Virus breaks funeral traditions in Italy

first_img“It is much more difficult, emotionally,” Revello’s funeral parlor owner Gianpiero Palmero told AFP.Large funerals have been banned in Italy for more than a month because of the new illness that has officially killed more than 26,000 people in the Mediterranean country since February.The real toll is unknown since many of those who pass away in old age are never tested for the virus.The rushed funeral arrangements mean grieving families have almost no time to say their final goodbyes. Palmero takes it personally.”We really are living in abnormal times,” Palmero says. “There is more demand for our services.”Italy is cautiously approaching the moment when it is ready to lift some of its harshest restrictions on everyday life.People might be allowed to walk the streets freely starting on May 4.Mores stores and churches will probably reopen.And weddings and funerals might soon again involve more than just the pastor and immediate family members.But Italy is not there yet — and Palmero still collects his bodies at the hospital in nearby Saluzzo.”The bodies are already wrapped in a shroud,” he explains. “We put the body in the coffin and seal it immediately.”Social distancing measures are even observed at the crematorium. Only one person is allowed inside at a time.Not catching or spreading the virus is the overriding consideration in Palmero’s business.”There are no more real funerals,” he laments. The coffins are sealed directly at the hospital morgue near the tiny Italian town of Revello on the French border.Everyone in Revello understands it is safer that way since so many of those who have died across Italy’s pandemic-hit north first contracted the novel coronavirus.The tradition of families passing by open caskets to say silent farewells to the deceased at churches or at funeral parlours has been abandoned.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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SAUL Trustee appoints Ensign’s Applegarth as chief executive

first_imgThe SAUL Trustee Company has appointed Sue Applegarth as chief executive, replacing Penny Green, who is to retire at the end of the year.Applegarth is currently chairman of Ensign Pension Administration but is to leave her role as the third-party administrator was recently sold to consultancy JLT Employee Benefits.She will take up her role at beginning of November, with Green stepping down at the end of 2014 after 14 years as chief executive.SAUL Trustee Company provides trustee and administration services to the £1.9bn Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL), a pension arrangement for non-academic staff of the University of London and associated companies. It also provides third-party administration services to pension schemes in the higher education and publishing sectors, under the brand STC Pension Management.Applegarth has been at Ensign since 2002, when the company was called MNPA and was the in-house administration team for the Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund (MNOPF), while also offering third-party services.In 2013, MNPA rebranded its third-party services as Ensign before the administration arm was sold to JLT EB.last_img read more

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Slain OFW in Kuwait was sexually abused – DOJ

first_imgA partial deployment ban there iscurrently in place. Because of the “false” autopsy report,Bello said he would recommend to the Philippine Overseas EmploymentAdministration (POEA) a permanent deployment ban of household service workersto Kuwait, promising to deliver justice for Villavende. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said“there were clear indications” that Jeanelyn Villavende was sexually abused. There were alsoold healed wounds on Villavende’s body, which indicated that she was“battered weeks prior” to her death, Guevarra added, citing NBI’sautopsy report. The formal report will be submitted tohis office today, Guevarra said. MANILA – The Filipina domestic workerwho was slain allegedly by her ownemployers in Kuwait last December also suffered sexual abuse, based on an autopsyconducted by the National Bureau of Investigation. center_img Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. PCOO Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III hassaid he doubted the credibility of Kuwaiti forensic doctors, who sent atwo-sentence report of their autopsy saying Villavende died of “physicalinjuries.” The suspect in Villavende’s slay wasalready in the custody of Kuwaiti authorities, Philippine officials earliersaid. (With ABS-CBN News/PN)last_img read more

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SU players liked his food. Now, Michael Brooks is pursuing his dream.

