India reports two more cases of coronavirus, taking tally to five

first_imgOne of the new cases was detected in the capital New Delhi, while the other was in the southern state of Telangana, the government said in a statement.The patients had a travel history from Italy and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, respectively, the statement said. Both patients were stable and being closely monitored.In Italy, the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak had risen to 34, five more than a day earlier, officials said on Sunday.The coronavirus, which was identified in China late last year, has quickly spread to dozens of countries, claiming nearly 3,000 lives and disrupting global business supply chains.India is the world’s second most heavily populated country after China. The government has advised Indians to refrain from non-essential travel to the worst affected countries, including China, South Korea, Iran and Italy.US intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources told Reuters last week, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak. Topics : India reported two more cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the number of people who have tested positive in the country to five.India’s stock markets fell on the news, reversing sharply from earlier gains. The NSE Nifty 50 index that tracks blue-chip stocks was down 1.23% at 0947 GMT, having climbed about 2% earlier.The rupee was last weaker by 0.04% at 72.4000 against the dollar.last_img read more

AP fund reform will make long-term investing ‘difficult if not impossible’

first_imgAP4 noted that evaluation by external consultants had put the cost of the plans – which would see private equity fund AP6 merged with AP2 and a second, as-yet undecided buffer fund closed – at SEK3bn-6bn, well ahead of the estimated SEK60m in savings that would be achieved with the overhaul.AP4 also questioned the establishment of the National Pension Fund Board, which, it argued, will make it harder for the buffer funds to invest for the long term.Eva Halvarsson, Andersson’s counterpart at AP2, echoed AP4’s concerns, stressing that the buffer fund’s current configuration had proven a “well-functioning, cost-efficient operation” since inception 15 years ago.“To develop this further, I welcome the proposal to open up investment rules and to introduce a so-called prudent-person principle,” she added.Halvarsson warned against a “large, expensive and risky” reorganisation of the funds, however. AP3 was similarly adamant that a number of proposed changes should not proceed, rejecting out of hand any legislative underpinning for cooperation across unlisted assets – which, it has been suggested, would be consolidated into AP2 and overseen by a joint investment committee.It dismissed the idea that the Swedish national audit office should be responsible for each fund’s annual audit, and was critical of the proposal to establish a National Pension Fund Board.It also argued that it would be “negligent” to approve any of the reforms before the results of a full impact assessment were known.The four main buffer funds recently wrote an opinion piece for a Swedish newspaper, warning that the reform put the buffer fund system at risk of “political micromanagement”.Riksbank, the country’s central bank, also questioned whether the proposals would allow the funds to remain as long-term investors. The proposed reform of Sweden’s buffer fund system would make it “difficult if not impossible” for the AP funds to invest in a long-term fashion, AP4 has warned.In its response to the government consultation that proposed the closure of two AP funds, AP4 said the annual evaluation of performance – coupled with reliance on a reference portfolio – would increase “uniformity and short-sightedness” in the investment of the buffer funds’ SEK1.2trn (€126bn) in assets.Mats Andersson, managing director at AP4, said it was regrettable that the proposal put forward would be so “obviously” to the detriment of the AP funds’ “final clients” – Sweden’s population.“The proposal,” it added, “has almost no relevant impact assessment of the comprehensive proposals presented.”last_img read more

