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Morocco opens field hospital after spike in virus cases

first_imgTopics : Authorities closed facilities, tested workers and launched an investigation to “establish responsibility” for the outbreak, Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit said, as cited by official news agency MAP. The field hospital will receive from Sunday “around 700 registered cases”, he added. Strawberry fields in Kenitra — usually busy with workers harvesting at this time of year — were deserted at the weekend, an AFP photographer said.Several towns in the region were placed under quarantine and screenings were carried out among residents, who were asked to go out only in cases of “extreme necessity”. A dozen ambulances were stationed in Moulay Bousselham, one of the quarantined towns, ready to be dispatched to pick up confirmed cases.Morocco, with a population of 34 million, has reported just over 9,800 cases and 213 deaths from the novel coronavirus.On June 9, authorities announced a gradual lifting of restrictions in force since mid-March, though measures remain in place in major cities and a public health state of emergency has been extended until July 10. Wearing masks in public is obligatory, gatherings are prohibited and mosques, cinemas and theatres are closed, while restaurants and cafes are open but limited to take-away orders. The kingdom’s borders remain closed “until further notice”. center_img A new field hospital in eastern Morocco will from Sunday receive around 700 COVID-19 patients following a sharp spike in infections in the kingdom, the government said.Morocco reported a record single-day rise in novel coronavirus cases on Friday after an outbreak was detected in fruit packing plants in eastern Kenitra province, prompting Rabat to tighten restrictions in the region. The North African kingdom reported more than 500 cases on Friday, mainly in Kenitra, having recorded on average fewer than 100 new COVID-19 infections daily since confirming its first cases in early March.last_img read more

North Korea says it has no intention to sit down with US: KCNA

first_img“It is just the time for it to stop meddling in others’ affairs but it seems there is no cure or prescription for its bad habit,” Kwon said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.”Explicitly speaking once again, we have no intention to sit face to face with the United States.”Trump and Kim met for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, raising hopes for a negotiated end to Pyongyang’s nuclear programs. But their second summit, in 2019 in Vietnam, and subsequent working-level negotiations fell apart.US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led the talks with the North Koreans, was due to arrive in Seoul late on Tuesday for talks with Seoul officials over ways to revive the negotiations.Biegun said last week there is time for both sides to re-engage and “make substantial progress,” but the coronavirus pandemic would make an in-person summit difficult before the US presidential elections on Nov. 3.Last month, North Korea abruptly raised tensions with South Korea and blew up a joint liaison office, just on its side of the border, before just as suddenly suspending plans for unspecified military actions.  Topics : North Korea has no intention to sit down with the United States and urged South Korea to “stop meddling,” a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, just as a US envoy was due to visit Seoul in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.Kwon Jong Gun, director general for US affairs at Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, accused South Korea of misinterpreting Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui’s earlier statement dismissing an “untimely rumor” about another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.Choe said on Saturday that North Korea does not feel the need for a new summit, days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had offered to mediate between Kim and Trump, suggested the two leaders meet again before the US elections in November.last_img read more

Investor mandates target EM, Asia as US interest slumps: bfinance

first_imgInvestors have been searching more for emerging markets and Asia-focused equity managers than they have for US equity managers in the past 12 months, according to consultancy bfinance.In the year to 1 October, 28% of all the consultant’s equity manager selection projects were for emerging markets, compared with 15% in the previous year.Asia was the most popular regional allocation, but not just the continent’s emerging economies as investors were also drawn to Japanese equity and broad Asia equity.Last year, in contrast, global equity mandates made up almost 40% of the total number of new equity mandates – now 24% – and the US was the most popular regional target, according to bfinance. Smart beta was the focus of only 10% of new mandate activity in the past 12 months, having been one of the most popular segments in the 2014-16 period.Justin Preston, senior director and head of equity at bfinance, said: “The shift in new equity manager selection patterns among bfinance clients has really been very significant, particularly the move towards emerging markets, Asia and Japan.”The consultancy said environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations were seen as increasingly relevant for emerging market equity allocations. Integrating ESG did not have to cost extra, bfinance said.In general, emerging market managers have kept their fees steady in 2017, with few dropping their prices compared with last year, it noted. The median fee quoted for global emerging market searches in 2017 so far was 69bps, before negotiation, while the median quoted fee for ESG-specific searches was just above 70bps.Mandate size and structure made a much bigger difference to fees, said the consultancy.last_img read more

