Global coronavirus death toll passes 3,000 with new China count

first_imgIn China, the number of reported new cases has gradually been declining, and there were only six confirmed new infections outside Hubei.The virus emerged late last year in Hubei in central China, but has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world.The United States and Australia reported their first fatalities over the weekend, while infections nearly doubled in the past 48 hours in Italy, Europe’s hardest-hit country.The World Health Organization said Sunday that the virus appears to particularly hit those over the age of 60 and people already weakened by other illness. The number of deaths globally in the new coronavirus outbreak passed 3,000 on Monday, as China reported more 42 deaths.The new fatalities were all in the virus epicentre Hubei province, the National Health Commission said, bringing the overall toll in mainland China to 2,912.Health officials also reported the lowest daily tally of fresh infections since late January, with 202 new cases. The agency noted that most people with the COVID-19 illness only experience mild symptoms, while around 14 percent suffer severe disease like pneumonia and five percent become critically ill.It said the mortality rate in the outbreak appears to be between two and five percent.The seasonal flu has an average mortality rate of about 0.1 percent but is highly infectious, with up to 400,000 people worldwide dying from it each year.Other strains of coronavirus, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), have established mortality rates of 9.5 percent and 34.5 percent, respectively.Topics :last_img read more

ESG: UK fund management body proposes standard definitions

first_imgThe trade body representing UK asset managers has launched an industry-wide consultation on sustainability and responsible investment in a bid to bring more clarity to the growing area of activity.The Investment Association (IA) is seeking its members’ views on proposals for industry-agreed definitions and a product labelling system for UK retail investors. It also asks managers about their disclosure practices.According to the trade body, asset managers had been practising responsible investment “for many years” with the intention of delivering better long-term returns for clients, but expectations had evolved.“More recently, a number of key drivers have emerged, drawing increasing attention to sustainable and responsible investment solutions that deliver on particular sustainability objectives alongside the generation of long-term returns,” it said. Firm-level sustainable investment approaches, according to the IA’s proposal, “have as their objective the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria in the belief that they constitute sources of risk and return and that they contribute to the generation of sustainable returns for investors though long-term value creation”.The IA added: “This is most commonly used across all asset classes as an enhancement to risk management processes.”It identified stewardship – also referred to as active ownership – and ESG integration as types of firm-level approaches to sustainable investment.The trade body identified and defined three approaches at the fund or mandate-level, saying they were “categorised by having an explicit sustainability objective (which can be non-financial) and will typically be marketed on this basis”.The three approaches are:Negatively screened investment approaches, which could also be known as applying an exclusion policy or as ethical investingPositively managed investment approaches, such as thematic investing or best-in-class investingImpact investingAsset managers may use a combination of approaches, the consultation document noted.‘Impact journey’Questions about IA members’ disclosure practices are split into two sections to reflect two different frames of reference.One is about how firms disclose how they have embedded ESG considerations into their investment process using long-term value creation as the frame of reference.A second set of questions are about reporting in a way that, according to the IA, “seeks to communicate explicitly the impact an investment has on environmental and/or social sustainability” – for example, against one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“It can be helpful to think of asset management firms being on a journey to impact”Investment AssociationThe trade body said that all investments would have some form of impact on society and the environment, and that it could be “helpful to think of asset management firms being on a journey to impact”.It said: “Articulating the impacts of sustainable investment approaches, funds, mandates or products that are not impact investments is an important step on this journey.”The IA has also proposed a label system to help retail investors make sense of the UK fund universe.The consultation asks IA members if they agree that the UK retail market should be the target audience, and to set out their reasons and a possible alternative approach if they disagree.Mirroring the proposed top-level split between firm and fund-level approaches in the IA’s definitional framework, the trade body has proposed there be two labels: one for those approaches targeting the generation of sustainable returns through long-term value creation, and another for those investment approaches with an explicit sustainability objective.BackgroundThe IA’s consultation comes a year after the trade body identified sustainability and responsible investment as a dedicated policy area. It set up a sustainability and responsible investment committee, chaired by Mark Versey, CIO of real assets at Aviva Investors, to lead work in this area.This was taking place “against a fast-moving and multi-faceted policy and regulatory backdrop”, according to the IA.In the EU, for example, policymakers and technical experts are currently thrashing out implementation of the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan. There is also a revised Shareholder Rights Directive that member states must implement this year.Relevant developments in the UK include a new regulation to strengthen and clarify pension scheme trustees’ duties in relation to ESG considerations. According to Chris Cummings, the IA’s CEO, the asset management industry “is at a critical juncture in embracing sustainability as a defining feature of the investment landscape”.He said: “With sustainability and responsible investment becoming an increasing priority for today’s investors, this consultation is an important step forward in gathering the views of the industry with the ultimate aim of bringing greater clarity to savers.“As significant investors, it is our role to help today’s investors achieve both their financial as well as their environmental and social goals.”Agreeing definitionsThe IA’s proposed “definitional framework” took as its starting point definitions given by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, the trade body explained.The language was then “tweaked” in places, and the terminology “rearrang[ed] … in a framework which categorises approaches primarily by firm or fund level approach”.Schematic of IA’s proposed ‘definitional framework’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