first_imgMichael Brooks sat in the crowd at a Boeheim’s Army game this past summer and spotted a familiar face across the Carrier Dome. Brooks, a native of Oswego, went to Syracuse games often as a kid. The 21-year-old grew up with the team, the city, the players. Brooks wanted to cook for them. The chef de cuisine at La Parilla grill & wine bar had recently received an opportunity to cook in the Hamptons. But Brooks’ dream is to become a personal chef. He messaged Syracuse basketball players on Instagram: “Let me cook for you and the guys broo.” For a long time, he got nothing. Then, his phone flashed with a reply.“(Your) meals look tough bro where you from?” SU point guard Howard Washington, the familiar face, replied.Washington became his first customer. Then Brendan Paul. Then women’s basketball guard Lauren Fitzmaurice and center Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi. And Jalen Carey, Tommy DeVito and Elijah Hughes. Since July, people have seen Brooks on Instagram, posing with food or interacting with athletes, and interest is growing. Brooks dreams of one day being a personal chef for NBA players and has now created a small network within his community.“They’re good people to have in your corner,” Brooks said. “You never know what can happen.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrooks used to cook a little when he was younger — mostly macaroni and cheese — but his love for cooking began when he was hired at La Parilla almost three years ago as a “salad guy” and quickly worked his way up. His chef, Raymond Jock, taught him the importance of food presentation. Brooks took the challenge. He started the Instagram account @mikebrookscooks, where he posted photos of food attached to the slogan #DateAChef.Courtesy of Zay MaverickHe discovered people respond to the food like it’s art. His rise has been similar to many modern chefs, who, without direct products to offer, use social media to promote service and precision. Richard Ingraham, a professional personal chef who now works exclusively for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, said he rarely fills his social media pages with pictures of himself. Brooks has started to follow suit, only using social media to build his brand. “You use the plate as your canvas and you make something beautiful,” Brooks said. “And people love it.”Working 50-60 hours weekly at La Parilla, he prepared and delivered meals to interested clients on Sundays and Mondays — his days off. He started by offering meals for free, but as word spread, he charged a fee. He gets discounted ingredients from the wholesale provider at the restaurant he works for and has expanded his creativity by watching videos, scrolling through Instagram and reading cookbooks. He tests himself by creating specials at La Parilla and contacts professional chefs, like Ingraham, for advice.Brooks said some athletes on the SU men’s basketball and football teams have expressed interest in meal plans: five to seven meals per week prepared and delivered. If the first people to try it enjoy the idea — he said he knows they will — it will only further expand a notable network of Syracuse-level celebrities.“I know I make some good stuff, let’s just say that,” Brooks said. “I think they know it too.”Now, Brooks said he feels like the players he works with, the people he’s met through cooking, they all have his back. And he said for someone who grew up watching Syracuse basketball, it’s surreal. He often expresses that appreciation where he knows best.“the guy who started it all 4 me (love) u,” Brooks commented on one of Washington’s recent Instagram posts“@mikebrookscooks you know brotha! ,” Washington wrote back.Sitting in a Café Kubal recently, Brooks smiled. “That’s pretty cool.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2020 at 12:04 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

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NPFL: MFM FC’s Teenage Striker, Waheed, Puts Pillars to the Sword…

first_imgRESULTSRangers                1-1 TornadoesPlateau Utd           2-1 Abia WarriorsEnyimba               2-1 NasarawaWikki                    3-1 IfeanyiUbahKatsina Utd           1-1 Akwa UtdGombe Utd            2-0 SunshineMFM FC                 1-0 Kano PillarsRemo                    2-0 El KanemiRivers Utd             0-0 LobiABS FC                  2-0 Shooting A sublime header from teenage striker Adebayo Waheed was just enough for Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club to secure their third home win of the season against Kano Pillars in one of yesterday’s fixtures of Match-day 5 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Agege Township Stadium.It was indeed a tough encounter for Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men. The visitors dominated possession in the early stage of the exchange but MFM defenders gave good account of themselves with great level of composure.MFM FC mounted pressure on the visitors’ defence in the 8th minute with Onuwa Chukwuka, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey troubling the Sai Masu Gida defenders.The Olukoya Boys had a chance to register the first goal of the game in the 16th minute of the encounter when Adekunle Adegboyega low shot beat Pillars goalkeeper but Chinedu Udoji stopped the forward from scoring his second goal of the season with a timely goalline clearance.Former Ikorodu United attacker Kabir Balogun tested MFM FC goalkeeper Ospino Egbe in the 36th minute of the game with a ferocious shot but the former Bayelsa United goaltender pulled a lovely save. First half ended goalless for both teams.Ilechukwu’s men came out like a house on fire in the second half of the game. Onuwa set Odey up with a beautiful pass the latter dribbled past his markers but his last attempt on the ball went inches wide.Four minutes after Odey’s attempt at goal, MFM FC boss made his first substitution of the game replacing Adekunle with 18-year-old striker Adebayo Waheed.The teenager made his impact felt five minutes after his introduction scoring his side’s only goal of the game in his first NPFL appearance with a brilliant header after connecting a cross from Stanley Okorom. The game ended with the Lagos-based team claiming another home victory.The Olukoya Boys who moved from 3rd position to 2nd on the NPFL log with 10 points from a possible 15 will travel to Akure for a date with Sunshine Stars on Sunday in an encounter tagged ‘South-west Derby.’At the Gateway International Stadium in Sagamu, Remo Stars FC shook off the tensions of a newcomer to spank old war horse, El Kanemi Warriors, 2-0 to harvest maximum points in the NPFL match day five clash.The hosts left no room for guesses as they drew first blood with an early goal that left the visitors from Maiduguri in shock when Onuoha Chukwujekwu blasted in from close range a rebound from goal rush in two minutes of the whistle.All efforts by the Ladan Bosso boys to level up in the first half were effectively voided by the determined defence of the hosts to keep their lead into the break.Thunder however struck a second time as Remo scored again just three minutes into the second half when Oche Salefu curled in a free kick from the edge of the box to double the lead.Disappointed El Kanemi coach, Ladan Bosso, has been left to wonder how his boys couldn’t manage the critical times of the game.For Remo Stars coach, Nduka Ugbade, it is all coming together gradually for the team and he believes they will surely stabilise into a force in the elite league.“Analysis have shown that we are about the only team that has scored in every match, home or away, win or lose. That is good. It means we have some element and we will continue to sharpen our form.”In Port Harcourt, Rivers United fired blanks against a spirited Lobi Stars side in a largely uninspiring 0-0 draw. Rivers United slipped from second to fifth with nine points from five matches as a result of the draw while Lobi Stars now occupies tenth spot on the NPFL log with seven points from their opening five fixtures.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Adam Lewis: IRP – Tennis needs to rethink structure & betting relationships to win its integrity battles

