out that low interest rates really are the new normal, then pretending they are not low to ease short-term funding pressures is pretty risky,” he said.He also defended the flexibility granted TPR during his tenure and emphasised that valuations were not rigid but tailored to an individual DB fund’s needs.“The argument is still ‘you don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg’,” he said.“And you don’t expect such high pension contributions that it would actually reduce the chance of the company’s being there in 10 years’ time to pay the pension liabilities.”Consultancy PwC noted that many sponsors and trustees had constructed the most recent valuations around a scenario anticipating improved Gilt yields.Instead, the UK Debt Management Office this week issued £1.25bn of 10-year Gilts at a yield of -1.58%.Jeremy May, pensions partner at PwC, said the challenge now facing trustees was weathering continued investment volatility.“An alternative strategy would be to recognise that repairing the deficit needs to be done over a longer time frame,” he said.“This would allow trustees to reduce the investment risk within the scheme by moving to more cash-generative assets while increasing liability hedging with the sponsor, thereby benefiting from the reduced volatility in future contribution calculations.”While TPR no longer limits recovery plans to 10-year timeframes, it has recently come in for criticism for the 23-year recovery period set out by trustees at the pension fund for insolvent retailer BHS, now set to enter the Pension Protection Fund. The UK government should ignore calls to change the way defined benefit (DB) pension deficits are calculated, the country’s former pensions minister has said, after the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union damaged funding.Steve Webb, responsible for pensions policy for five years until 2015, said the temptation to “fiddle the numbers” should be resisted after the most authoritative deficit figures for UK DB funds saw a £89bn (€105bn) increase in underfunding in the immediate aftermath of the vote.Since the referendum, his successor, Ros Altmann, has repeatedly warned of the economic impact of increasing deficits and said it must not be allowed damage the economy. Webb noted that, during his tenure, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) was granted a further objective to consider the growth prospects of sponsoring companies when agreeing deficit-reduction payments – a decision reached at the same time the government rejected a call to allow for smoothing of pension liabilities.last_img read more

Buyers in the driver’s seat now

first_imgTara Ebert has managed to secure an inner city property at Kedron as experts see growing opportunities for buyers to negotiate into prime city positions. Picture AAPimage/David Clark.MORE experts now believe the coming months will hold the strongest opportunity in years for buyers to negotiate their way into a bargain prime location.This as fresh data led property analysis firm Corelogic to believe more sellers had become willing to let properties go at a loss, with units seven times as likely to do so than houses.Around 29.2 per cent of Brisbane units sold in the June quarter were at a loss, the data found, with Brisbane’s share of national lossmaking resales at its highest level in almost four years.“In a falling market owner occupiers may be more prepared to sell at a loss if they are purchasing their next home at an equivalent or greater discount. Conversely, investors, because of taxation rules, would seemingly be more prepared to incur a loss because they can offset those losses against future capital gains,” the latest CoreLogic Pain & Gain report said.That, according to experts, gives buyers the best negotiating position they’ve had in years especially in the unit market.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless told The Courier-Mail that investors were already demonstrating their willingness to take a hit — though he did not believe it would spillover into the broader housing market given units made up 27.7 per cent of all dwellings resold nationally.HeroBroker found Clint Howen, whose firm secures loans for struggling buyers, said the coming 24 months were ideal especially in the Brisbane unit market.“The next one to two years is where I can see there are going to be good opportunities,” he said, advising buyers to take time to analyse the area they want to buy in.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“Realise you do have negotiating power and it’s only growing. A lot of investors out there are feeling pain now or will be feeling pain in future and they know it. Realise that time’s on your side and do not get carried away in feeling you have to buy immediately.”New homeowner Tara Ebert, 33, hunted for a house for a year unsuccessfully before she secured a $375,000 Kedron apartment within two months of starting a unit search. “It was a lot harder to find a house in this market which is why I decided to go for a unit or townhouse. You have a bit more bargaining power too and obviously it’s a lot cheaper than trying to buy a house.”The price she paid was $25,000 less than the suburb’s median unit price and $340,000 below the median house price there.“Finance was good I didn’t have any issues with finance but I suggest anyone looking get preapproval.”Her search strategy was “location, public transport, what the unit has like airconditioning, ceiling fans, something that won’t have too much maintenance as well and can be used as an investment in the future”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25last_img read more

