first_imgTopics : “I hoped that if I came in contact with the infection, I would also get some extra money,” said Maria, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, fearing she could damage her career prospects.What happened was quite different.After a patient she visited and swabbed tested positive, Maria was ordered to self-isolate for two weeks. When she got her April salary, it was cut to just 14,000 rubles.Her salary varies from month to month, but the most she makes is 36,000 rubles, working two different jobs and overtime, she said. “I could have contracted the virus, but instead of a bonus, my salary is less than usual,” said Maria, who was only given one surgical mask and a pair of gloves per shift.Healthcare workers across Russia watched Putin promise doctors extra pay and monthly bonuses of between 25,000 and 80,000 rubles to medics and drivers working to fight coronavirus.But when overworked doctors opened their April pay slips, most saw no sign of these generous sums. A ‘cruel joke’ That feeling has compounded frustration in the medical community that they are taken for granted, especially after a recent cycle of “optimization” reforms that closed thousands of clinics.”This looks like a cruel joke to medical workers” already used to unfulfilled promises, says a petition launched last week by the Action union, which is demanding full payouts.The appeal, which calls on the government to widen eligibility for extra payments, has been signed by more than 90,000 people.Konoval said the Kremlin’s vow to pay doctors extra created tension between medics and society at a time when most Russians are struggling economically.”This rumor that doctors get paid a lot of money during the pandemic is unpleasant for doctors who continue to work for a pittance,” he said.Most in the field are unwilling to demand extra pay in a country where the medical profession is regarded as a service, rather than work that should be compensated appropriately.”Patients are telling us that we must be getting a lot of money for working so much,” Maria, the doctor outside Moscow, said. “But nobody complains because it makes no difference,” she said. “I want justice to prevail, but I’m not going to start a war.”center_img Maria, a 24-year-old doctor working outside Moscow, expected to be paid extra if one of her patients tested positive for the coronavirus. Instead, her salary shrank.In a small town 200 kilometers from the capital, she visits patients at home and normally has around three calls a day. But that number surged to 30 in April as the pandemic struck Russia.When President Vladimir Putin promised on TV in April that doctors would get a monthly bonus of 80,000 rubles ($1,100) for treating virus patients, she thought it was compensation for increased risk and workload. ‘Huge disappointment’Many posted photos online of paychecks where the extra money amounted to $10 dollars or less — or nothing at all.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin acknowledged the problem.The government has transferred 27 billion rubles for healthcare bonuses, but regional authorities have only paid out 4.5 billion, he said.”There are problems with payments even in regions most hit by the infection, where the workload on medics is at the maximum,” he admitted.With more than 242,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and cases steadily rising, Russia has the world’s second-highest number of infections.Andrei Konoval, head of the Action union of medical workers, said Putin’s directive lost its punch as it percolated through the healthcare system’s bureaucracy.Some hospitals only added certain staff to “coronavirus teams”, so when others, like Maria, faced the virus they were not eligible for the bonus.In some regions, facilities calculated time in contact with the infection down to the minute to save money.Ambulance crews at some hospitals would only get paid extra for treating confirmed coronavirus cases. “In reality, ambulance teams going out on a call about high blood pressure risk infection even more,” because they have less protection and patients do not know if they are infected, Konoval said.Putin’s bonus promise had sounded “very attractive”, he said, “but it has resulted in huge disappointment among doctors.”last_img read more

first_img26 Murlong Crescent, Palm Beach.The highset, dual-living home is on a 556sq m block in a tightly-held pocket which overlooks Tallebudgera estuary to Burleigh Heads.“There is a development approval to build two luxury, four-bedroom homes,” Mr Holland said. The property was snapped up for $55,000 when it first hit the market in 1975.Last year, Palm Beach was the Gold Coast’s fastest-selling suburb with some properties spending less than two days on the market before being snapped up. CoreLogic data revealed the Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital-city auction region last weekend, with 70 auctions held and a clearance rate of 53.9 per cent. The results were in front of Geelong, the Sunshine Coast and Hunter regions. 150 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.A space-age design and sparkling purple splashback are just some of the features of this four-bedroom home, with McGrath marketing agent Andy Hogarth recording strong interest from Melbourne buyers.