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Coronavirus resurgence in Beijing prompts reinstatement of tough measures

first_imgBeijing reported its second consecutive day of record new numbers of COVID-19 cases on Monday, adding urgency to efforts to rein in a sudden resurgence of the coronavirus in the Chinese capital.The recent outbreak has been traced to Xinfadi, a sprawling wholesale food market that is the biggest in Asia and accounts for 80% of Beijing’s farm produce supply sourced both domestically and from overseas.The market has been shut, tens of thousands of nearby residents are being tested for the virus, and a city-wide campaign launched to identify people who have recently visited the market or been in contact with people who have. Some schools have started to suspend classes. “The risk of the epidemic spreading is very high, so we should take resolute and decisive measures,” Xu Hejiang, spokesman at the Beijing city government, said at a press conference on Monday.Xinfadi, a complex of warehouses and trading halls spanning an area the size of nearly 160 soccer pitches, is more than 20 times larger than the seafood market in Wuhan where the coronavirus originated. Thousands of tons of vegetables, fruits and meats are traded at Xinfadi each day.Beijing officials on Monday confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases for June 14, the same as a day earlier, which was the city’s highest daily infection count since late March. Officials have now reported 79 cases over just four days, the biggest concentration of infections since February.A number of neighborhoods in the west and southwest of Beijing have been upgraded to medium-risk, including Financial Street where banks and financial firms converge, which calls for measures such as strict control of people and vehicle movements, disinfections and temperature checks. One neighborhood in the same district as the food market was raised to high-risk, denoting the most severe level of infection and warning people not to go there. Beijing started testing en masse on Sunday, conducting 76,499 tests. Fifty-nine individuals tested positive, Gao Xiaojun, a spokesperson for the Beijing public health commission, said at Monday’s briefing.Samples of 8,950 people who were recently at Xinfadi had been collected as of early Monday, said Gao, adding that results from the 6,075 tested so far were negative.InvestigationThe new Beijing cluster prompted governments in some cities and provinces to warn their residents against non-essential travel to the capital, and to implement isolation protocols and testing for some incoming visitors from the capital.The northeastern province of Liaoning and northern Hebei province have reported a combined handful of cases connected to the Beijing infections. Sichuan in the southwest reported one suspected case on Monday.The World Health Organization said on Sunday it was informed of the outbreak by Chinese officials who were investigating its source and extent. WHO reinforced the need for thorough investigations.”Genetic sequencing from humans and environmental samples is ongoing, and WHO encourages the release of these sequences as soon as possible,” WHO said in its statement. “WHO understands that genetic sequences will be released as soon as possible once further laboratory analyses are completed.”An epidemiologist with the Beijing government said on Sunday that a DNA sequencing of the virus showed the Xinfadi outbreak could have come from Europe.”Our preliminary assessment is the virus came from overseas. We still can’t determine how it got here. It might’ve been on contaminated seafood or meat, or spread from the feces of people inside the market,” state media quoted Yang Peng as saying.Topics :last_img read more

Principles for Responsible Investment ‘disappointed’ by Danish defection

first_imgSince then, investors affiliated with the PRI had ceased to be members of the organisation and the original annual general meeting had been abolished, it said.PRI managing director, Fiona Reynolds said: “The PRI is deeply disappointed this has occurred.”At its annual Signatory General Meeting in Cape Town in September, the PRI committed to undertake a review of its governance, she said.“The Council’s governance committee has already begun to define the scope of this review, which will be led by a new council chair expected to be appointed in early 2014,” Reynolds said.She said the PRI advisory council was democratically elected by signatories and made up of representatives from all three categories of signatory and regions of the world.Council members appoint the directors of the PRI association board, who oversee the work of the PRI Secretariat, she said.“The council and the board take governance seriously and are committed to continued improvements,” Reynolds said.The PRI organisation’s leaders had previously arranged to meet with the Danish signatories in Copenhagen on 13 January, adding that the PRI planned to continue with the meeting and hoped all of the funds concerned would attend.“Given the important work of the Danish pension funds in responsible investment, we hope the funds concerned will reconsider their decision at some point in the near future,” she said. The private body behind the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has said it is “deeply disappointed” six Danish pension funds are leaving the organisation in protest at the way it is being run.The PRI insisted it took governance seriously and was committed to improving.On Friday, Denmark’s DKK600bn (€80.4bn) statutory pension fund ATP and five of the country’s other major pension funds said they were delisting from the PRI organisation because of a number of governance problems — but would still follow the principles themselves.ATP criticised PRI for a lack of democracy and transparency, which it said stemmed from a move by the organisation in 2010-11 to alter its constitution without involving members.last_img read more