Neptune dishes out drilling services contracts for North Sea project

first_imgOil and gas company Neptune Energy has awarded new drilling services contracts for the Seagull project in the UK North Sea worth a total of $40 million.  Seagull project map; Source: Neptune EnergyNeptune Energy has reached a final investment decision (FID) for its operated Seagull project in March 2019. The Seagull multi-well subsea project connects the oil and gas field with existing nearby facilities. First oil from the project is expected in 2021.Neptune has previosuly awarded a drilling contract for the Seagull project to the Valaris-owned Rowan Gorilla VI (Valaris JU-248) jack-up rig.According to Neptune’s statement on Tuesday, the company has now awarded drilling services contracts for the project. All contracts have been awarded under a three-year agreement, with two one-year options to extend.The M I Drilling Fluids will provide mud, drilling fluids, and well-bore clean-up services.A completions equipment and services contract was awarded to Halliburton for the provision of high pressure/high-temperature completions equipment.Schlumberger Oilfield UK will provide perforating services.Seagull is expected to initially produce around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day (80 percent oil) across its ten-year design life. Proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million boe.Neptune Energy’s Seagull Project Manager, Shona Campbell, said: “The Seagull development is hugely important for Neptune and underlines our commitment to growing our operations in the UK North Sea. The award of the contracts is also a crucial step in the development and demonstrates the diverse range of technical expertise available from UK suppliers.”Seagull is a high pressure, high-temperature development located on UK license P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the BP-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF). Seagull will be tied back to the ETAP CPF partially utilizing existing subsea infrastructure which would otherwise have been decommissioned. Gas from the development will come onshore at the CATS processing terminal at Teesside, while oil will come onshore through the Forties Pipeline System to the Kinneil Terminal, Grangemouth.Neptune is the operator of Seagull and has a 35 percent equity interest. Its joint venture partners are BP with 50 percent and JAPEX with 15 percent. Neptune acquired its interest in Seagull from Apache in 2018.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Rushville Walmart to close, 95 workers idled

first_imgRushville, In. — Arkansas-based Walmart has announced they will close the Rushville store. The store was opened in 1988, one of the first locations in the state and currently employs 95 people.Walmart cited an expiring lease and lagging sales as reasons for the closure.City officials are meeting with the Rush County Economic Development Commission to find a solution.last_img

