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Property the dominant force despite share inertia

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Three regional election candidates die from COVID-19: KPU

first_imgTopics : Ibnu’s wife and son and their domestic worker also tested positive for COVID-19. They are currently being treated at Ir. Soekarno Regional General Hospital in Bangka Belitung.Evi said that KPU regulations allowed parties to replace candidates who died prior to the elections.The government remains insistent on carrying out the regional elections as scheduled despite public outcry.The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and prominent Muslim groups Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah had urged the government to delay the elections to protect the people from COVID-19.Read also: Election campaigns will be COVID-19-free, home minister claims despite concernsAccording to the official government count, Indonesia had recorded 307,120 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 11,253 fatalities as of Monday.  LIPI political research center head Firman Noor said that at least 63 candidate pairs had also been exposed to COVID-19, showing the election had the potential to create new clusters.During the first week of campaigning for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections, the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) announced that an undisclosed number of candidates in 53 regencies and cities had hosted campaign events either without physical-distancing and mask-wearing restrictions or with more than 50 people in attendance from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30.Previously, Bawaslu announced that 243 prospective candidates had violated health protocols by bringing large entourages to register their candidacies at regional KPU offices from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6. (nal) The second candidate to succumb to COVID-19 was Adi Darma, who was running in the mayoral race in Bontang, also in East Kalimantan.Adi died on Thursday after being treated at Taman Husada Regional General Hospital (RSUD), Bontang.Read also: Lenient sanctions allow candidates to ignore health protocolsMeanwhile, Ibnu Saleh, the incumbent regent of Central Bangka, Bangka Belitung Islands, died from COVID-19 on Sunday. Ibnu was running for reelection in the upcoming regional elections prior to his death.center_img The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that three candidates running for the upcoming simultaneous regional elections in December have died of COVID-19.KPU commissioner Evi Novilda Ginting Manik said the first candidate who died was Muharram, the incumbent regent of Berau regency in East Kalimantan.”Muharram passed away on Sept. 22, a day prior to the announcement of eligible candidates [in the regency],” Evi said on Sunday as reported by read more


Arsenal submit new bid to sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus after agreeing personal terms

first_imgArsenal submit new bid to sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus after agreeing personal terms Juventus rejected Arsenal’s first offer for Rugani (Getty Images)The report also claims that Rugani has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementRugani has been told by Juventus that he is free to leave the club this summer following the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.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 CityMeanwhile, the Gunners have also had a £55 million offer rejected by RB Leipzig for Upamecano.The Bundesliga club are open to selling the 20-year-old but are demanding that the Gunners include Emile Smith Rowe, either on loan or as a permanent option, as part of the deal.Celtic are also expecting to receive an improved offer from Arsenal for their left-back Kieran Tierney.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Daniele Rugani has agreed a deal to join Arsenal (Getty Images)Arsenal have submitted a new offer to sign Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.The Gunners are stepping up their efforts to land a new central defender before Thursday’s transfer deadline with Rugani and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano high on their shortlist.Arsenal have already had a two-year loan offer for Rugani rejected by Juventus.But according to Tuttosport, the Gunners are attempting to push the deal over the line by offering to sign Rugani on loan for one season with a mandatory option to buy the 25-year-old for €30 million (£27.6m).ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 12:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20Shares Advertisementlast_img read more


Jill Crosses the Atlantic

first_imgFred. Olsen Windcarrier’s heavy lift vessel Jill has completed her cross-Atlantic journey from the United States to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.The jack-up has been floated off and is now ready for her first offshore wind assignment where she will assist in suction bucket installation tests out of Frederikshavn in Denmark.Jill is equipped with 102m long legs, a rack and pinion hydraulic jacking system, a large cargo deck and in addition to her main crane, good crane coverage by her three auxiliary cranes.She was built to accommodate 132 persons in addition to crew, this will, however, be limited to a total of 80 persons in Europe.Jill is capable of transporting wind turbine components of up to 5MW and can carry major components such as gearboxes, generators, transformers, blades and full drive trains for O&M jobs. The first contracts for main component exchanges will take place shortly after arrival, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said.last_img read more


