PREMIUMMusic from graveyard annoys Depok residents

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Linkedin Google Topics : Log in with your social account For almost a year, residents of community unit (RW) 18 of Pancoran Mas district, Depok, have been annoyed by loud dangdut music blasting from a cemetery located on Jl. Swadaya, a street in neighborhood unit (RT) 5. The residents…center_img Heli, a 30-year-old resident of Pancoran Mas, Depok, West Java, recalled attending a tahlilan (prayer gathering) last Saturday afternoon after one of his neighbors passed away and had just been buried earlier that morning at a cemetery located right in front of his house. Forgot Password ? The tahlilan went fine as attendees fervently prayed while some wiped away tears as they mourned their loss. However, the mournful atmosphere swiftly changed as loud dangdut music suddenly blared from the middle of the cemetery.  “I couldn’t focus on praying as the sound was very disturbing,” Heli told The Jakarta Post on Friday. graveyard music cemetery dangdut scavenger street-musician Depok West-Javalast_img read more

Real Madrid set £44m asking price for Arsenal to seal Dani Ceballos transfer

first_imgCeballos played his way back into Arteta’s plans (Picture: Getty)That salary reduction is set to last for the next 12 months and the Gunners have even shelved contract renewal talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil due to the ongoing health crisis.Ceballos is likely to have his loan deal extended if the Premier League are permitted to finish the 2019/20 season this summer.The Spaniard spoke out about his future this week and revealed he still expects to be given a chance to prove himself at Real.‘I haven’t spoken to Zidane since I left,’ Ceballos told Movistar. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It has to be difficult to have a dressing room with so many players. I don’t think Zidane talks to the loan players. ‘Hopefully [I will play for Real Madrid again]. I now have a contract with Arsenal. ‘At the moment in Madrid it is difficult to play with the players that are there. ‘Now I am focused on being important at a club.’MORE: Jack Wilshere explains why Arsenal never won Premier League with Mesut Ozil and Alexis SanchezMORE: Dani Ceballos hoping for Real Madrid return after Arsenal loan but has had no contact with Zinedine ZidaneFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Real Madrid set £44m asking price for Arsenal to seal Dani Ceballos transfer Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 28 Apr 2020 11:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link345Shares Advertisement Ceballos is on loan at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will have to pay £44million to seal the permanent transfer of Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Spain.Real Madrid expect the midfielder to return to the club at the end of his loan spell and have not ruled out the possibility of promoting Ceballos to the first-team.Eager to keep hold of his place in the Spain national side, Ceballos has prioritised regular football ahead of next season and managed to win the trust of Mikel Arteta after initially falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTArsenal are keen to sign Ceballos permanently or bring him back to the club on another season-long loan following his performances this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementAS claim Real are only prepared to sell the 23-year-old if a club offers £44m (€50m) for Ceballos.Due the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, such a bid would be difficult for Real to turn down.Arsenal, however, are not expected to have a big transfer kitty to spend this summer after asking their first-team players and Arteta to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut.last_img read more