Port of Antwerp Orders World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Tug

first_imgBelgium’s Port of Antwerp has contracted Antwerp-based Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) for the construction of the world’s first tug powered by hydrogen.Dubbed Hydrotug, the vessel will be driven by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel.Construction is due to begin shortly and the Hydrotug is expected to be operational within two years, the port said.“We are working towards becoming a CO2-neutral port,” Jacques Vandermeiren, Port of Antwerp CEO, commented.“With this world-first we aim to further prepare the way for alternative fuels such as hydrogen, in order to realize the transition to alternative, renewable sources of energy.”The hybrid tug contract for CMB follows the construction of the “Hydroville” shuttle, a dual-fuel passenger ferry with limited capacity and power that is now being used for sustainable commuter transport within the port area.CMB is also working with Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft (TFC) on the construction a hydrogen-powered ferry. The ship will be built at TFC’s facilities in Onomichi, Japan, and is expected to be delivered in 2021.The company earlier teamed up with the Ghent-based engine builder ABC to set up the BeHydro joint venture with the aim of further developing the technology for medium-speed engines with higher power output.“We are convinced of the potential of hydrogen as the key to sustainable shipping and making the energy transition of a reality,” Alexander Saverys, CEO of Compagnie Maritime Belge, said. “The expertise that we acquire with the Hydrotug will enable us to further develop the use of hydrogen as a ship’s fuel.”Compagnie Maritime Belge & Port of Antwerp bouwen #hydrotug, eerste op #waterstof aangedreven sleepboot ter wereld. Belangrijke stap in de transitie naar een duurzame en CO2-neutrale haven. https://t.co/59sMdmElqE#energietransitie #duurzaamheid #innovatie #wereldprimeur pic.twitter.com/TbYXSQmlbx— Port of Antwerp (@PortofAntwerp) September 20, 2019last_img read more

Edge goes to Carter in photo finish at Osky

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (April 29) – Cayden Carter was first to the checkers in a three-wide Bud­weiser IMCA Stock Car photo finish Wednesday at Southern Iowa Speedway.A late caution set the stage for the green, white, checkered ending. Zack VanderBeek was a very close second and Nathan Wood was right behind in third.Daniel Hilsabeck and VanderBeek had battled for the early lead while Wood and Carter jousted for third. VanderBeek grabbed the top spot on lap 10 and Carter and Wood got by Hilsabeck for second and third place, respectively, on lap 11.That’s where it really got exciting as VanderBeek, Carter and Wood got into a three-car battle.Andrew Schroeder earned the Musco Lighting IMCA Modified win ahead of Carter. Brett Lowry was best in the KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMod main.Craig Brown held off late-race challenges from Dale Porter to take the Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stock win. John Whalen led start to finish in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.It was announced that SIS will continue to reward drivers with increased payout. IMCA Stock Cars will be $500 to win (22 or more cars) or $400 to win (21 or less) and IMCA Northern SportMods will be $400 to win (18 or more cars) or $300 to win (17 or less). IMCA Hobby Stocks $300 to win with 22 or more. Modifieds are $100 guarantee to start and $500 to win with 16 or more. Sport Compacts are $200 to win with 14 or morelast_img read more

Bulldogs Track Results At Indy

first_imgThe Batesville High School varsity track team traveled to the University of Indianapolis Saturday to compete in the indoor state qualifier meet.  The Bulldogs had many great performances as they competed with over 20 teams who were mostly 4A-5A schools.  This wasn’t a team scored meet, but a chance for the kids to compete to get times and distances to try and qualify for the indoor Hoosier State Relays meet, which is this coming Saturday, March 23rd at IU in Bloomington.  This meet is split into 1A-3A schools and 4A-5A schools competing against each other.  Athletes will know in a few days if they have made the cut to compete in this meet. After all results are reported, they will need to be one of the top 24 times/distances in the state of their event to qualify.The Bulldogs had two 1st place finishes on the day and they were Ean Loichinger in the 3200m run, beating the field by 9 seconds as he crossed the finish line at a person best time of 9:48.85 and the girls 4 x 400m relay of Katie Olsen, Liz Loichinger, Stephanie Nobbe and Carley Pride racing through at 4:28.78.Other top performance of the day were:Carley Pride-3rd in high jump with a PR jump of 4’10”Girls 4 x 800m relay of Liz Loichinger, Lily Pinckley, Trysta Vierling and Katie Olsen-3rdGabby Gibbs-4th in high jumpGirls 4000m DM Relay of Lily Pinckley, Carley Pride, Katie Olsen and Liz Loichinger-4thStephanie Nobbe-5th in pole vaultKent Meyers-5th in high jump PR jump of 5’8″Boys 4 x 800m relay of JJ Kuisel, Benjamin Moster, Nathan Villani and Adam Moster-5thBoys 4000m DM Relay of Adam Moster, JJ Kuisel, Benjamin Moster and Ean Loichinger-5thRoxy Hund-8th in the 60m hurdlesOther personal bests for the day were:4 x 800 splits-Katie Olsen, Nathan Villani, Benjamin Moster4 x 400 splits-Carley Pride, Kavin Saravanan, Johnathon Lynch, Benjamin MosterHigh Jump-Carley Pride, Kent Meyers, Gabe GunterLong Jump-Isaiah RiffleCongratulations to everyone who competed!  A list will be provided in a few days of who has qualified for the indoor state meet.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Duo would welcome Odemwingie return