I’m Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to Pot

first_imgThe New York Times 6 October 2018Family First Comment: “When I had my first cup of coffee in the morning, I pressed the little button on my vape pen, waited for the blue glow, took a huge inhale and then blew it into the mug so that I could suck in the THC and caffeine at the same time. Then I took another hit, and another. In the afternoons, I’d smoke a bowl, or pop a gummy bear, or both. At night, I got high before eating dinner or watching the ballgame. Maybe I’d stop getting stoned a little bit before bed, but what was the point? If I went to bed high, I could wake up high, too.” No thanks. www.SayNopeToDope.nzCannabis should be legal, just as alcohol should be legal. But marijuana addiction exists, and it almost wrecked my life.My name is Neal, and I’m a marijuana addict.A year ago I wouldn’t have said that, because it would have meant giving up marijuana. I would rather have given up breathing.When I had my first cup of coffee in the morning, I pressed the little button on my vape pen, waited for the blue glow, took a huge inhale and then blew it into the mug so that I could suck in the THC and caffeine at the same time. Then I took another hit, and another. In the afternoons, I’d smoke a bowl, or pop a gummy bear, or both. At night, I got high before eating dinner or watching the ballgame. Maybe I’d stop getting stoned a little bit before bed, but what was the point? If I went to bed high, I could wake up high, too.What a time for people to get stoned! Marijuana has left the counterculture, exploded into the mainstream and transformed into a multibillion-dollar industry. Cannabis is now an essential part of any hip wellness and beauty regimen. Netflix offers a marijuana-themed cooking show.But I’m not a child with intractable epilepsy, or a veteran with PTSD, or a person who just wants to chill a little, or Willie Nelson. Unless you count writing articles about marijuana, I’m not profiting from the industry. I’m just a middle-aged house dad with a substance-abuse problem.Like most pot addicts in denial, I spent years telling myself that marijuana isn’t addictive, and so I didn’t have a problem. But clearly I did. And I’m not the only one who suffers this way.Though marijuana addiction isn’t deadly like opioid addiction or toxic like meth addiction, it still wastes millions of lives. Around 9 percent of users become addicted, and about 17 percent of those who start as teenagers. That’s less than the rate for alcoholism but still significant.READ MORE: read more


Mourinho: ‘I’ll be supporting City’

first_img Press Association Should Chelsea beat their own opponents West Ham at Stamford Bridge and City win at White Hart Lane, Mourinho’s third-placed squad will be 10 points clear of Spurs, who are challenging Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United in the battle to compete in Europe’s elite competition next term. Chelsea have narrowly clung on to their Champions League status in recent seasons, finishing sixth in the Premier League in 2012 and gaining a reprieve by winning the European Cup before a year later being certain of their qualification only after a final-day victory over Everton. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho favours a Manchester City win at Tottenham on Wednesday in a result which he believes would make his own team almost certainties for Champions League qualification this season. “The top four, if possible the top three, is the big, big, big objective and it’s a difficult objective. “If everybody is there, you go to the end of the season under big pressure, so for us it will be better for City to win.” Put to him that he was beginning to sound like Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has spoken of the importance of Champions League qualification amid his side’s near nine-year run without a trophy, Mourinho’s response was curt. He added: “It’s not a trophy. It’s a moment of the evolution of this team. Next season I will be speaking differently.” Mourinho and Wenger have had a to-and-fro argument over fixtures of late, with the Portuguese insisting Arsenal always have the better deal. It is something Mourinho believes was enforced when the March fixture schedule showed Chelsea playing Arsenal on Saturday, March 22 at the end of a fallow midweek for the Gunners, while the Blues will have met Galatasaray in the Champions League. Nevertheless, Mourinho, who favoured a Sunday match with the Gunners, welcomed the prospect of a contract extension for Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. Mourinho, who has spoken of his desire to emulate Wenger’s longevity, added: “It’s fantastic to give that stability, that example. Maybe others follow, because I think it’s a good thing. I am happy for him.” Mourinho believes long-term success for Chelsea is dependent on players such as Eden Hazard, who recently spoke of his desire to be one of the world’s best players alongside Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona. “If he wants to be a great, great player and arrive where Cristiano and Messi arrive, he has space to go because he’s 23,” Mourinho said. “It’s a great ambition for him. What I feel now with him is responsibility in every aspect. “Against Man United I saw him make a fantastic tackle inside of our box, but at the same time against Stoke he was trying to kill the game, not waiting for things to happen but trying to make things happen. “The kid is going in a fantastic direction.” The Ballon d’Or is the trophy FIFA award to the world’s best player, but it is one Mourinho does not value, even if Hazard covets it. Mourinho said: “Without an entourage and politics, he doesn’t get the gold ball.” Last summer Mourinho tried to team Hazard up with Wayne Rooney at Chelsea and had two bids for the England man rejected by Manchester United, with whom the striker appears close to signing a new deal. Asked about Rooney, Mourinho said: “I feel nothing. I don’t care. I’m happy for him if he gets a fantastic deal.” Even though Chelsea’s next opponents are City, on February 3, Mourinho would like Manuel Pellegrini’s team to prevail at Spurs. “I prefer them to win, because if they win and if we win, we open a gap to Tottenham,” Mourinho said. “If we have a gap of 10 to Tottenham, 12 to United, you have a safe spot in the Champions League. “If you can have a safe spot by February and play the rest of the season without that pressure, it would be fantastic for us.” Champions League qualification is Mourinho’s primary target on his return to Stamford Bridge after again playing down his side’s title prospects. “That’s an objective I don’t want to fail,” he added. “We cannot fail, because as a club we need that and as a team we need that too, because we want to play Champions League. “As a team it’s very important for the evolution of the team, as a club it’s very important for financial reasons, for prestigious reasons. last_img read more