“There is always the occasional Sydney buyer, but I have seen a surge in people from Melbourne who have taken a keen interest in Palm Beach,” Mr Hogarth said.McGrath agents Tony Holland and Rachel Ford also expect to see a strong crowd for their auction of a 1970s home at 26 Murlong Cres on Saturday at 1pm. 240 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.McGrath Palm Beach agent Maria Hobbs has organised the ice cream cart to beat the heat at her 2pm auction of 240 Mallawa Drive on Saturday.“It is going to be a hot one so I have got the gelato cart in to keep the kids busy and the bidders cool,” she said. Mrs Hobbs said there had been plenty of interest in the property, with 40 groups of interstate and local buyers inspecting the house since it went on the market.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The interstate buyers have huge interest in Palm Beach,” she said. “They really want a family home closer to water.”Mr Keeley will then move up the street at 3pm to auction 150 Mallawa Drive.center_img 240 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.CROWDS of interstate buyers are expected to descend on Palm Beach this weekend with the auction activity so hot one agent has organised an ice cream cart for the crowd.Three Palm Beach waterfront homes are among a total of 21 properties lined up for Gold Coast auctions this weekend.Auctioneer Richard Keeley, who will call two auctions at Mallawa Drive, described the suburb as a “sleepy town” which had risen to fame in the past six months.“Palm Beach has become very hot in a short amount of time – and that is because the market has realised it has value for money,” he said. “With new infrastructure and a boom in hip cafes, the area is really on the radar for interstate buyers. There is strong capital growth in the area and it will continue.“There are always five to 15 registered bidders every Saturday in the area.” last_img read more

first_imgDidier Houssin (right), Chair of the Emergency Committee, speaks next to Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a news conference after a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 30. REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE GENEVA – TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) declared on Thursday the coronavirus epidemicin China now constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. “Our greatestconcern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weakerhealth systems,” Tedros said.   Tedros AdhanomGhebreyesus, WHO director-general, announced the decision after a meeting ofits Emergency Committee, an independent panel of experts, amid mountingevidence of the virus spreading to around 18 countries. The WHO panel,chaired by Didier Houssin of France, is composed of 16 independent experts.(Reuters)last_img read more

first_img “We are delighted to welcome Aaron back to Everton,” manager Roberto Martinez told “We know we are getting a player our fans know inside-out. “He had a major role in the second half of our season and we’re looking forward to Aaron kicking on and continuing to enjoy his football, as well as being the productive player we know he can be. “He is well-respected in the dressing room, his experience in the Premier League is immense and he will immediately add to our squad and to the ambition we have as a club.” Despite Lennon’s arrival, Everton’s transfer business has left fans distinctly underwhelmed. The arrival earlier in the day of River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori filled one of the slots Martinez was targeting, although the fee of £9.5million was £4m more than was touted last week when the 24-year-old Argentinian came to England to finalise the move. However, the Everton manager’s search for a player who could operate in the number 10 role proved fruitless and appears to have left the squad light in terms of options. But Mori’s acquisition at least eases one problem for Martinez, having allowed Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz to leave at the end of last season. The 28-year-old returns to Goodison Park on a permanent deal after spending the second half of last season on loan. Despite manager Roberto Martinez’s interest in the winger, the move was finalised after the deadline after Everton filed a deal sheet with the Premier League just before 6pm announcing their intention to sign the player, giving them a further two hours to complete the formalities. Everton have completed the signing of Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon on a three-year contract. Press Association “When I heard about Everton’s interest, I didn’t think twice. My agent told me about this opportunity and Everton did everything to bring me over and I wanted to come,” the player, who was at Everton’s home match with Manchester City just over a week ago, told evertontv. “I feel happy because the people here have shown me a lot of love and I’m very happy and comfortable here already. “I saw the people at Goodison Park and I saw they were a family and all cheering the players and obviously I liked that atmosphere. “Hopefully I can fit straight into the group, we can get along and do big things here.” Mori provides Martinez with some much-needed cover for John Stones and Jagielka at centre-back, with youngster Brendan Galloway, currently sidelined with a knee injury which has forced him to withdraw from the England Under-21s squad, offering a fourth option. “I’m delighted for many reasons. Firstly, the player we are welcoming into the dressing room