BLOG: Combating Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic a Top Priority for Governor Wolf (Round-up)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Combating Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic a Top Priority for Governor Wolf (Round-up) May 03, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Governor Tom Wolf has hosted a series of roundtables across the state to address and discuss the current opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. The roundtables were attended by state legislators, local officials, healthcare professionals, and law enforcement who shared their experiences and recommendations on how best to combat the crisis. Governor Wolf has announced that fighting opioid abuse is a top priority for his administration. The Governor is proud of the work that has been done by his administration so far, but stresses that there more work to do and he is reaching out to legislators, law enforcement, stakeholders, advocates, and local officials to solicit the best ideas to fight this crisis.“The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis,” said the Governor.“These local roundtables give us the opportunity to discuss real solutions that will help Pennsylvania tackle this problem and ultimately save lives. It is my goal to make Pennsylvania an example for the rest of the nation for our work in this epidemic.”The Governor hopes that the bi-partisan effort of these roundtables is the beginning of a larger conversation regarding opioid abuse in Pennsylvania and will encourage state lawmakers and community leaders to work toward finding solution to ending this epidemic.Take a look at the additional coverage below:The Bradford Era: Wolf administration says heroin epidemic ‘a top priority’“Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder,” reads a release from Wolf’s office. “The Department of Human Services will provide 50 new Centers for Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wrap-around services, such as cognitive based therapies.”PA Homepage: Fighting Opioid Abuse[Early] education is on the mind of Governor Tom Wolf who met with some of those educators and law enforcement officials in Williamsport. Wolf wants kids to be talking about opioid abuse and heroin. Governor Wolf said, “Children are very potent disseminators of information and I think that suggestion the Superintendent made is a good one”.Daily Item: Doctor: Too few providers for expanded drug treatmentThe governor intends to use the $34 million to establish 50 Centers of Excellence to treat Medicaid recipients with opioid addictions — an estimated 11,250 additional addicted Pennsylvanians and 22,500 total…Wolf acknowledged the lack of available providers will be a challenge. “That’s a big debate within our administration,” Wolf said after the event. However, the governor stressed the proposal is but one method and that the state won’t be singular in its approach.Sun Gazette: Joining Forces“This is something that people take seriously, and it’s not a money thing,” [Governor Wolf] said. “No one wants to look at this problem and say it’s going to grow because we aren’t devoting adequate resources to it.” Wolf and state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, agreed the opioid issue is a nonpartisan problem, and legislators, citizens and community leaders are all “concerned about what is happening throughout Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.Central Penn Business Journal: State roundtable highlights opioid epidemicEarlier this week Gov. Tom Wolf and state Senator Gene Yaw hosted a roundtable in Williamsport to discuss the state’s opioid epidemic. The goal of the discussion was to combat opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. The governor is conducting roundtables statewideABC 27: Gov. Wolf talks about state’s opioid, heroin crisisWolf said taking care of the problem could save the state money. He said he has already taken steps that include proposing more money to fight the crisis in the next budget. “If we actually come up with a good effective answer, we’re going to save money,” Wolf told ABC27 News. “Think about how many dollars we’re going to save if we get back to $400 million rather than $2 billion in incarceration costs.”FOX 43: The cost of heroin addiction hits everyone in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf said the cost of heroin addiction to the community is not the only concern. “I think the ratios are pretty big, and so there might be some specific costs to programs that we want to put into place, but if we want to do it right, we’re going to be saving money and we’re saving lives,” Wolf said.WITF: Leaders plead for more treatment beds to help people addicted to opioidsLeaders at a roundtable with Governor Tom Wolf delivered a clear and consistent message: treatment programs aren’t keeping up with demand. On a day when President Barack Obama welcomed 10 “Champions of Change” to the White House in praise of their efforts to fight the opioid crisis, Governor Tom Wolf and others gathered for the roundtable in Lancaster.Lancaster Online: Pa. Gov. Wolf in Lancaster for Opioid RoundtableThe governor said the epidemic was one of the first — and biggest — problems he faced when he took office in January 2015. More people died of opioid overdoses in the United States last year than in car accidents; in Lancaster County, 80 people died of overdoses in 2015, and 52 died in car crashes. “What can we do?” Wolf asked a panel of more than 20 addiction counselors, service providers and elected officials Friday morning.Times Herald: Pa. Gov. Wolf visits Coatesville to discuss opioid crisis“We have an epidemic that is not focused in certain areas, it’s all over the state,” Wolf said. “Everyone is facing it.” According to statistics, nearly 2,500 people died of overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2014, Wolf noted, more than those killed in car accidents. “It destroys lives,” Wolf said. “It destroys the families.”WGAL: Wolf weighs in on PA heroin epidemic (video) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantlast_img read more

