India to restart some passenger trains even though coronavirus infections jump

first_imgA fifth of India’s cases of coronavirus come from the densely populated cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Pune, which are also major centers of economic activity.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said three-fourths of Delhi’s cases of coronavirus were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms and did not need hospital treatment.”Overall corona figures [are] rising in Delhi but at the same time people are getting cured and going back home safe. Now we’ve to learn to live with corona,” he said.India’s rising numbers of infections are also the result of increased testing, which has grown from 2,000 tests per day in late March, to 85,000 to 90,000 a day now, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research, the government’s top body leading the fight against the disease.Modi was due to hold a meeting with state chief ministers later on Monday to determine a path out of the lockdown even as infections spread.Passengers taking the trains that will start up on Tuesday will have to wear masks and undergo screening at the stations, a government official said. “Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes,” the government said in a statement. The rail network, among the world’s largest, carries over 20 million people each day and is the lifeline for people living in far flung corners of the country.The announcement late on Sunday of the restart of some train service came on the same day India’s coronavirus infections jumped by 4,214, the most ever, to 67,152.India’s rail, road, and air services were suspended in March to stop infections from spreading into the country’s interior, but the number of cases has kept rising each day. Officials say the spread of the disease would be worse if Modi’s stringent restrictions had not been put in place.The number of people who have died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, has reached 2,206, the ministry of health also said on Monday. India announced a limited reopening of its giant rail network beginning on Tuesday after a nearly seven-week lockdown, despite also reporting its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced increasing calls to end his government’s stringent lockdown of the nation’s 1.3 billion population, with political parties, businesses and citizens saying the containment measures have destroyed the livelihoods of millions that rely on daily wages for sustenance.The shutdown, which has been repeatedly extended to stave off a surge in infections, is in force until May 17. Ahead of that, though, the railway ministry said it would gradually restart passenger services with 15 trains from Tuesday, connecting Delhi to Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and other big cities.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Davidson Loys is 2011 recipient of CARP scholarship funded by MSU

first_img Share EducationLocalNewsSecondary Davidson Loys is 2011 recipient of CARP scholarship funded by MSU by: – August 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share In Photo: Davidson Loys in the yellow shirt. Recently, Dr. Randy Glean, Director of International Services at Midwestern State University (MSU) visited Dominica to recruit and have an orientation with the six students who will be attending MSU in the Fall 2011 semester.He encouraged the students to study hard and participate in the Caribbean Student Organization (CSO) which will be eighteen years this year.  He further emphasized that the CSO Alumni are giving back to their communities in many ways like helping two mothers who were affected by the floods last year in St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines respectively, as well as giving scholarships.  In 2004 the Alumni Chapter of CSO at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas formed the Caribbean Alumni for Regional Progress (CARP) Scholarship.  The aim of the CARP Scholarship is to assist the needy students in the islands of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts/Nevis, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.The scholarship, which is in the amount of US $200 or EC$530 (previously EC $500, 2004- 2006), is awarded annually to one student (per island) for the purchase of school supplies and/or payment of school fees.  The recipient of the scholarship should be a current student at a selected Primary School, and he/she should be selected based on his/her *financial needs* and *academic performance*. The 2011 CARP Recipient, is 12 year old, Davidson Loys, from the Coulibistrie Primary School.  He will be attending the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in September 2011.  Also, present at the orientation was Stella Alcendor, the 2007 CARP Recipient who receives a yearly scholarship starting from 2008 from the CZO Boyz Alumni, which consists of about forty males of the alumni chapter. A sum of EC $800 was handed to Stella by Dr.Randy Glean, a MSU alumnus. The 2010 CARP Scholarship Recipients were Markley John from the Morne Prosper Primary School, and Tifara Francis from the Bagatelle Primary School. Markley and Tifara are currently attending the Dominica Grammar School and the Pierre Charles Secondary School respectively.  The scholarships were given by the Dominica’s CARP Representative, Joyce Jones.  Also, present at the orientation was David Vital, another MSU alumnus.Press Releasecenter_img Tweet Share 42 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Man Utd debt soars by £127.4m to £429m over last year