Cayman Islands diving one of top ten adventure tours in the world

first_imgCayman Islands. Photo credit: caribbeanislandsrealty.comNEWTON, USA — TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced its top ten adventure tours across the globe, according to TripAdvisor travelers and editors.Offering exhilarating fun and amazing experiences, these tours offer unique ways to explore and learn about diverse landscapes around the world.Number one in the list is Aquatic Adventures: Living the Dream Divers , Seven Mile Beach, Cayman IslandsDivers of all abilities will be in their aquatic element on this coastal tour. Whether travelers prefer to take the plunge and scuba dive among sea turtles, nurse sharks, and moray eels, or simply snorkel in the shallow waters of “Stingray City,” this tour caters to all seeking an ocean adventure. Marine-life fanatics will enjoy bobbing in the balmy water as southern sting-rays and schools of tropical fish surround them. “From the boat, to the people, to the service, it was all exceptional,” a TripAdvisor traveler said.Other regional adventure tours listed in TripAdvisor’s top ten are:A Trip on the Zip: Selvatica Canopy Expedition and Adventure Tour , Cancun, MexicoTravelers can experience the Yucatan Jungle in high-speed on this Caribbean canopy adventure. Tour-goers will gear up to ride the self-proclaimed fastest high-wire zipline in Mexico, while night owls can choose to zip under the stars on a “night flight”. For those looking for a bumpier ride, mud-lovers can rev their engines on Selvatica’s ATV tour across the forest floor. After adrenaline levels fall back to Earth, adventurers can unwind in the emerald green waters of a jungle cenote. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “Tons of fun and worth every penny!”Temperate Trek: Desafio Adventure Company, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa RicaThis Central American tour offers daredevils a diverse menu of thrills. Travelers can try their hand at canyoneering and rappel down a flowing waterfall, before following the river bed through deep gorges surrounded by lush vegetation. Intrepid hikers can venture to the edge of the Arenal Volcano National Park, where molten lava can be seen flowing from the volcano. Options for animal-lovers include journeying through the rainforest on horseback and mingling with monkeys, toucans and sloths. “Absolutely the best tour company with the most awesome guides,” noted a TripAdvisor traveler.Caribbean News Now Share Share 27 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img LifestyleTravel Cayman Islands diving one of top ten adventure tours in the world by: – July 9, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Bundesliga: German govt suggests players wear masks ahead of restart

first_img According to an internal document from the German government’s Ministry of Labor , which Der Spiegel have had access to, suggests players could be forced to wear face masks in order for the Bundesliga season to resume. The same document also suggests that teams and coaches remain in self-isolation throughout the remainder of the season.Advertisement Loading… Players could be instructed to wear face masks when the Bundesliga returns to action. The German Football League (DFL) has announced that the Bundesliga would be ready to resume on May 9 if given the green light by the government. Bundesliga joins the bandwagon Read Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasons The DFL have set May 9 as a possible return date to play matches behind closed doors, with approximately 300 people allowed inside the stadium. A final decision won’t be made on the matter until the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her federal ministers meet on April 30. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentProbably The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Veganlast_img read more

National police launches digital Occurrence Book

first_imgThis will help officers to manage and address some of the reported issues in real-time.  Police have already migrated all their personnel records to a digital platform and the digitisation of the OB is yet another effort to fully digitize the service.“Kenyans now do not need to reach the police station for booking but can be done in the field and reported at the station for quick action,” said Mutyambai.Adding that, “210 desktop installed in police stations, 10, 181 iPads have been issued to police officers in Nairobi.”Speaking at the same function, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i referred to the old occurrence book as “the file” noting that citizens will no longer suffer because of that since there will be no missing of files. The National Police Service Monday launched a digital Occurrence Book, commonly referred to as OB. Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said on twitter that the technology, among other benefits, will ensure that all entries made are a permanent record that cannot be edited. Mutyambai said the initiative has been one of his flagship projects and will go a long way in ensuring better, more efficient management of reported cases right from police stations.,The move will see all OB incidents managed digitally in Nairobi, before the same is rolled out to other parts of the country. Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru assured citizens of data security in the newly launched digital occurrence book.last_img read more

