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first_imgTopics : Deaths in Iran from coronavirus have hit 43, the highest number outside China, and the total number of infected people has risen to 593, an Iranian health official said on Saturday.The country is at the epicenter of the outbreak in the region, with several countries in the Middle East reporting cases of the coronavirus stemming from Iran.”Unfortunately nine people died of the virus in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll to 43,” Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV, calling on people to stay at home. Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Friday warned of “a very difficult week” ahead in Iran, which only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19 and where the death rate among confirmed cases has been around 10%, compared to around 3% elsewhere.Tehran has ordered the shutting of schools until Tuesday and extended the closure of universities and a ban on concerts and sports events for a week. Authorities have also banned visits to hospitals and nursing homes.Several high-ranking officials, including a vice minister, the deputy health minister and five lawmakers, have tested positive for the virus as the outbreak forced Iran’s clerical rulers to close the parliament and impose internal travel bans.One lawmaker, elected in Iran’s Feb. 21 polls, has died of the coronavirus, Iranian media reported on Saturday.center_img The government spokesman will hold his weekly news conference online due to the outbreak, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.The foreign ministry advised Iranians to avoid trips to South Korea, which on Saturday reported its largest daily increase in the number of infections yet, with the total number rising by 813 to 3,150. The death toll stood at 17, up four from a day earlier.Saudi Arabia is now the only Gulf Arab state not to have reported any cases of the coronavirus, which has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,800, mostly in China.”This is an international problem and all nations should work together to overcome the coronavirus crisis,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Saturday by telephone, state TV reported.However, Iran has rejected as “ridiculous” a US offer to help with the outbreak.Tensions have been high between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when US President Donald Trump pulled out from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers and reimposed sanctions, which have battered the Islamic Republic’s economy.Iranian authorities said the US sanctions were hampering Tehran’s ability to get medical supplies from other countries, something which Washington has denied.last_img read more

first_imgAfrican Petroleum, an independent oil and gas company, is looking to enter the second renewal period at the Senegal Offshore Sud Profond (SOSP) production sharing contract (PSC). AP, which holds 90% interest in the SOSP, entered into the first renewal period for the PSC in December 2014 and this term is due to end on December 15, 2017.Further to ongoing discussions with the Senegalese authorities, the company said on Monday it has recently lodged an application to enter into the second renewal phase of the SOSP PSC.Concurrently with the application, the company has requested to exchange the outstanding well commitment in the current phase for a 3D seismic acquisition program, and to transfer this revised outstanding commitment to the second renewal phase.Should the Senegalese authorities agree to the company’s proposal then the second renewal phase will be for a term of 2.5 years with a work program commitment of acquiring, processing and interpreting 3D seismic and the drilling of one exploration well.“Although the SOSP PSC continues to generate industry interest, the uncertainty around the status of the PSC has proven to be an obstacle to securing a farm-in partner. It is for this reason that the company has decided to proceed with entry into the second renewal phase of the PSC prior to re-engaging with interested parties,” AP explained.To remind, AP recently allowed for its exclusivity agreement with an unnamed oil and gas company, covering the farm-out of the SOSP license in Senegal and the A1 and A4 licenses in The Gambia, to lapse due to an unresolved issue with its Gambian licenses. This exclusivity agreement was supposed to provide a framework for the incoming third party to secure a 70% operated interest in African Petroleum’s SOSP PSC in Senegal and the A1 and A4 licenses in The Gambia.AP is still working on a solution related to the Gambian licenses A1 and A4 and it has recently started preparing for arbitration proceedings in order to protect its 100% interest.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

first_imgTopaz Energy and Marine has recently signed a charter deal with an undisclosed offshore contractor for its newbuild subsea vessel, Topaz Tangaroa, The vessel will be utilized for work on renewable energy projects, primarily in support of offshore wind farms in the southern North Sea.The charter contract will take effect from February 2019 for a firm duration of seven months, with options to extend to late 2020.The Topaz Tangaroa, which was ordered in 2015 as part of an ongoing fleet renewal and reinvestment strategy by Topaz, is a sister vessel of Topaz Tiamat, both designed and built by, VARD Norway.Rene Kofod-Olsen, CEO of Topaz Energy and Marine, said:“Having recently signed the Topaz Tangaroa’s sister vessel – the Topaz Tiamat – on a long-term contract to Reach Subsea of Norway, it is particularly rewarding that both vessels are leaving the yard to go straight onto significant contracts with strong counterparties. The contracts reflect the trends we are seeing with both general subsea operators and offshore wind project owners becoming increasingly selective and demanding innovative, safer and more efficient vessels.“This significant contract is a testament to Topaz’s strategic, counter cyclical investment into a growing subsea segment and our ability to deliver the prerequisite technology and safety capabilities our clients increasingly require. This approach has enabled us to forge new long-term partnerships with two new partners, and to strengthen our position in serving clients in both the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors.”last_img read more

