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first_imgSouth Nias Police chief Ad. Sr. Comr. I Gede Nakti Whidiarta said the fire claimed one life and caused severe burns in six other people. All victims were crew of the vessels and had been evacuated from the location after the fire fighters managed to put out the fire.“The six victims have been admitted to Victory Teluk Dalam clinic. They are in a critical condition,” he said, adding that the deceased had been taken by his family to be laid to rest.The fire started from KM Karya Asih, which had just filled its tank with fuel in the afternoon. All the boats were ready to sail out to the open sea to fish at night.Police were still investigating the cause of the fire, Nakti said. He said preliminary investigation suggested the fire could have been triggered by a cigarette butt discarded by one of the crewmen of KM Karya Asih.Topics : One person has died and six others have been severely injured in a fire that destroyed four boats in the old port of Teluk Dalam, South Nias regency in North Sumatra on Monday evening.The fire broke out at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, according to a witness, local resident Defi Fau. Defi said the fire started from a blast in one of the boats that was docking at the port.“The fire from one vessel started to get bigger and spread to others docked next to it,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgInstitutional investors are, Aquila said, set to increase their direct ownership of real assets.Specialised investment funds are used by 38% of those surveyed, closed-end funds by 32% and club deal/co-investments and managed accounts by 16%.Nine out of 10 investors (90%) said they had some exposure to real assets, and 44% had more than 10% exposure.Property was the most popular asset, with 74% of investors having exposure to it, followed by infrastructure (37%), commodities (26%), renewable energy (21%), timber (18%), shipping (7.9%) and farmland (2.6%).  The study showed that the most significant deterrent to investing in real assets was the lack of liquidity, which was cited by 55% of respondents.Other reasons included institutions’ lack of understanding of real assets (33%), limited long-term performance history (30%), a lack of suitable investment products (25%), fear of poor returns (23%) and unwillingness to diversify into ‘untested’ investment sectors (20%).For real assets to become more compelling, institutional investors said product providers must demonstrate greater transparency (60%), assets should be run by managers with experience of managing them (41%), fees should be lower (32%), due diligence should be clearer (30%) and products need better scalability (14%).Investors, Aquila said, also need to have a clearer understanding of the risk/return profile of real assets (41%). Institutional investors prefer direct ownership of real assets, according to a study by Aquila Capital.Aquila said 57% of the European investors it surveyed believe direct ownership is the best approach.However, only 43% currently use it.Stuart MacDonald, managing director at Aquila, said: “There is a growing appreciation among institutional investors of the benefits of direct ownership of real assets, and, over the coming years, we can expect to see a narrowing of the gap between actual and desired levels of this approach.”last_img read more

first_img Just last week Moyes was faced with questions about his future following claims – denied by sources at the club – that the United hierarchy were considering replacing their manager. But the mood has changed somewhat since the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool. Moyes is far more buoyant about the prospects ahead for his team for the rest of the season and beyond. “Hopefully we will be coming out of our (bad) period quickly,” he said. “Plans are afoot and try and make a real good go of it next season. “We are not in the position we want to be just now but we will do everything we possibly can to do it next year.” A look at the statistics shows why the bookmakers have City down as favourites for the 167th Manchester derby. City have won the last two derbies at Old Trafford – one of them was a whopping 6-1 victory – and United rarely troubled their old adversaries when they made the short trip across Mancunian Way in September. City have scored 28 more goals than United this term and they have conceded seven fewer at the other end. And other than a 1-0 win over Arsenal in November, United have failed to beat any of the sides in the top nine. But Moyes is still confident of securing a win and he insisted that United are not so far behind City than the league table suggests. He said: “I think we have got the level and we are not as far away as many people would have us and I have no doubt it will improve. We want to show we are still in there fighting. “We will do everything we can to win. We go out to win every game, not just the derby game. “Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city if you win a derby game. “We we want to try and perform better in the bigger games than what we have done. “It will be important for us to show the level of what we have got.” United had to field Michael Carrick at centre-half at Upton Park on Saturday because of injuries to Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand. Nemanja Vidic was also absent through suspension. The United captain remains banned for the visit of City, but Moyes would not give away anything about the fitness of the three injured players. “For this Barclays Premier League game we’ll do everything we possibly can to get the [injured] players back,” was all that Moyes would say when questioned on the matter at his pre-match press conference. Press Association A 12-point gap has now opened up between the two teams. Pellegrini’s side are favourites for the title owing to their games in hand, while United look set for an unedifying venture into the Europa League next season. And as City prepared to take on Barcelona in the Champions League last month Pellegrini appeared to poke fun at United’s predicament. “If you consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it is ours,” the City manager said. “But you cannot forget what United has done in previous years.” If the second sentence of that quote was supposed to be taken as a