first_imgManchester United’s debt has risen by £127.4million to £429.1million. Manchester United players after grabbing a goal The huge hit comes in the wake of the club failing to reach the Champions League and the hit they have taken due to the coronavirus lockdown. There has also been movements in the pound to dollar exchange rates which has affected the club. The numbers are still huge for a club that has been in the red ever since the Glazer takeover plunged the club into £525 million of debt. The subsequent servicing of that debt has cost the hundreds of millions since they took charge in 2003. The club today released their quarterly figures up to March 31st which is nearly three weeks after football was suspended. While the full impact will not be felt until the next set of figures, the loss of broadcast revenue has clearly been a major factor. A United statement explained: “Broadcasting revenue for the quarter was £26.0 million, a decrease of £27.8 million, or 51.7%, over the prior year quarter, primarily due to an estimated £15.0m Premier League rebate due to broadcasters, following delay and broadcast schedule changes to the 2019/20 football season, non-participation in the UEFA Champions League, and the impact of playing two fewer Premier League away games. “Matchday revenue for the quarter was £29.1 million, a decrease of £2.6 million, or 8.2%, over the prior year quarter, including the impact of postponement of the Round of 16 Europa League home match and closure of non-match day operations in mid-March.” Despite this United remain in a healthy financial state announcing that they have plenty of money in the bank to help them through this difficult period for football. Loading… The club has £90.3m of cash balances plus access to an additional £150m available under what they refer to as a revolving credit facility. The Club’s Executive Vice Chairman remained positive about the team’s ability to finish the season well when Project Restart gets underway on the back of an 11 game unbeaten run before lockdown. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our colleagues, fans and partners around the world. He did point out, however, that their prime concern at the moment has been the impact of the coronavirus and how they have been able to assist the local community. Woodward said: “Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our colleagues, fans and partners around the world and we are extremely proud of how those connected to the club have responded during this crisis. “Since the start of the pandemic, Manchester United and our Foundation have provided assistance to hospitals, charities and schools in our communities, as well as support for frontline workers and vulnerable fans. “These actions reflect our core values as a club and the resilience through adversity that we have demonstrated many times throughout our long history and will do so again to weather these current challenges. read also:Tolisso open to Man Utd move “In that spirit, we look forward to the team safely returning to the pitch and building on the exciting momentum that Ole and the players had previously achieved, while taking all necessary steps to protect public health. “Our thoughts remain with all those affected during this unprecedented time.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

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Cheer us to the title from home, Klopp urges Liverpool fans

first_imgRead Also: Guardiola: Man City not ready for Premier League return“There were rumours about ‘null and void’, ‘points per game’ and all that stuff. And now we stand here, and in a couple of days the league will start again.“Because we behaved really responsibly. We did the things we had to do because we wanted to save our loved ones and all the others as well.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool fans to cheer his team to Premier League glory from their homes as the runaway leaders prepare for the season to restart.Advertisement Klopp’s side were two victories from winning Liverpool’s first English title in 30 years when the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the season in March.Liverpool will finally be back in action on Sunday when they face Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park in a match that could serve as their title clincher.If second-placed Manchester City lose at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, then Liverpool need only to beat Everton to secure the club’s 19th league title with eight games to spare.Aware that fans will be eager to celebrate their long-awaited triumph, Liverpool boss Klopp has urged them not to break social-distancing rules by gathering outside Goodison Park or Anfield.“It’s still football and it’s still for you. That means we will be in the stadium, and you will be at home,” Klopp said in a video message on Liverpool’s website on Tuesday.“I can promise you, we will feel your support. I will make the boys feel your support. We will use it, you are still 80 or 90 percent of the fuel in our tanks.“We really will use that, and we will need that. But, the final message: stay safe, support us from home.”Klopp, who celebrated his 53rd birthday on Tuesday, admitted the three-month lay-off had been taxing as he waited to discover if his side would get the chance to win their first league crown since 1990.“There were times when we didn’t know exactly if we would play again this season,” he said.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Brampton to get state-of-the-art cricket stadium

