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Virus-hit province rewards doctors’ children with extra exam points

first_imgMore than 32,000 medical workers from elsewhere in China have been sent to the province as reinforcement, Hubei’s government said at a press conference Tuesday.Others argued the children themselves were undeserving of the reward.”It is not appropriate for the child to benefit from their parent’s devotion,” one user wrote.”This would lead to education unfairness.” Topics : Children of China’s frontline medical workers battling the deadly coronavirus will be awarded extra exam points when applying for schools and higher education, local officials said Tuesday.Doctors and nurses in Hubei province — where the outbreak originated and which has reported the majority of deaths — have been lionized online and by state media.China’s schooling system places a major emphasis on exams, and even younger children face extreme competition to get into top schools that parents believe will raise their chances of getting into a good university.center_img The measures will “further care for the province’s frontline medical staff” and encourage them to be more “resolute” in their fight to contain the virus, the province said in a statement.Children of medical workers applying for high school this year can receive an additional 10 points in their entrance exams, while younger children will be prioritized for admission at public kindergartens, according to officials.Although millions expressed their grief online when whistleblowing doctor Li Wenliang died — with other medical workers’ deaths similarly mourned on a smaller scale — Chinese social media users complained it was unfair to reward only medical staff in Hubei.”Bonus points are already unfair, but only offering it to Hubei staff makes it even more unfair to other provinces because they all went there to help,” one user on the Twitter-like Weibo platform wrote.last_img read more

Nazaruddin eligible for sentence cut due to justice collaborator status: Yasonna

first_imgThe 2012 regulation stipulates that graft convicts are eligible for remission if they cooperate with law enforcement to uncover a graft case and are given the status of justice collaborator. Nazaruddin was released from Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, on June 14 after receiving two months’ parole.The antigraft body responded to Nazaruddin’s release on parole by saying that the commission had never recommended that the government grant a sentence cut for the graft convict. While acknowledging that the politician had been cooperative in uncovering several graft cases, the KPK claimed it had never given him justice collaborator status.Read also: Alternatives to detention must be part of ‘new normal’, govt official says Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has asserted that former Democratic Party treasurer and graft convict M. Nazaruddin is eligible for parole and four years of remission on account of his status as a justice collaborator in several corruption cases.Yasonna said the ministry had received a letter from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in June 2014 explaining that the former Dems politician had cooperated with law enforcement to uncover corruption cases pertaining to the construction of sports training and education centers.“According to Government Regulation No. 99/2012 on prisoner’s rights, he was eligible for remissions,” the minister said on Monday. Nazaruddin was convicted in 2012 in a bribery case linked to the construction of the Sea Games athlete’s village in South Sumatra. He was eventually sentenced to seven years behind bars by the Supreme Court following an appeal.In 2016, the corruption court sentenced the politician to six years in prison for laundering nearly Rp 600 billion (US$42 million) he obtained from corrupt practices during his term as party treasurer and a lawmaker.Although he was supposed to serve 13 years in prison, Nazaruddin received several remissions, amounting to a total of four years.Yasonna said Nazaruddin was deemed eligible for the parole as he had cooperated in both cases and paid the fines.“He should be granted parole after serving two-thirds of his sentence as stipulated in the 2012 regulation,” said the minister. “However, since his is a high-profile case, we asked the KPK for a recommendation on Feb. 21, 2018, but they denied [the parole].”Yasonna said granting parole and remissions for graft convicts who had been given justice collaborator status was important so they would cooperate with law enforcement.”If we don’t give them such rewards, they would not cooperate with investigators [in uncovering their cases].”Topics :last_img read more