8 Street founder lists Feng Shui house

first_imgMr Wu said another key design focus was ensuring that all four bedrooms had ensuites, and that an open floor plan and high ceilings were featured thought the Sunnybank build.He said he had already had “a fair bit of interest” from Asian buyers. “I am now working on another project in Holland Park West, but that’s being targeted at both western and Asian buyers,” he said.“It will have some of the same design concepts but with more of a western feel.”The Sunnybank property is being marketed by Owen Chen and John Heng of Place Sunnybank. 7 ALDERSHOT ST SUNNYBANKBRISBANE entrepreneur David Wu, who founded the hugely popular 8 Street, is selling his Sunnybank investment property.8 Street is an Asian hawkers market-style food precinct which now has four locations in Australia – Westfield Garden City, Mount Ommaney, Harbour Town on the Gold Coast and Docklands in Melbourne. MORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell fitness queen Ashy Bines’ Gold Coast home Richlister reveals the best property advice he was ever given Mr Wu said property development was “my hobby”.He said he targeted the southside as he could see a need for housing that suited the Asian buyer, focusing his design concepts on open plan layouts and Feng Shui.“I have done some renovations on investment properties but this is my first new build,” he said.“Although I did build our family home in Camp Hill.”center_img Mr Wu said he wanted the Sunnybank house to be a modern build with unique features and have a focus on using all spaces. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoHe said Feng Shui was important consideration for Asian buyers.Realestate.com.au notes that Feng Shui is all about the balance of energies, also known as Qi, with a focus on “positive energy” to ensure health and good fortune. 8 Street founder David Wu (right) in Surfers ParadiseMr Wu confirmed they were also investigating options to open a new precinct in the Brisbane CBD.But it is not just food and hospitality that keeps Mr Wu busy, with another of his companies Wu Property XT Pty Ltd buying up a number of investment opportunities on Brisbane’s southside and the northern Gold Coast. Property records show that Wu Property XT Pty Ltd bought a large vacant block of land at Sunnybank in 2018, and split the block in to three parcels.Two of those blocks were sold off, with one at 7 Aldershot Street now home to a brand-new, modern build now listed for offers over $1.29 million. Neale Whitaker rescues home stuck in reno limbolast_img read more

Haitian director of tourism optimistic about tourism sector

first_img Share NewsRegional Haitian director of tourism optimistic about tourism sector by: – March 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Dr. Daniel FouchardA Haitian tourism official has expressed optimism about his island’s tourism sector in the after math of the 2010 earthquake which caused severe devastation to the island.Director General of Tourism in Haiti, Daniel Fouchard, told an interview with the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Communications Specialist Johnson JohnRose at the International Tourismus Borse (ITB) in Berlin last week, that the tourism sector is still “very active”. He graded himself as 8/9 on a scale of 1 to 10 in being optimistic about the growth and development of the sector although the island’s preoccupation is focused on rebuilding. “After the earthquake every Haitian thinks about reconstruction; rebuilding the country, giving the faith to the huge population, creating new schools, new opportunities for the youth of the country and giving the people the necessary hope to go further”. He explained further that several steps within the island’s tourism master plan are underway including the construction of two airports and new investments.“We are building two new airports in the country; one in Capiche and one in La Cai and then we have already signed a few contracts with other big companies who are investing in the hotel industry; Best Western, Marriott, Occidental”.Fouchard noted that although the tourism sector is very active he must wait until his minister has full powers so that the sector can operate more effectively, as the resignation of the former Haitian prime minister Garry Conille after four months into office has disrupted the government. He is also hopeful that Caribbean leaders particularly those in the Antillean; Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico among others will find a solution to issue of island hopping.According to Fouchard; these islands present a “mosaic of culture” which many people are interested in therefore the onus is upon them to find a way for easier travel within to and from these islands.“We are at a distance of 1 hour/2 hours from each other and every time we have to see one another we have to go up north or down south to go back to the Caribbean, we have to change that. I understand that there are a lot of countries now who are trying to do their best”.“We are young countries and trying to do the best to promote our countries” he said, recognizing the fact that the success of these islands sector is dependent on several factors some which they are unable to control as with the occurrences of natural disasters.ITB is a five day trade show which “enlightens visitors and qualified buyers about global travel, tourism and hospitality sectors and highlights the exotic destinations of more than 180 countries including Dominica under one roof in a friendly environment. The ITB trade show welcome more than 11163 exhibitors from various countries to exhibit their newest tour locations, hotel services, resort facilities and many more to render the perfect holiday and travel experience to all the interested visitors. The ideal business to business platform provides an ideal opportunity for the exhibitors to generate sales and meet with their industry peers and qualified buyers among 170000 visitors.Some of the highlights of the event are convention programs, business presentations and conference and workshops. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet 87 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Iran backs European plan to bolster nuclear deal