first_img….BEDCL president Persaud elated over newsBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Guyanese-born Praimp Persaud is considered more than a household name whenever cricket is mentioned in Canadian cricket circles, after dedicating more than half of his life to the sunshine game.Persaud, who is the long-standing president of both Brampton Etobicoke District Cricket League (BEDCL) and Cricket Ontario, played a pivotal role in the just-concluded staging of the second edition of Global T20 Cricket Canada.It was through his initiative and the unequivocal support of the Mayor and City Council of Brampton that the CAA Centre was chosen and upgraded for use during the tournament.Persaud has also been able to convince Mayor Patrick Brown and his executives of the need for a cricket stadium and this will indeed become a reality in the not-too-distant future.In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Mayor Brown gave the assurance that “with the ever-changing demographics of our city and with the enthusiasm I have seen during this tournament (Global T20), we have decided Brampton will be the capital of cricket in Canada.’’According to Brown, the realisation that the country needs a world-class facility was driven home during the second Global T20 League.Reports in the Toronto Sun indicated that in order to stage the Global T20 Canada at the CAA Centre, “turf was transported from Indianapolis for a new wicket and a plush new field laid out in less than three months at a cost of US$3M, and according to Gurmeet Singh, owner and CEO of Bombay Sports Club of the GT20 League, these annual costs could be utilised in other areas if a stadium is built as soon as possible”.Persaud was understandably elated over the news, and according to a post in his Facebook page, he pointed out that “Brampton roars again as another milestone is being committed. That was one of the promises made by our Mayor Patrick Brown. Cricket is again on the horizon following in the tracks of a very successful GT20.”Persaud descried the decision as “fantastic news and a great development for the sport of cricket in the City of Brampton. He pointed out that “GT20 clearly defines the need for a state-of-the-art cricket facility in our country, as all other mainstream sports have one and despite the fact that cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Canada, it does not (have one).”Persaud posited that “it is more deserving in the city that has the largest cricket league in Canada and aptly defines it as being the fastest growing sport in our city, where the demand far exceeds the current facilities”.Persaud further acknowledged that there’s a huge demand for cricket facilities in Brampton and every other city across Ontario and Canada.Persaud has served the sport of cricket, both as a player and an administrator for the past 45 years and continues to do so at various levels. “I have contributed to its growth, development and visibility in the two Canadian provinces: Montreal Quebec, Canada for almost 10 years and the Province of Ontario, Canada – mainly in the Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto, Etobicoke and other cities and districts for the last 35 plus years and counting.”last_img read more

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Student protests voice anger with Trump victory

