Tremors hinder recovery efforts in New Zealand volcanic island

first_imgNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Reuters emergencyofficials were meeting on Wednesday morning to determine if a recovery effortcould be launched. But a mid-morning update from geological agency GeoNet showedconditions on the uninhabited island remained dangerous, which would likelydelay any recovery. (Reuters) Six people were killed in Monday’s explosion at White Island, whichlies some 50 km (30 miles) off the mainland, with another eight missing andpresumed dead and 30 injured. WHAKATANE – Increasing tremors on a volcanic island in New Zealand havehampered efforts by authorities to recover the bodies of eight people thoughtto be left on the island, two days after it erupted, engulfing dozens oftourists in steam and hot ash.center_img “I’ve spoken to many of those involved in the operation and they arevery, very eager to get back there, they want to bring people’s loved oneshome,” Ardern said. Increasing tremors on have hampered efforts by authorities to recover the bodies of eight people thought to be left on the island, two days after it erupted, engulfing dozens of tourists in steam and hot ash. REUTERSlast_img read more

Sunman-Dearborn Battles Harrison In Football

first_imgIn a middle school version of Friday’s Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown between East Central and Harrison, the Sunman-Dearborn Middle School Trojans hosted the Harrison Junior School Wildcats.The 7th grade Trojans started strong when Noah Wheat ran for a touchdown on the second play of the game. Harrison however came to not only play, but win. Wildcat Jake Reardon would run for touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters, which proved enough to win the game. The Trojans made the Wildcats earn their 14-8 win as Trojan David Badescu made a great interception and Noah Wheat recovered a Wildcat fumble. The 7th grade Trojans move to 2-2 on the season.The 8th grade Trojans had their underclassmen’s back and took the field ready to give the large home crowd a win. Harrison started off where their 7th grade finished by scoring on the opening drive. The 8th grade, shocked by having an opponent score on them first, had a slow first quarter. In the second quarter the Trojans found their stride and found the end zone twice. The first touchdown came off an Isaiah Wheat pass to Alex Maxwell. On the Trojans next offensive drive, Isaiah Wheat connected with Liam Jones on a long pass good for a 43 yard touchdown play. The Trojans headed into halftime with a slim 12-6 lead. The third quarter began with the Trojans driving 65 yards in six plays, and Adam Negangard rushing 12 yards for a touchdown. Harrison played tough the rest of the game, but in the end couldn’t overcome the strong Trojan defense to score. The game ended with an 18-6 Trojan victory, in which the 8th grade Trojans had 235 total offensive yards to Harrison’s 158. The 8th grade Trojans are now 4-0 on the season, and 17-0 as a middle school team.Both teams face the Milan Indians at Trojan Field on September 3rd. Courtesy of SDMS Coach Stewart Durham.last_img read more

Coaching Thoughts

first_imgWhat a roller coaster ride coaches go through in a season.  The highs after a close win are always matched by the lows when you lose one you should have won.  Add to this the second guessing that always goes with any high-profile high school or college job.  Those fans in the stands always have the answer even if they never coached or even played the game.Add to this the ethics questions that always come up.  How far do you push the envelope?  Today this is even more likely to come up because of all the electronic devices that pry into everyone’s lives.  The cheating I am referring to is whether you might try to keep a kid eligible grade-wise or how far you press an athletic code to keep an athlete eligible. This is especially true when a star athlete is involved.You also have the pressure of keeping your job.  In high school, this might mean having to pack your family up to find a new school if coaching is what you want to do.  In college, it might mean the loss of a million dollar salary.There are still many rewards in coaching.  That championship you never counted on or having the lowest member of your roster get their moment in the sun.  Anyone who has ever coached has a story about the young athlete who surprised you with that winning shot, touchdown run, or any big moment in any sport.last_img read more