fits the profile we need,” Martinez told evertontv. “He is a left-footed centre-half – a really good defender who is exceptional in the air with good quality. He will give us great balance in the back-four. “Then you have got the personality and character of a winner . He has just won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate, which is the equivalent of the Champions League in South America. “You don’t get that sort of player, at the age of 24 who has just been called up for Argentina, becoming available. “We have made a massive effort and it is a fee that reflects the value and the ambition that we have as a football club to attract such an exciting player for the future.” Everton’s business has been minimal this summer, with young defender Mason Holgate acquired from Barnsley for about £1m and 22-year-old Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez joining from River Plate Montevideo. His biggest challenge was fending off sustained interest from Chelsea and a transfer request from Stones. A third bid in excess of £30m was turned down and chairman Bill Kenwright made a strong public statement insisting the young England international was not for sale, and the club have, at least, managed to hold on to one of their prized assets. Away from transfers, left-back Bryan Oviedo has withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay because of a knee injury. The 25-year-old will remain on Merseyside for treatment rather than join up with his international team-mates and is expected to be out for around 10 days. last_img read more

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School boys’ basketball coach Peter Austin, left, was recognized at Monday night’s City Council meeting for recently being named the Big East Coach of the Year. Council Chairman Bob Crosthwaite presented Austin with a certificate and thanked him for his leadership during the past season. The Eagles won the Northern Maine Class B regional title and made it to the state title game, where they fell to Lake Region. Crosthwaite said the team’s championship run created a wonderful spirit of camaraderie in the Ellsworth community.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgA small group of Syracuse players looked at one another, deciding who would be the spokesman for the latest historic event in a long line of them for the Syracuse men’s lacrosse program.The Orange had just captured the 800th victory in program history, a feat only duplicated by Johns Hopkins — a school that currently sits at 896 wins. Finally, the oldest at the podium took the microphone. SU’s crew of juniors at the table — Jovan Miller, Josh Amidon and Stephen Keogh — deferred to senior Max Bartig.‘Eight-hundred wins for any team is a huge feat,’ Bartig said. ‘That can go toward Coach Desko, toward the players, toward the coaches in the past. It’s just a number. Like Jovan (Miller) was saying, it’s all about the team for us.’Most of the players said they weren’t aware of the impending mark before the game. For SU head coach John Desko, though, it was a different story.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDesko has been with the Orange as a player, assistant coach and head coach for more than 405 of the team’s 800 wins. And he took time after the game to revel in the accomplishment of his program.‘To be part of that tradition as an assistant coach and as a head coach, and to see it all, it’s important,’ Desko said. ‘ … To have this consistency and to be part of so many national championships and final fours and other championship games, I just feel I have a great appreciation of where it is and where it’s been. To be part of it is very important to me.’Faceoffs from the other sideSyracuse’s faceoff specialists haven’t been kind to their opponents so far this season. Jeremy Thompson and Gavin Jenkinson have each used different techniques to get the Orange possession and win the faceoff battle consistently. Thompson and Jenkinson have dominated in the X and have been most of the reason SU has gained possession on 59.1 percent of the draws so far this season. On Saturday, Albany’s Matt Mackenzie welcomed the challenge. He didn’t win the faceoff battle, but he had the most faceoff wins of any individual the Orange has faced so far this season. After the game, Mackenzie said the key to his success on the day started with his positive mindset going into each faceoff.‘I needed to go in there regardless of who I’m facing, whether it was Thompson or it was (Jenkinson),’ Mackenzie said. ‘You just need to go in there and have that mindset of, ‘You know what, I’m going to get this ball.’ I felt that I did a good job.’Before Saturday, the most faceoff wins an individual opponent had against came from Virginia’s Ryan Benincasa on March 7, when he had 10 wins on the draw in SU’s only loss of the season. And Mackenzie knew he would have to have similar success to give the Great Danes a chance. ‘Jeremy Thompson has like, five or six goals in under six seconds (this season),’ Mackenzie said. ‘I went into the game thinking I had to cut down on the fast break. I can’t let that happen, and I thought I did a pretty good job of tying them up.’Learning from last year  When Albany came to the Dome last season, Syracuse seemed to have a stranglehold on the game by halftime. The Orange took a 10-2 lead over the Great Danes into the break. But in the third, Albany came roaring back. The Great Danes outscored SU 8-1 in that quarter to pull within one goal.  