US scientists create malaria-blocking mosquito

first_imgScientists in the US say they have bred a genetically modified (GM) mosquito that could eventually help eradicate malaria.About 3.2 billion people (almost half of the world’s population) are at risk of malaria but if the lab technique works in the field, it could offer a new way of stopping the biting insects from spreading malaria to humans.The scientists put a new “resistance” gene into the mosquito’s own DNA, using a gene editing method called Crispr and when the GM mosquitoes mated, their offspring inherited the same resistance, PNAS journal reports.In theory, if these mosquitoes bite people, they should not be able to pass on the parasite that causes malaria.Bed nets, insecticides and repellents can help stop the insects biting and drugs can be given to anyone who catches the infection, but the disease still kills around 580,000 people a year.Scientists have been searching for new ways to fight malaria.The University of California team believe their GM mosquito could play a pivotal role – breeding resistant offspring to replace endemic, malaria-carrying mosquitoes.They took a type of mosquito found in India – Anopheles stephensi – on which to experiment.Dr Anthony James and his team showed that they could give the insect a new DNA code to make it a poor host for the malaria parasite.The DNA, which codes for antibodies that combat the parasite, was inherited by almost 100 per cent of the mosquito offspring and across three generations.The researchers say the findings offer hope that the same method could also work in other mosquito species.Although it would not be a sole solution to the malaria problem, it would be a useful additional weapon, they say.Prof David Conway, UK expert from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “It’s not the finished product yet but it certainly looks promising. It does look like the genetic editing works.”Other scientists have been looking at genetically modifying mosquitoes to render them infertile, so that they die out.But some experts fear that eliminating mosquitoes entirely may have unforeseen and unwanted consequences.Replacing disease-carrying mosquitoes with harmless breeds is a potential alternative.last_img read more

Pep not thinking beyond 2021 at Man City

first_imgManchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, declined to confirm his future at the Etihad Stadium beyond the end of the 2020-1 season as the club’s focus shifts to the FA Cup after losing their Premier League crown. Guardiola’s City saw their title defence end with a 2-1 loss at Chelsea City’s status as reigning English champions came to an end on Wednesday as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, a result that confirmed Liverpool’s triumph in the 2019-20 campaign with seven games to spare. The club also faces two years out of European football due to a UEFA Financial Fair Play ruling that is currently subject to appeal. Reports have suggested that should the ban be confirmed, star players such as Kevin De Bruyne as well as Pep himself would look to leave City; but the manager refuses to look past the end of his current contract. “I’m incredibly excited for this part of the season, and the next one,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against Newcastle United. “I am incredibly satisfied to be in this club and to try to do our best. “But I don’t want to think too far ahead. Now is not the time. I just think about today. Loading… “I want the players to recover because the last 15-20 minutes were so demanding 10 against 11. We have a tough game against Newcastle and that’s what I have to be focused on.” Pep faces something of a dilemma at centre-back for the last-eight meeting, having revealed that John Stones joins the suspended Fernandinho in missing out against the Magpies. “He’s still injured,” Guardiola said of Stones. “We knew it after lockdown for the lack of preparation.” “We knew it – lack of preparation and this amount of games in a short time we have to survive. Survive and try to qualify for the Champions League and arrive good on Sunday.” read also:Ex-Arsenal captain: Wenger better than Pep and Jose While the Premier League eluded City, the club still has the chance to add two major titles to the Carabao Cup crown won in March at the expense of Aston Villa. With the FA Cup now in full swing, Pep’s men also remain active in the Champions League, where they hold a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid after the first leg of their last-16 meeting. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Storms and Seeding Set Up a Second Place Finish for the 10U Batesville Bats

first_imgCongratulations to the 10U Batesville Bats for bringing home more bling this past weekend. The Bats traveled to North Vernon, Indiana to compete in the USSSA Crossroads Invitational presented by Ohio Valley Sports. The Bats came ready to swing, capturing the #2 seed during Saturday’s pool play.  Batesville defeated the Venom Braves 16-1, followed by an 11-3 victory over Indy Clutch.   On Sunday morning, the Batesville Bats returned to North Vernon for bracket play. The boys again stepped up to the plate and earned themselves a 17-5 win over the Venom Braves. Unfortunately, the forecasted storms made their appearance Sunday afternoon, halting remaining tourney play.  The good news for Batesville, Saturday’s seeding paired with Sunday morning’s victory sealed a second-place finish for the Bats. The 2020 10U roster showcases: Jonah Anderson, Jackson Elston, Winston Garrett, Mason Herpel, Evan Ibold, Drew Jaisle, Camden Kaiser, Max Meyer, Gage Schomber, Jake Schornick, Liam Wagner, Max Walter and Adam Weber. The Batesville Bats 10U are coached by Andy Jaisle, Ryan Ibold, Casey Schomber, Jared Schornick, and Dan Walter. Fans of the Batesville Bats can follow their Facebook page: 10U Batesville Bats – 2020. Go Bats!Courtesy of Anna Ibold.last_img read more