first_imgProtests have erupted on campus and in the greater Los Angeles community in the wake of Tuesday night’s election results, which propelled Donald Trump to the presidency.Early on Wednesday morning just after the results were announced, nearly 150 USC students held a spontaneous protest near Tommy Trojan. One student called for students to oppose an oppressive system that discriminates against minorities.“We’re not against white people – we’re against white supremacy, the white supremacists and patriarchy,” one student said. “We’re going to have to wake up and take back our country for the people, not for these political parties, not for Democrats and Republicans, to free people from oppression.”On Wednesday night, hundreds of people circled around the Los Angeles City Hall, going on the freeway, waving anti-trump posters and chanting “F-ck Donald Trump,” drowning out car honks. The event organized by individuals from the Answer Coalition was aimed at protesting Donald Trump’s presidential win.After circling the City Hall building, the crowd, composed mostly of students and young adults, stopped in front of it and began chanting slogans such as, “Hey hey ho ho Donald trump has got to go,” “Not my president” and “No KKK, No fascist USA, No Trump.” Posters contained messages such as “Stand with immigrants, black lives, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and low-wage workers.”One protester sported a Guy Fawkes mask, while others brandished pig masks and even Trump’s decapitated head on a stick. A few people climbed on top of the traffic pole, waving the Mexican and American flags, almost lighting the latter on fire before someone else in the crowd stopped them, saying that the protest was about love and not hate.A megaphone was passed around, giving people a chance to voice how they felt.“I’m the child of immigrants, and I got pregnant at 16, and I was lucky enough to get an abortion, and I didn’t have anyone challenge my rights,” said one young woman present at the event. “But I still had [people] follow me to my mother’s car and scream in my face when I was having the worst day of my life. I have never ever regretted that decision. [Support] reproductive rights!”Several USC students attended the rally as well, including senior Beatrix Lu.“I think it’s really important to show that Trump is not a president for all the people like he said he would be,” Lu said. “Even though a democratic transition is the hallmark of our democracy, that’s why we’re here protesting, as is our right, as opposed to violently being in the streets. We are here to show him that love does trump hate,” Lu said.According to Lu, the goal of the protest was to show that people Trump has insulted throughout the campaign would not allow his win to silence them.“The problem with Trump is that no one knows what his policies actually are, because he is a demagogue and he tended to flip-flop on everything, but we reject that our lives do not matter to him, as women, as queers and as people of color,” Lu said.Junior Michelle Montepiedra, who majors in international relations, also voiced her opposition to Trump’s presidency.“I and a lot of students have more knowledge than Donald Trump, and I don’t think that’s right, where we’re college students and we know more than our president,” Montepiedra said. “I hope I can make my voice heard and amplify the other voices here.”last_img read more

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Smith: Baseball needing Braun’s innocence

first_imgAs most baseball fans have undoubtedly heard by now, Milwaukee Brewers superstar and former-MVP Ryan Braun is being linked to performance-enhancing drugs for the second time in his six-year career.Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday night that Braun’s name appeared on the records of a clinic – Biogenesis of America LLC – with a long history of connections between athletes and PEDs.Braun is the latest of several high profile baseball players to appear on the clinic’s records. Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz headlined similar allegations last week.This development comes little more than a year after Braun allegedly tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the 2011 MLB playoffs. Braun proceeded to appeal the test and became the first player to ever win an appeal regarding a failed drug test, citing procedural flaws with his urine samples.As a fan, my initial reactions to Tuesday’s report were shock, disbelief and anger. I felt like a complete fool who had been duped after buying into Braun’s pleas for innocence in December 2011.After the haze of shock began to subside, I decided to give Braun the benefit of the doubt one more time and began to look deeper into the story, searching for any glimmer of hope leading me to believe he could somehow be innocent.Further investigation provided what I was looking for. According to the report, Braun’s name did appear in the clinic’s records, but his name was not affiliated with any PEDs unlike other players in the document.Turns out Braun was on the clinic’s records because he owed them money for consulting with Anthony Bosch, the founder of the clinic, during his appeal in 2011-2012.The Yahoo! Sports article reported that Braun met with Bosch to talk about his urine samples and the amount of testosterone that was present in them. After meeting with Bosch, Braun and his agent were so dissatisfied with his attempt at assistance that they refused to reimburse Bosch for his time.This evidence was just enough to keep my belief that Braun is clean as a whistle, and this is just all a big conspiracy to tarnish the left fielder’s reputation.I know, I might be taking the role of homer. If Braun played for any team other than the Brewers, I would most likely chalk him up as just another cheater and disregard anything he does for the rest of his major league career.But, before you condemn Braun to a death sentence similar to that of Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa, give me one chance to tell you why it is absolutely essential for baseball fans and the game itself to give Braun the chance to prove he is innocent before putting an asterisk on an otherwise stellar career.With the overpopulation of proven steroid users over the last couple of decades or so in MLB – Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera come to mind – baseball fans need superstar players who are not linked to steroids.Fans are already becoming cynics after time and time again they are embarrassed when they find out their favorite player cheated.It is getting to the point where supporters will no longer look at the game with the same awe and innocence that once existed in the fan experience.Nowadays, a baseball enthusiast will look at a player’s stats, see he is hitting over .300 and has 30 homeruns and immediately have at least the smallest inclination the player is on something.If Braun is proven to be guilty of using PEDs, professional baseball will suffer another catastrophic blow to its already tarnished reputation. I for one will never be able to love the game again the way I do now if Braun is guilty of using steroids.If he is ever proven innocent of his alleged use of PEDs, I believe it will provide a monumental boost to the MLB’s efforts to rid the connotations of steroids that riddle the perception of the game in each and every stadium.I am not saying within the outcome of Braun’s connection with PEDs lies the fate of Major League Baseball. But I am saying if Braun gets added to the list of proven steroid users, baseball will be on the fast track to never being taken seriously again.So I urge you, all fans of baseball and all that is good, to bear with Ryan Braun and give him a chance to show he is not just another perpetrator of one of baseball’s most heinous crimes because if the MVP can prove his innocence once and for all, it will be a triumph that could feasibly catapult baseball out of the depths of the steroid era and into a new time where an athlete’s performance is based off what comes from his body, not what he pumps into it.Spencer is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think of Ryan Braun and baseball in the steroids era? Let him know with an email to ssmith@badgerherald.com or tweet @sj_smith23.last_img read more