Although the Orange did pull out the 15-13 win a year ago, head coach John Desko made sure his players did not forget about that game when they took a 9-3 lead into the break Saturday.  ‘In between the periods it was all about talking about what could happen and making sure that we valued our possessions and that we stayed out of the penalty box and didn’t make mental errors,’ Desko said.  Albany did score the first goal in the third quarter, but Bartig and senior attack Chris Daniello quickly abolished the Great Danes’ comeback hopes.  Just 12 seconds into a man-up opportunity, Daniello hit Bartig on the left side of the goal, and he fired a shot perfectly into the top corner of the cage. Two minutes later, Daniello breezed by Albany defenseman Brendan Gleason on a restart and scored from just outside the crease to extend the Orange lead to 11-4.  Albany head coach Scott Marr said his team had an opportunity to go on a run with the performance of faceoff man Matt Mackenzie. But unlike last year, it never materialized.  ‘We pieced a couple (goals) in there again, but they sprinkled some in so we never really could close the gap,’ Marr said. ‘In years past, we’ve gone on five-, six-, seven-goal runs, and unfortunately today, we didn’t have that same run.’ Published on April 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgOn Friday, the nation awaited the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the cases challenging California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Those expecting the court to make a decision Friday were left in suspense, however, as the court did not decide whether it would hear cases related to either of the laws.The justices met behind closed doors to decide which of the cases, including the appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to strike down Prop. 8, would receive a full hearing next year. If it chooses to address the DOMA, the Supreme Court would be tasked with resolving differences in constitutionality in different courts. Appeals courts in New York and Boston struck down parts of DOMA as unconstitutional.“There are a number of conflicts among the lower courts in terms of the decisions that need to be resolved,” said Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “One of those in particular is the level of scrutiny that is applied to laws that treat people differently on the bases of their sexual orientation. So the primary job of the Supreme Court is to resolve questions like when different federal circuits disagree about the level of scrutiny that should be applied.”If the court chooses to hear Prop. 8, it would be tasked with deciding if the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against same-sex marriage should stand.The courts could also decide not to hear any cases having to do with the two laws. Hancock said this is a strong possibility considering the background of the court.“The court is very divided politically about this issue, given earlier decisions in last year’s term. For example, the health care decision,” she said. “The court may not want to take on another political case like that right now because things are delicate in internal dynamics.”Those same dynamics could also cause the court difficulty in coming to a decision, Hancock said.“They don’t feel that they have a strong opinion, meaning they can’t come to an agreement about what the level of scrutiny should be,” she said. “They might just keep the status quo and in some cases, that means that same-sex marriage would become the law of the land, like in California.”If the Supreme Court chooses not to hear the case, the lower court’s decision will stand, ruling Prop. 8 unconstitutional and allowing same-sex couples to marry in California.Justice Kennedy is among those who could effectively decide the two cases were they to go to court. According to Hancock, Kennedy has often been the swing vote in the last 20 years and as a result, both sides are using his likelihood to side with them as the barometer of the cases’ outcomes.“My guess is some of the conservatives might think that they have a slightly better shot at swaying him, despite the fact that he has voted with the liberals in the past on a lot of general issues,” Hancock said.Students such as Emily Huang, a sophomore majoring in human biology and sociology, believe the case for Prop. 8 should be heard because of the opportunity to set a national precedent.“They should hear the case because it could possibly set the precedent for legalizing gay marriage in the entire U.S.,” Huang said. “Their inaction makes me think that they may not, which I find interesting because that will defer the decision to the Appeals Court, which would legalize gay marriage in California.”However, other students like Cameron Gilbert, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering and East Asian languages and cultures, said they understand why the court might not take on the cases.“Given the current heated political climate and the hysteria over the incoming fiscal disaster, I can understand why it might get pushed to the side,” Gilbert said. “I don’t quite know exactly how the SC decides what to review, so it’s certainly possible that more pressing issues were on the table — especially as more and more states continue to legalize gay marriage every year it seems like it won’t be long before it’s defaulted into a non-issue.”This Friday, the court will once again meet to discuss which cases they will hear next year.last_img read more