Benitez working hard to stop slide

first_img Press Association Rafael Benitez insists Chelsea are working hard to end the poor run of form which has led to questions over whether the Spaniard will complete his spell as interim boss at Stamford Bridge. It is hard to tell whether owner Roman Abramovich is losing patience with Benitez, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo in November, but never in his 10-year tenure has the Russian had three managers in the same campaign. “The main thing is that you can score two goals, and then you are 2-0 up at half-time, then you have to finish the games,” Benitez added. “Against Newcastle we scored two goals, you cannot make these mistakes (to concede three). You have to make sure we control the game. “We could have won all the games we didn’t win. It’s a question of sometimes doing the right things at the right moment, having a little bit of luck, being more clinical, not making mistakes in defence. The team is doing well in terms of the performance and we have to improve the results, especially the games we were winning.” Benitez will be without captain John Terry for the Wigan clash, and Benitez added: “John Terry has an inflammation with his knee. A set-back, but not serious. He will not be available for tomorrow.” David Luiz is fit again and Eden Hazard is available following his three-match ban following his controversial sending-off at Swansea, when clashed with a ball boy. Ashley Cole won his 100th international cap on Wednesday as England beat Brazil 2-1, with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard scoring the decisive goal. Benitez was impressed with Lampard but unable to shed any fresh light on the midfielder’s future. Benitez said: “Frank is doing a great job for us, he’s scoring goals, he’s playing well, he’s a good professional, he’s very working hard. That’s all I can say, because I am the coach.” center_img Chelsea have three wins from their last 10 matches and are without a victory in four ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Wigan, with their latest slip coming in a 3-2 defeat against Newcastle last weekend. The Blues would slip to fourth ahead of kick-off against Wigan if Tottenham beat Newcastle in Saturday’s lunchtime match. “We know the problems and we are working on the solutions,” said Benitez, when asked if he expected to see out his short-term deal until the end of the season. last_img read more