compliment, then it certainly has not gone down that way at United. By using the words “previous years”, the impression was that United’s glory years were a thing of the past and that is certainly not something Moyes agrees with. “Well Manchester United had lots and lots of seasons of domination ,” the United boss answered when questioned about Pellegrini’s comments for the first time. “I don’t think if I was a manager I would have turned round and necessarily said that we were the only club in Manchester because football does change, it goes in cycles.” David Moyes thinks Manuel Pellegrini should not have branded City the only club in Manchester – and warned the Chilean that United are ready to rise again. United and City renew hostilities at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, six months after Pellegrini’s side beat their neighbours 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Ever since that result, City have gone from strength to strength on the home front, while United have stumbled to one disappointing defeat after another. last_img read more

first_imgCoronavirus cases in Florida climbed by a record 1,698 in one day as deaths rose by 47 to 2,848, including 10 in Palm Beach County to 407, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday morning.In Palm Beach County, cases went up 208 after 160 Wednesday,189 Tuesday and a record 258 one week ago Wednesday.On Wednesday, deaths in the state rose by 36 and in Palm Beach County by 10. Last Thursday the state rise was 41and 4 in the county. The state record is 83 on Tuesday, April 28. Twice, the increase was 72 — once in April and once last month. In Palm Beach County the record is 17 twice.Palm Beach County officials are “concerned” with the rise in cases. Palm Beach, along with Broward and Miami-Dade are not yet eligible for Phase Two of reopening.last_img read more

first_imgMadrid, May 22: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday that he would not consider the previous season a disappointment even if his team loses the upcoming UEFA Champions League final.He however, admitted his biggest regret was getting eliminated by Leganes in the second leg of the 2018 Copa del Rey quarter-final, reports Efe.On Saturday, Real Madrid is to face Liverpool in the Champions League final for a third consecutive title.“It (the season) will not be a waste. The big failure for me, as I said before, was in the Copa del Rey because we lost at home and were knocked out. That was a cruel blow for us. But that’s it,” the French coach said at a press conference.“Real Madrid always looks to win, but you can’t always count on it. The important thing for us is to show our drive and ensure we don’t slip up. You need setbacks in life if you want to improve,” he added.Zidane remained upbeat about the Champions League final, stressing that “If you think you’re going to fail then you most likely will. You must always stay positive.” IANSlast_img read more

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team, led by explosive junior guards Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks, coasted to yet another double-digit victory at home Sunday as they defeated Albany (2-7) 75-46.Anderson scored a season-high 28 points (on 11-of-19 from the field) to complement her four assists. It was the 27th time she scored more than 20 points as a Badger, the fourth time this season.”Don’t let her looks fool you,” noted Albany head coach Trina Patterson of Anderson. “She can put it in the basket. You don’t think that she can score, then you look down and she has 30. She’s just a good scorer, and she has a great future ahead of her.”Anderson also tied her career best with six steals Sunday.”[It was just] being in the right place at the right time,” Anderson said of her extraordinary defensive performance. “I was just trying to get in the passing lanes and make it difficult for [Albany] to get open on the wing. Some of [the passes] looked like they were just floating, and so I just made a stab at it and went for it.”Banks notched her first double-double of the season, tallying 13 points while collecting a game-high 12 rebounds. She also tied Anderson for a game-high four assists.The Badgers out-rebounded the Great Danes 50-27 in all, while giving up only five offensive rebounds to the women from New York.”I think that one of the things we like to emphasize a lot is rebounding,” Banks noted. “It may not seem like it at times, but I think a lot of us do try and concentrate on always rebounding.”The emergence of freshmen point guards Rae Lin D’Alie and Sarah Ingison has allowed Banks to play the two guard, a position she feels more comfortable playing.”When you’re more comfortable, you get to take more chances with rebounding,” Banks said. Rebounding was not the only impressive defensive statistic the Badgers accumulated Sunday, as they also forced 20 turnovers, had nine steals, four blocks, and held the Great Danes to a mere 34 percent shooting from the field.The Badgers reached the 10-win plateau in only 11 games this season, as they shattered the previous mark of 21 games (2004-05) during head coach Lisa Stone’s four-year tenure.”It sounds great to be undefeated at home,” Stone said after the game. “At this great place here, we need to do that. We owe it to our fans to play and win games, and we’ve done a good job of that so far.”Six of UW’s seven home victories have come in double-digit fashion. They edged out Western Michigan 80-77 Nov. 14.The Badgers had 22 assists in all Sunday, but unfortunately, some sloppy play on the offensive end of the court led to 22 turnovers as well.”[We] got a little careless with the basketball,” Stone noted. “We all committed a turnover. I think everybody that played got one, except Ericka (Engen). We need to take care of the ball.”D’Alie and Banks were the guilty parties, committing six and four turnovers, respectively.”When we start playing better defenses in the Big Ten, we can’t have that many turnovers,” Banks added.Despite the final score being as lopsided as it was, Albany stuck with Wisconsin for much of the game.”We give Albany a lot of credit,” Stone praised. “They hung in there. They used a lot of timeouts in the first half and as many as they could in the second half to try and stay in it. They made us play a little ugly. We were tentative, and obviously they made us turn the ball over, and that’s something that we’ll certainly discuss before Wednesday.”last_img read more