Swiss railway fund signals plan for flexible pension on hold

first_imgA change of such a technical matter would help to avoid cross-financing between generations, those in favour of the change argue.The PK SBB is now continuing the debate on lowering the discount rate for active members to 2.5%.An additional measure might be to introduce so-called generation tables, which would pool the longevity risk for age-specific cohorts rather than sharing it across the fund’s entire membership according to year of birth.“We expect those two measures to be introduced and a decision to be made by the end of the year,” Hübscher pointed out.He also noted that “the introduction of three measures” would have been too much in a one-off move, hence the decision to postpone the introduction of the flexible pension model.A local transport union welcomed the decision, releasing a statement titled “The wobbly pension is off the table”. It viewed the end of the plan as a victory for its negotiations with SBB as it had argued that flexible pensions would “shift all the risk towards scheme members”.However, supporters of the measure note it would return some fairness between generations into a system where pensions cannot be cut while active members have to bear the burden of recoveries.However, other pension funds are also sceptical when it comes to flexible pensions.Francoise Bruderer, managing director of the CHF15bn PK Post, warned the introduction of flexible pensions was “misleading” at the current pension payout level.She explained people will always expect the higher payout if you tell them their pension is going to be between 90 and 100.“It is much more honest to communicate directly that the conversion rate has to be cut because of the demographic development and the uncertain situation on the financial market,” she pointed out.Bruderer added this was the “difficult, but right way”. The CHF15.6bn (€12.7bn) pension scheme of the Swiss federal railway has decided against introducing a variable pension payout model.The pension fund was one of very few in Switzerland contemplating the controversial move towards a fixed basic pension, with bonuses to be paid out in times with good returns.Markus Hübscher, managing director at the Pensionskasse SBB (PK SBB), confirmed to IPE that “for the moment” the pension fund will not be introducing flexible pensions.He added the “main reason” for the decision was that the pension fund wanted to wait for the outcome of the political debate around the new reform package ’Altersvorsorge 2020’ which, among other matters, includes proposals to lower the legal minimum conversion rate.last_img read more

Montevallo Delivers UWF a Loss at Regionals

first_img Share Montevallo Delivers UWF a Loss at Regionals May 19, 2007 Box Score  ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Last night’s NCAA II South Central Regional match-up between West Florida (42-18, No. 5 seed) and Montevallo (46-15, No. 3 seed) finally concluded this morning. The Falcons snapped the Argos six game postseason win streak. Montevallo used a five run fourth to defeat West Florida, 11-6.West Florida took an early first inning lead when Clay Wallace singled in a pair of runs off Montevallo starter Jeffrey Reach. Peter Antoske had a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Jason Kohl walked, and both runners advanced to second and third on a ground out by Bo Williams. Wallace’s single scored both Antoske and Kohl to put the Argos on top, 2-0.The Falcons tied the game in the second on two-run home run by Chris Cooper. Brantly Clay led off with a single and scored on the Cooper blast.Each team scored a run in the third inning to tie the game at 3-3. Travis Fultz had a sacrifice fly that scored Eric Moore who singled to lead off the inning. The Argos tied the game when Kyle Andrews doubled to left center scoring Wallace from first base.Montevallo distanced themselves by racking up five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 8-3 lead. The inning started with back-to-back singles by Francisco Perez and Cooper off UWF starter Jonathan Weaver. Brian McCall relieved Weaver. B.J. Holloway reached on a base hit bunt to load the bases. Perez scored on a Norman ground out to second base. With first base open, the Argos intentionally walked J.D. Pruitt. Moore flew out to left for the second out. Daniel Tankersley picked up two RBI on a base hit up the middle. Tankersley moved up to second and Pruitt advanced to third on a throwing error by Jason Kohl. Both Pruitt and Tankersley scored on a base hit by Fultz.The Argos started pecking away at Montevallo’s lead in the sixth. Daniel Jones singled up the middle, and advanced to third base on an error by the center fielder Moore. Pinch hitter Justin Wood hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Jones. With the bases clear and two outs, Antoske doubled to center. Kohl was hit by a pitch from reliever Andy Patton. Bo Williams lined out to end the threat.The lack of lights at Rab Rodgers Field forced the conclusion of the game to be postponed due to darkness until Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The game was originally scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. However, the Angelo State / St. Eward’s game went 16 innings forcing the West Florida / Montevallo game to a 5:40 p.m. start.Through six complete innings, Montevallo led 8-4.Reliever David Pedro entered the game for UWF to start the seventh inning on Saturday morning. Pedro hit Fultz with a pitch and Brantley Clay singled through the right side to put runners at the corners. Jordan Berry relieved Pedro. After a ground out by Perez, Cooper hit a sacrifice fly scoring Fultz. Montevallo opened things up when Holloway hit a two-run homer to give them an 11-4 lead.The Argos scored a run in the seventh on a Logan Hundley RBI single, and another run in the ninth on a solo homer by Wallace.Patton got the win for UM in 6 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed three runs, two earned on six hits, no walks and four strike outs. Weaver got the loss in three innings of work. He allowed five runs on five hits.Montevallo improves to 4-1 against UWF this year. West Florida plays Delta State again today at approximately 12:45 p.m. Follow the action using “Live Stats” and “Live Audio” at goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Darren Clarke and Jeev Milkha Singh named rival EurAsia Cup captains

