first_imgTopics : Denmark will not raise a limit on public gatherings, originally planned for this month, after seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections, the Danish health ministry said late on Thursday.As part of the Denmark’s gradual reopening following a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government had planned to raise the limit on public gatherings to 200 people on August 8, up from the current limit of 100 people.”It is crucial that we maintain the good position Denmark is in, where we have the epidemic under control,” health minister Magnus Heunicke said. The Nordic country’s authority on infectious diseases, Statens Serum Institut, would not recommend lifting the limit, the ministry said, as any easing of public gatherings would increase infection risk.On Tuesday, Denmark’s state epidemiologist had advised against going through with the planned fourth reopening phase, which includes allowing music venues and night clubs to reopen, due to the current infection pressure.In a response, health minister Heunicke said the government would not propose any moves, which were not responsible from a healthcare perspective.”If that is the authorities’ recommendation, then we will not do it,” Heunicke told public broadcaster DR on Tuesday.The government and parliament are due to discuss the fourth phase of reopening on Aug. 12.Denmark, which has had daily increases in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, was one of the first countries in Europe to gradually lift lockdown restrictions in April after seeing infection rates decline steadily.last_img read more

Wood has been awarded a new contract by Woodside to support the execution of concept definition for the proposed Scarborough upstream development, offshore Western Australia.Concept definition level engineering associated with the floating production unit, subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines, flow assurance and overall system integration of the upstream development, will be delivered by Wood’s specialist field development studies team in Houston, US and Perth, Australia.Wood has also supported Woodside’s Greater Western Flank (GWF-2) project on Australia’s North West Shelf from concept development to execution, providing detailed design, procurement activities and engineering support for the subsea pipeline during fabrication and construction.Earlier this year, the company awarded Wood three contracts to perform subsea and flow assurance concept studies supporting the proposed SNE field development in the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep Offshore blocks located offshore Senegal. read more

first_imgThe burns casualty ward of a hospital where a 23-year-old rape victim, who was set ablaze by a gang of men, including the alleged rapist, is being treated, is pictured in New Delhi, India, Dec. 6. REUTERS She died of cardiac arrest, ANIreported. The woman had filed a complaint withUnnao police in March alleging that she had been raped at gun-point on December12, 2018, police documents showed. The woman was on her way to board atrain in Unnao district of northern Uttar Pradesh state to attend a courthearing when she was doused with kerosene and set on fire on Thursday,according to the police.center_img Having beensubsequently jailed, the alleged rapist was released last week after securingbail, police officer S.K. Bhagat said in Lucknow.(Reuters) NEW DELHI – A 23-year-old rape victimdied in a hospital in the Indian capital two days after she was set on fire bya gang of men, including her alleged rapist, Reuters partner ANI reported onSaturday.last_img read more

first_imgI thoroughly enjoyed the recent Winter Olympic Games.  I am still amazed at what some people will endure in the name of a sport that affords them the chance of winning an Olympic medal.  Sliding down an ice covered track at 80 mph on a glorified hubcap (luge) is one of those events.  I watch it and think “Are they crazy?”  Then there are the snowboarders who jump into a giant bathtub called a half-pipe and flip every way imaginable before landing at the bottom of the icy surface.  As you might have noticed, if they were slightly off in their landing, they will hit the edge of the half-pipe structure and land on their heads.  They MUST be crazy!The typical winter events like ski jumping and the downhill events are really just as dangerous, but the beauty and grace of the athletes involved make them appear much easier.  They really are not, but the athletic ability of an Olympic athlete makes them appear to be as easy as a leisurely stroll down the mountain.  The fact that a 35-year old Olympian is considered “old” makes you realize just how demanding these events are.I haven’t even mentioned hockey.  People go to hockey matches hoping a fight will break out.  When you think how fast the skaters are going and how they can be legally blindsided by a defenseman, this event also qualifies for “crazy” as well.  The hockey purist will disagree with me.  Oh, well, that’s just my thought.last_img read more