first_imgWest Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Ben Foster insist want-away striker Peter Odemwingie will be welcomed back into the squad. Odemwingie delivered a series of Twitter rants against the club after having a transfer request rejected. He then turned up at Loftus Road without Albion’s permission in the hope of completing a move to QPR which ultimately never materialised. Odemwingie and the club issued a joint statement last week indicating that the matter had been resolved, and McAuley insisted: “It’s fine. The lads realise that if Pete is on the pitch, playing well and scoring goals, everyone benefits from it.” He added: “That’s how we’re looking at it. Everything is fine now. The line has been drawn and now we’re back talking about football. “When we’re out there together and everyone is pulling together we’re a good side. We need Pete back on the pitch, playing and scoring goals for us.” Foster said: “It was an unfortunate incident but we’ve just got to carry on. Peter is an important part of our team. “When he’s on form he’s an absolute world-beater, so we will welcome him back into the squad with no qualms whatsoever.” Odemwingie travelled with Albion to Monday’s game at Liverpool but was not part of the final 18. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Van Gaal relishing United challenge

first_imgManchester United will spend a second successive summer preparing for a new era after finally confirming the appointment of Louis van Gaal as manager. Negotiations took time due to his commitments with Holland but the appointment has seemed inevitable for some weeks. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. “His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.” United striker Wayne Rooney took to Twitter on Monday evening to welcome his new boss to Old Trafford. The 28-year-old posted: “Great to see Louis Van Gaal has been named @ManUtd manager. Looking forward to working with him. “Congratulations also to Ryan Giggs on a special career and becoming assistant manager, I’m sure he will do a great job.” The elevation of Giggs from his previous role as player-coach is thought to have been a key part of discussions with Van Gaal. The club had been keen to retain the services of the most decorated player in the English game after he stepped in as interim manager for four games following Moyes’ exit. Giggs, who made his debut in 1991, said: “I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. “Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I’m delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role.” In addition to Giggs, Holland goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and coach Marcel Bout, a specialist in opposition scouting, will join the backroom staff. As yet there has been no announcement from United concerning the future of Moyes’ former assistants Phil Neville and Chris Woods. The club announced on Monday that the vastly experienced Dutchman will take charge at Old Trafford when his commitments as Holland boss end following this summer’s World Cup. His arrival could therefore come approximately 12 months after David Moyes formally began work as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor on July 1 last year. United will hope for a much different outcome this time and Van Gaal has already made his first popular decision by installing club hero Ryan Giggs as his assistant. Giggs, 40, has ended his illustrious playing career, after a record 963 appearances and 13 Premier League titles with United, to take up the post as Van Gaal’s number two. That combination could lift spirits after Moyes’ ill-fated regime, which ended with the Scot’s sacking in April and saw the club finish seventh in the Premier League and fail to qualify for the Champions League. Already 62-year-old Van Gaal, who has won titles with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, is speaking in bullish terms. Van Gaal said: “To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. “This club has big ambitions. I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.” Van Gaal, previously linked with Tottenham, was installed as an early favourite for the position soon after Moyes’ departure. His vast experience of both winning trophies and handling top-level players, combined with his availability this summer, made him an attractive proposition. Press Associationlast_img read more

NLCS Game 7 Live updates: Dodgers bats come alive

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers and will have Clayton Kershaw available in the bullpen, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. There is no other option for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers but to go all in for Game 7 of the NLCS at Miller Park.Scouting report | Updates: In-game box score | Pitching matchup |The Brewers started right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, but brought in hard-throwing left-hander Josh Hader to begin the third inning.Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the first inning for Milwaukee, while the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger responded with a two-run homer in the second. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Follow along for live updates of Game 7 in the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Brewers. Our reporters are covering the game at Miller Park when gates open until the final postgame interview.Trouble viewing on a mobile device? See full stream.last_img read more