first_imgDarren Clarke and Jeev Milkha Singh have been announced as the team captains for January’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. Clarke will have the opportunity to test his mettle as Europe captain ahead of next September’s Ryder Cup, and he will do so against a long-time friend in Asia captain Singh. “We have known each other a very, very long time,” said the Northern Irishman. “We have played together on tour for most of our careers.” Press Associationcenter_img The second staging of the event, following a 10-10 draw in 2014, will take place at Kuala Lumpur’s Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from January 15 to 17. Clarke added: “Both teams that are assembled will be desperate to win the EurAsia Cup for the first time – when we get to Kuala Lumpur Jeev will be trying to kick my butt and I will be trying to kick his. It’s going to be a great week – the guys are really looking forward to it already.” Singh said: “It’s an honour to be offered the EurAsia Cup captaincy and I am very excited by the prospect of leading what I hope will be a very strong Asian team. It is a special event. “I’m looking forward to going up against Darren – I’m going to have a lot of fun with him.” last_img read more

Smith backs Starc for Proteas first Test

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia captain Steve Smith thinks Mitchell Starc will be fit to face South Africa in November despite a freak accident in training last week that left the pace bowler with a “gruesome” injury.Left-armer Starc required 30 stitches last Thursday to close a gash in his left leg caused by a stump that had been dug into the ground at Hurstville Oval in south Sydney and will be in a leg brace for another two weeks.“It wasn’t nice at all,” Smith told reporters yesterday ahead of Australia’s departure for South Africa, where they will play a lone one-dayer against Ireland followed by five ODIs against the hosts.“It was actually probably one of the most gruesome things I have ever seen.“I guess for Mitch, he’s got no tendon or ligament damage so given everything goes well over the next couple of weeks, we’re confident that’ll he be okay for the first Test match.”Starc, who was being rested from the trip to South Africa along with fellow quick Josh Hazlewood, has established himself as the leader of Australia’s pace attack in all three forms of the game over the last couple of years.The 26-year-old’s absence for the first of three Tests against the Proteas in Perth from November 3 would be a major setback for the hosts, who also face the South Africans in Hobart and a day-night match in Adelaide.“It was just one of those things,” Smith said. “You go for the ball and almost block everything out. As he was catching it a few of us were saying ‘don’t go for it’ but he took the catch and then what happened after that wasn’t great.“He wasn’t overly impressed, but when things like that happen, particularly when he was about to have a bit of a rest and chill out, those are the kind of things you don’t want to happen.”Smith has also had a chance to rest after being brought home early from Sri Lanka in a move that was heavily criticised in the media.“I think we could have got the messaging across a fair bit better,” Smith admitted. “We knew a fair way out that I was going to leave after the second one-day gameThe fact we only brought it out the day before probably shocked a few people.“It will do me the world of good looking at what’s coming up.”last_img read more