first_imgIranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia on Oct. 1, 2019. TEHRAN –President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by Europeancountries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015and from which the United States withdrew last year. Rouhani saidthe plan included preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, securing itssupport for regional peace, lifting U.S. sanctions and the immediate resumptionof Iranian oil exports. center_img Speaking duringa weekly cabinet meeting, Rouhani said: “We agree with the general framework bythe Europeans.” France, Britain and Germany had urged Tehran to enter talksabout a new arrangement on the nuclear deal. (AP)last_img read more

The Latest: China’s football association to cut pay

first_imgThe virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race.The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.” May 7, 2020 ___Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix.Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event.Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The head of China’s football association says teams will implement temporary player pay cuts of 30% to 50% to help teams manage losses from the coronavirus outbreak. The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___ The Latest: China’s football association to cut pay The matches will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement comes one day after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors agreed the season could resume.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Seifert says the league will begin again where it left off.Seifert was speaking after a video conference with members from the country’s 36 clubs in the top two divisions. The second division will also resume on May 16.___ ___Atlanta United president Darren Eales says it’s still possible for Major League Soccer to get in a full 34-game season plus the playoffs by the end of the year.During a conference call with reporters, Eales noted that player contracts run through Dec. 31, which presumably means the league could push its MLS Cup title game to the very last day of the year.MLS shut down in mid-March — just two weeks into its season — because of the coronavirus outbreak. Each team has 32 regular-season games left and the playoffs usually take another month. The league has already said that it will likely push back its championship game, which was set for Nov. 7. The ICF says its board “approved two budget scenarios” up to 2022 taking into account “the chance of no competition or Olympics in 2021.”The ICF is due to get about $16 million from the International Olympic Committee as a share of revenue from the postponed Tokyo Games.The ICF has postponed or canceled all international events through August. It is due to have an election congress in December when president Jose Perurena steps down after 12 years.___German soccer league managing director Christian Seifert says the Bundesliga season will resume on May 16. Associated Press De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts from the coronavirus pandemic. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is “almost when the disease has really been beaten back to next to nothing.” He says the danger with big gatherings, especially, is “that could be one of the things that propels the disease back.”Opening day was scheduled for March 26 but has been postponed indefinitely because of the new coronavirus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred believes the season will start at some point, and the league has considered playing in empty ballparks.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put entertainment such as sports into the final phase of his guidelines for reopening the state. He’s discussed the possibility of having big league games in empty stadiums.___Colorado Rapids coach Robin Fraser says players will use team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting Monday. The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20.Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League.___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors. Horse racing has resumed in Germany, but without spectators and with mask-wearing jockeys.The race day at the Neue Bult track near Hannover on Thursday was the first to take place in Germany since the calendar was suspended in March.It followed talks between race organizers and the local authorities, and access to the track was strictly limited.Jockeys and grooms wore masks and betting was only allowed online. More races are scheduled for Friday in Cologne.Germany resumed ahead of other major European horse racing nations. The equestrian sport of trotting, or harness racing, has continued in Sweden through the coronavirus pandemic. The German soccer league Bundesliga is set to resume on May 16.___The Peach Bowl is donating $1.09 million to help fund COVID-19 screenings in Georgia.The bowl announced it will help fund the telemedicine screening mobile app developed by Augusta University Health System. The AU Health ExpressCare app allows for free virtual screenings for the virus throughout the day with no appointment.Patients who screen positive will be scheduled for tests. The Royal St. John’s Regatta in Canada has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.It’s the first time in 80 years that the historic sports festival in the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador has been called off.The regatta is traditionally run on the first Wednesday in August. This year’s race was scheduled for Aug. 5.The regatta has deep cultural and historic roots in the city. The first record of organized rowing races in St. John’s was in 1816. It celebrated its 200th anniversary two years ago and bills itself as the oldest organized sporting event in North America.The last cancellation was in 1940 during World War II. Eales said if the season doesn’t resume by the end of July, playing a full schedule would be very difficult.