Moores Hill celebrates 200 years this Saturday

first_imgMoores Hill, In. — The town of Moores Hill, Indiana will celebrate its 200th birthday this Saturday, September 22, with a special bicentennial celebration.  In addition to a community parade, the event will feature fun for the entire family, including live entertainment, historic demonstrations, tours, food and activities throughout the day, concluding at 4pm.The event will kick off with a parade beginning at 11am, followed by special events for all ages, including demonstrations from a soap maker, broom maker, wood turners, blacksmith and more, plus music by My Brother’s Keeper and other local performers.  The celebration will also feature food, kids’ games, scavenger hunt, prize drawings, and tours of majestic Carnegie Hall, an historic landmark formerly known as Moores Hill College originally founded in 1854.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as a museum..last_img read more

Japan’s Prime Minister lifts COVID-19 state of emergency

first_img Loading… Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, has lifted the country’s state of emergency after a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Tokyo 2020 host nation. Economic Revitalisation Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a panel today, according to Kyodo News, that the state of emergency is “no longer necessary in all prefectures”. Nishimura had suggested yesterday that this would be the announcement made with confirmed cases falling. The day before Japan entered its state of emergency the country had 741 confirmed cases in a single day – the second highest daily rate after 743 new cases were reported on April 11. There will still be some restrictions put in place by the Government, with citizens asked not to cross prefectural borders until the end of the month. The first phase of lifting restrictions will see museums and libraries reopen, while restaurants will be open during the day, closing at 10pm which is two hours later than the state of emergency rules. A second phase could start at the end of the month, which sources suggest could see shops and cinemas reopen. However, places like gyms, karaoke bars and music venues will still be closed. To date, there have been more than 16,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Japan, resulting in the deaths of 820 people. read also:Tokyo 2020 Olympics ‘cursed,’ says Japan’s deputy prime minister The outbreak caused the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics until next year. However, doubts remain about the rearranged Games taking place if COVID-19 remains prevalent. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Japan declared the state of emergency on April 16 after fearing a second wave of infection from the virus, and further extended it in early May. Its introduction came a week after Tokyo, Osaka and five other urban areas had restrictions placed on them from April 7. Many areas of the nation had previously seen the restrictions lifted, but now the remaining five prefectures will join them. These are the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, its neighbouring areas of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama and the northern island of Hokkaido. The nation has seen a fall in confirmed cases over the past month, recording its lowest number of new daily cases yesterday since February 29 with 14. It has also seen a fall in the number of active cases, reaching a peak of 11,443 on April 28 with the number now down to 2,317. However, the city and host of the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo, saw a return to double figures for confirmed cases in a day, suggesting that the threat of infection is still there. “We had very stringent criteria for lifting the state of emergency,” Abe said in a televised press conference today. “We have judged that we have met this criteria. “Today we will lift the state of emergency nationwide.” Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’The Most Clever Uses Of CGI In Cinema10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

Walcott happy with role up front

first_imgTheo Walcott feels he has shown manager Arsene Wenger he has what it takes to play a central striker’s role as Arsenal look to secure a top-four finish. The Gunners must again do without 17-goal hitman Olivier Giroud when they travel to relegated QPR as the Frenchman continues his three-match ban. Walcott, 24, is the club’s leading scorer with 19 in all competitions and the pacy England international hopes to make the most of any more opportunities which come his way. “I played a few games there and I would like a few more towards the end of the season,” Walcott said in the official Arsenal matchday programme. “I scored a lot of my goals this season when playing up front, so I have shown what I can do and it is up to the manager to do what he sees is best. I am sure another chance will come. I set a 20-goal target for the season, but the biggest goal for me is to help Arsenal finish third or fourth.” Wenger feels collectively the team deserves credit for continuing to maintain an attacking threat, with 99 goals from 50 games in all competitions this season, despite the departure of talisman forward Robin van Persie for United last summer. “You want to know that you can score at least two goals in every game because it gives you a good belief,” the Gunners boss said. “Overall, and considering we lost a world-class striker, I believe we have compensated quite well.” Arsenal’s much-maligned defence has also tightened up as the Gunners moved through an unbeaten eight-match run which has taken them back into the top four of the Premier League, a point behind Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham, albeit having played a match more. Walcott believes having a much-more settled rearguard – which has often seen captain Thomas Vermaelen left on the bench – provides the basis of consistency. “What it comes down to is that if you keep clean sheets, you are going to win games,” he said. “The likes of Manchester United have shown that very effectively. “In recent years we may have faded slightly at the end of games with the pressure of being 1-0 up, losing late on at Fulham last season for example. But I think everyone here is very focused on doing their jobs correctly. If we all work hard for each other then good things should hopefully follow.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp: I have final say over Liverpool transfers