Other Sports PV Sindhu enters Japan Open quarterfinal, HS Prannoy eliminated

first_imgPV Sindhu increased her head-to-head tally to 8-0 against Aya Ohori.HS Prannoy was eliminated in the Japan Open.B Sai Praneeth also advanced to the next round. Tokyo: Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth moved into the quarterfinals of the Japan Open after registering contrasting wins in their respective events here on Thursday. While fifth seed Sindhu had to toil hard in an hour-long battle to get the better of unseeded Japanese Aya Ohori 11-21 21-10 21-13 in a second-round women’s singles match, Praneeth sailed past another local shuttler, Kanta Tsuneyama, 21-13 21-16 in a men’s singles encounter that lasted 45 minutes. However, H S Prannoy, who knocked out compatriot Kidambi Srikanth in the opening round, went down to Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 9-21 15-21 in his second-round match.     The win at the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament on Thursday extended Sindhu’s head-to-head record to 8-0 over Ohori. Sindhu will next face the winner of the match between China’s Chen Xiao Xin and fourth-seeded Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, to whom she lost in the final of the Indonesia Open last week.     Sai Praneeth, on the other hand, will face Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in the men’s singles last-eight round. It was good news for India in the men’s doubles event as the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made it to the quarterfinals after emerging victorious in a tough three-game second-round affair in 53 minutes.     The Indian pair came from a game down to quell the challenge of China’s Kai Xiang Huang and Cheng Liu 15-21 21-11 21-19 and set up a quarterfinal clash with the second-seeded local combination of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda.      In the match between Sindhu and Ohori, the Rio Olympics silver medallist Indian shuttler was slow to get off the blocks as the local girl came out on top in the early exchanges to race to a 5-1 and then 11-5 lead at the break.     Sindhu took it easy in the first game and the approach acted in Ohori’s favour as the Indian committed a lot of unforced errors. An error-prone Sindhu never looked in the contest as she kept of hitting the shuttle at the net or outside the court that enabled Ohori to pocket the first game rather comfortably.     In the second game too Sindhu struggled initially before getting her acts together just on time. Trailing 0-2, the Indian made a great comeback to draw level and then took the lead for the first time in the contest. Once she managed to take a 3-2 lead, there was no looking back for Sindhu and she kept on extending her domination to grab the second game and roar back into the contest.     Sindhu continued in the same vein in the decider and surged ahead 3-1 and then 8-4 before Ohori clinched four straight points to level the scores at 8 apiece. But just when she felt threatening, Sindhu lifted her game and won six consecutive points to take a 14-8 lead. From there on, Sindhu didn’t look back and kept her nose ahead to pocket the third game and seal her quarterfinal berth. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Wack leads defensive charge for experienced Badgers

first_imgNot all was lost when the University of Wisconsin volleyball squad ended its NCAA tournament run with a three-game loss to Washington in the Elite Eight.The Huskies, who went on to win the national title, gave the Badgers the chance to experience a different kind of defense than what they had previously employed, and the 2006 defensive players have been working hard during spring sessions to mimic that style in preparation for the next Big Ten season.”We changed our defense, doing more of what Washington does, it’s just being more ‘still on contact’ instead of moving before [the play],” libero Jocelyn Wack said. “You could just tell that Washington was a very composed, very mature team, and that’s always something you look up to.”What won’t change, luckily for Wisconsin, is the personnel running the backcourt under UW head coach Pete Waite. Wack, who surpassed the NCAA record for consecutive double-figure dig matches with her 64th straight such effort against Washington, rejoins fellow juniors Megan Mills and Amanda Berkley in the backcourt.Besides picking up a few tips from the champs, Wisconsin plans to utilize its backrow defense for its first full season, which accounts for one strong hitter — mostly sophomore Audra Jeffers, the Badgers’ Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 — to lurk in the backcourt, allowing for another attacking option coming out of a defensive transition.Jeffers has been pleased with the new system thus far, which was experimented with during UW’s recent home tournament, the Wisconsin Spring Classic, last Saturday.”If the pass is a little bit off, then the setter can give it to the back row, and we’ll still have a hitter back there,” Jeffers said. “It’s even good in transition in a play, just to throw it in the back because the[ir] blockers aren’t expecting it. So it’s been pretty effective.”Mills, who teams with Berkley off the bench during games to beef up the defense and give offensive players a rest, said that UW’s improvement over the course of two years has enabled the team to utilize the style more often.”When our freshman class came in, since we were so new, passing was a very important part that we needed to make sure that we got before we worried about anything else,” Mills said. “Now that we’re starting to get better passing, it’s easier to have that fourth option and get that dimension added in.”Speaking of a fourth option, the Badger backcourt could be seeing more of sophomore Faye McCormack. When asked about the return of the three junior defenders for UW, players and coach alike were quick and sure to mention McCormack as a strong candidate to leave a mark on the 2006 season.”She’s been playing really well in the spring,” Wack said. “She brings a lot of fire, a lot of energy that really helps us when it comes to clutch time. She’s doing a great job.””She had to learn some things coming into the fall as a freshman, just about the speed of the game,” Waite added. “She’s so quick at times, she needs to slow down a little bit and just be a little more calm on defense. I think she’s doing that much more this spring.”We’ve got four good defenders, and if we need them in there, we can go with anybody.”As team libero, Wack is the focal point of the defense, which has allowed her to create such a string of success in the digs department. But anyone who knows Wack is aware of her tendency to avoid the subject of the national record.To say the least, now that Wack is officially number one on the all-time list, it’s safe to assume that the pressure will be lessened this fall, and she can officially proceed with her goals of helping the team first and foremost above any individual accomplishment.”I think she never goes into a game thinking about that record,” Waite said. “Sometimes, the team and the staff wants to make sure she keeps going with it and so they want to help her as much as possible, but I know she doesn’t put any stock into getting the highest [record] ever, she just wants to contribute to the team.”Records aside, the Badgers know that in order to break the barrier that has stood between them and the Final Four during the past two years, they’ll have to not only uphold their reputation as a blocking juggernaut, but step up their backcourt defense to match up with the likes of Washington and other national powerhouses.Jeffers put it into perspective as good as any member of the UW squad possibly could.”Defense is going to be the key to our success as a team, so everyone’s just going to have to play really solid.”last_img read more

