NGA urges Congress to provide recovery package

first_imgNational Governors Association chair Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, and vice chair Gov. Jim Douglas will host the nations governors in Philadelphia for a discussion with President-elect Obama and Vice president-elect Biden about the challenges facing states during this economic crisis. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11:45 am.They will urge the incoming administration, as well as Congress, to provide a recovery package that will spur job growth, support infrastructure projects and ease the burden of Medicaid costs. This will bring immediate relief into states to stabilize their economies and help deter from cuts to essential programs.Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s, most respected public policy organizations.last_img read more

Activists renew protests against development of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta oil, gas shale region

first_imgActivists renew protests against development of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta oil, gas shale region FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Greenpeace activists in Argentina blocked access on Tuesday to a waste site used by companies that extract oil and gas from the Vaca Muerta shale formation, the organization said. Greenpeace said there were illegal practices at the oil waste site which harmed the environment and local population.The site is run by Treater SA, a company that handles waste from exploration and extraction of shale oil and gas. The site is used by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA and Argentina’s state-controlled oil company YPF SA.YPF, the company with the largest investment at Vaca Muerta, told Reuters that the activists’ blockade did not impact its activity or facilities.The Vaca Muerta shale formation in Patagonia is one of the largest reserves of unconventional hydrocarbons on the planet, though much of its oil and gas remains untapped.“We hope the oil companies will stop contaminating the Patagonian ecosystem with toxic waste and will close this dump that violates provincial and national laws,” said Leonel Mingo, a member of Greenpeace’s Climate and Energy program.More: Activists block access to waste site in Argentina used by oil companieslast_img read more

The Masters: Top shots from day two of 2020 contest at Augusta | Golf News

first_img Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith sit in a four-way share of the lead at The Masters. Watch the conclusion of the second round live on Saturday from 12.30pm on Sky Sports The Masters By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 13/11/20 11:30pm – Advertisement – Click on the video above to look back at the top shots from day two! Watch The Masters throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues on Saturday with the conclusion of the second round live from 12.30pm on Sky Sports The Masters! – Advertisement – Take a look at the best shots from the second day of The 84th Masters at Augusta National Amateur John Augenstein holed-out from the sand for an unlikely eagle and Sungjae Im pitched in from off the green during his second round, while Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood also featuring in Friday’s shots of the day. Take a look at the best shots from the second day of The 84th Masters at Augusta National Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau all featured in the top shots from an eventful second day at The Masters.Thomas was one of four players tied for the lead when play was suspended due to fading light, with a stunning tee shot into the par-three 16th setting up one of four consecutive birdies in his second-round 69 at Augusta National.Dustin Johnson and Abraham Ancer also sit on nine under at the halfway stage alongside Australia’s Cameron Smith, who went inches away from an albatross after an incredible approach into the par-five 15th. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson played alongside Patrick Cantlay for the first two rounds Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson played alongside Patrick Cantlay for the first two rounds