first_imgIndeed, a £40 million drop in Ashley’s asking price since talks began in January is believed to be linked to the falling value of football assets due to a shutdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Manchester City’s run of 11 major trophies since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 transformed their fortunes is an example of the difference wealthy Middle Eastern owners can make.Prior to 2011, City had not won a major honour since 1976. Newcastle’s barren run stretches back to 1969.“They are looking for someone to come in with fresh investment and to get them back where they should be, which is the top end of the Premier League and maybe the Champions League,” former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness told Sky Sports.However, selling out to Saudi investment will see Newcastle become the latest target of criticism over the state’s use of sport to distract from its human rights record.“In recent months, Saudi Arabia has worked hard at ‘sportswashing’ its reputation – trying to use the glamour of sport as a public relations tool to improve its international image,” said an Amnesty International report in February.A world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in December and the Spanish Super Cup a month later received strong criticism for taking the millions offered to participate in Saudi Arabia.“It is something we need to be aware of,” added the NUST spokesman.“We need to see the specific details of who is involved once it is confirmed. It is only natural there are concerns.”Share on: WhatsApp Newcastle United fans have long campaigned for the departure of owner Mike AshleyLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Newcastle United fans have long dreamed of ridding the club from owner Mike Ashley, but a potential £300 million ($377 million) takeover backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund presents fans on Tyneside with a different dilemma.Retail tycoon Ashley has been deeply unpopular in his 13 years in charge of Newcastle, during which time the club have twice been relegated from the Premier League before bouncing back into English football’s lucrative top flight.British financier Amanda Staveley has held a long-running interest in brokering a deal for one of England’s most passionately supported clubs with attendances often above 50,000 despite years of limited success.Ashley labelled Staveley a “waste of time” when a previous bid to take control collapsed in 2017.However, documents filed last week to Companies House provide a framework for talks between Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Ashley.According to reports, 80 percent of the deal would be funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund with Staveley providing 10 percent and the other 10 percent coming from British billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben.The Toon Army have long voiced their dissent as Ashley has tried to cash in on the riches of Premier League television rights deals, whilst investing little on improving the team on the pitch.“There was a famous banner a couple of years ago that read: ‘We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries.’ For the last 13 years we haven’t had a club that has tried,” a spokesman for the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) told AFP.“Under this ownership there has been no ambition, effectively no investment and no hope for a sporting entity that hasn’t been a sporting entity. It’s been there to survive and nothing more.”The prospect of deep-pocketed owners, particularly at a time when most other clubs will be cutting back due to the economic crisis caused by coronavirus, is an alluring one for the Magpie faithful.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in West Palm Beach are currently searching for an 11-year-old boy who reportedly ran away from home.Donte Cruz was last seen at his home on Caribbean BoulevardHe is described as 5-foot-3 and 130 lbs.Authorities are asking the public to call 911 if they see him.last_img

first_imgA SWAT team raid of a home in Loxahatchee this week led to two arrests, as well as the confiscation of nearly $1 million worth of marijuana.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says deputies on Tuesday arrested 46-year-old Nereida Vila and her boyfriend, Maiker Requejo, 39, on multiple charges related to marijuana cultivation, possession, and trafficking. A 12-year-old and 20-year-old were also in the home at the time.According to the arrest report, the child slept in the master bedroom with the two adults. Meanwhile, two other bedrooms and the garage had been converted into indoor cannabis labs.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators ended up seizing a total of 50 plants, weighing about 400 pounds, in addition to a gun. The marijuana had a street value of about $967,000.Vila is a convicted felon. Requejo told investigators he was unaware of the marijuana in the house. Deputies say his wallet contained receipts for liquid fertilizer and other products that are typically used to grow marijuana indoors.Just before the SWAT team entered the home with their search warrant, a deputy smelled raw cannabis coming from the property.last_img read more