Keane confident of Man Utd revival

first_img “They will bounce back. They are Man United.” With United seemingly ready to invest heavily this summer, they are already being linked with a series of potential targets. The latest is Everton midfielder James McCarthy, who is not currently on duty with the Republic of Ireland as he nurses an ankle injury. McCarthy only joined the Toffees in a £13million from Wigan in September last year, and Keane, who has worked with him in his role as Martin O’Neill’s number two since, suggested he may be happy where he is. He said: “He’s only been at Everton two minutes. He’s obviously making good progress, but I’m pretty sure there will be lots of speculation about lots of players going to United. “But James is at a good club in Everton, he has had a decent couple of seasons and if he keeps progressing, who knows? “But I’m sure he’s pretty happy where he is.” The Dutchman, currently in charge of his national team as they prepare for the World Cup finals in Brazil, is set to take over at Old Trafford on his return. He will face the task of revitalising a club which slipped from being Barclays Premier League champions to the relative backwaters of seventh place after a bruising campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement, David Moyes. Press Association Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has backed new manager Louis van Gaal to revive the club’s fortunes. However, Keane is confident the hugely experienced Van Gaal will turn United around. Asked if the former Ajax and Barcelona manager is the right man for the job, he said: “You hope so. “He is obviously a top manager, lots of experience. His contract was up with the national team, so that fell into place nicely. “Fingers crossed, he’ll be a manager. It’s been a tough season for United – fingers crossed he’ll do the business. “I’m pretty sure he will.” Moyes lost his job last month after just 11 months in the position, with veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs taking over the reins for the final few weeks of a campaign which ended without a trophy or European football for next season. Van Gaal will preside over a significant rebuilding programme as he attempts to restore the club’s fortunes, and Keane is sure he will get the backing he needs. He said: “Of course it’s a big job. They need some players – I’ve said they need five or six players. last_img read more

Rooney sets sights on league crown

first_img United stretched their winning streak to six matches on Sunday with a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool. Despite struggling in the opening stages of the season, Louis van Gaal has guided his men to third in the table and they are now eight points shy of leaders Chelsea, who are three points ahead of second-place Manchester City. Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United can overtake Chelsea and win the Barclays Premier League this season. “We have been here before but we have a lot of new players and this is where the experience of myself, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher can rub off on the other players.” Rooney points to several factors behind United’s resurgence. The superb form of David de Gea was the most pertinent one in his mind following the United goalkeeper’s latest top-class display. While Liverpool helped United with an abject defensive performance, De Gea played a big part in the 3-0 win too by pulling off superb saves to deny Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli. “In my eyes he is the best keeper in the world,” Rooney said without hesitation. “Sometimes in training you hit a shot and turn away thinking it has gone in and he just manages to get there. “He came through a tough patch early on in his career here and he is starting to prove what a top keeper he is. “I hope he wins some of the top personal awards. He has had a really good season.” Rooney also feels the players have started to understand Van Gaal’s demands in training and on match day. “We are all aware of what the manager wants now both on and off the pitch,” Rooney added. “We all bought into his ways. He is a great manager. He is great with the players. “He is honest with the players who are playing and those who aren’t which is great. “We have a great team spirit. Everybody is pulling together. We all want to win. We all want to be successful. As long as we keep working we won’t be far away.” Rooney’s flexibility is one of the reasons why the striker’s love for his manager is not unrequited. Despite missing part of the season through suspension and injury, Rooney has found the net six times. Many of those goals have come from the striker’s position, but he has also looked effective in the number 10 position just behind. And on Sunday Rooney played as a central midfielder. In the summer the United skipper said he was reluctant to play in midfield at this stage of his career, but he was happy to operate there on Sunday. And Rooney believes the move could be beneficial long-term. “I think it can help me in years to come,” he said. “You see top players retire like Michael Owen, for instance. “He was one of the world’s best players but I don’t think he could drop back into midfield so once his pace had gone through injuries that was kind of the end. “But I feel I can drop back and I am sure it will give me an extra few years at the end of my career and it will also help me if I go into management.” So far this season Chelsea have looked superior to United, but that does not faze Rooney. The striker was part of the team that won the league six seasons ago despite trailing Liverpool by eight points in January and he also remembers United’s last triumph in 2013, when they won the title by 11 points despite rarely blowing sides away. “I think we have to believe we can win the title,” Rooney said. “We are eight points behind and coming into a busy period. “If we can win our games and the others have one bad result then there is nothing there. “We have to keep winning our games and hopefully get back to the top and you never know. “We won the league two years ago and we weren’t great in a lot of those games but we got the results. “We have shown a great resilience this season. Some of the games haven’t gone the way we would like but we are winning them and that is a great quality to have. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rams prove it’s possible to shut down Tom Brady in Super Bowl and still lose