first_img Published on August 20, 2015 at 10:18 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Syracuse will open the regular season against Lehigh on Nov. 13 at the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced in a tweet Thursday morning.The last time the Orange faced the Mountain Hawks was Dec. 31, 1931 when SU won, 34-17. Syracuse owns a 3-0 all-time series advantage, with the other two wins coming in January 1931 and March 1923.Lehigh went 16-14 in 2014-15, with a 10-8 conference record in the Patriot League. In last season’s opener, the Orange topped Kennesaw State, 89-42, in the 2K Classic.Head coach Jim Boeheim is entering his 40th season at the helm of SU, which is coming off an 18-13 season in which the university self-imposed a one-year postseason ban. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgTipperary’s Senior Hurling Manager Eamon O’Shea says that he expects a tough challenge from Offaly in Tullamore this weekend.The Premier County take on the Faithfull in the quarter final of the National League on Sunday afternoon after topping Division 1A.Brian Whelehan’s Offaly side have notched up 3 wins from 5 in their Division 1B campaign. Eamon O’Shea says he has seen big improvements in Offaly in recent months and is expecting a battle on Sunday.Throw in at O’Connor Park in Tullamore is at 3 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Una Powell’s Pub, Summerhill, Nenagh and Loughnane Concrete, Ardcroney, Nenagh.last_img read more

first_imgAt its meeting on Sunday November 02nd 2014 in Algiers, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) considered the request of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Morocco on the postponement of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.Unanimity was reached on keeping the competition on the dates originally agreed; namely from January 17 to February 8, 2015, for the following reasons:1/ Since the beginning of the latest outbreak  of the Ebola virus, CAF has always acted in accordance with the precautionary principle of safeguarding lives by strictly adhering to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). This was enforced through a circular dated 12 August 2014 which sanctioned the suspension of all CAF competitions in countries heavily affected by the disease; Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, so as to prevent holding football matches that could result in mass gatherings and could facilitate the spread of the virus.Furthermore, CAF has then been able to organize peacefully all competitions across the continent since April 2014 with no cases of Ebola reported in connection with the organization of a football match.The WHO reiterated CAF recommendations in a letter dated 14 October 2014 and re-confirmed in a press release issued on 23 October, 2014 that it did not recommend the cancellation of international meetings and mass gatherings in countries other than those affected.2/ The requirement was made to all National Associations of CAF to comply with health protocols prescribed by the WHO, both from the countries affected by the epidemic and on arrival in countries hosting matches. For example, for the reception of Sierra Leone in September during the first day of the final phase of qualifiers for the Orange AFCON 2015, Cote d’Ivoire sought and obtained the presence of a CAF medical expert who was present in Abidjan to monitor the arrival of the delegation of Sierra Leone. Similarly, the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to host the Sierra Leonean team unconditionally and allowed them to play their matches in their territory, again without any health problems reported. In addition, through the strict application of the requirements of the WHO and health authorities in Namibia, the 2014 African Women Championship just ended in Namibia on October 25 without any health incident.3/ Of the three countries where the epidemic is prevalent, only Guinea retains a chance of qualifying for the final tournament of the Orange AFCON 2015. In addition, Guinea hosts its home games in Casablanca and has adhered to a strict health protocol implemented by Morocco that has so far showed no flaws.We would like therefore here-again to thank the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco for the solidarity it has shown with countries heavily affected by helping deal with stigma; actions which included hosting the national teams of Guinea (both U17 and the men’s senior team) in Casablanca.4/ Morocco, a country where no cases of Ebola have been identified, welcomes in the coming weeks and a few days before the Orange AFCON 2015, the FIFA Club World Cup where there will be participants from a country where a case of the Ebola virus has been identified (Spain).On the other hand, the number of foreign fans expected in the stadiums for the FIFA Club World 2014 is much higher than the ones expected for the Orange AFCON 2015. Indeed, almost all of the fans attending the Orange AFCON are residents in Morocco, and considering the average purchasing power in most African countries, it is unrealistic to expect more than 1,000 supporters from the rest of continent to attend the Orange AFCON 2015, except for those who benefit from a geographic proximity within the Maghreb region. Therefore, CAF considers that the current health system in place in Morocco, and whose effectiveness has been proven, is more than able to cope with the very limited flow of people for the Orange AFCON 2015.5/ The CAF schedule have expanded over the years and today counts eleven (11) competitions. Any change in the timing of events would be detrimental to the rest of the agenda, including the African Nations Championship (CHAN) scheduled for January 2016 in Rwanda, and that CAF will also maintain at the same dates.6/ CAF also has the urgent need to respect the international calendar as established by FIFA, allowing it to secure the release of players from foreign clubs as these players represent a majority of members within the African teams and helps African football shine.Since its creation, the ability of CAF to meet its commitments and maintain its competitive time schedules has allowed it to maintain a healthy relationship and trust with its National Associations, their authorities, public, commercial partners and all other international sports organizations.Thus, the Executive Committee of CAF confirms its commitment to keep the competition on the dates indicated (January 17-February 8, 2015), while asking the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to clarify the final position of Morocco not later than 8 November, 2014. This time given also applies to all other CAF national associations wishing to organize the competition on the dates agreed as long as the hosting requirements are met.  