Italy records fewest new virus cases since February

first_imgItaly posted a series of encouraging figures in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, including the smallest daily number of new cases since February 26, the Civil Protection Agency said in a statement. The official tally of new cases increased by 178 in 24 hours, bringing the total to 233,197. The daily number of new cases was 516 Friday, 416 Saturday and 355 Sunday.  Topics : The number of deaths in the past 24 hours was also low compared to the recent average with 60 victims recorded throughout Italy for a total of 33,475 deaths, while the number of people in intensive care, 424, continues to fall. Lombardy in the north remains the most affected region, with 16,131 deaths and 89,018 cases, but it recorded only 50 new cases on Monday from a population of around 10 million. Monday’s figures make encouraging reading as they come two days before the planned reopening on Wednesday of internal boundaries as well as borders with European Union countries and the Schengen area. Italy has been easing its lockdown gradually since the beginning of May, eager to get the economy back up off its knees.last_img read more

Kaymer locked in tense battle

first_img Kaymer held a two-shot advantage overnight thanks his course record-equalling 63 on Thursday and was five clear of the field when he added a 69 on Friday for a halfway total of 132, 12 under par. But that lead was cut to a single shot by rising star Jordan Spieth, the American the only player in the field without a single bogey in the first 36 holes. Press Association The 20-year-old added a flawless 66 to his opening 67 as he looks to win golf’s so-called ‘fifth major’ just a month after almost becoming the youngest Masters champion in history. Spieth only turned professional in December 2012 and was a 19-year-old special temporary member on the PGA Tour when he won the John Deere Classic last July, the youngest winner on Tour since 1931. But he held a two-shot lead after seven holes of the final round at Augusta before finishing joint second behind Bubba Watson. Kaymer had birdied his last four holes in the opening round and was soon making further progress when he holed from 25 feet on the third, but dropped his first shot of the week on the seventh after driving into a fairway bunker. A birdie on the ninth took the 29-year-old out in 35 and three more birdies and one bogey on the back nine meant Kaymer – who secured the point to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup in 2012 – set a testing target for the later starters. Kaymer, who won the US PGA Championship in August 2010 and became world number one the following February for eight weeks, said: “It was very difficult today. “It was a little tougher especially when you shoot such a low score, your expectations are very high and you need to find a way to lower those expectations and see it as a new day, so 69 was a very good score today. The pins were in some corners and it was more windy, so I am very pleased. “I didn’t hit as many fairways as yesterday, but I managed my way quite nicely around the golf course, had a couple of nice up and downs and two longer putts went in. I think I kept it really well together and kept myself in the tournament. “It’s a great start, but we are only halfway.” Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer has a battle on his hands to claim a £1million payday in the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Kaymer’s last win in a full-field event came in 2011 but the German has been moving in the right direction this season and added: “I’ve had a lot of good finishes. “I was very happy the way I played golf the last four or five weeks, so the next step is just putting yourself in contention, hopefully win. If not, it’s okay, but as long as you put yourself in contention for the next few weeks, especially now we’re coming up to the US Open and British Open. “It would be nice to gain even more confidence and if you sneak in a win here and there it would be nice. If not, it’s still good golf and good performances.” Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia were all six shots off the lead after adding rounds of 71 to their opening 67s, with England’s Brian Davis a shot behind after a 67. Adam Scott endured a long wait before discovering his latest bid to become world number one remained alive, the Australian rebounding from his opening 77 – which featured double bogeys on the 17th and 18th – to return a 67 with three birdies in his last four holes. Scott, who could have overtaken the absent defending champion Tiger Woods by simply staying at home, needed at least a top-16 finish and eventually discovered his level-par total made the weekend right on the mark. “I don’t think I played that much better than yesterday to be honest,” said Scott, who revealed he married his long-term girlfriend Marie Kojzar in a small ceremony at his home in the Bahamas last month. “Hopefully it will be good enough to play the next few days. If not it will be disappointing.” Rory McIlroy also made the cut on level par, the 25-year-old recovering from a front nine of 42 with birdies on the 12th, 13th, 16th and 18th in his 74. Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar were also able to overhaul Woods depending on their results, with Stenson needing a top-six finish, Watson to finish alone in second and Kuchar requiring a victory. European number one Stenson and two-time Masters champion Watson were three under, with Kuchar two under after a second consecutive 71. last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Asisat Oshoala’s goal helps Nigeria defeat South Korea