German state signs PRI as Frankfurt eyes green finance sector

first_imgHessen’s government wants Frankfurt to become a centre for green financeAt the beginning of 2019, Hessen became the first German province to make it legally binding for the pension reserve fund to invest according to sustainable criteria.Since then companies producing nuclear energy and fossil fuels have “virtually been excluded” from the fund’s universe, Hessen’s government said in the press release.The fund’s investments are managed by the German Bundesbank according to the sustainability criteria set by the province of Hessen.De Nederlandsche Bank, the Netherlands’ central bank and financial regulator, became the first central bank to sign up to the PRI in March this year.Further readingPRI signatories must report climate change risks from 2020 Earlier this year the PRI said it would require its entire book of 2,250 signatories – including asset owners, investment managers and service providers – to report how they have considered specific climate change risks in their portfolios Hessen, which includes the city of Frankfurt, has become the first of Germany’s 16 federal states to sign the UN’s Principles on Responsible Investment (PRI).The state has joined the initiative for its €3.7bn pension reserve fund, which was established in 1999 to build a funded supplementary retirement provision for its civil servants.The region’s minister for economy, Tarek Al-Wazir, noted in a press release that signing the UNPRI was another step towards enhancing Frankfurt’s and Hessen’s standing in green finance.“By now almost all financial locations worldwide have recognised the significance of green finance and the regional government of Hessen wants Frankfurt to take a leading role in this field,” Al-Wazir said. The pension reserve fund has applied an ESG benchmark to its equity investments since 2007.For several years, the fund’s criteria have been sharpened and adjusted to include ecological and social standards, according to a ‘best-in-class’ approach.last_img read more

IU Basketball Player Improving After Accident

first_imgOn Sunday, team physician Dr. Larry Rink said in a statement, “I am glad to report that Devin is doing better this morning and has benefited from uninterrupted rest. His speech in normal and he has the use of all extremities.”The sophomore was dropped off at a campus parking by freshman player Emmitt Holt around 1 a.m. Saturday.Moments later Davis reportedly crossed the street in front of Holt’s vehicle and struck. He was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries.Police say Holt, 18, had a blood alcohol content of 0.025, and was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a BAC above 0.02. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08 for those over 21 years or older.IU coach Tom Crean said Sunday, “Too often in life, we all take for granted the simple tasks of opening our eyes, processing thoughts and putting a simple sentence together. In our program, we routinely emphasize to our players that everything matters and watching Devin improve just over the last 36 hours has furthered our belief in that approach.” Sophomore Devon Davis.BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The medical condition of Indiana University basketball player Devin Davis is improving after being struck by a teammate’s car on campus early Saturday morning.last_img read more

Bulldogs Tame Tigers In Freshman Basketball

first_imgThe Batesville boys 9th grade basketball team opened up 2016 by improving to 7-3 on the season with a 37-28 win at home against Lawrenceburg.The Dogs came out strong for their first game after a two week Christmas break. The Tigers narrowed the bulldog lead to 1 late in the third quarter but the dogs responded and were able to pull ahead for a solid lead in the 4th quarter.Devin Scripture lead all scorers with 12 points, scoring both inside and from 3 point range. Alex Westerfeld and Gus Cooper also contributed 8 points each. Tyler Myers dominated on the boards and helped keep many offensive possessions alive.The team is in action again Thursday when they host Connersville.Score by quarter vs Lawrenceburg:  BHS: 9 20 26 37.  LHS: 5 12 23 28.Scoring:  Lane Oesterling 5, Sam Giesting 0, Gus Cooper 8, Nathan Eckstein 2, Devin Scripture 12, Alex Westerfeld 8, Tyler Myers 2, Kevin Salatin 0, and Charlie Prickel 0Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.last_img read more