first_imgVictorya Truemner raced to rookie of the year honors in the Dirt Works Eastern Region for IMCA Modifieds this season. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motor­sports Photography)IMLAY CITY, Mich. – A fourth generation driver looking to make a name for herself in the racing world earned rookie of the year honors this season in IMCA’s Dirt Works Eastern Region for Modi­fieds.Sixteen-year-old Victorya Truemner of Imlay City was a weekly regular at both Tri-City Motor Speed­way and Silver Bullet Speedway and had four outings at a third Michigan speed plant, Crys­tal Motor Speedway, as well.The Imlay City High School junior posted five top five finishes in 30 starts before wrapping up the season with a 10th place showing at Crystal’s Great Lakes Nationals.“This is something I would like to do for a living. I like the division and I like the sportsmanship of everyone I raced with,’ said Truemner, citing late-season help from her competition in getting a motor replaced so she could get back on track.“I was very satisfied with the way I ended the season. My goal was to make Great Lakes Nation­als my first year racing it and I definitely reached that,” she continued. “Taking the green flag was wild. It was definitely one of the best things I’ve done in my racing career.”That career began in go-karts. Truemner moved up to a local street stock class and won numer­ous features, as well as the 2016 track title at Silver Bullet.“I’m already looking forward to next year,” said Truemner, who will wheel a newer Dirt Works ride in her sophomore season.Truemner became the second female driver to win IMCA Modified regional rookie of the year hon­ors while Mitchell Hunt was also 16 when he topped rookie points in the Eastern Region in 2015.Wins-0                    Top Five Finishes-5              Starts-30HER CREW: Father Gary, stepmother Kathy, mother Susan and grandfather Dana Truemner.HER SPONSORS: Truebuilt of Imlay City; CU Tech of Cass City; Woodyzzz Motel of Caro; Fricke Asphalt of Grand Rapids; Skalnek Ford of Lake Orion; and A & A Manufacturing of Spring Lake.last_img read more

first_img Rodgers said: “In the time I’ve been here we’ve never lost two (league) games on the spin and that’s really down to the positivity of the players and how they can bounce back and recover after a defeat. “It’s that type of league; if you lose a game, you can drop a few places. If you win a couple of games on the spin, it will keep you up there. “Our idea was to get through to the midway point being in and around the top positions, which we have been until now. “The league has shown this year, as much as any other time at this level, that it’s very unpredictable and the scoreline (at Hull) probably suggested that. ”But you can’t dwell on it. You’ve got to refocus and reset and go again and that’s what we will look to do.” Steven Gerrard is pleased to be fulfilling his role as Liverpool’s creative force. The captain scored his third Barclays Premier League goal of the season in Sunday’s defeat by Hull but has been central to many more goals, especially from set-pieces. Gerrard told “If you play around good players, they make good movement and put themselves in good positions. Press Association “My job, and what the manager wants me to do from my position, is to try to create and be a playmaker in there. “Maybe I’m playing a little bit deeper this year but I can still get into areas where I can hurt the opposition. That’s what I’m trying to do. “We do work on set-pieces. It’s a part of my game that I’ve tried to work on all my career – to put good deliveries into the box. “I’ve been putting the ball in really good, inviting areas and the forward players and defenders have been finishing them off. “The statistics in football, when it comes down to set-pieces, are huge and can be the difference between winning big football matches and where you finish at the end of the season. “It’s important that we keep scoring from set-pieces, but also that we tighten up and become more aggressive and ruthless when we’re defending our own goal.” The surprise 3-1 defeat at Hull dropped Liverpool to fourth in the table but manager Brendan Rodgers does not think it has adversely affected their overall position. Liverpool have an ideal chance to bounce back with successive home matches against Norwich on Wednesday and West Ham on Saturday, games they are expected to win. last_img read more

first_imgSunderland head coach Dick Advocaat does not care what relegation rivals Newcastle, Leicester and Hull do as the quartet attempt to dig themselves out of trouble. Sunderland ended a run of six successive league defeats at Goodison Park last season when Ki Sung-yeung’s first-half penalty was enough to see off the 10-man Toffees, and tangible reward for their efforts this time around could prove crucial with the Dutchman having been forced to recalculate his points target despite collecting seven from his first five games at the helm. He said: “When I started, I said six, seven points must be enough. But I think we need three, four more. But that’s possible.” Advocaat will be without skipper John O’Shea on Merseyside as the former Manchester United man, who had not missed a single minute of the campaign until injury intervened during the win over the Saints, sits out with a rib problem, while £10million signing Jack Rodwell has succumbed to a hamstring strain. But striker Steven Fletcher is back in contention following his ankle injury, and defender Wes Brown makes a timely return to the squad for the first time since damaging a knee back in March. O’Shea, who will travel with the squad as he attempts to recover in time for next weekend, will be a miss, but Advocaat is confident the gap he leaves can be plugged. He said: “We can’t take any risks with John O’Shea because we still have important games to come. He was not 100 per cent fit, so we can’t take any risk with that. “The good thing is that Wes played on Monday a half-game with the second team and trained this week, so he looks good.” The current Barclays Premier League table suggests those three clubs will be battling over the remaining weeks of the season to avoid being the team which joins Burnley and QPR – who are in even greater danger – in next season’s Sky Bet Championship. The Black Cats are currently in the bottom three, but just a point behind Hull and Leicester – who visit the Stadium of Light next weekend – and two shy of the Magpies. But Advocaat, whose side have a game in hand on the others – albeit away at Arsenal ahead of a final day trip to Chelsea – has challenged his players to keep their fate in