Liverpool wait on Lille over Origi

first_img However, Press Association Sport understands while the club would be keen to end the loan deal early, offering substantial compensation, they will not force the issue with Lille as they wish to maintain good relations. The French club are aware of the Merseysiders’ position and the ball is now in their court, but when the subject has been raised previously they have shown no inclination to agree, with director Jean-Michel Vandamme declaring last month a January move was impossible. Lille’s position in Ligue 1, in 14th just four points above the relegation zone, makes it even more unlikely they would let a key asset leave halfway through the season. Liverpool have been keeping a close eye on Origi since signing him in the summer with manager Brendan Rodgers admitting his coaching staff are even offering advice on how he can improve before he arrives on Merseyside. “When he plays in France, we get a download of the game here, analyse that and then feed back to him on areas he can improve in the game and what he’s doing very, very well, so when he comes into here next summer he’s prepared and we know the areas of his game that are his strengths,” the Reds boss said earlier this month. News this week of a new thigh injury for Sturridge means Rodgers has to find a way of getting goals out of the trio of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert – both summer arrivals – and Fabio Borini, who in 998 minutes of combined Premier League playing time have not scored. Off the field it is understood talks over a new contract for captain Steven Gerrard, whose current deal expires in the summer, have been productive but are still ongoing. The Reds beat a number of European clubs to sign the highly-rated 19-year-old in the summer but a significant part of the success of that capture was a binding agreement to allow the forward to remain in France for one further season. If Liverpool had been given the option to bring Origi into their squad in the summer they would have taken it and Daniel Sturridge’s continued absence with a thigh injury has only highlighted the need for reinforcements up front. Liverpool’s hopes of bringing striker Divock Origi back to Anfield in January rely on former club Lille being prepared to release the Belgium international from his loan spell. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Shanghai Tempt Ighalo with £400,000-a-week Deal to Return to China

first_imgOdion Ighalo According to UK’s SportsMail, Ighalo’s performances have been enough to impress the Red Devils hierarchy to want to sign him on a permanent basis for £15million this summer when his loan deal expires on May 31.But Shanghai Shenhua are hopeful of swaying the 30-year-old with an eye watering package to keep him in the Chinese Super League for another two years, according to Sky Sports.United’s deal with the Chinese side ends a month earlier than most loan deals, and the club may have to agree an extension if they want to keep him for the remainder of the Premier League season should it continue on through the summer due to the coronavirus.This could see him stay with United until June 30, with players’ union FIFPro working on a solution to contract uncertainty amid the present football shutdown.Shanghai were recently prepared to cash in on Ighalo if United could match their valuation of £15m, and a permanent switch to Old Trafford looked on the cards with United happy to pay it.But now the Chinese outfit are ready to increase his wages from £300,000 per week to £400,000 per week, with a two-year extension that would see him remain with the club until 2024.Ighalo is said to be flattered by the staggering new contract offer, but he is putting all of his focus on playing for the club he supported as a boy until his loan deal expires.United started the campaign with just one senior striker as Marcus Rashford was given the task of carrying the club’s attacking threat after Romelu Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan – with no replacement brought in.Mason Greenwood has helped the cause, scoring an impressive 12 goals in just his second season in professional football, but with the 18-year-old lacking in experience, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in Ighalo in a temporary switch in January.Ighalo had Premier League experience from his time at Watford and has a decent track record across his career, but many felt he wasn’t the calibre of player the club were hoping to attract, with the Nigerian entering his thirties and playing in the Chinese Super League.But he made a fast impact to life at Old Trafford, scoring four in just three starts – including two in the Europa League and two in the FA Cup. His presence in the team has been applauded by Solskjaer, who called him ‘a breath of fresh air’.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportThese are indeed rosy time for former Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, whose football career was presumed to have hit a dead end with his drift to the Far East.Following the resurgence of his career at Manchester United he joined on loan on January transfer deadline day, his parent club Shanghai Shenhua yesterdayoffered Ighalo a new £400,000 (about N190million)-a-week deal to extend his stay in the Chinese Super League.last_img read more