Gerrard delight at Anfield upgrade

first_img But the 34-year-old, who has spent his entire career with Liverpool, is thankful Anfield will remain home to the club who have been English league champions 18 times. Liverpool abandoned plans to leave the stadium for a larger new home two years ago, and news that building work will start on Monday has highlighted a long-term commitment to the arena. Gerrard said: ” It’s very exciting news that we have finally got around to extending Anfield. For me, it was all about staying at Anfield. As much as I like new stadiums, I’m more traditional and I like the old stadiums like the Camp Nou and places like this, where all the history and all the memories happen.” He added: ” There have been so many unbelievable nights and memories here, it would have been a shame to leave it all and for this to have become houses or apartments. “Now that they are going to extend the stadium, it’s going to become even bigger, better and noisier. Hopefully there are many more fantastic memories to come.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes increasing the number of supporters that can pass through the Anfield turnstiles is key to the club’s long-term success. “It’s very important. When you look across the globe and football, some of the stadiums hold up to 80,000 or 90,000 people,” Rodgers said. “So it’s very important commercially and very important for football that’s aligned and it benefits the football club, because first and foremost there are more supporters getting in. “It is vital to have another tier on top of the main stand here and that will be amazing. Obviously commercial revenue is very important in football and how that can be built up allows you to compete in the future.” Press Association A Main Stand redevelopment will see its capacity rise by around 8,500 seats, meaning the stadium will be able to hold 54,000 spectators. Captain Gerrard has yet to decide whether to commit to an extension to his current Liverpool contract, which expires at the end of the season. center_img Steven Gerrard hopes there are “many more fantastic memories to come” for Liverpool at Anfield after the club confirmed the stadium expansion is set to begin. last_img read more

Cricket News India vs West Indies 1st Test: India gear up for World Test Championship challenge

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. North Sound (Antigua): A perfect combination and a winning start will be foremost on skipper Virat Kohli’s mind when India take on West Indies in their inaugural World Test Championship opener on Thursday.A win in the opening Test will be the 27th for Kohli as skipper and will put him on even keel with his predecessor MS Dhoni. A century in the game (19th as captain) will place him on par with Ricky Ponting.On paper, a batting line-up that has Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in the ranks should be termed clear favourites but this West Indies team, led by Jason Holder, is no pushover.Windies are a potent threatEngland found that out the hard way at the start of the year when they lost a Test series 1-2 in some of the most lively pitches on the Caribbean islands in recent times. One such pacer-friendly wicket was at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua where Kohli and his men will be facing the Windies first up.”People have been talking about Test cricket not being relevant or dying down. For me, the competition has gone up two-fold the last couple of years. It’s up to the players to take the challenge and go for victories,” Kohli said about the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship.”The games are going to be much more competitive and it brings a lot of purpose to the Test matches you play. It’s the right move and at the absolute right time,” Kohli said.The last Test played here saw England scoring 187 and 132 but that was a different time of the year.Nevertheless, Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri, who recently got a fresh contract, will be wary of the challenge that can be posed by the new ball pair of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel along with Jason Holder bowling his steady seam-up spells.5 bowlers or 6 batsmen?If there is pace and bounce, Kohli is likely to go with four specialist bowlers in which Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav will be fighting for the lone spinner’s slot. The three pacers, in all likelihood, will be Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. However, it is the batting combination that will be the skipper’s primary worry and if he can get it right, that will be considered as a tactical victory.In an ideal situation, if Hardik Pandya was available, Kohli would have been tempted to drop one among Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane but given the recent record of West Indies in Tests, he might go in with an extra batsman which means both will feature in the playing XI.If a green-top is provided and Kohli still goes with five bowlers which includes Ravindra Jadeja as an all-rounder, it could well be a toss-up between the two Mumbaikars.Hanuma get reward for ‘courage done under’ The other issue will be at the top of the order as to who will open with Mayank Agarwal. The common logic says KL Rahul, who is a specialist opener, but Hanuma Vihari was sent to do the fire-fighting in Australia and it would be unfair to not give him another opportunity against a relatively easier pace attack.The West Indies team in the Test format has been an understated one with players who have more talent than what the numbers currently show.In Shai Hope, John Campbell and Shimron Hetmyer, they have the three talented youngsters. Roston Chase, during the 2016 series against India, had thwarted Ashwin for a whole fifth day in Kingston after West Indies were staring at an innings defeat. In addition to that, he is a steady off-spinner with 50 Test wickets.Darren Bravo is their most experienced batsman with 52 Tests and nearly 3500 runs under his belt. However, the kind of talent he is, an average of 38 plus with only eight hundreds doesn’t justify that.All eyes will also be on whether, the new “giant” of world cricket, Rahkeem Cornwall is given an opportunity. His imposing physical structure may have grabbed attention but Cornwall has also been a performer with his effective off-breaks and handy lower-middle-order batting.India vs West Indies SquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Aagrwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk)West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.Match starts 7pm (IST) last_img read more