Anak Krakatau erupts, loud rumble heard in virus-stricken Greater Jakarta

first_img“PVMBG monitoring shows that the eruption continued until Saturday morning at 5:44 WIB [Western Indonesian Time],” the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) data, information and communication center, Agus Wibowo, said in a statement on Saturday.Erupsi Gunung Krakatau #Erupsi #GunungApi #Krakatau pic.twitter.com/1NMgx6SwSw— BNPB Indonesia (@BNPB_Indonesia) April 10, 2020Some internet users in Greater Jakarta said they had heard a loud rumble before reports of eruptions and assumed that they were hearing the sound of Anak Krakatau after being informed about the volcano. The authorities, however, doubted the assumption, saying the eruptions could not even be heard from the Anak Krakatau observation post.“[The loud rumble] might be unrelated to the eruption,” PVMBG head Kasbani said.People who live near the volcano in Banten and Lampung also wrote on Twitter that they did not hear anything. Volcanology expert Surono, however, suggested that netizens in Greater Jakarta could be right.The sound caused by the eruption could have echoed throughout Greater Jakarta as there was less activity and noise in the area as a result of large-scale social restrictions over COVID-19, he said.Coincidentally, Friday marked the first day of a partial lockdown in the capital.Anak Krakatau is erupting now. The first image is from our webcam:https://t.co/O8KFco7NOxThe second photo was taken from our observatory (~43 km from the volcano). pic.twitter.com/nlHHWIyuAw— Dr. Devy Kamil Syahbana 🌋 (@volcanohawk) April 10, 2020The South Lampung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) in Lampung reported no scent of sulfur or volcanic ash in the regency and alerted local residents that volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau had died down.“The BPBD contacted the Anak Krakatau observation team. They said that the status was still at ‘alert’ and that the volcanic activity had stopped, so the residents were advised not to panic,” Agus said.Military and police officers are on standby with village and subdistrict officials over the possible evacuation of residents.Kasbani said the eruption was relatively small compared to eruptions that occurred between December 2018 and January 2019.“[The eruption is] still within the expected level for a disaster-prone area. Continued eruptions could potentially occur, but there has been no detection of volcanic activity that could lead to greater eruption intensity,” Kasbani saidRahmatullah, a resident of Sebesi Island, located 19 kilometers from the volcano, reported that thick ash started dropping on the island.“The ash is thick and started dropping at 12 p.m. There is still ash present in front of my house,” Rahmat said as quoted by kompas.com, adding that residents living on the coastline evacuated after a warning from officials.The last major eruption took place last December, when the mountain spewed out a 200-meter-high column of ash. A year earlier, an eruption triggered a landslide that led to a tsunami that killed at least 430 people.Following Friday’s eruptions, residents of the Kalianda coastline in South Lampung also evacuated, fearing that a tsunami might occur again.“They immediately fled to the mountains as they were still traumatized by the previous tsunami,” Umar, a South Lampung resident, told kompas.com.Surono said another tsunami was less likely to occur as the 2018 tsunami was caused by a soil erosion buildup from years of eruption.He said that Anak Krakatau eruptions were a common occurrence. “The mountain even erupted continuously throughout the year at one point, but residents are more concerned now due to the previous tsunami.”In 1883, Krakatau volcano erupted in one of the biggest blasts in recorded history, killing more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunamis and lowering the global surface temperature by 1 degree Celsius with its ash. Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area in 1927 and has been growing ever since.Topics : Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) volcano in Lampung erupted on Friday, spewing out a 200-meter-high column of ash and smoke.The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation’s (PVMBG) magma volcanic activity report said that the first eruption lasted one minute and 12 seconds starting at 9:58 p.m., when it spewed out ash and smoke 200 meters high.The volcanology center reported a second eruption at 10:35 p.m. that lasted for 38 minutes and 4 seconds, spewing out a 500-meter-high column of ash that blew to the north.last_img read more

Moses Simon: Liverpool target Osimhen destined for big club

first_img Osimhen joined Lille from Wolfsburg last summer after an impressive loan spell with Belgian club Charleroi. The 21-year-old elevated his game in Ligue 1, bagging himself 13 goals in 27 league appearances. His performance have attracted some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Lille president Gerard Lopez confirming interest from Premier League clubs. Although Lopez didn’t name those clubs, reports in the UK have suggested Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have all scouted the talented forward. Having played with and against Osimhen, Simon is convinced the Super Eagle will make another step up in his career.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?How Most Popular Food In The World Came To Be8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon Nantes winger, Moses Simon, believes Nigeria teammate Victor Osimhen is destined to join a “bigger club”. He told Tribalfootball.com: “We all know that Victor is a good player. He did well at Belgiun with Charleroi and he is still doing well in Lique 1. “He is still very young, strong and very good striker, a born goal poacher. I believe if he continues to do well, he will move to a bigger club for sure.” Osimhen would be the second high-profile departure from Lille after Nicolas Pepe was sold to Arsenal last summer. The Gunners paid £72m for Pepe and Lopez says it will take a similar amount to sign Osimhen. “I am not being a sales guy because last year people didn’t believe that we had the offers we had with [Nicolas] Pepe and it turns out we had multiple of them,” Lopez told the Daily Mail. read also:Osimhen’s link to Spurs mere ruse “Let me tell you with Osimhen, it is the same thing, whatever number you heard, the high number I have read is very much on the money of the offers that we have received. That’s where we are.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Tennis News Naomi Osaka Overcomes US Open Disappointment, Wins China Open

