49 passengers on India-Hong Kong flight test positive for Covid-19

At least 49 passengers on a flight from New Delhi to Hong Kong have tested positive for Covid-19, authorities said on Tuesday, as a two-week ban on all flights from India, as well as Pakistan and the Philippines took effect. All of the passengers who tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight run by Indian operator Vistara on April 4. The positive tests are significant as Hong Kong has been recording fewer daily cases than the total detected on the flight since it brought a fourth wave under control in January. India meanwhile is battling skyrocketing infections, with … Continue reading 49 passengers on India-Hong Kong flight test positive for Covid-19

US slams Russian plan to block Black Sea amid escalating tension

The US State Department has branded as an “unprovoked escalation” reported Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea, which could ultimately impact access to Ukrainian ports amid heightened tensions over Moscow’s military manoeuvres. The US and its European allies have expressed concerns regarding Russia’s military build-up in recent weeks and fear Moscow might be planning to invade Ukraine. Russia, which backs separatists in eastern Ukraine, annexed Crimea in 2014. Russian state media have reported that Moscow intends to close parts of the Black Sea to foreign military and official ships for six months, which could affect access to … Continue reading US slams Russian plan to block Black Sea amid escalating tension

Lego’s billionaire owners look for investments to reduce plastic

The billionaire owners of Lego are set to shift more of their wealth into ventures that figure out how to reduce surplus plastic in environmentally friendly ways. Kirkbi, which oversees about $20 billion in assets on behalf of the family behind toymaker Lego, is looking for at least one new plastic project to invest in this year. That’s after first testing the market in 2020 with its purchase of a stake in Quantafuel AS, a Norwegian company that transforms old plastic into energy. In an interview, Chief Investment Officer Thomas Lau Schleicher singled out plastic waste as a key focus … Continue reading Lego’s billionaire owners look for investments to reduce plastic

Blocked by YouTube over ‘curing’ gays, Nigerian pastor speaks up

A popular Nigerian evangelical preacher, TB Joshua, has called on his followers to “pray for YouTube” after the platform blocked his channel over allegations of hate speech against LGBT people. The founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch in Lagos, is one of Africa’s most influential preachers with a large following on TV and social media. “I want you to help me pray for YouTube,” said Temitope Balogun Joshua, known as TB Joshua, in his Sunday service shared on Facebook.  Last week, YouTube closed the pastor’s channel with more than 1.8 million subscribers and 600 million … Continue reading Blocked by YouTube over ‘curing’ gays, Nigerian pastor speaks up

What?: New Zealand airport worker tests positive, one day after bubble opens

An Auckland airport worker has tested positive for Covid-19 a day after New Zealand opened a reciprocal travel bubble with Australia. The case appears to be unrelated to the travel bubble though, and flights with Australia have not been suspended. Thousands of passengers flew between the two nations on Monday for the first time in more than a year. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said the infected person had been cleaning planes from “high risk countries”. She told reporters that the worker had been fully vaccinated, adding that while the jab did not fully eliminate the risk of getting infected, … Continue reading What?: New Zealand airport worker tests positive, one day after bubble opens

Cuba has a new leader and it’s not a Castro

Miguel Díaz-Canel has been named first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), the most powerful role on the island. He will be the first person without the name Castro to run Cuba since the 1959 revolution. The move, announced Monday, was widely expected. It means the tall, silver-haired 60-year-old now holds Cuba’s two most important positions, head of the party and president of the state, and buries rumours that he was a placeman, subject to more powerful forces. “I never believed that rumour,” says former Cuban diplomat Carlos Alzugaray. “He was in charge, probably in direct consultation with Raul Castro. … Continue reading Cuba has a new leader and it’s not a Castro

Update: JPMorgan revealed as the brain behind disrupting football

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is bankrolling the biggest upheaval of European soccer since the 1950s in a 4 billion-euro ($4.8 billion) bet that has already drawn heavy criticism from fans, domestic leagues and politicians. The U.S. investment bank has agreed to underwrite an initial 3.5-billion-euro investment to help set up the Super League, a figure that will total 4 billion euros after additional payments and expenses, according to a person familiar with the matter. The investment, currently financed by JPMorgan, may be offered to investors at a later date, the person added, asking not to be identified as the discussions … Continue reading Update: JPMorgan revealed as the brain behind disrupting football

Update: Jose Mourinho responds to sacking

The Portuguese manager was dismissed by Spurs on Monday morning following their 2-2 draw with Everton on Friday evening. The stalemate at Goodison Park leaves Tottenham seventh in the Premier League, with only faint hopes of a top-four finish. Mourinho’s underwhelming 17-month spell in north London raises serious questions of whether he is still the world-beating coach he once was, as he departs without a trophy to his name. But the 58-year-old pointed out he is still the subject of as much interest as ever with a video posted on his Instagram account. “They don’t give me privacy,” said Mourinho as he filmed the … Continue reading Update: Jose Mourinho responds to sacking

Virus Without Borders: Body of Filipino fisherman with Covid -19 washed ashore in Vanuatu

A Pacific island country has banned outward travel from its main island for three days after a body washed ashore that later tested positive for Covid-19, Radio New Zealand has reported. The body of a Filipino fisherman was discovered April 11 on a Vanuatu beach a short drive from the main wharf of the capital, Port Vila, on Efate island, according to the report. That day, a United Kingdom-flagged tanker found one crew member was not aboard as it sailed out of Port Vila, New Zealand public broadcaster RNZ reported last week. Vanuatu port authorities told the tanker to return to port … Continue reading Virus Without Borders: Body of Filipino fisherman with Covid -19 washed ashore in Vanuatu

Venezuelan newspaper boss decries $13 million damages ruling

The president of a Venezuelan newspaper hit with a $13 million damages judgment, on Monday accused the state of “expropriation.”El Nacional newspaper once employed 1,100 people but is now down to a skelton staff of 100 working on an online edition The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) on Friday ordered El Nacional to pay Diosdado Cabello, the second most powerful person in Venezuela after president Nicolas Maduro $13.4 million as a punishment in a defamation case. In 2015, Cabello, second in command of the governing Socialist Party, took the newspaper to court for reproducing a report by Spanish newspaper ABC … Continue reading Venezuelan newspaper boss decries $13 million damages ruling

Law of Karma: Suspected poacher trampled to death by elephants in South Africa

A suspected poacher died after being trampled a breeding herd of elephants in South Africa’s Kruger National Park on Saturday, park officials said in a statement. Three suspects were fleeing from park rangers when they encountered the herd, one suspected poacher was arrested, while the third is still at large, the officials said. The group isn’t suspected of poaching elephants, but rhinos. “We are proud of the teamwork and dedication of our Rangers Corp, our aviators and the K9 unit. It is unfortunate that a life was unnecessarily lost,” Gareth Coleman, managing executive of the park, said in the statement. “Only … Continue reading Law of Karma: Suspected poacher trampled to death by elephants in South Africa