first_img Liverpool’s transfer committee, made up of the manager, members of the scouting department and senior management, has come in for much criticism after a raft of mediocre signings. Klopp admits there are certain parameters within which he must work but was unequivocal on who has the final word. “If I say, for example, we take Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is 35, and we would have to pay £100million then maybe I should ask before I sign him,” he said. “But it is as it is when I said on the first day I came here; it is like I used to work. “Sometimes my staff and myself have an idea with a player we know or heard about and we collect some information about this. “If I don’t want the player to come here he will not come and if the player I want does not fit our budget then he will not come too. That is absolutely normal.” There is no doubt Liverpool do need new recruits in the summer but goalkeeper will not be one of them after Simon Mignolet signed a new five-year contract. The Belgium international is second only to Manchester City’s Joe Hart in terms of clean sheets in the last couple of years but he has come in for criticism for a number of errors and unconvincing performances but none of that has worried Klopp. Press Association “We will not have offered him a contract if we had the same thinking (as his critics) – a lot of people who speak about this situation always talk about new goalkeepers,” said the Reds boss. “But when I came here I heard nothing negative about Simon with all the people I spoke to. There was nothing to criticise. “There have been a lot of games since I have been here and he has been involved in one or the other goal we have conceded – as is normal with goalkeepers – but we thought about the package and Simon Mignolet is perfect. “He is a smart guy, young enough to develop in the things he has to develop and he gives the whole team a good feeling when he is in the starting line-up. “The result was we were sure we wanted to work with him for the next few years. We are satisfied with this position.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his insistence he is in charge of transfers after predecessor Brendan Rodgers claimed players were forced upon him. In an interview on Sunday Rodgers cited the example of Mario Balotelli, currently on loan at AC Milan after a poor debut season at Anfield, as a situation where he had no control over signings. “He wasn’t someone I felt was suited or fitted the profile of what we were after but the ownership thought this is a £50million player that they can bring in for £16million. When the owners want you to go down that route and there are no other options, you give it a go,” he said. last_img read more

Paris St Germain win French Cup

first_imgPARIS: Paris St Germain’s Neymar struck early to secure a 1-0 win over 10-man St Etienne as they claimed a record-extending 13th Coupe de France on Friday in a near empty stadium as French soccer came out of a four-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Brazilian scored on the rebound in the 14th minute after PSG fellow forward Kylian Mbappe sprinted clear and saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper Jessy Moulin, with only 5,000 fans in the 80,000-seater Stade de France due to strict health protocols. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron had met the players on the pitch but kept his distance and wore a face mask. The atmosphere in the run-up to the first professional game in France after the long hiatus was far from festive with only a handful of people around the stadium before the match. The contest got off to an eventful start with Yvann Macon felling Neymar in the opening seconds to earn a yellow card and St Etienne’s Denis Bouanga hitting the post in the fifth minute.But it was the Parisians who scored when Neymar pounced on Moulin’s save to fire in. Loic Perrin’s rough tackle in the 26th put Mbappe out of the game. The St Etienne captain was sent off in his last game and four other players were booked as tempers briefly flared. With Ligue 1 champions PSG chasing a quadruple of titles this season, the few fans in the stands breathed a sigh of relief when Mbappe returned on crutches to the bench after the interval, joking and laughing with his team mates. Agencies Also Watch: 6 Jorhat Jail Inmates Test Covid Positivelast_img read more