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Beijing: An emotional Naomi Osaka said that she had atoned for the disappointment of the US Open after beating world number one Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final on Sunday. In the men’s draw, top seed Dominic Thiem recovered from a set down against Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim the 15th singles title of his career. The 21-year-old Osaka has had a turbulent year, winning the Australian Open but then suffering a dip in form which included exiting Flushing Meadows in the last 16. But the two-time Grand Slam champion from Japan surged back to win her home Pan Pacific Open last month and made it back-to-back titles with victory in Beijing. Osaka defeated teenage US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and then French Open winner Barty on the way to the fifth crown of her young career. Winning in Japan and China had been her aim after the US Open letdown, where she was the defending champion and top seed. “I don’t want to say I planned (it), but I really meditated on it. It just feels like I accomplished what I set out to do,” she said. “I didn’t play those two tournaments for myself, I kind of played them for my team because the US Open wasn’t that great and I felt very apologetic.”Also Read | Naomi Osaka Splits With Coach For Second Time In Year After Poor SeasonBut Osaka admitted that she had been driven to tears after going down in the first set to Australia’s Barty, before powering back to win the final 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. “In the first set all I could think about was how much I wanted to win and I was pretty emotional,” said the former number one, now ranked fourth. Among the changes after the US Open, the young Japanese brought her father Leonard Francois on board as her coach. It has proved successful in a short time but Osaka does not see it as a long-term arrangement. “He doesn’t like watching my matches. I think it stresses him out because he twitches every time I hit a ball,” she smiled.Also Read | Bianca Andreescu Cherishing Rivalry With Naomi Osaka, Sumit Nagal ProgressesThe beaten Barty said that her slice shot, a major weapon of the Australian’s, was “nullified” because of the cool conditions in the Chinese capital. But the top-ranked 23-year-old said: “I’m extremely proud. Proud that myself, my team, we turn up for every single tournament, regardless of when it is during the year, what the conditions are like.” The Australian, who took a break from tennis five years ago and played cricket instead, is relishing more showdowns in the future against Osaka and Andreescu, two other major talents. “I think it’s an exciting opportunity for all three of us,” she said. Thiem wins 15th title The Austrian Thiem defeated Greece’s third seed Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 for the men’s crown. The 26-year-old beat former world number one Andy Murray on the way to the title and had also booked his spot in the prestigious season-ending ATP Finals. Thiem strolled to the crown in the deciding set against Tsitsipas, who at 21 is a rising star of men’s tennis. last_img read more

Toby Roland-Jones: a thrilling throwback to the classic English seamer

first_imgBy Richard EdwardsTOBY Roland-Jones became the first cricketer with a double-barrelled surname to play for England since 1935 when he made his Test bow against South Africa at the Oval last week.His appearance, though, was a throwback in more ways than one.Bowling with an action that wouldn’t be far off a coach’s dream, Roland-Jones delivered the kind of back-to-basics performance that wasn’t sexy but was mightily effective.It was left to Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali to steal the show in a Test that made England’s previous performance at Trent Bridge seem little more than a distant nightmare. Roland-Jones’ debut, meanwhile, was the stuff of dreams.On a pitch that offered him assistance throughout, the Middlesex man put the ball on the proverbial sixpence and couldn’t have been better value for his match-figures of eight for 129.At a time when more and more emphasis is placed on pace, he once again reminded the Test match lovers of this country that the rudimental skills of the great English seamer are as much a part of the summer as strawberries and cream and Royal Ascot.No 90mph thunderbolts – just the priceless ability to jag the ball off the seam at a reasonable pace coupled with a nagging line and length that none of the South Africans ever looked comfortable against.“Since 2005 we’ve focused a lot on pace,” says former England seamer Phil DeFreitas, himself no stranger to the qualities that are so abundant in the 29-year-old new boy.“Yes, we had Matthew Hoggard who swung the ball and obviously Jimmy Anderson but there has been more of an emphasis on getting the ball down the other end as quickly as possible.“Roland-Jones has decent pace but he moves the ball off a classic English length and that was what really stood out for me. He was always making the batsmen play.”His Monday dismissals of Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander were a classic illustration of the skills he has brought to this side. Both men were LBW, with Bavuma playing with his bat behind his pad to cover any away movement from the man whose hat-trick sealed the County Championship for Middlesex at Lords last September.Philander was then all at sea against a fuller delivery first ball – a ball that was idiosyncratic of Roland-Jones’ relentlessly accurate approach from the moment he was thrown the ball by captain Joe Root in the Oval gloom on Friday night.(The Independent)last_img read more

