County officials said Friday that a three-day funeral was held for his brother three weeks ago at a hall owned by the hospital.Shincheonji is often accused of being a cult and claims its founder Lee has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgment.But with more church members than available places in heaven, they are said to have to compete for slots and pursue converts persistently and secretively.President Moon Jae-in on Friday called for a “thorough investigation” of everyone who attended the funeral and Shincheonji services. The central government on Friday had declared Daegu and Cheongdo “special management zones”, with Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun saying the region would be supported with medical personnel, beds and equipment and the cabinet will meet three times a week to discuss the outbreak.Authorities in Seoul banned public rallies at three main locations on health and safety grounds.The US army garrison in Daegu — where around 10,000 soldiers, civilians and family members live or work — has restricted access and instructed any American troops who recently attended Shincheonji services to self-quarantine.Shincheonji offered an apology, suspending its worship services and gatherings worldwide.”We are deeply sorry that because of one of our members, who thought of her condition as a cold because she had not travelled abroad, led to many in our church being infected and thereby caused concern to the local community,” it said in a statement.But its leader Lee told his followers the outbreak had been “caused by the Devil” and compared it to the biblical testing of Job, Yonhap news agency reported. Authorities reported another death on Saturday, taking the toll to two. Both victims had been inpatients at the hospital.More than 150 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus have also been infected, starting with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four services at the church’s Daegu branch before being diagnosed.The mayor of Daegu — South Korea’s fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million — has advised locals to stay indoors, while access to a major US military base in the area has been restricted.Cheongdo, some 27 kilometers south of Daegu, is the birthplace of Shincheonji’s founder Lee Man-hee. Topics : South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with more than half of the new cases linked to a hospital in a southern city.The national toll of 346 is now the second-highest outside of China, with the jump in cases at a hospital in Cheongdo following a similar spike among members of a religious sect in the nearby city of Daegu. Among the new cases, 92 were “related” to patients or staff at the hospital in Cheongdo, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
A high-level delegation of institutional investors is to visit the sites of the Mariana and Brumandinho tailings dam collapses in Brazil later this year in order to assess for itself the responses to the tragedies amid “radically divergent” accounts of what has happened. The delegation will be made up of representatives from the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB), the Council of Ethics for the Swedish Public Pension Funds, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF).Last January, the collapse of a tailings dam near a mine in south-east Brazil killed 270 people, while a river of iron ore waste contaminated the countryside. This led to calls from institutional investors for a global independent public classification system to monitor the safety risk of such dams.Immediately afterwards and in response to the disaster, the CEPB and the Council of Ethics set up the Global Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative, a vehicle for engagement which convenes institutional investors active in the extractive industries and which now has over US$14trn (€12.7trn) in assets under management. The CEPB and the Swedish funds also sold their shares in Vale, the company which owns the mine, immediately after the disaster.The delegation to Brazil was announced today at the Initiative’s summit held in London, in which representatives of the communities affected participated. ‘Radically divergent accounts’Doug McMurdo, LAPFF chair, said the organisations behind the initiative sought equally to understand both the company and the community perspectives.“As both human beings and investors, we need clarity not just on what happened, but about how to respond”Doug McMurdo, LAPFF chair“Our difficulty is that we are hearing radically divergent accounts of events and responses, and as both human beings and investors, we need clarity not just on what happened, but about how to respond to where we are now and how to prevent future tragedy.”McMurdo continued: “To this end, the delegation will undertake its own assessment of the responses from companies to the Mariana and Brumadinho disasters. It will report against defined terms of reference, which will be published in due course following engagement with the communities and other stakeholders.”The summit also saw the launch of the first-ever global public database of over 1,900 tailings dams, which captures disclosures made by mining companies in response to the request made by the group.At the summit, investors adopted a set of principles for mining companies as well as principles to guide how investors engage with and finance the sector. These principles will be presented to PRI and all members asked to support them.Meanwhile, the group called on companies and governments to jointly set up a global tailings alert/monitoring system similar to those in aviation and shipping, to establish an urgent process of identifying and then removing the most dangerous tailings dams.John Howchin, secretary general of the Council of Ethics for the Swedish Public Pension Funds and co-chair of the Global Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative said: “One year on from this disaster, that should never have happened, we release the first global tailings database tracking 1,900 of the world’s tailings dams.“This is a fraction of the dams that exist but it is a start, and establishes what we expect from any company seeking finance from investors.”Howchin said: “We are continuing to engage with companies that have not disclosed, and will use votes and company AGMs to ensure this request is responded to. Not reporting is unacceptable and poses a risk to our pension funds.”
AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP African officials seeking solution to migrant crisis African Union re-admits Central African Republic Related More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color. More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.A documentary project dubbed DNA Africa says its database of more than 30,000 indigenous African can help trace original ethnic groups of many of the Afro-Brazilians in the country.
Undergraduate Student Government campaign season officially began at 12 a.m. today.Candidates will spend the next two weeks reaching out to students in hopes of becoming the next president or being elected to the Senate.The elections will determine the next USG president and vice president, who will run as one ticket.The elections will also determine the three Greek senators, the three commuter senators and the six residential senators for the 2011-12 school year.The three presidential tickets are sophomores Eric Burse, current president of the Black Student Assembly, and Andy Greos, USG Program Board production director; juniors Alex Fadil, the executive vice president of the judicial board of the Interfraternity Council, and Rohan Mehra, a current fraternity president; and junior Monish Tyagi, USG director of Campus Affairs, and sophomore Logan Lachman, a Greek senator.The 20 senatorial candidates include 12 Greek candidates and eight candidates vying for residential seats. The three commuter senators will be write-in candidates, so they will not be eligible for public funding or have their profiles on the USG elections website.The competition for Greek senator, a position three people ran for last year, will be more intense because of the large number of candidates.This year, the Elections Code, which sets guidelines for campaigns, added the option of public funding and altered the rules for campaign endorsements.“Last year’s election was pretty good — there weren’t any major problems so the changes we made were minimal,” said USG Elections and Recruitment Co-Chair Juan Orjuela.Presidential and Vice Presidential tickets can now be reimbursed for up to $625 of the $1,500 they are allowed to spend. Senatorial candidates can be reimbursed for up to $50 of their $300 spending limit.Organizations used to be able to endorse as many candidates as they wanted, but are now limited to one presidential ticket and three commuter, three Greek and six residential senators.Any organization can endorse one presidential ticket, but it is up to the candidates to publicize their endorsements.In past elections, the average number of votes is 4,500, but USG is aiming for 6,000 this year, Orjuela said. This would represent more than one-third of USC’s undergraduates.
Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Share Football traders on Sporting Index have predicted that Chelsea will fall just short in their quest to set a record number of consecutive Premier League victories.The spread betting firm expects Antonio Conte’s side to take three points against both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, but fail to beat Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Eve. The Blues would therefore fall two short of emulating Arsenal’s 14-match winning run.However, Sporting Index has predicted that the current league leaders will go on to win the Premier League title by seven points. In a tight relegation battle, Hull City, Sunderland and Swansea City are expected to be playing Championship football next season.Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Antonio Conte has certainly worked his magic on a Chelsea side that looked all at sea in the early stages of the season. All good things must come to an end though, and we expect the remarkable winning run to be stopped by a stubborn Stoke side on New Year’s Eve.“Though Arsenal’s record would appear safe, we think the damage to the other contender’s title chances has been significant and expect Chelsea to win the league by seven points.“I’m afraid it isn’t good news for fans of Hull, Sunderland or Swansea though, as the three clubs are hovering over the trap door marked Championship football.”