first_imgMORE: 10 incredible stats from Pats’ winThe Rams’ Wade Phillips-led defense did everything that could have been asked of it, and more. If it couldn’t hold up that one last time, it shouldn’t have had such dire consequences. But when the Rams had the ball, Goff was rendered so inept, the receivers so invisible and Todd Gurley so mysteriously absent, every trip onto the field for the defense carried immense weight.They barely buckled. It was just catastrophic when they did. It wasn’t the fault of the defense that gave up 24.0 points a game in the regular season, just 20th in the league, and 358.5 yards a game, 14th overall. The offense ranked second in points and second in yards. Hold the other side to 13 points, and with that offense, the parade is sure to be in LA this week instead of Boston.Despite everything Edelman did, despite Gronkowski’s late heroics and the punch their running game packed at certain times, the Patriots were kept out of the end zone until the end. Their 407 total yards make the all-time list of misleading Super Bowl stats: 141 of those yards came on the touchdown drive and the ensuing field-goal drive in the final minutes … following the soul-crushing interception by Goff inside the five, when a touchdown would have tied the game or given the Rams the lead.With the Rams defense’s reputation as underachievers all season, even when they rose to the occasion at the right time, it wasn’t reasonable to have faith that they’d stop Brady enough to beat him.But when the Patriots finally went on their one and only potent drive, it meant the difference between winning and losing. Had their offensive counterparts not been equally dominated by the Patriots defense or shot themselves in the foot, the drive would not have carried the same consequences. They won.The Rams might never recover from that. The LA faithful might never forgive their once-explosive offense for wasting an all-time defensive performance against a player and dynasty for the ages. The Patriots’ defense, their game plan and coaching, might have been robbed of an MVP for how it strangled the Rams’ offense. And it might have been the second best defense on the field Sunday.MORE: Pats’ sixth ring matters more than it shouldThe Rams’ defense did all of that to Brady in his ninth Super Bowl appearance. They kept the Patriots out of the end zone over and over, took the ball away from the QB, limited the damage by Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, held Rob Gronkowski in check until the late touchdown drive, held them to 3-of-12 in third-down conversions and halted them on a critical fourth down late in the first half.They even stonewalled New England one final time, surrendering a field goal that kept the Patriots from putting it away with a touchdown or running out the clock, and giving the offense the ball back for one more chance.That offense supported them with the fewest points in Super Bowl history.MORE: Lowest-scoring Super Bowls everThe Rams constructed this defense last offseason, in an all-in push to win now: Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, and a monster contract for Aaron Donald. The unit got ridiculed often, after it gave up 51 points to the Chiefs and still won, after the Saints burned Peters and then talked about it in their regular-season meeting. When LA made its run to the Super Bowl — including through New Orleans — its defense made the right play at the right time.The Rams did that all night in Atlanta, above and beyond any time they were called upon to do it all season. It didn’t matter.The last score anyone expected from this Super Bowl was 13-3, and the last sight anyone expected to see was Brady celebrating after generating one touchdown, the same number of times he was intercepted and was sacked. It was the “3” produced by Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense that negated it all.”It kills, it kills,” Goff told media afterward. “It hurts me so much, just knowing how well our defense played, against that team, against Tom — to play that well defensively and us not hold up our end of the bargain. It’s our job to score points, and we didn’t do it.”center_img For those who were wondering, before Super Bowl 53 on Sunday night, Tom Brady had led the Patriots to 13 points twice his 39 previous postseason games. New England lost both games — 27-13 in Denver in the 2005 postseason, and 28-13 to the Ravens in the AFC title game after the 2012 season. In their three straight Super Bowl trips, before Sunday, the Patriots averaged 34.3 points a game, busting 30 or more in seven of those eight games.In Brady’s 40th postseason game, against the Rams, the quarterback led the Patriots to 13 points. They were shut out in the first quarter and had three points at halftime. They didn’t score a touchdown, their only one, until seven minutes left in the game.last_img read more