Syracuse overpowers Colgate, 7-0, in second-straight sweep

first_imgAs players and coaches watched from a distance, Syracuse’s Libi Mesh stepped back and fired a ball that made her opponent, Colgate’s Kelly Klein, fall into the netting on the far left-hand corner of the court. Mesh let out a holler and fist pump after closing out the day’s longest match. Syracuse (2-0) tallied its second straight win, 7-0, against Colgate (0-1) by overpowering the Raiders. SU won all 15 sets on the day including 10 sets where the Orange came out on top 6-0.  Syracuse’s victory on Friday at Drumlins Country Club marks the first time the Orange has opened a season with consecutive 7-0 wins since 2009.“It’s never easy to play an opponent that deep down you know you are gonna beat,” SU head coach Younes Limam said.Syracuse opened the match with the season debut of the Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez doubles duo, the No. 16 doubles pairing in the nation. Knutson and Ramirez’s 6-1 victory in doubles, alongside 6-0 and 6-1 wins from the other SU pairings, helped propel the Orange towards controlling the match, Knutson said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Knutson and Ramirez dominated their singles matches by making their opponents cover the court. After a serve, Knutson emphasized hitting the ball near the sidelines to wear out Mackenzie Deeter, the Raiders first singles player. In most instances, players from Colgate would return shots at a high angle or just whiff on the ball completely to give up points. Knutson and Ramirez, SU’s first and second singles players, each dropped just one game in their singles matches.“Today we were a team that didn’t let the ball go across the court more than three times,” Knutson said, “I think that is why we were able to win so quickly.”The match’s most competitive game featured Mesh, who found herself tied in the second set, 2-2, against Klein after sweeping the first set. After making Klein miss on a crucial swing to come back in the second set, Mesh became animated. “I was rushing a bit and got a little nervous,” Mesh said, “so in order to get rid of that, I started to get more loud and it helped.”Up 5-3, Mesh rallied off three straight points and yelled “Come on!” after her backhand swing ended the tough match. It was the only competitive moment of the day.  “(Winning like this) can be a blessing and a curse.” Knutson said,“We feel really good, but we also can’t let ourselves get de-motivated.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

An Post Ras to come through Tipperary today

first_imgThe 137 kilometre stage will pass through Nine Mile House where there is a King of the Mountains prime before heading to Grangemockler and along the Clonmel bypass, through Cahir and on to Bansha where the riders turn left towards the Glen of Aherlow and the climb of the Coach Road before dropping down to the finish line on the Main Street in Tipp Town. The race leaders Yellow jersey is being worn by yesterday’s stage winner Francesco Reda of Team Idea – the Italian holds a 3 second lead over Austria’s Lukas Postelberger with Ireland’s Martin Irvine 3rd at 1 minute 1 second. There are 3 Tipperary riders in the Ras this week – Sean Hahessy, Simon Ryan and Michael Butler.  The stage is due to finish in Tipp Town any time from 1.50pm onwardslast_img read more