Institute fosters innovation on USC campus

first_imgIn less than two years, 15 USC start-up companies have raised about $115 million in financing for their businesses, as a result of the efforts by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation.The numbers, announced at First Look LA — an investor event held in conjunction with UCLA and Caltech — represent the work of the university-wide institute, which was designed to harness the creative thinking and innovative work of all of USC’s 17 professional schools. The institute, based in the Office of the Provost, promotes entrepreneurship through competitions, investor events and providing resources for students.Innovation · Students display their creative research at last year’s Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“The impressive funding activity of USC spinoffs is especially interesting when considering the current economic climate,” said Elisa Wiefel Schreiber, director of communications for the institute.A report released by Dow Jones VentureSource last month called 2009 the worst investment year since 2003, and start-ups across the country have seen a significant drop in venture capital over the past year.As a result, the Stevens Institute has focused onhelping the start-ups tap other sources of funding — including private investors, overseas investors and government grants.Schreiber added that the fundraising success of the companies could be an indication of their future potential.“These investments are fueling new businesses that are poised to make an ongoing impact in the next decade through new products and job creation,” Schreiber said.The institute aims to help develop the innovator as well as the work on the company itself, by utilizing educational programs,community-building events and showcase opportunities, according to Schreiber.“[The showcase opportunities] in turn provides a central connection for industries seeking cutting edge innovations in which to invest,” Schreiber said.One of the 15 start-ups, BigStage — a technology company for interactive entertainment developers — was recently ranked 18th out of 20 in Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Most Promising Companies, and has raised more than $10 million within the last two years, according to theirwebsite. Other companies in the list include, a content-sharing platform and, a video sharing website with ad revenue for users.The institute does not actively participate in the fundraising process or distribute funds to the start-ups, Schreiber said. A license to a patent is given to an entrepreneur, which then creates a business around that patent and seeks their own funding resources, although the institute does provide assistance and advice in how to go about the process.“The credit goes to our start-ups for their resourcefulness in raising funds from creative sources during these tough times and building innovative companies that can attract these investments in the first place,” Schreiber said. “We can only encourage, coach and connect; the real heavy lifting in this economy is being done by the entrepreneurs themselves.”According to Schreiber, the success of these companies is a validation from the private sector of the quality of the research at USC and an early indicator of USC’s new strategic focus on the innovation process through the institute.“Having the USC Stevens Institute creates a ‘halo effect’ for USC,” said Schreiber. “It’s something the students can be proud of and see as an indicator that USC is competitive with institutions such as the [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] and other innovative universities.”Students said they were inspired by the success of the companies, and were pleased to know there was an on-campus resource for those planning to start their own companies.“This is a great opportunity to expose students to these possibilities that are out there,” said Hugh Garvey, a freshman majoring in business administration. “These numbers lay a solid foundation for the future — it makes me optimistic.”Elton Kwok, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, also expressed enthusiasm about the institute.“Seeing this success makes me excited and motivated to strive harder and follow in their footsteps to create my own business,” Kwok said. “This sets a precedent which says it can be done.”last_img read more