From ‘dust’ to glory, Liverpool’s ‘miracle’ of Istanbul

first_imgLiverpool fought back from 3-0 down to win their fifth European Cup (AFP Photo/MUSTAFA OZER)Paris, France | AFP | Steven Gerrard said Liverpool did not “believe in miracles” and Jamie Carragher thought his “dreams had turned to dust”, but 15 years ago Rafael Benitez’s side pulled off one of football’s greatest heists to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final.The English side were underdogs before kick-off in Istanbul despite edging out Chelsea in the semi-finals and a strong Juventus outfit in the last eight, but were completely written off when 3-0 down at half-time in their bid for a fifth European Cup.But, roared on by 40,000 travelling supporters in the club’s first final in the competition since the Heysel disaster of 1985, Liverpool fought back in a crazy six-minute spell before eventually triumphing on penalties.The much-fancied Milan, who had won the title in 2003 at Old Trafford, took the lead inside 50 seconds through captain Paolo Maldini’s volley — the first time Liverpool had conceded first in a Champions League game since their famous group-stage win over Olympiakos.It was to get worse for Liverpool as, with defensive midfielder Dietmar Hamann sitting on the bench despite a brilliant performance against Chelsea, winger Harry Kewell hobbled off injured midway through the first half.“The 2007 (Milan) team was technically inferior to the 2005 team, who remain the best team with the best performance in a final,” then-Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti later said when asked about the teams he took to three Champions League finals, winning the other two, including against Liverpool in 2007.“The 2005 team were better than the one in 2003.”That class shone in a blistering first-half display by the Italian giants, as Hernan Crespo tapped in after a rapid 39th-minute counter-attack which started with Liverpool appealing for a penalty after an apparent handball by Maldini.“The quality of (Andrea) Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Kaka cut us to shreds,” Gerrard later wrote in his autobiography.– Gattuso ‘thought it was all over’ –Just when it looked like Liverpool might limp into half-time only two goals behind, Milan delivered what appeared to be the killer blow as Kaka’s defence-splitting pass released Crespo to chip a sumptuous finish over the advancing Jerzy Dudek.“You could just tell by Gennaro Gattuso’s demeanour that he thought it was over,” said Gerrard. “All I was thinking of then was, ‘How do we get a bit of pride and respect back?’”Carragher wrote in his autobiography: “My dreams had turned to dust.“I wasn’t thinking about the game any more. My thoughts were with my family and friends. I was so sorry.”Liverpool’s supporters at the Ataturk Stadium tried to lift the team with an almost mournful half-time rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. “It lifted us, but it would be wrong to say that it made us believe in miracles,” said Gerrard.Benitez rang the changes, bringing on Hamann for injured full-back Steve Finnan at half-time and switching to a 3-5-2 formation.Carragher said that Liverpool were thinking that if they scored one goal, “pride might be restored”, and captain Gerrard twisted his neck to head John Arne Riise’s cross into the top corner nine minutes after the restart.What happened next was remarkable. Vladimir Smicer, on for Kewell and playing his last game for Liverpool, collected the ball 25 yards from goal and blasted a low shot past Milan goalkeeper Dida just two minutes later.In the 59th minute, Gerrard was fouled by Gattuso and Xabi Alonso completed one of football’s greatest comebacks, scoring on the rebound after Dida had saved his initial penalty.– ‘Let’s just get to extra time’ –Liverpool’s momentum was shortlived, though, and it was a long road before they eventually reached penalties.“After that goal I thought, ‘Let’s just get this to extra time and penalties’,” admitted Gerrard.Djimi Traore’s goalline block to deny Andriy Shevchenko helped the Reds reach extra time, where they needed an incredible double save from Dudek to keep out Shevchenko and two last-ditch challenges by Carragher on the Ukrainian to take the final to spot-kicks.“We also played very well in extra time,” said Ancelotti. “Carragher told me they couldn’t take it anymore and they wanted to go to penalties.”Unlike two years before, when Shevchenko scored the winning spot-kick against Juventus, it was not to be Milan’s night on penalties.Serginho blazed wildly over and Pirlo’s effort was saved by the dancing, advancing Dudek, and although Dida kept out Riise, Dudek palmed away Shevchenko’s tame shot to finish off a memorable final which will forever be remembered as the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’.“Correct me if I’m wrong, but have you ever seen a better Champions League final?,” asks Gerrard. “They were a better team than us but we beat them.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more