EURO 2020: UEFA Apologies to Fans over Ticket Cancellations

first_imgUEFA has apologised for a technical error over Euro 2020 tickets that has left fans hundreds of pounds out of pocket.A new batch of tickets for this summer’s tournament was made available on Wednesday for fans unsuccessful in the initial ballots.Fans who thought they had secured tickets then also bought flights and accommodation – but received an email hours later from European football’s governing body to say the transactions had been cancelled. “Tickets became available due to the failure of supporters to pay on time for tickets they had previously ordered. These tickets were subsequently sold,” said a statement.“However, due to a technical error, for a short period of time a small number of tickets which were not for sale were made available for purchase.“Fans who purchased those tickets received a cancellation email and no charge was made to their credit cards,” added Uefa, which says ‘a couple of hundred’ fans in England were affected.James Lofthouse from Torquay thought he had four tickets for England’s match with the Czech Republic on Tuesday, 23 June and two for the game with one of the play-off winners – which could be Scotland – on Friday, 19 June.He spent 90 minutes in an online queue on the UEFA website before spending £700 on six tickets.“I then got together with my friends to book hotels for London,” he told BBC Sport.“I went for a non-refundable deal because I didn’t think there was any reason the tickets would be cancelled. That was £200 that left my account that I won’t get back.“There was no apology in the email and that is very, very poor.”Tom Lowman thought he had tickets for him and his son to watch the attractive Group F fixture between Germany and Portugal in Munich on Saturday, 20 June.He then bought non-refundable return flights from Manchester for £510, before receiving an email hours later to say the match tickets had been cancelled.“I was incredibly fed up last night,” he said.“But the real frustration is that there is no real comeback. You go on UEFA’s website and there is no way of getting in contact with anybody.“It is a terrible way to treat your customers. They’re hiding. Let’s see if they come back and offer to refund my flights but my guess is nothing will happen.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC plays more than just host at Special Olympics