FH : Assessing the field: A look at the teams in the 2011 Big East tournament

first_img Comments Published on November 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Team: No. 4 Connecticut Record: 16-1 overall, 6-0 Big EastCoach: Nancy StevensBest win: Oct. 23 vs. No. 5 Syracuse, 3-2 (2 OT)Worst loss: Sept. 18 vs. No. 14 Boston College, 3-1AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOutlook: The top-seeded Huskies, ranked fourth nationally, come into the Big East tournament with a 10-game winning streak. With a 5-0 win over Rutgers in its last contest, Connecticut took the regular-season title, finishing undefeated in conference play. Forward Chloe Hunnable leads the team with 13 goals scored, including a three-goal performance against Providence. In late October, forward Anne Jeute was named the Big East offensive player of the week after contributing two goals and an assist in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. Forward-midfielder Marie Elena Bolles leads the team with four game-winning goals and is tied with Jestine Angelini for the team lead in points (32). Angelini has dished out 13 assists, which ties her for first in the conference. Goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield’s seven shutouts, .87 goals against average and .795 save percentage all rank best in the conference. In this season’s only matchup against Louisville, UConn’s first-round opponent, the Huskies prevailed 4-2. Having won the regular-season championship without a blemish, UConn is the favorite to capture the tournament title as well.Team: No. 5 SyracuseRecord: 16-3, 5-1Coach: Ange BradleyBest Win: Oct. 21 vs. No. 14 Boston College, 3-2 (OT)Worst Loss: None — SU lost to the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 teams in the country.Outlook: Hosting this year’s Big East tournament will undoubtedly boost the spirits of Ange Bradley’s squad. The Orange, the defending Big East tournament champion, is 11-0 at home and has outscored its opposition 59-7 in those games. SU heads into the tournament in fine form after consecutive wins over Bucknell and first-round opponent Villanova. The tournament will most likely come down to Syracuse and Connecticut, as it has in the championship each of the last three years. Despite the odds favoring that matchup, Bradley’s team will certainly be cautious of a young Villanova squad that was a mere four minutes away from taking the Orange to overtime last week before SU’s Heather Susek scored the game-winner. If Susek, Syracuse all-time points leader Martina Loncarica and leading scorer Kelsey Millman can keep the Orange attack rolling, Syracuse should find itself in the final. After losing to the Huskies in double overtime on the road and defeating UConn in two of the last three Big East championships, it would be no surprise to see Syracuse holding the Big East trophy on Sunday.Team: VillanovaRecord: 8-10, 3-3Coach: Joanie MilhousBest Win: Oct. 15 vs. Louisville, 2-1Worst Loss: Oct. 12 at St. Joseph’s, 3-2 (OT)Outlook: Villanova’s goal for the season focused on three key words: ‘prove them wrong.’ The Wildcats’ presence alone at the tournament has done just that. Predicted to finish sixth in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll, Milhous’ 17th year at the helm has seen her team rely heavily on youth. The Wildcats start four freshmen, two of whom are her leading scorers in Jessica Swoboda and Leah High. Seniors Jordan Lynn and Megan Goelz lead a back line that has given up nearly 2.5 goals per game this season. With the Wildcats only a week removed from a gut-wrenching defeat against Syracuse in the final minutes, revenge will be on Villanova’s mind. The team boasts what Milhous considers to be one of her all-time best freshmen classes. It will need to control the pace of the game if it is to have any chance of handing Syracuse its first loss at home since 2009. This young Villanova team is certainly a huge underdog with both the Orange and Connecticut in the mix, but if the Wildcats can avoid a shootout, they just might be the surprise team.Team: LouisvilleRecord: 10-8, 3-3Coach: Justine SowryBest win: Oct. 23 at Indiana, 1-0Worst loss: Oct. 15 at Villanova, 2-1Outlook: The Cardinals have lost five of their last eight games, but clinched the fourth seed of the tournament with a 6-0 win over Providence on Oct. 21. The victory over Rutgers (2-4 Big East), who would finish in fifth place, also made the difference in qualifying for the tournament. The loss at the hands of Villanova cost Louisville the tournament’s third seed. Senior midfielder Hayley Turner is the focal point of the offense, leading the team in points (28), goals (10) and assists (8). Second in the categories of points and goals is sophomore forward Elizabeth Vance. Turner and Heather Stevens, two of the team’s three seniors, each scored twice in the victory over Providence. Erin Conrad’s six shutouts and .768 save percentage are both good for second among Big East goalkeepers. Conrad tied a career-high with 11 saves against Drexel on Oct. 16, but the 2-1 loss resulted in Louisville’s drop from No. 20 to out of the Top 25. A win over Connecticut would be a colossal upset for Louisville. The Huskies have knocked out the Cardinals in each of the last three Big East tournaments.—Compiled by Phil D’Abbraccio and Jacob Klinger, contributing writers,, jmklinge@syr.edulast_img read more