A meeting of the Executive Committee will be held 11 November 2014 in Cairo, Egypt to take the necessary decisions.last_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY, Iowa – Mayor Bill Schickel declared a state of emergency in Mason City in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). For information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit https://cghealth.org or https://masoncity.net. Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Charles H. MacNider Museum will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff will continue to work and will be available to answer questions during this time via phone and email.  The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum will also discontinue youth and adult activities through April 10.  The ceramics studio will remain closed during this time, as well as the Imagination Playground.  Please follow the Museum online and on Facebook for daily art projects, lessons, and inspiration. The City Hall building will be closed to public access, suspending face-to-face and in-person payment transactions for the protection of residents and city staff. Specifically, City Hall will close at the end of the business day, Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed until further notice. The Mason City Public Library closed to the public effective March 17 through March 28, 2020 (subject to change). The City of Mason City will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions that support public health and reduce spread of COVID-19. The public will be updated as needed. Listen back to today’s press conference via the audio player below: City staff in these buildings will continue to work and provide services to the public electronically, by phone, by mail, and when necessary, by appointment. At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo County but the proclamation follows the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) notification of community spread of the virus in Iowa and recommendation of the immediate implementation of mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus.center_img From: Aaron Burnett, City AdministratorDate: March 17, 2020Subject: Mayor Schickel Declares State of Emergency in Mason City Utility Billing payment options during this period include:ACH (Automated Clearing House) and e-check automatic bill payments will continue as regularly scheduled.Payments can be made online at www.masoncity.net, click the ‘Utility Payments’ icon on the left sideChecks can be mailed to: Utility Billing, City Hall, 10 First Street NW, Mason City, IA 50401.Payments can be dropped at the drop box located just west of City Hall.Single use sanitation stickers will not be available to purchase at City Hall and instead will be available at area stores for purchase.Bus passes will not be available for purchase at City Hall until further notice. PROCLAMATIONWHEREAS, one of the most important responsibilities of City Government is theprotection of the citizens it serves; andWHEREAS, on March 9, 2020 a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued tocoordinate the State of Iowa’s response to this outbreak and such disaster continues toexist; andWHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamationdeclaring that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a nationalemergency; andWHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds issued a State of Public HealthDisaster Emergency; andWHEREAS, Iowa Department of Public Health and Governor Reynolds hasrecommended immediate implementation of several mitigation measures includingavoiding gatherings of events of more than 10 people, andWHEREAS,  Iowa Code and the Mason City City Code grants the Mayor powers inemergency circumstances when public danger exists to take extraordinary steps to protectthe public health and safety; andNOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Schickel, Mayor of Mason City, Iowa do hereby proclaimthe following;I hereby determine that a state of emergency or public danger exists and direct that allgatherings of 10 people or more on public property or public right-of-way are herebyprohibited as of midnight tonight and any permits or permissions previously granted arehereby rescinded.This Proclamation of emergency and public danger is part of an ongoing response of theCity of Mason City to protect public health and safety and may be modified orsuperseded with more restrictive proclamations at any time as circumstances warrant.I further ask all citizens to follow the guidelines set out by Centers for Disease Control,the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Cerro Gordo Public Health.Whereupon I subscribe my name and the seal of the City of Mason City on this 17 th dayof March, 2020.___________________Bill Schickel, Mayor The Recreation Business Office located in Southbridge Mall will also be closed until further notice. The childcare services portion will remain open. The Call Center is operating from 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday for individuals with questions about COVID-19. The phone numbers are (641) 494-3546 or (641) 494-3547. Citizens can also call 2-1-1 for statewide information. Through this proclamation, Mayor Schickel is prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people on public property or public right-of-way effective at midnight tonight and strongly suggests private gatherings of 10 or more people on private property should be avoided. The proclamation follows a statement last week encouraging social distancing. For information and questions related to City services and programs, please contact the appropriate City department or submit a request through the City’s Citizen Request Center at www.masoncity.net.last_img read more