first_imgNigeria boosted its hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over South Korea.An own goal from Kim Do-yeon, given after a VAR check, and Asisat Oshoala’s strike in Grenoble got the Super Falcons off the mark in the tournament. Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s record-setting win over Thailand Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings They now face host France in their final game in Group A, while South Korea, who remains without a point but still has an outside chance of qualification, faces Norway.Both sides entered the game in search of a response to defeats in their opening group games. Related Newscenter_img It was South Korea, beaten 4-0 by France in the tournament’s curtain-raiser, who started the more purposefully with Lee Geum-min testing Nigeria goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie with a curling effort before Lee Mi-na drove narrowly wide.#NGA GOAL! #NGA #KOR  An own-goal from Kim Doyeon gives @NGSuper_Falcons the lead! #NGAKOR | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/3WZlvlQ8Uw— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 12, 2019However, its opponents took control against the run of play courtesy of a defensive error when Kim inadvertently volleyed beyond her onrushing goalkeeper and into her own goal. Referee Anastasia Pustovoytova eventually gave the goal after a lengthy VAR check to determine whether Nigeria forward Desire Oparanozie had handled the ball before it crossed the line.Oparanozie headed narrowly over in the 50th minute, while South Korea were denied a goal for offside nine minutes later.Nnadozie could count herself fortunate when she palmed a cross straight to Lee, who converted only for the offside flag to go up.Barcelona’s Oshoala sealed the victory with 15 minutes left when she latched onto Chidinma Okeke’s excellent pass to squeeze home from a tight angle.  Key Opta facts- Nigeria has become the first African side in Women’s World Cup history to win its second group game at the tournament, with 12 of the previous 13 such matches ending in defeat for sides from Africa (D1).- Asisat Oshoala (2015 and 2019) has become just the second Nigerian to score in two different Women’s World Cup tournaments after Rita Nwadike (1995 and 1999).- At 18 years and 186 days, Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnadozie has become the youngest ever goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a Women’s World Cup game.last_img read more

Reports claim that BAA is ready to resurrect its b

first_imgReports claim that BAA is ready to resurrect its bid to introduce compulsory fingerprinting at Heathrow‘s new Terminal 5 – and across all of the airports it operates.The group was forced to retract its plans to introduce the security system at T5 when it opened last week, due to concerns raised by the Information Commissioner’s Office over a potential breach to the Data Protection Act.According to the Daily Mail, BAA has nonetheless reaffirmed its intentions, planning to see off legal concerns and introduce the pioneering system not only at Heathrow but also at Gatwick, Stansted and all other BAA-operated hubs.A BAA spokesman was quoted by the Daily Mail as claiming: “Fingerprinting is not being introduced in isolation at Heathrow. Biometrics is a BAA-wide project. Anything we do at Heathrow is planned to be BAA-wide.”Airport fingerprinting would be a first in the UK, but is already a compulsory measure for non-citizen visitors to the United States and Japan.Introduced post September 11th, the American fingerprinting system is now being ramped up, with new equipment currently being trialled at New York’s JFK International Airport, requiring non-citizens to give four fingers and thumb print from each hand before storing them digitally.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPassengers flock to Heathrow for long-haul flightsPassengers flock to Heathrow for long-haul flightsBMI: CAA must intervene against Heathrow hikeBMI has appealed for a ruling against BAA, complaining that smaller aircraft would be penalised by new landing charges.BAA-owned airports need ‘better regulation’The “regulatory system” rather than airport ownership is the most pressing concern with airports in the BAA grouplast_img read more