first_imgPGS and TGS have announced the Torngat 3D MultiClient project in Offshore East Canada.Torngat 3D will cover approximately 3,287 square kilometers and encompasses sections of the open acreage included in the Labrador South November 2021 bid round.PGS’ Ramform Titan will perform the acquisition, utilizing Geostreamer technology.The project is expected to begin in late July 2019. PGS will process the GeoStreamer data.The Torngat 3D survey sits within Labrador Sea’s southern sedimentary basins where frontier exploration has already successfully identified hydrocarbons, such as in the nearby Hopedale and Snorri discoveries.Torngat 3D will be the first 3D seismic survey to be acquired offshore Labrador.last_img read more

first_imgThe communist group has been known toinitiative atrocities during the celebration of the CPP’s anniversary, PoliceBrigadier General Bernard Banac said in a press conference. MANILA – The Philippine National Police(PNP) has directed all police units across the country to be on alert andvigilant as the founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines(CPP) draws near, the PNP spokesman said on Monday. “Itongmga ganitong petsa ay binabantayan din ng PNP at tayo ay may direktiba na sa lahat ng police units natin ang kanilang pagtataas ng alert level nang sa gayon ay ‘di malusutan o maaatakeang police stations,” he added. On Dec. 26, the communist group iscelebrating its founding anniversary. The National Capital Region Police Officeacting director Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas has ensured that MetroManila cops would be on alert on that date. “Well, traditionally, over the pastdecades and years, ang Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’sArmy ay naglulunsad ng mga bagongpagatake laban sa pwersa ng pamahalaan sa tuwing sumasapit ang kanilangfounding anniversary,” Banac noted. “Sangayon, patuloy pa ring pinaguusapan ‘yan sa security cluster at tayo naman ay nakaantabay lamang kung anoang magiging pahayag,” Banac said. (GMANews) He said security forces are stilldiscussing whether the government should declare a Christmas truce with thecommunist rebels.last_img read more

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest Posts AUGUSTA — Consider this comeback “Whit-nessed.”The Sumner cheer team won the state championship for the second time in program history Saturday afternoon with a first-place finish in the Class C championships at the Augusta Civic Center. The state title win was the Tigers’ first since they claimed the crown in 2010, Sumner graduate Whitney Doughty’s junior year. Doughty passed away in a tragic accident last spring.“We knew from the start that we wanted to make this a year we’d never forget,” said Sumner co-coach Monica Pettegrow, whose team dedicated the season to Doughty. “This was Whitney’s passion, and so many of those kids were her kids. They worked so hard to get here.”Sumner registered 80.1 points to emerge victorious in a four-way battle for first place. The Tigers beat out Lisbon (77.7 points), Monmouth Academy (75.1 points) and Central (75.0 points) for the title with a routine that included numerous references to Doughty in the team’s chants and audio voiceovers.Sumner cheerleaders and coaches and members of Whitney Doughty’s family pose for a photo during the team’s championship reception Feb. 8 in Sullivan. The Tigers swept every meet of championship season for the first time in school history. JESSICA SNOWDEAL PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe state title followed the Tigers’ first-place finishes in the Downeast Athletic Conference, Penobscot Valley Conference and Class C North championships. Such a run of dominance can be remarkably difficult in a sport that can see a team’s chances collapse with just a single fall or wrong move, but a Sumner team competing in Doughty’s memory didn’t want to settle for anything less.“Our goal was to not only capture the state title but to sweep all four of our competitions,” co-coach Jessica Snowdeal said. “[That’s] something Sumner cheering has never done.”As was the case ahead of the Jan. 11 DAC championships in Baileyville, icy weather in the area threw a wrench into Sumner’s state championship meet preparation late in the week. Knowing ahead of time that the impending storm posed a significant threat to their Thursday and Friday practices, though, the Tigers spent Wednesday afternoon perfecting the most important aspects of their routine.“We knew that could be our last practice before Saturday, so we wanted to really put that extra focus into the change in our pyramid,” Pettegrow said. “It wasn’t ideal, but we knew that was going to be what made us most comfortable going into Saturday.”Although the Class B and Class C teams began competing at 2 p.m., the Tigers were last on the list with a scheduled start time of 4:18. Waiting more than two hours to perform wasn’t optimal, but it didn’t stop Sumner from executing what Pettegrow called a “flawless routine.”