first_imgThe closing ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on Aug. 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum concluded the world’s largest humanitarian and sports event of the year. Yet the spirit of inclusivity and determination that characterized the eight-day competition can be seen in programs that live on at USC, which acted as the central hub for the Games.The Games commenced on July 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with first lady Michelle Obama, Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Bieber, Michael Phelps and dozens of other celebrities and heads of state on hand to celebrate. The Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans, previously hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics Games.Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the 1960s, the Special Olympics operates on regional, national and global levels in hosting competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The first International Special Olympics Games was held in 1968 at Chicago’s Soldier Field with only 100 fans in the stands cheering athletes on.In contrast, this year’s opening ceremony was sold out with 62,338 people on hand to witness the historic event.The 6,500 Special Olympics athletes from all around the world were housed for the week in two separate athlete villages: one at USC and the other at UCLA.  The Trojans also hosted basketball events at the Galen Center, aquatics competitions at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center and track and field events at Cromwell Field and Loker Stadium.The World Games’ Nerve Center, the digital heartbeat of the Games, was also based at USC, in the Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The Games Operating Committee’s Digital Strategy and Social Media team, as well as volunteers from Google and YouTube who assisted in the viral management of L.A. 2015 coverage, were all stationed here.“Google is a corporate sponsor, so the Google volunteers organized all of the incoming media and posting images and videos onto the Games’ social networks so people could stay connected,” said Scott Newman, a Google software engineer. Newman is one of 50 volunteers who came to Los Angeles from Google offices around the world.Some Google employees also participated in “Fans in the Stands,” an organized program to manage spectatorship of the World Games competitions. Other corporations who came out in large numbers to participate in “Fans in the Stands” were LA 2015 partners Deloitte and Kaiser Permanente, as well as Disney.With tens of thousands of athletes, staff, volunteers and spectators coming to USC’s campus each day for the competitions, the event came to encompass the Trojan spirit.“I’ve seen USC being pretty busy, but it has really been a wonderful experience to see all the teams bring a higher energy to campus,” said Vishnuprasad Chandrasekaran, a graduate student starting his final year at the Viterbi School of Engineering.Students and faculty from the Ostrow School of Dentistry also volunteered with “Special Smiles,” the dentistry division of the Healthy Athletes program. Started in 1997, Healthy Athletes provides free medical check-ups and gear, such as prescription eyeglasses or properly fitting shoes, for any and all Special Olympics athletes.Physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and the USC Davis School of Gerontology also contributed to the Healthy Athletes initiative. Though people with intellectual disabilities suffer from higher rates of morbidity and mortality as well as a lower quality of life than those without, USC’s health care volunteers were able to teach the athletes about preventative health and lifestyle habits, such as the use of sunblock and healthy eating.“The experience has been amazing,” said Dr. Santosh Sundaresan, section chair of Community Health Programs at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and a dentist participating in Special Smiles. Special Smiles has been able to provide free mouthguards, crowns, root canals and cleanings for Special Olympics athletes, and this opportunity has benefitted the university as much as it has helped out the athletes.“USC is known for its community outreach programs. Dental, medical, you name it, and we’re there. That’s our forte. But these games especially have been magnificent. It’s an eye opener in many ways,” said Sundaresan.Trojans who happened to be on campus, either during their vacation or for the summer session, could not ignore the pervasive spirit of the Special Olympics. Crowds of campus tours walked past the World Games Festival in USC’s Alumni Park and the Healthy Athletes tents in McCarthy Quad, while USC students engaged in their studies next to volunteers from all over Southern California.But perhaps most importantly, USC played host to the greatest intersection of disability, ability and diplomacy on the planet.At the World Games, participants and spectators did away with the obstacles faced by people with intellectual disabilities, instead placing the spotlight on the tremendous accomplishments achieved by these athletes and international pioneers.“These athletes who are participating in the World Games are phenomenal people,” Sundaresan said. “Their willpower [and] their whole attitude [are] just mind-blowing.”last_img read more

Manchester derby preview: Van Gaal warns his players against getting sent off

first_imgManchester United Loius Van Gaal has warned his players not to get sent off during the crucial clash against Manchester City.The 20-times English champions suffered a 1-0 defeat against the Premier League champions and saw their defender Chris Smalling get sent off in the first half in the league during the derby at Old Trafford on 12 April.  So far this season, the Dutchman has seen five of his players receive marching orders in the league, which is the worst in his managerial career. Van Gaal revealed that he has already started the preparation with the red card, but urged his players to keep their cool against City.”I have started our preparation with the red card. Control of emotions is also a talent of a player,”Van Gaal expl”You have to have a lot of talents to be a professional player, and you know when you have already a yellow card you don’t have to make a second foul to get a second.”You have to know that. But that goal is also a learning process. Shaw had also a second yellow card and Wayne had a red card, as a captain. We have five red cards this season – unbelievable. That’s not good.” “I am always warning in these kind of games that we have to control our emotion, so I hope that after all the red cards we’ve had – it’s a record in my managerial career – we don’t have any more.””I say always in such games – always – you have to control your aggression. We did not do that against City. So I hope we have learned from that moment,” the United manager stressed.United are enjoying a great run in the Premier League as they are on a five-match unbeaten run. On the other hand, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have endured a poor form away from home as they managed just one win in the last seven matches played in all competitions.–last_img read more