Australian cricket great sells ‘baggy green’ cap’ for bushfire appeal

first_imgAUSTRALIAN cricket great Shane Warne is set to raise more than 300,000 Australian dollars (£160,000) for the bushfire appeal by auctioning off his prized ‘baggy green’ Test cap.The 50-year-old wore the cap throughout his 145-Test career, in which he took an Australian record 708 wickets.At least 24 people have died since the fires began in September.“Everyone is in this together and we continue to find ways to contribute and help on a daily basis,” said Warne.“This has led me to auction off my beloved baggy green cap that I wore throughout my Test career.“I hope my baggy green can raise some significant funds to help all those people that are in desperate need.”All money raised will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, with the highest bid at 07:00 GMT on Monday standing at A$301,500. The auction is open until Friday.The fires are a natural part of the Australian weather cycle, but have been worsened this year by hotter-than-average temperatures and a persistent drought in many areas.Warne is Test cricket’s second-most successful bowler, with only Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800) taking more wickets.The ‘baggy green’ is given to an Australian Test player when he makes his international debut and cricketers usually wear the same cap throughout their career.Legendary batsman Don Bradman’s ‘baggy green’ fetched A$425,000 (£225,000) in 2003 – the Australian, who died in 2001, has the highest Test average of 99.94 runs.Tennis stars also pledge financial supportNovak Djokovic, the world number two in men’s tennis, has also pledged financial support to the relief fund, matching the A$25,000 donation given by five-time women’s Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova.Sharapova, 32, asked Djokovic to support the cause after saying on Sunday she would donate, with Serbia’s 16-time major winner agreeing to help in a Twitter message to the Russian on Monday.Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty has already said she will give all of her prize money from the Brisbane International to the relief fund. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

University sees increase in early graduation rates

first_imgAs most seniors plan their schedules in preparation for their last semester, some seniors are looking for jobs and getting ready for graduation.“If you’re done, you’re done,” said Gabe Bucsko, a senior majoring in cinema-television production. “The only reason I would stay is if I was scared.”Bucsko is graduating a semester early — a choice that is becoming increasingly common at USC.In four years, the number of students graduating early has grown steadily, increasing from 6.9 percent to 9.1 percent, according to Ray Gonzales, director of research and reporting for the Office of Academic Records and Registrar.Gonzales could not point to any one factor that has led to this increase, though he said the economy likely has played a role.“The economy — it’s definitely a confusing time for us,” Gonzales said. “We don’t have the same economic climate as in previous years.”Gene Bickers, vice provost for undergraduate programs, said the reason for graduating early varies from student to student.Some, like Bucsko, are choosing to leave early to save money. Though the job market is daunting, Bucsko said he’d rather try to get a job than pay for an unnecessary semester of school.“It’s not the best time to be going into any industry, really,” Bucsko said. “But I want to get a job — I have an internship right now that will hopefully turn into something.”Maryann Wu, an assistant director of undergraduate advisement in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, said she has seen more students wanting to graduate early in recent years.But Wu, who graduated a year early from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, said she would rather have stayed in college longer.“During the time I was at Miami, I didn’t know why I was in such a rush, and I wish I would have spent my four years to pick up another major or minor or study abroad,” Wu said.Wu speculated that more students might be graduating early because it’s becoming increasingly common for students to bring in a lot of transfer credits earned through Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores.Michael Saleeb, a senior majoring in political science and communication, said it was easy for him to graduate a semester early because of all the AP credits he earned from high school.“Originally, I was going to graduate in three years, but I had to pick up another degree in order to have enough credits to graduate from the university,” Saleeb said.Saleeb said he recommends that students understand what their options are in terms of class selection and course requirements if they want to graduate early.Katie Reid, a senior majoring in theatre, said she is graduating in December because she took the maximum number of units per semester for the semesters she’s been at USC and because she planned her course schedule well.“I didn’t go into college planning to graduate early, but because I planned my semesters ahead of time and took the classes I needed to take instead of wasting my units, I was able to graduate a semester early,” Reid said.Reid said she already has a job lined up for January from a previous internship. She said she thinks her early graduation may have made it less competitive for her to find a job.“The weakened economy has made it super-competitive,” Reid said. “I don’t think I have as much competition because there are fewer graduates in December, and most of the recent graduates with whom I’m competing are from May 2009.”Wu said some of her students choose to graduate early to get a leg up on the job market competition, among other advantages.“The pros of graduating early include saving money, getting a head start on the job market and having more time to prepare for graduate school,” Wu said.But Wu said it was important to note that every student has a different situation — the bottom line was to help students pursue their interests at USC.“USC has so much to offer and it’s important to make the most of your experience here,” Wu said.last_img read more