first_img Share Adam Lewis sports law QC has stated that tennis needs to readdress its relationship with betting if the sport is to diminish corruption and match-fixing.Yesterday, Lewis who has led tennis’ independent Integrity Review Panel (IRP), revealed the findings of a two-year study researching the sport’s match-fixing, corruption and betting-related issues.At a press conference in London, Lewis outlined that the IRP had found ‘that corruption had taken root at the heart of tennis, particularly at the lower levels of the game’.In its study, the IRP surveyed more than 3,200 professional tennis players, with 464 athletes stating that they ‘had first-hand knowledge of match fixing’.Leading the investigation, Lewis notes the unique make-up of professional tennis, which supports a global tournament framework in which athletes compete primarily on an individual basis.The IRP details that the lower and middle ranks of tennis, are simply too open to betting breaches, with bad actors having easy access to competing athletes, coaches and family members.Combatting match-fixing at the lower levels of tennis, Lewis and the IRP believe that the sport faces both structural and betting-related challenges.From an operational viewpoint, the IRP states that there are too many professional tennis players, and recommends that the governing bodies of the ATP, WTA and ITF reevaluate their ranking systems and tournament frameworks.In addition, governing bodies should move to restructure the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), which was found to be severely under-funded, and operating without any betting expert.Structurally the IRP further recommends that governing bodies implement athlete education programs, teaching tennis integrity to the next generation of players.The IRP further believes that tennis integrity is hindered by the lack of cooperation between the sport’s stakeholders; governing bodies, tournament organisers, coaches, national bodies and bookmakers.In the presentation, Lewis highlights data gaps between stakeholder parties, which have made corruption and match-fixing difficult to prove or convict.From a betting-related standpoint, the IRP recommends drastic measures to curb potential corruption, with the panel endorsing a drastic reduction in the live scoring data supplied to bookmakers.The live-scoring data reduction should lead to bookmakers discontinuing their match/tournament market inventories at the lower levels of tennis.At present, ITF syndicated live match data is supplied by Sportradar AG, under the terms of a $70 million five-year agreement. Sportradar monitors all-levels of professional tennis including ‘Challenger’ and ‘Futures’ tournaments.Responding to the IRP’s recommended data restrictions, Sportradar stated that the panel had been heavy-handed in its proposals and that ‘prohibiting data partnerships would not solve corruption’.Further supporting integrity, the IRP proposes that all ITF sanctioned tournaments should end their partnerships/sponsorships with bookmakers.Reacting to the IRP’s integrity publication, the four governing bodies of pro tennis – the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board – yesterday released a joint statement, supporting the panel’s findings and “agreeing in principle” to implement all the recommendations. Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues

first_imgShare Global Gaming strengthens senior team with new Head of Affiliates November 2, 2017 Share Registration opens for London Baby 2018 January 8, 2018 StumbleUpon Related Articles SBTech hires Jake Pollard as new Communications & Content lead September 27, 2017 Submit Most gambling operators have invested heavily in mobile platforms and now provide a range of excellent small screen (app & browser) experiences, but the industry is still not capitalising on the true potential of the mobile payment ecosystem.That was the conclusion of a white paper report from Dimoco, titled ‘Unravelling mobile carrier billing for igaming’, which found that industry operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues.Direct carrier billing [DCB], or carrier billing, is a mobile payment solution that enables customers to use their phone bill to pay and play. The billing tool is available worldwide for anyone with a mobile, smart or feature phone, a tablet or even a smart TV. Backed by the EU’s Payment Services Directive (PSD2), it comes with in-built protection for both industry operators and the players, who are allowed to spend around €50 per day with a monthly limit of €300. The white paper from Dimoco has now thrown up data showing why it needs to be on every operator’s agenda. The key findings were:70% of 1st time users convert with carrier billing compare to 12% with credit card70% of users under 40 would use mobile payment if available 45 % of all online gamblers use mobile generating €50bn in spending15% increase in revenue by offering mobile carrier billingThe report, said Dimoco, explodes some of the myths surrounding carrier billing and makes a clear case for fully integrating a mobile payment strategy into any online gambling proposition.It highlights key carrier billing benefits as increased engagement, improved conversion rates, instant customer acquisition, reduced basket abandonment, more first time users and billing for underbanked markets – all in a safe and secure manner. You can download it for free HERE, or contact sales@dimoco.eu for more information.The white paper was a Telemedia Myth Buster [Telemedia Magazine] project in association with Dimoco, Melodi Global Mobile Solutions and with a supporting webinar in partnership with iGaming Business.last_img read more