___The New York Giants have announced their refund policy for 2020 season tickets. If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, full refunds will be available to season ticket members. They have the choice to receive a full refund for any impacted games, or they can apply the amount as a credit toward a future ticket purchase.Owners john Mara and Steve Tisch made the announcement in an email to season ticket holders on Thursday afternoon, hours before the league released the schedule. Chen Xuyuan also told state broadcaster CCTV that matches would be resumed on a staggered schedule but gave no specific dates. Some other countries’ sports associations have already announced a resumption of play with no fans in the stands or limited attendance and Taiwan plans to allow 1,000 fans to attend an upcoming baseball game. China on Friday announced 1 new virus case, a local infection in the northeastern province of Jilin, and 16 new cases of those who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms. No no new deaths were reported. Just 260 people remain hospitalized for having the virus and 890 are under isolation for being suspected cases or for having tested positive but without showing symptoms. China has reported a total of 4,633 deaths among 82,886 cases.___As part of the release of their 2020 schedule, the Seattle Seahawks also said thanks to a dozen pandemic frontline workers in the Seattle area. St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference and is five points ahead of third-place Basel.Switzerland’s government has said professional clubs can resume training Monday. Games in empty stadiums should be possible from June 8.The league says the government has advised that teams are no longer eligible for an unemployment insurance program when players start training. The league says it is having “very constructive” talks with the government about further federal aid.___The International Canoe Federation says it is planning its budget in case the Tokyo Olympics get canceled in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Rapids join a list of Major League Soccer teams taking the first small steps toward returning to play. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players onto fields Wednesday for controlled voluntary workouts on the first day permitted by the league.The MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams.Colorado plans on using two fields for its workouts and run about eight players at a time.Fraser started the video call a bit late because of an injury sustained while kicking a soccer ball around with daughter. No word on the type of injury. ___ In a video posted along with the schedule, the Seahawks gave season tickets to 12 workers who had been nominated for consideration. The dozen awarded tickets ranged from a restaurant owner to a firefighter/EMT to hospital workers and grocery store employees.The 12 were told of receiving season tickets in video calls with Seahawks players Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly and coach Pete Carroll.How many games they’ll be able to attend is still unknown. The state of Washington is under a stay-at-home order through May 31.The Seahawks open the season on Sept. 13 at Atlanta. Their first home game is Week 2 against New England.___ The Giants also are going to offer a limited number of individual game tickets to season ticket holders. The owners made the decision based on a request from fans. Anyone who purchases individual game tickets from Ticketmaster.com will receive a full refund of their ticket purchase price within 30 days of cancellation if the game cannot be rescheduled or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending. If a game is postponed or rescheduled, tickets are valid for the new date.The Giants said the safety of the fans, players and staff continues to be its first concern during the coronavirus pandemic.___Sports events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds through at least the end of September. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday the steps the state will take as it begins reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and conventions, to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled through at least September.That is likely to impact the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of the MLS, and Oregon and Oregon State college football.While the NBA and MLS have no firm plans of a restart yet, Oregon and Oregon State both have three home games scheduled in September. Oregon is set to host North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Hawaii in Eugene, while Oregon State is scheduled to face Colorado State, Portland State and Washington State in Corvallis.___New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans. Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan says the aim is giving Georgia residents access to screenings and tests “as soon as possible.”___The Swiss soccer league says clubs will discuss on May 29 if they want to resume playing in June amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the meeting of the 20 clubs will be two days after the next Swiss federal government update on easing restrictions.A restart on June 19 leaves seven weekends and six midweek games to meet UEFA’s preferred Aug. 3 target to complete domestic seasons. The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.”The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.last_img read more

