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South Korea’s coronavirus crackdown a boon for Moon ahead of polls

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first_imgTopics : “We were terrified several weeks ago, but thanks to the government’s handling of the coronavirus, we think we will do much better than we had previously thought,” a senior ruling party official told Reuters, requesting to remain unnamed due to the sensitivity of the matter.The results of the parliamentary election could shape Moon’s ability to implement his agenda in the final two years of his administration, including looser fiscal policy aimed at creating jobs and the raising minimum wage, as well as continued re-engagement with North Korea.Moon’s Democratic Party currently holds 120 seats in the 300-seat, single-chamber National Assembly, and is seeking to secure an outright majority in the election.The main opposition, conservative United Future Party, which has vowed to lower debt and abandon engagement with North Korea, holds 92 seats and is also seeking to seize a majority.Even with the coronavirus boost, experts say victory for the ruling camp is far from assured, as economic growth remains a concern.”Many citizens are wary of the populist policy the government has been carrying out for the sake of the outbreak response and its potential economic consequences,” said Kwon Huck-ju, a professor in public administration at Seoul National University. “In times of a national disaster or crisis, the ruling camp would usually be on the defensive. But the recent slowing of the outbreak appears to have turned the tide in their favour,” said Yang Seung-ham, a professor of political science at Yonsei University in Seoul.So far, Korea has reported a total of 9,976 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths.In addition to a 11.7 trillion won ($9.45 billion) extra budget and a 9.1 trillion won ($7.35 billion) subsidy package for families, the government has put in place strict curbs to fight the outbreak, and this progress in quelling the spread has encouraged officials to go ahead with the election, even though campaigning will be different from past years.Candidates will wear masks, avoid handshakes, and greet voters individually instead of holding massive rallies.center_img South Korea’s fierce battle against the coronavirus has turned the pandemic into an unlikely boon for President Moon Jae-in and his ruling party as campaign season kicks off on Thursday ahead of parliamentary elections on April 15.By the time South Korea was hit by the first major outbreak outside of China in February, approval ratings for Moon and his Democratic Party of Korea were already battered by a stagnant economy and more than a year of domestic political scandals.The government’s stringent response to the epidemic, which was praised by the World Health Organization and other nations, appears to have reversed this downtrend: Moon’s approval ratings hit a 16-month high last week, a poll by researchers Realmeter showed while his party’s popularity was 15% higher than the conservative main opposition United Future Party.last_img read more

Dutch telecoms provider KPN to introduce retirement flexibility

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first_imgThe €10bn pension fund of Dutch telecoms giant KPN said it would offer its participants the option of variable benefits at retirement.The move will allow retirees to avoid having their full pension rights converted into annuities, which have dropped in value in recent years due to low interest rates.In its annual report, the KPN scheme said participants with defined contribution (DC) arrangements would be able to choose between traditional fixed benefits from an annuity or payments that could vary over time.The choice was made possible by new legislation (Wet Verbeterde Premieregelingen) introduced in September 2016 that allowed for continued investment of part of a members’ accrued pension assets after retirement. KPN is one of a small number of schemes to introduce this option of variable benefits.Many pension funds, including the Pensioenfonds PostNL and BpfBOUW, have said they won’t introduce variable pension payments.Under the new legislation, participants in a DC plan have the right to shop around when their pension fund merely offers a single benefit option, which is almost always a fixed payment.As a consequence of few pension funds taking up the new rules, participants who want to continue investing have to turn to insurers, including Aegon, NN, Delta Lloyd and Allianz, which offer variable benefit arrangements.The KPN scheme said its decision was triggered by 8,000 deferred participants of the former pension fund of ICT firm Getronics – taken over by KPN in 2007 – who joined the Pensioenfonds KPN last year.At the Getronics scheme, which liquidated last year, many participants had accrued pension rights under DC arrangements.last_img read more