Van Gaal: I’ll turn United around

first_img Van Gaal’s appointment was greeted with great fanfare at Old Trafford this summer, and a near-perfect pre-season tour raised hopes of a tilt at the title. But after 10 matches United are 10th in the Barclays Premier League having gained just 13 points. The fact that David Moyes, who was eventually sacked after just 10 months in charge, had four more points at this stage last year shows just how poor United have been in the first quarter of the season. ”It’s not good enough,” the United boss said. ‘I feel, myself, very lousy for the fans firstly, but also for the board because they have a great belief in me and my players and my staff and when you have 13 points out of 10 matches you are not doing well.” Unlike Moyes, Van Gaal had a favourable run of fixtures at the start of the campaign, b ut only took a point from the games against Sunderland, West Brom and Burnley. Last week’s derby defeat to Manchester City, as well as losses against Swansea, Leicester and MK Dons have also been hard to stomach for the Dutchman. The pressure on Van Gaal is compounded by the fact he spent over £150million on six new players in the summer. But Van Gaal, not for the first time this season, demanded patience from the supporters in his press conference the day before United host Crystal Palace. He thinks his philosophy will make United a better team in the long run. “Yes, that is what I am doing,” said Van Gaal, who has previously enjoyed success with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax. “I am training in another way than most of the other managers are doing. I train them in their brains. Every player has to know why they are doing things on the pitch.” In fact, the former Holland coach says it may even take three years to rebuild a club whose name is synonymous with success. ”We are in a process and that process shall take more than one year,” he said. ”It shall take three years. “I cannot say when the results are coming. When I did it with Bayern Munich it was December 8. It can be February 1. But it doesn’t matter. This is a process of three years. I have signed for three years. “Our goal (this season) is to get back in the Champions League.” Van Gaal struck the table in front of him on one occasion during a tense press conference at the club’s training ground in Carrington. His mood has been soured by the news that he will be without any fit senior centre-halves for Saturday’s game at Old Trafford. Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, who is out for up to 12 weeks with a dislocated shoulder, are all unavailable, while Chris Smalling is suspended following his silly dismissal against City. When asked whether he would enter the transfer market for a defender in January, Van Gaal, who has been linked with Aston Villa’s centre-back Ron Vlaar, said: ”It is clear that a lot of things happen and you can judge better in good times than you can in bad times. ”Maybe you are right (about buying in January) but we have to see that.” Van Gaal also has injury problems up front. Radamel Falcao has missed the last two games after receiving a kick to the calf in training and he looks set to miss the Palace game on Saturday too, much to his manager’s dismay. Van Gaal was unable to say when the Colombian will be back. “That is always dependent on the progress on his injury,” he said. When asked whether Falcao’s injury was serious, Van Gaal replied with a blunt: “No.” Meanwhile, Palace boss Neil Warnock feels Wayne Rooney will play a major role in turning Manchester United back into a title-winning force. The Crystal Palace boss takes his side to face Rooney’s Red Devils looking to arrest an alarming slide in form. The Eagles have taken just one point from their previous four Barclays Premier League games and slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland on Monday night. A trip to United may not be as daunting as in previous years but, with Rooney likely to be pulling the strings, Warnock believes the 29-year-old skipper remains a key figure at the club. “I think he’s been a mainstay in Man United and he will be instrumental in them getting right back to the top in the next two or three years,” Warnock said of the England captain – who is set to win his 100th cap next week. “I know he’s on a lot of money and so he’s open to criticism but, just the way he is, the fans love him and he comes back in and plays in midfield and he’ll pop out wide and up front and he just wants to play. Despite being named as United’s captain after the departure of Nemanja Vidic, Rooney’s place in the United side is arguably more under threat than ever with the signings of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao adding to the likes of Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj – as well as Rooney. The British transfer record was broken to bring in Di Maria from Real Madrid but Warnock refused to criticise United for throwing money at the squad as they look to become title contenders once again. “To be fair it’s not my business,” he said. “If they’ve got the money, spend it. I don’t blame him for spending it, I wish I could have bought Di Maria, I think he’s one hell of a player. “That’s the kind of club they are, they’re looking for those players and world-class players and that’s why they’ll always come back up.” Louis van Gaal may be feeling “lousy” at the moment, but he remains convinced his methods will bring success back to Manchester United in the long term. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News India in Australia: From Nappies, Monkeygate and a fired up Come On – Memorable sledges