their own hands as they head for Everton on Saturday. The 67-year-old said: “I don’t care at all. I only care about our club. I don’t care about Newcastle or Hull or whatever. “We have to do it by ourselves and not look too much to other teams. We have to do it on the pitch and show them what we want. “That’s the most important thing – but everybody is counting only the first two games. They are important, but we still have two games to play against Arsenal and Chelsea as well. “Everybody is counting those already as nothing, and I don’t see why.” There were anxious eyes cast towards television screens on Wearside, Tyneside and in the east midlands on Monday night as Hull hosted Arsenal and lost 3-1, but it proved of only passing interest to Advocaat. He said: “I take an interest, of course, but we have to do it by ourselves. I’d be lying if I said I was not happy with the result on Monday so in that way, it was good for us. “But we also still have some very important games at the end, so let’s wait and see. Tomorrow’s is the most important game now against Everton.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgDolphins, Immigration winGroup B leaders, First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos monday walloped Taraba Hurricanes 104-17 in one of the matches of the second phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League in Asaba, Delta State.Also yesterday, defending champions, Dolphins of Lagos defeated AHIP 77-54 to make their passage to the Final Eight a done deal.In some of the other games played, Immigration defeated Oluyole Babes 38-36 in a low scoring game that could have gone either way. Both teams were lethargic and struggled to see the game through, while FCT Angels beat Nasarawa Amazons 38-28 to record another victory in this second phase.However, First Bank who are yet to lose a game since the first phase in Abuja, were at their best yesterday dominating their opponent throughout the games.The Elephant Girls (First Bank) showed better understanding of the game and took apart the hapless ladies from Taraba, who may not have a part to play in the final round of the league, which comes up in Lagos.The FIBA Zone Three champions are benefitting from arriving in Asaba two weeks before the jump-ball and have dished out many eye-catching performances, which have left the fans asking for more. The inclusion of home-girl, Nkechi Akashili in the First Bank team has also drawn support to the team.First Bank’s coach Peter Ahmedu while assessing his team’s performance to date attributed their good run to hardwork put in by the coaching crew and the players.He added that they are also reaping the benefits of arriving in Asaba early for the second phase.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAt the SpeakSC forum Tuesday night in Ronald Tutor Campus Center, USC students voiced opinions about the search for the next new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and their vision for USC’s future. Vice Provost of Student Affairs Dr. Ainsely Carry, who presided over the meeting, said that student involvement is “critical” in selecting the next Provost.Looking ahead · Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry led Tuesday night’s SpeakSC forum to discuss the search for a new provost. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe provost is the second-ranking USC administrator under the president. The position oversees student affairs, research, libraries and health care. Eighteen schools report directly to the provost.Previously, the provost was chosen by the board of trustees or the president. This is the first time the student body has been included in the search process.“I’m really here to listen to you tonight,” Carry said.The forum opened with a question: “Five years from now, if we picked ‘the right’ provost, what would you want them to have accomplished?”Paige Brenner, co-director of USG’s Undergraduate Student Government’s Wellness Affairs, said she wants a provost who continues to support the initiatives of student government“We’re in positions for only one year, its easy to get into a mindset that you can’t get anything done,” Brenner said. “I’d like the provost to be an advocate for long-term as well as immediate action.”Carry responded, saying that the administration is making an effort to respond to students’ concerns in a timely manner.“We try to work as fast as we can on many initiatives, but some of them take time to get done,” Carry said. “The things we can move on immediately, we will.”Several students mentioned feeling “powerless” in implementing policies on campus, since important decisions are made without student involvement. Carry disagreed, saying this was a perception issue.“Students are very empowered here, though they’re not always aware of it,” Carry said.Carry cited several initiatives over the past year, such as gender neutral housing, sexual misconduct policies and extension of the add/drop date for fall 2015 as proof of effective collaboration between the administration and the student body.USG Vice President Rini Sampath suggested that increased communication between the new provost and students would help resolve feelings of disempowerment.“It would be great to see the provost being visible,” Sampath said.Others students expressed concern about how the appointment of the new provost will affect life on campus. Eric Miller, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said that though USC strives to improve academically, the new provost should also be cognizant of USC’s historic culture and school spirit.“There’s been a change to focusing just on academics … [but] Getting students excited about what’s going on outside the classroom is important,” Miller said.USG President Andrew Menard cautioned that in planning for USC’s future, the new provost should focus on students actually attending USC. Though many improvements are planned for the future, Menard stressed that current students also have pressing needs.