Burrow shows Cincy some love, NFL teams drool over receivers

first_imgFollow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Those comments sparked speculation that Burrow was skeptical about the Bengals.“The only thing I’ve said is that I just didn’t want to be presumptuous about the pick,” Burrow said Tuesday. “That’s why I’ve been non-committal because I don’t know what’s going to happen. They might not pick me. They might fall in love with someone else. You guys kind of took that narrative and ran with it. There has never been anything like that from my end.”So, no reservations about playing for the Bengals.“I’ll play for whoever drafts me,” Burrow said. “I’m just not going to be presumptuous about what they want to do. It’s the draft. You guys have been covering it for a long time. You never know what’s going to happen.”So, he’s all-in on Cincinnati should the Bengals call his name on draft night? Burrow shows Cincy some love, NFL teams drool over receivers Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Who wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of John Elway and Eli Manning? Joe Burrow, that’s who.The Heisman Trophy winner, national champion and consensus No. 1 pick in next month’s draft said Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine that he’d have no qualms playing in Cincinnati, which owns the top choice. “Yeah, I’m not going to not play,” the LSU star quarterback replied when asked if he would report to the Bengals should they select him No. 1 overall on April 23 in Las Vegas. “I’m a ballplayer. Whoever picks me, I’m going to go show up.”Burrow, who grew up in Athens, Ohio, and initially attended Ohio State, said he’d love to play professionally in his home state.“Yeah, absolutely. It’s 2 hours, 15 minutes from my house,” Burrow said. “I could go home for dinner if I wanted to.”Burrow said on Dan Patrick’s radio show last month that it was important for him to keep winning in the NFL and that while he wanted to be the first overall pick, “you also want to go to a great organization that is committed to winning. Committed to winning Super Bowls.”The Bengals haven’t won a Super Bowl since entering the league in 1968. “Yeah, of course I want to be the first pick,” he said. “That’s every kid’s dream. I’ve worked really, really hard for the opportunity and I’m blessed to be in this position. So I’m just really excited to be in this position.”Elway was the top overall selection in the 1983 draft, the vanguard of the greatest quarterback class in NFL history, but he didn’t want to play in Baltimore and the Colts traded him to Denver, where he won two Super Bowls as a player and another as an executive.Something similar transpired in 2004 when Manning was selected first overall by the San Diego Chargers but was quickly traded to the New York Giants, where he twice beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.Elway spent four years searching for Peyton Manning’s replacement in Denver before landing Drew Lock, so this marks the first offseason since 2015 that he isn’t spending a lot of time on the QB prospects such as Burrow.Instead, he’s looking at the deep class of wide receivers that punctuate this year’s rookie class. FUNNY GUYBurrow won’t participate in on-field drills at the combine, but he is enjoying the process and the interviews. He jokingly tweeted he was considering retirement when his hand size was measured at a smallish 9 inches at the combine.“I didn’t have a lot of fumbles or anything like that, so I just tried to make a little joke about it,” Burrow said.CAM JAM:New Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he’s “unbelievably excited to get a chance to work with Cam” Newton, the team’s QB who’s recovering from a foot injury that sidelined him last season. “I’m excited to get him healthy. Obviously that’s the No. 1 goal for us.” “When we first decided that, we were going to wonder if anybody even noticed, but then the Rams spilled the beans because they copied us,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “I just felt, and John (Elway) agreed with my suggestion, that our time this week would be better spent back in the office. What the guys are doing all this week is just watching college tape Monday through Friday, every minute they’re there. I think it’s a much better environment to do that.”Fangio said he’ll re-evaluate after he sees how this experiment goes. “It’s a one-year trial kind of like OPI-DPI instant replay,” he said.By the way, Elway, who’s on the NFL’s competition committee, said the future of the pass interference challenge that was implemented last season on a trial basis won’t be decided until just before the league’s annual meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, March 29-April 1. ___ Elway already has a Pro Bowl receiver in Courtland Sutton and a rising star tight end in Noah Fant. But nowadays teams have to load up at wide receiver and this year brings a wealth of talented pass catchers to choose from.“Oh, I think this is one of the best groups since Odell’s group,” Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault said in comparing this year’s crop to the one in 2014 that featured first-rounders Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin.In addition to Shenault, this year’s group features Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and Clemson’s Tee Higgins.“I think we’re talented across the board,” Shenault said. “I think we check a lot of boxes. I think this class is going to do great things. It’s definitely going to be a legendary class.”Other highlights on a busy first day at the combine: Rhule wouldn’t commit to Newton being his starter if he’s healthy, however.“I probably won’t say about anybody that they’ll be a starter. Especially my first year, I’ll try to be really disciplined about not promising things to certain guys,” Rhule said. “I’ll just say that I really want him on the team and I really want him to be healthy. I know when Cam is healthy, who he is and the type of player that he is.”ALL WORK Andy Reid is basking in the glow of his first Super Bowl title in his 366th game as a head coach in the NFL.“It’s sunk in. You only have a short time to enjoy that and you got to move on. That’s where we’re at,” Reid said. “We took a little time off after the game, after the parade. Then we dove right back in and got busy and we’re still doing that. Maybe some day when we are are out of the game, you can look back and say we looked pretty good. Now we’re buckling down and making sure we take care of business.” SHANAHAN’S SORROWFor the second time in four years, Kyle Shanahan is dealing with the aftermath of a fourth-quarter meltdown that cost his team a Super Bowl title.“Every time we have a tough loss, it’s a grieving process you have to go through,” he said. “It’s disappointing, especially how much you go through. That’s life. You deal with it. No one died. But we do have to grieve it. Right now, I think our team is made of the right stuff. I think it’s important to our team and our guys to win and that’s the type of guys we want in our building.”HOME ALONEThe Rams and Broncos left most of their assistant coaches home although they did bring their scouts to Indy. Associated Press February 25, 2020last_img read more

Iceland May not Succumb to English Pressure

first_imgWith England being the favourites for the game, Sigurdsson suggested the lack of pressure on Iceland will play to their advantage.“We are a small nation that nobody expects anything of… We will be the underdogs. It’s going to be a tough night but it will be worth it,” Sigurdsson told reporters after Wednesday’s win.“Is there any reason to worry about England? No, but we know it will be a very tough game. We have no pressure on us, that’s the main thing. But if you look at England, if they lose to us there will be headlines back in England.”England have come under pressure after scoring just three goals so far as their strikers struggle to find their feet in the tournament, but Sigurdsson felt this highlighted the strength of Hodgson’s squad.“There are not many weaknesses in England’s squad. They have a very good team and have got through a tough group, without playing their best football,” said Sigurdsson, who is the only Icelandic player playing their trade in the Premier League.“But that just shows how good they are and their best is probably yet to come. We will have to defend for long periods against them, but we have shown before that we are capable of it.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Iceland’s performance at Euro 2016 so far means that they have no reason to sweat over Monday’s last-16 clash against England, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson said.Iceland, who are making their first appearance at a major tournament, beat Austria 2-1 on Wednesday to finish second in their group and book their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016, where they will come up against Roy Hodgson’s team.last_img read more