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Clippers’ start on right path

first_img“I can’t think that way,” Paul said. “I wasn’t thinking about that until you just said that. For me, that’s something I’ve done my whole career, just getting my hands in there trying to steal the ball and all that. The second I have to think about whether or not I should try to steal the ball, then I’m in trouble.”But right now, the Clippers are thinking the right way and playing the right way.And, there’s not been much trouble.“I think we’re not taking anything for granted. We’re taking every game seriously,” Jamal Crawford said. “We’re trying to improve on different things. Obviously, we’ve graduated to a team that’ll be judged on our postseason success, but this builds good habits, it builds trust, it builds chemistry.”NotesThe Clippers starting lineup leads the NBA in defensive efficiency among groups that have played 70 or more minutes. The Clippers all-bench lineup (Crawford, Raymond Felton, Wesley Johnson, Marreese Speights and Austin Rivers) is second. … Fans at Wednesday’s game received a Crawford bobblehead. “To be very honest, once I heard I was getting it, it didn’t matter what it looked like to me,” Crawford said. “Just to have a bobblehead, I’ve always wanted one since I was a rookie.” Crawford said he had at least 50 put aside to give to family and friends. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> No one says they want to get off to a slow start. No one says they don’t care about defense and want to be defined by their offense. And no one says they want to play at a slow pace.Everyone says the opposite; the Clippers too.What makes them, at least through the season’s first games, so different from years past is that they’re just not saying it, they’re doing it.The Clippers’ 6-1 record heading into Wednesday’s game with Portland is the best start in team history, and that’s not an accident.center_img After lethargic starts in the past, the Clippers have made a significant mindset change this season, taking regular season games more seriously, playing with a greater sense of urgency and much sharper focus.“With anything, whether it’s business, relationships, work, whatever, it’s communication,” Chris Paul said. “I think that’s something that we’re doing an amazing job of right now, starting out with me, Blake (Griffin), (DeAndre Jordan) and Doc (Rivers). That’s communicating, talking through things, that even when it gets tough, we continue to communicate.”Things haven’t really been tough for the Clippers this year, as the team largely has cruised thanks to a massive influx of defensive intensity and execution.“The biggest thing I’ve seen is the weakside defense,” Doc Rivers said. “Just how active their hands are, how alert they are, they’re switching when they should switch, their trapping. If I had to say (it’s) one thing for us, it’s the weakside defense, for sure.”The Clippers are forcing turnovers on and off the ball. Paul, always one of the league’s best, leads the NBA in steals with more than three per game, showing that the bone in his right hand that was broken last year in the playoffs is not an issue.last_img read more

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More Than 2.000 Cyclists Participated at the ‘Giro di Sarajevo’

first_imgThe Association of Citizens ‘Giro di Sarajevo’ organized for the sixth time in a row yesterday a bicycle race on the streets of Sarajevo under the slogan ‘We want tracks-our tracks’.More than 2.000 cyclists participated in the race that started from the high school ‘Skender Kulenović’ on Dobrinja.The column of cyclists passed through a section 20 kilometers long with the end goal between the National Museum and the bridge Ars Aevi.With this manifestation, the organizers wished to emphasize to the relevant institutions on the necessity of making bicycle paths that would relieve traffic, as well as increase the safety of all road users.(Source: Fena)last_img

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Judge: Show evidence to Iowa reporter arrested at protest

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ruled that prosecutors must turn over body-camera footage and other material to a Des Moines Register reporter who was arrested while covering a protest in May. Judge Christopher Kemp on Monday ordered the Polk County Attorney’s Office to give body-cam footage and reports to reporter Andrea Sahouri by the next court date, which hasn’t been scheduled. Sahouri was arrested May 31 while covering a protest near a Des Moines shopping mall, less than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Prosecutors argued authorities didn’t need to provide evidence because the charges are misdemeanors and such cases are supposed to be handled quickly and inexpensively.last_img

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