Bush fire palaver: Alex Zverev vows to donate entire prize money

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first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Are Sharks Afraid Of Dolphins?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?These Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Australia has been devastated by bushfires blazing across the country. It has been their worst wildfire season on record with fears that entire species of animals may also have gone extinct as a result.Speaking after beating Marco Cecchinato in the first of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Zverev said during his on-court interview: ‘Obviously Australia is a country that is home for us for a month at a time every single year.‘We heard what is going on with the bushfires, what is going on with the animals and with the people that are losing their homes. I will donate $10,000 for every match that I win here.‘I know I am not the favourite to win this event but if I win this event, I am going to donate every single cent to the bushfires.’The Australian Open winner will claim a check for $4.12m, which is narrowly over £2.5m. World number seven Alex Zverev has vowed to donate all of his prize money to the Bushfire Relief Fund if he wins this year’s Australian Open.Advertisement Read Also Nadal bounces back as Sharapova hits all-time low at Australian OpenThe German will play against unseeded Egor Gerasimov in the second round on Thursday. The furthest he has got in the Australian Open is the fourth round in 2019.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The 22 year old German said he will also offer $10,000 (£6,180) for every match he wins in the first major of the tennis calendar if he fails to win the tournament. Loading… last_img read more

Eagles And Hilltoppers Battle To Tie In MS Soccer

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first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Eagles hosted the Hilltoppers. The game ended in a tie 1-1.Scoring for the Eagles was Jordan Meyer with Trent Linville for the assist. Jordan 3 shots, Trent Linville 3 shots, Morgan Sutton 1, Dillan Swinney 2 shots, Blake Simon 2 shots and Kobe Darnold 1 shot.Jordan Meyer now holds the 6th grade record for most goals in a season with 6, the previous record held by current Senior Blake Straub at 5.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

First of three murals unveiled in Greensburg

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first_imgGreensburg, Ind. — The Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County along with Main Street Greensburg unveiled an interactive art mural visible as you enter the city from North Broadway Street. The mural is a set of large butterfly-like wings people can pose with.The artist, Kelsey Montague, of Colorado, says she uses her work to inspire people to use social media to promote good things. She made her first trip to Indiana this week to paint the mural, which was unveiled Tuesday.The project is supported by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Executive director of the organization, Jacob Sipe says, “We couldn’t be more excited to support Main Street Greensburg in their crowdfunding campaign to add art to their downtown. The addition of this artwork and the other improvements included in the campaign will go a long way in helping to beautify the city’s downtown.”“We couldn’t be more excited to launch this project. It will help us create a place that makes our community ours,” said Wendy Blake, Executive Director of Main Street Greensburg. “With the help of the Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County we will be able to have pieces installed that are unique and representative of our community.”last_img read more

Lula “Mae” (Adams) Vaughn

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first_imgLula “Mae” (Adams) Vaughn, age 79, of Batesville passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, surrounded by her family.  She was born a coal miner’s daughter on October 1, 1938 in Whitesburg, Kentucky.  Mae spent her childhood growing up with her brothers and sisters in the mountains of Kentucky.  When she was 17, her family uprooted and moved to Sunman where they made their new home.Mae worked early on for the Batesville Casket Company.  However, life quickly changed when her brother, Bill, introduced her to a young man from Hamilton, Ohio.  Fresh out of the military, Donald Vaughn and she began a courtship and were united in marriage on October 22, 1960.  Their three children became her focus and it wasn’t until they were older that she returned to work for over fifteen years at the Dryerhaus Nursing Home in Batesville.  The Vaughn’s established their home outside of Batesville in 1964, spending their life together until Don’s passing in 2006.Some of her greatest enjoyments were sewing and watching whatever TV show Steve Harvey was involved with along with Pastor Joel Osteen.  But Mae’s greatest love was her family and she always enjoyed being in their company.Mae was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Donald, son, Albert Steve, sister, Sue Trent, along with brothers, Albert Jr., Ed, Harlan and Woody.  She is survived by daughters: Jenny Lee (Mike) Reynolds of New Point and Debra (Kevin) Murrish of Batesville.  Also surviving is sister, Virginia Moore of Millhousen and brothers, Floyd (Debbie), Ben (Debbie) and Kenny (Marcia) all of Batesville. and Bill of Florida, along with four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home, followed with burial at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Indiana.last_img read more

Man Utd provide psychological support to Ighalo,others

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first_img United coaches and staff have kept in constant contact with players even before the FIFPro report, per Goal. read also:Ighalo explains Anthony Martial’s impact at Man Utd The club are wary of the impact of coronavirus on the mental health of their players. The women’s team have also been given twice weekly well-being surveys. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United are giving players psychological support during the coronavirus pandemic. Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in action for Man Utd FIFPro has reported a spike in the number of reports from players suffering from depression and anxiety symptoms. Footballers have had their entire lives dismantled without the routines of training and games.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Bulldogs Blanked By Golden Bears