“The dialogue should be less about prospective students and more about students right here right now,” Menard said.With respecting the needs of its current student body, Kaylee Ho, executive director for Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, said that she would like to see more emphasis on diversity and ethnic studies. Ho claimed that while USC’s high percentage of international students is used as a selling point for the university, this diversity is undervalued in practice.“We say we have a diverse campus, but students and faculty don’t always feel like they’re in an inclusive environment,” Ho said.Carry encouraged other organizations and student groups to reach out to him, and emphasized that the meeting was only the first stage of a continuing dialogue. In involving students in the decision-making process, USC administrators hope to create a model that other universities will follow.“What we’re doing is really cutting edge,” Carry said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Victory Bell rang loud and often on Saturday night, as USC lost its third straight game to the crosstown rival UCLA Bruins and ended its Pac-12 title aspirations this season.Losing control · Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler and the Trojans fell to UCLA for the third straight time on Saturday night. Kessler went 22-of-34 for 214 yards and one touchdown in a losing effort. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) sacked redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler six times en route to their 38-20 win over the Trojans (7-4, 6-3) at the Rose Bowl. USC’s young offensive linemen appeared completely incapable of protecting Kessler, who finished the game with 214 yards and one touchdown and one interception.“It’s hard to get through progressions when guys are in the backfield,” Kessler said. “I tried to make some plays on the run and make some stuff happen, but they did a good job all around.”While Kessler and the Trojans struggled with execution, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns and became UCLA’s all-time leader in total offense.Hundley made one early mistake but ran the offense efficiently from there on out. On UCLA’s second offensive play of the game, Hundley forced a pass into tight coverage, and USC redshirt junior linebacker Anthony Sarao picked it off and ran in back for a 17-yard touchdown to give USC its only lead of the game.After stalling on the ensuing drive, UCLA punted to junior wideout Agholor, who fumbled the ball and allowed the Bruins to take over on the 8-yard line. UCLA made good on its nation’s-best 97.4 percent conversion rate in the red zone, and evened the score at 7-7. Agholor’s mistake shifted the momentum back toward the Bruins, and they never looked back.Agholor, who was recently named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, severely disappointed after posting two straight games with more than 200 receiving yards. The Tampa, Florida, native dropped one potential touchdown and finished the game with just 24 yards on three catches.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian noted that the offense couldn’t execute when Kessler forced it to Agholor.“Sometimes when you throw the ball so much to one guy — not necessarily out of design, but that’s what happened the last couple weeks — you can potentially fall into a little trap of, ‘That’s where it should always go,’” Sarkisian said. “We’ve got other really good players. We’re at our best when the ball is getting deployed to a variety of people.”The Trojans went into halftime down 24-14 following a touchdown reception by sophomore tailback Justin Davis and three Hundley touchdowns to Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington, but the floodgates opened as soon as the second half began. The Bruins drove 84 yards down the field, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Paul Perkins, who surpassed USC redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen for the most rushing yards in the Pac-12.Allen, who averaged 118.4 yards per game coming into the matchup, finished with just 60 yards behind the shaky offensive line.Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Zach Banner, who started at right tackle, felt his individual effort could have changed the course of the game.“I feel like I let my team down,” Banner said. “But, like Coach [Sarkisian] said, people make mistakes. Everybody’s gonna have mistakes. I just expect myself to be perfect.”The Trojans were far from perfect, though, converting just eight of 17 attempts on third down. UCLA wasn’t much better on third down, going just nine-for-16, but still looked dominant on both sides of the ball. Hundley, who has been hailed for his dual-threat capabilities, scampered into the end zone midway through the third quarter to give UCLA its biggest lead of the game, at 38-14.Despite being down by 24, Sarkisian said his team never let up.“I will say this: I am proud of our guys — their effort, their willingness to compete late in the game and battle,” Sarkisian said. “They came right together as a team, which is a hard thing to do through disappointment, through adversity, but again, I’ve been praising these guys for that all along.”The Trojans demonstrated their resolve late in the game by stringing together their longest drive: a 15-play, 91-yard sequence that resulted in an Allen rushing touchdown. But it was a thankless score, as a failed two-point conversion made it an 18-point game.Though it was a crushing defeat for the Trojans, Sarkisian insists the team will bounce back for its final home game of the season.“We’re not dead,” Sarkisian said. “We lost a football game.”last_img read more