Golf heads south for sun, Lady Puerto Rico Classic

first_imgThe weather in Madison may be freezing, but there?s nothingbut sunshine ahead for the UW women?s golf team, as they migrate to thetropical weather of the Caribbean for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic thisweekend. In a field of 18 teams, six are in the top 25, and 14 are inthe top 50 of the national rankings. With such a big tournament this early inthe spring season, the Badgers have an opportunity to see where they stand in atournament of strong competitors and make their mark on a national level. Coming off a solid win against Indiana two weeks ago inArizona (10-8), the Badgers look to continue their strong start to the springseason. Consistency was key in their last win as each of the six players shotin the low to mid 70s. For this trip, only five players are allowed to compete:Katie Elliot, Jeana Dahl, Natasha Lopez, Kelsey Verbeten, and Carly Werwie willeach take their shot against the competition. According to head coach Todd Oehrlein, ball striking, greensin regulation, and most importantly, putting are skills to improve upon thisweekend. Heading to Puerto Rico also raises climate issues that the team willhave to play through.?Probably the biggest thing I would say that we have to beprepared for is, it tends to get pretty windy,? Oehrlein said. ?From apreparation standpoint, we just have to make sure we control our ball flightand maybe try to keep our trajectory a little bit lower.?As for team goals, the Badgers want to make advancements intheir rankings as the bigger tournaments ? such as the Big Ten and NCAATournaments ? loom in the coming months. Although it?s early in the season, theBadgers hope to use this tournament as a jumpstart to their future success.?Really, it?s about trying to make sure we get some winsagainst some teams,? Oehrlein said. ?We?d like to pick up ground in strokedifferential, in our scoring, based on our season averages and things. Andthat?s going to move us forward in the rankings and put us in a better positionas we move forward for regional considerations.?With two weeks to prepare and nothing but snow and frigidtemperatures at home, the women?s golf team has been forced to practiceindoors. Despite the less-than-perfect conditions for training, the teampractices harder than ever and is able to transfer the many facets of the gamefrom fake grass mats to real grass outdoors.?We have this putting surface inside [the Kohl Center].?Dahl said. ?We have been working a lot on our short game and wedges in theMcClain Center and [have been] doing the full swing stuff at Vitnese [golfingrange].? The conditions for practicing in Madison could pose ahandicap, as other teams in the tournament like Tennessee or Georgia have greatweather all year round. However, with the many indoor options available inMadison, Oehrlein feels the team will have no problem in making the transition.?A vital aspect to a Badger win this weekend is the practiceround, which the team gets before tournament play begins.?It?s critical.? Oehrlein said. ?You get a chance to see thegolf course and pay attention where you want to leave it around the greens andwhat gives you the best chance from a scoring perspective too. And then it alsois just really important for us to just get back outside again.?Beyond fine tuning skills and making the move from turf tograss, the long breaks between tournaments ? in this case, two weeks ? isanother challenge the team must deal with. But with a team composed of soundleaders, such as senior Elliot and junior Dahl ? who scored a team low 72 tolead Wisconsin to victory in their last match against Indiana ? the Badgers arepoised to make their mark, despite having been dormant all winter long.?It?s going to be a challenging field.?There are going to be great teamsthere,? Dahl said. ?So hopefully we can just take what we?ve been working onall winter long in the offseason and bring it out to the course. ? Right nowwe?re just anxious to play.?last_img read more