“It’s a long time to be sitting around and getting antsy, but that was the time they gave us,” Pettegrow said. “It was a chance for us to give the last impression, and they went out and did that.”Pettegrow said Sumner had well over 100 fans cheering the team on from the Civic Center stands. Yet the team’s arrival back home was just as special as students, faculty members and community members arrived at the high school to greet a joyful team bus guided home via a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office motorcade.Members of the Ellsworth cheer team pose for a photo with their state runner-up plaque following the Class B championships Feb. 8 in Augusta. The Eagles earned 86.2 points as they performed what co-coach Kat Dickens called “one of their most difficult routines yet.” ELLSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO“We always strive to create a cheer family vs. just a cheer team,” Snowdeal said. “Our kids love each other, and it makes all the difference; our fans light our kids up when they perform and are such a big part of our success.”Doughty, whose presence Sumner cheerleaders and coaches said they felt all season long, would have been proud of her alma mater’s season no matter what. Yet by claiming the ultimate prize for the school’s trophy case, this year-long tribute has now become everything the community could have ever wanted — if not much more.“This truly was the perfect ending,” Pettegrow said. “So much of what those kids did on those mats was instilled in them by Whitney and who she was. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”Eagles take 2nd in Class B; Golden Bucks win Good Sportsmanship AwardEllsworth matched its best finish in school history Saturday with a second-place finish in the Class B competition.The Eagles finished with 86.2 points, just 0.8 shy of state champion Hermon. Entering the competition looking to nail a challenging routine, Ellsworth put forth an effort that thrilled its coaches.“The team worked hard to compete with one of their most difficult routines yet,” Ellsworth co-coach Kat Dickens said. “Our goal for states was to have our best performances of the season, and they surely did.”Back in Class C, Bucksport finished with 58.9 points to finish ahead of Wells, Sacopee Valley, Dexter, Mountain Valley and Madison/Carrabec. Yet the Golden Bucks earned a prize of their own on the day as the team was awarded Class C’s Good Sportsmanship Award. 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first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – West Indies pace legend Michael Holding has been named as the new president of Derbyshire, the County club he represented with distinction during his illustrious playing days.The 63-year-old was formally appointed at Wednesday night’s Annual General Meeting of the club and joins incoming chairman Ian Morgan who replaces the hugely successful Chris Grant.It is a great honour to be asked to be president of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and I am looking forward to the year,” Jamaican Holding said.“I enjoyed immensely the few years I spent at Derbyshire and I always enjoy returning to the club. On my last visit, in September, I saw all of the facilities, all of the improvements and the infrastructure which have gone into the club.“I am sure that the progress made off the field and around the ground will transfer on to the cricket field and that we will see some good results this summer.“I would like to thank all members and supporters for their continued support and encourage them to keep on supporting the club in 2017 and beyond.”Holding spent six seasons at the East Midlands county during the 1980s, taking 224 wickets at an average of 24.57. He recorded 13 five-wicket hauls with a best of seven for 97 against Worcestershire.He remains one of the icons of West Indies cricket and one of the finest fast bowlers Test cricket has seen, having picked up 249 wickets from 60 Tests at an average of 23.68.Since retiring from the game, Holding has become a respected television analyst.Only last summer, he returned to the club to open the new media and business centre at the Derbyshire ground.last_img read more

first_imgBrentford midfielder Sam Saunders has ended months of speculation about his future by agreeing a contract extension.The 28-year-old has signed a one-year deal which will be extended for an additional 12 months if he plays a certain number of games.Saunders, the face of the club’s recent advertising campaign on the back of local buses, was initially reluctant to re-sign.AdChoices广告His decision to put pen to paper is a massive boost for the Bees as his contract was due to expire at the end of the season, when he could have left on a Bosman free transfer.Gary Alexander and Marcus Bean have been made similar offers and are still in negotiations.Defender Karleigh Osborne is expected to leave Griffin Park in the summer after rejecting a new deal.Related stories: Brentford stars in contract dispute Saunders in no rush to sign Bees dealFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2014 at 12:22 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Earlier this week, George McDonald unveiled Syracuse’s new offensive plan of attack next season in an interview with Sports Illustrated.“We’re going to open it up on offense and go full-bore fast,” McDonald said. “Like an Oregon, Texas A&M style of offense.”The offensive coordinator referenced an incoming class of playmakers set to bolster a receiving corps that was riddled with injury and ridiculed for performance in 2013.Syracuse’s Class of 2014 includes a plethora of pass-catchers, the likes of which SU hasn’t seen in recent memory. They’re being touted as big, fast and — as Syracuse’s head coach emphasized — able to go up in traffic and make plays.