India crush Windies Women again, cruise to 2-0 series lead

first_imgINDIA women defeated West Indies women by 10 wickets in the second T20 International at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground to take a 2-0 series lead on Sunday.Anisa Mohammed, the stand-in captain as Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of the series due to injury, won the toss and elected to bat first. Once again, the runs were hard to come by, as Hayley Matthews and Stacy-Ann King opened the batting.  King was the first to go for 7, followed by Shemaine Campbelle for a four-ball 0.Chedean Nation steadied the Windes middle order with Matthews, as the pair added 34 runs before Matthews tried to hit a straight six and was caught in the deep for 23. Nation fell soon after for 32.  Natasha McLean was the only other batter to reach double figures, she made 17. The West Indies Women finished their 20 overs on 103 for 7.  Deepti Sharma was the best bowler for India Women with 4 for 10 from her 4 overs.Shafali Verma for the second match in a row took a liking to the Windies Women’s bowling and the pitch at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. The fifteen-year-old struck her second consecutive half-century to lead the Indians to victory in the eleventh over.Verma finished on 69 not out and with her was Smriti Mandhana on 30 not out. India won the match reaching 104 without loss in 10.3 overs.last_img read more

Talk Back discusses crisis in Crimea

first_imgStudents and panelists gathered for the semester’s fourth installment of “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum,” to discuss Russia’s recent efforts to annex the Crimea region of Ukraine and the role of U.S.  diplomacy in the conflict. The Students Talk Back series is a semimonthly forum presented in partnership with the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the College Democrats, the College Republicans and the Daily Trojan.The theme for the discussion was “The Crisis in Ukraine: Is US/European Diplomacy Enough?”The forum was moderated by Yasmeen Serhan, editorial director of the Daily Trojan, and Kerstyn Olson, interim director of the Unruh Institute.Olson began by stressing the importance of geopolitical issues for students in California who will soon be voting in midterm and national elections.“Given that we are living in a very tried-and-true blue state, I think it’s important — especially in a midterm election year — for USC students to not only think about issues that are of great import to California voters, but what will be important to voters in the so-called swing states,” Olson said. “Foreign policy is, of course, of incredible importance to all voters.”The moderators were joined on the panel by Rod Pacheco, a former state assemblyman and former district attorney of Riverside; Paul Feldman, an assistant foreign editor at the Los Angeles Times, and students Jessica Blakely and Shikhar Gupta.The first topic of discussion dealt with the legality of the Crimean referendum, which, if approved, will potentially allow the Crimea region of Ukraine to become part of Russia.“They don’t have a constitution that allows them to do this,” Pacheco said. “If there was a legal basis for the move, then Putin, Russia et. al. would have offered it, and the fact that they haven’t means they don’t have one.”For Feldman, who has been with the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, the lack of a legal basis is less important because no one will enforce it.“It’s an issue more about real politics than legal basis, because there is no one that is going to be enforcing legal basis anyways,” he said. “It does appear right now that whatever happens, whoever puts up a fuss about the legal basis part probably is not going to get very far.”Blakely, a senior majoring in international relations and global health, agreed.“Paying attention to what the international law would say might not be one of Putin’s priorities either,” she said.Gupta, a sophomore majoring in international relations, provided some historical background for the audience members less familiar with the crisis.“[Ukraine] has historically been a part of various nations, empires, kingdoms and what not,” he said.Citing the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine by then-First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Kruschev in 1954, Gupta discussed the resulting implication: Nearly 60 percent of Crimeans identify as Russian.Pacheco, however, stressed the importance of Crimea as a military outpost.“This is a very important strategic base for Russia — they have a major naval facility there, it is a warm water port, they can reach any point in the Middle East, anywhere throughout the Mediterranean,” he said. “That was the basis for them invading in the first place under Peter the Great.”While the first half of the discussion focused on questions from the moderators, during the second half, audience members were invited to ask questions of the panelists.Luke Phillips, a sophomore majoring in international relations, commented on the implications of the Ukraine crisis for the future of U.S. foreign policy.“There is going to be a seat change in U.S. politics within the next decade, and I don’t think it’s going to come with a change in the administration,” Phillips said.The next Students Talk Back is Wednesday, March 26, in the Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.last_img read more