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Vikings LB Cam Smith to miss season due to heart condition

first_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 11th August, 2020 07:13 ISTcenter_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US Minnesota Vikings second-year linebacker Cameron Smith will miss the 2020 season because of a heart condition that was discovered after he tested positive for COVID-19 upon reporting to training camp two weeks ago.The Vikings made the procedural move on Monday of waiving Smith with a non-football injury designation. Upon clearing waivers, he’ll revert to the reserve list for non-football injuries. Smith, who played mostly on special teams as a rookie, was a fifth-round draft pick out of USC in 2019.Smith announced on his Instagram account on Saturday that he needs open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve he was born with.“It is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer,” Smith said. “The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!”He said the procedure won’t be career ending.“By no means am I ready to be done playing football,” Smith posted. “There is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field.” Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 07:13 IST Vikings LB Cam Smith To Miss Season Due To Heart Condition Minnesota Vikings second-year linebacker Cameron Smith will miss the 2020 season because of a heart condition that was discovered after he tested positive for COVID-19 upon reporting to training camp two weeks ago.last_img read more

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Haley wins at Daytona after teammates crash on final lap

first_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Justin Haley won the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night after his teammates wrecked on the final lap.AJ Allmendinger was leading when Kaulig Racing teammate Ross Chastain tried to make a move on the inside. Chastain made contact with Allmendinger, turning him sideways and collecting both. Austin Cindric also was involved.Haley slipped through and took the checkered flag.“I hope we get some good ratings on that one,” Chastain said. “It’s terrible to run into your teammate like that. It must be my fault.”No doubt, and Chastain quickly realized that while watching a replay.“I hate it, man,” said Chastain, who is trying to get a full-time ride in the premier Cup Series. “It’s not going to help me moving forward. Coming to the checkered, what am I supposed to do? Finish second?”It was Haley’s second win of the season, both at superspeedways. He also picked up a victory in the Cup Series at Daytona last year, claiming a rain-shortened event.The Kaulig cars looked like the ones to beat over the final two stages. The only question was which one would end up in victory lane.It looked to be Allmendinger or Chastain over the final 20 laps, with Chastain fending off every challenge from Cindric and Chase Briscoe — the series’ top two cars all season.In the end, it was Haley — another shocker for him.Image credits: AP center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 07:52 IST Haley Wins At Daytona After Teammates Crash On Final Lap Justin Haley won the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night after his teammates wrecked on the final lap First Published: 29th August, 2020 07:52 ISTlast_img read more

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