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first_imgBatesville had a home Soccer game against Shelbyville on Tuesday losing 4-0.The first half the Bulldogs held up defensively very well and actually outshot Shelbyville 8 to 3 with some great attempts at goal despite Shelbyville’s strong possession and control on the ball. However with the last 60 seconds Shelbyville scored as the ball was dribbled down the right side, the keeper came out to close him down, the ball was touched around the keeper and shot across into left side netting.Second half Shelbyville came out with more steam and Batesville lost momentum and confidence in the attack. This lead to several more goals by Shelbyville. 36:28 ball was shot from the right side and bounced off the crossbar and then headed into the net. 31:53 White build up from the back with some give and go and nice timed runs made their way through the defense and to the goal. Final goal 23:14 Ball worked its way up the middle for a long low shot on goal. The remaining time was spent with an effort to break the shutout, but unsuccessfully. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

New leader Gallacher lost for words

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first_img Press Association In the 25th edition of the event, Gallacher is in pole position to become the first man to successfully defend the title following a brilliant round of 63 on Saturday. The 39-year-old Scot looked out of contention when he played his first eight holes at Emirates Golf Club in one over par to lie seven shots off the lead. But the two-time European Tour winner then played the remaining 10 holes in 10 under, following a birdie on the ninth with seven more and an eagle in a brilliant back nine of 28. Asked to explain the change in fortunes, Gallacher told Sky Sports: “I don’t really know to be honest. It was quite a struggle to start with, especially the first three holes. “I was not quite right but if you stay patient and keep focused it’s amazing what this game throws up. “I hit it stiff on nine and from then on just kept hitting it close, and if I hit it to 30ft I holed it. I was just trying to make as many birdies as I could and get a lead because I found the last time it’s easier when you are leading than chasing. “There’s a lot of golf left to go but I will certainly be giving it my best shot.” Gallacher, who was denied a second win of 2013 in a three-man play-off for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, won by three shots here 12 months ago thanks to more amazing scoring. A first round of 63 was followed by rounds of 70, 62 and 71, during which he made a total of five eagles, the last coming when he holed a wedge from 110 yards on the 16th in the final round. He was also 10th in 2011 and second in 2012 and will not be overawed by playing in the final group with McIlroy either, having partnered the two-time major winner and Tiger Woods in the first two rounds. Defending champion Stephen Gallacher was at a loss to explain the sensational scoring burst which gave him a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy heading into the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy admitted he expected to win the title for a second time after holding a one-shot lead at halfway, but despite carding a 69, the 24-year-old was far from the brilliant form which saw him shoot an opening 63. “It was okay,” said McIlroy, who said he was not quite 100 per cent after a bout of food poisoning caused by takeaway food on Thursday night. “I bogeyed the first again but birdied two and eagled three which was great. “I didn’t drive the ball particularly well, I’m probably going to work on a few things on the range and I felt like I hit a lot of good putts that just didn’t go in. “I felt like I left a few out there but it was a tricky day and shooting anything under 70 wasn’t a bad score. Obviously Stephen had a phenomenal round, 63 today is a really impressive effort.” Told Gallacher was 10 under for the last 10 holes, McIlroy added: “I didn’t know that. That’s a great stretch of holes and hopefully he doesn’t continue it tomorrow! “I played with him the first two days and he played very well. “Obviously he was on fire today, I just need to go out there and try to hit a few more fairways, focus on a few things in my game, not really focus on what he’s doing and make a few putts and see where it puts me. “It’s the second week in a row for me going into the last day with a chance to win, it’s a great position to be in.” McIlroy finished one shot behind Pablo Larrazabal in Abu Dhabi, having been penalised two shots for an incorrect drop in the third round. American Brooks Koepka held the lead midway through the back nine until Gallacher’s charge, the 23-year-old dropping shots at the 14th and 15th to card a 70 and finish 12 under alongside Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen. Olesen fired a flawless 65 but that was not the lowest round of the day, England’s Steve Webster returning a rollercoaster 64 with nine birdies, an eagle and three bogeys to lie a shot behind on 11 under. World number one Tiger Woods shot 70 to occupy a share of 37th place on five under. last_img read more

Sheriff’s Cup scheduled to begin March 9

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first_imgELLSWORTH — This year’s Sheriff’s Cup is scheduled to be held March 9-11 in Ellsworth.Admission costs for adults are $4 for a day pass, $6 for a two-day pass and $10 for the weekend. Costs for kids are $2 for a day pass, $3 for a two-day pass and $5 for the weekend.Games will be played at Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and the Down East Family YMCA.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img