“We weren’t just looking at size,” Scott Shafer said. “We were looking at the video tape and seeing who could make plays when people were matched face to face with them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer and his staff sought out receiving threats capable of fighting for position and winning jump balls, and they got them. The group plays into the more open, dynamic system McDonald referenced.Last season, Syracuse’s passing game ranked third to last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in yards per completion. It lacked any semblance of a downfield threat, even in the team’s late-season surge.“I think part of opening up the offense has to do with guys who have the ability to make plays,” Shafer said, “and make plays when they’re covered.”That attribute holds true for four-star centerpiece K.J. Williams, as well as three-star wideouts Steve Ishmael and Corey Cooper and larger targets, Adly Enoicy and Jamal Custis.All five appear capable of becoming downfield weapons for incoming three-star quarterback Alin Edouard and two-star quarterback A.J. Long.“We have a lot of weapons, and we’re going to use them,” Edouard said.Williams, at 6 feet 2 inches and 185 pounds, is expected to contribute immediately, as the program’s first four-star wideout since Marcus Sales in 2008.Ishmael is slightly thinner, but brings a similarly dynamic build — and dreadlocks. And Cooper was initially a signee last season, but spent the fall semester at Jireh (Matthews, N.C.) Prep after failing to meet the NCAA’s academic requirements last summer.Enoicy (6-5, 220 pounds) and Custis (6-6, 215 pounds) are both listed as tight ends by — cousins with Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard — chose the Orange over South Carolina, Southern California, Auburn, Florida State and Florida, among others. Custis is also a star on the hardcourt and hasn’t ruled out trying to walk on to the SU men’s basketball team.“I’m excited about the movement forward with the playmakers,” Shafer said.But when asked about the expectations he holds for the group, Shafer was hesitant to set too high a bar, or praise too heavily.He said each player deserves a chance to be a freshman and go through the learning curve. He referenced Brisly Estime, who was slow to start his freshman season before spring-boarding the Orange to a Texas Bowl win with his 70-yard punt return in the waning moments against Minnesota.“I hate to anoint kids until they get here and prove themselves,” Shafer said. “We’ll never know until we get them into camp and throw that ball up to him.”This year’s group, though, may not need quite as long as Estime did.The returning group of wide receivers isn’t one that strikes fear in opposing defenses but with the incoming batch of playmakers, it could be. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgGadadhara Pandit Dasa, the first ever Hindu Chaplain for Columbia University and New York University, compared The Matrix, a 1999 film about a man who discovers that he is living in a computer program, with Bhagavad Gita, a foundational sacred Hindu text.Religion · Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, a Hindu chaplain, explains connections between Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text, and The Matrix. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanDean of Religious Life Varun Soni opened the event in the Tutor Campus Center on Tuesday, which was hosted by USC’s Office of Religious Life and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, with a brief introduction of The Matrix, one of the most overtly philosophical films to ever come out of Hollywood. He explained that Neo, the film’s protagonist, represents the “liberated one.”The talk included a combination of clips from the film followed by discussions.Pandit connected Hindu theology with Neo’s belief that there is something missing in the world and the film’s depiction of characters entering the alternate reality through sleep.“Within the Hindu tradition, it is understood that we are partially asleep,” Pandit said. “There’s a certain part of us that’s actually still asleep. The goal of human life is to wake up out of that slumber. Somehow, we’re not conscious of everything that’s going on.”Pandit also focused on the dialogue between Neo and another character, Trinity. He emphasized Trinity’s remarks to Neo that “it’s the question that drives us,” and “it’ll find you if you want it to.”Pandit said that for humanity, there are certain questions that are always driving us. He then led a discussion, asking students in the audience if there are certain questions they reflect on.Students answered with questions such as, “what is my purpose,” “what is love” and “what makes the struggle worth it?”Pandit also made a direct comparison between the struggles of Neo and Arjuna, a character in the Bhagavad Gita, who has a panic attack and is unable to undertake the duty he has been waiting to perform for 13 years. His dilemma is whether to fight or not fight in a battle. Pandit said humans must first have a high degree of self-awareness before making choices to act.“We can’t ever stop asking these questions,” Pandit said. “It’s our goal to try as hard as possible to address some if not all of these questions.”Pandit also said that oftentimes, humans give up because they think these questions are beyond understanding, but claimed that answers always exist.“If we really want the answer, it’ll find its way into our life, but we have to be looking for it,” Pandit said.Divakar Singamsetty, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, said she found his presentation to illuminate religious undertones within the film.“Gadadhara Pandit’s connections between the Bhagavad Gita and The Matrix, and the hidden spiritual aspects of the film were very intriguing,” Singamsetty said.last_img read more