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s tour to Australia has been intense, dramatic and packed with numerous instances of on-field sledging. Some have involved light banter while others have been downright ugly. Players have often laughed it off while some players took it personally and had a showdown. In the last couple of years, series between Australia and India have had plenty of sledging instances. With Virat Kohli, an aggressive skipper who does not back down at the helm of the current Indian team, the upcoming contest against a weak but dangerous Australian side who are known to be masters of sledging in home conditions promises more fire. Ahead of the four-Test series which begins in Adelaide on December 6, we look at the most memorable instances of sledging between India and Australia in Tests Down Under over the years.1.) ‘You were still in your nappies’The Sydney Test in 2004 was Steve Waugh’s final Test in his glorious career. Australia were under the pump in their pursuit of 443 and it was left to Waugh to save the Test and the series. During his knock, 19-year-old wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel decided to sledge the individual who had termed sledging as ‘mental disintegration’. Parthiv told Waugh, “Come on, just one more of the famous slog-sweeps before you finish.” Waugh responded, “Respect me. When I made my Test debut, you were still in your nappies.” Waugh played the slog sweep and holed out to Sachin Tendulkar off Anil Kumble for 80 as Australia saved the Test and a glorious career ended. However, Parthiv had the last laugh on Waugh’s farewell.2.) Monkeygate and ugly cricketIf Sydney 2004 witnessed a competitive match, then Sydney 2008 was marred by scandal, ugly cricket and a threat of India pulling out of the tour. India were incensed by poor umpiring as Andrew Symonds was let-off thrice. In response, India’s batsmen were at the receiving end of some umpiring blunders from Steve Bucknor. However, the major scandal that erupted in the match was Monkeygate. During India’s innings, Symonds accused Harbhajan Singh of calling him a Monkey. After the end of the acrimonious match which saw India lose by 122 runs, Harbhajan was charged with racial abuse by match referee Mike Proctor and banned for three Tests. India threatened to withdraw from the tour and after an intervention from the ICC, the charges and the ban was dropped. The Monkeygate scandal soured relations between the players for many years.3.) Varun Aaron’s misfired COME ON fires up David WarnerIn an emotionally charged Adelaide Test, Varun Aaron bowled David Warner for 66 and he was absolutely elated, shouting “Come On” to the batsman as he departed. However, television replays showed that the bowler overstepped and when Warner came back, the batsman left a full ball alone and mocked Aaron by shouting “Come On”. Following the altercation, Warner, who went on to hit two hundreds in the Test, was involved in a verbal duel with Shikhar Dhawan and he also pushed Virat Kohli away from Steve Smith after Smith had passed a comment on Rohit Sharma. Reflecting on the events of the match, the left-hander admitted that it was wrong to go after Aaron. “I sort of went at him a little bit, I shouldn’t have, but it got me into another contest and to start again from there,” Warner told ESPNCricinfo.4.) Rohit Sharma mocks Mitchell Johnson, India pay heavy priceIn the Brisbane Test, India had reached 408 thanks to a magnificent 144 by Murali Vijay. In response, Australia were struggling at 250/6 when Mitchell Johnson came to bat with Steve Smith. Rohit Sharma decided to be aggressive and baited Johnson. Rohit leaned and clapped to Johnson when he came to bat and exchanged some words. However, the sledge backfired dramatically as Johnson blasted 88 off 93 balls and shared a 148-run stand with Steve Smith as Australia reached 505, a lead of 97. Boosted by the bat, Johnson ran through the Indian batting to take figures of 4/61, including Rohit for 0 as Australia won the Test by four wickets and extended their series lead to 2-0.5.) Johnson and Kohli slug it out on Boxing DayThe Boxing Day Test in 2014 saw Virat Kohli and Johnson engage in a real slugfest. With the current Indian skipper batting beautifully, Johnson attempted a non-existent run-out, but the ball hit Kohli on the body and he winced in pain. However, he got up and carted Johnson to all parts of the MCG. After hitting a boundary, Kohli made it clear that the move by Johnson to fling the ball back at him was not on. After another sledging attempt by Johnson, Kohli hit a lofted boundary and blew a couple of kisses in the bowler’s direction. During his knock of 169, his battle with Johnson was the highlight as India drew the Test. Speaking after the match, Kohli remarked, “I respect a few of them but if someone doesn’t respect me, I have no reason to respect him. I was really annoyed with him hitting me with the ball, and I told him that’s not on. Try and hit the stumps next time, not my body. You have got to send the right message across.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Gophers hold key to Badgers’ revitalization

first_imgWisconsin men’s hockey had their first of two series this year against rival Minnesota two weekends ago, marking the 249th meeting between the two teams in the history of the programs.NHL stars like former Badger Ryan McDonagh and former Gopher Thomas Vanek are only a few of the most recent talent this heated rivalry has produced — and a combined total of 11 national titles doesn’t hurt its reputation either.But despite the massive success and animosity these two programs have had for each other over the past 60 years, the brutal fist fight that fans have come to know and love has declined over the past few of years.The scoring margin of 13-2 in these last two games is a wakeup call of how far the rivalry has fallen from the decades when a championship matchup between the two was more probable than not.“You don’t expect to come out like we did against Minnesota,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We strive to be better and we know we have to be better.”Men’s hockey: Badgers crushed by Gophers in weekend seriesThere weren’t many positives for Badger fans this weekend as the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-12-6, 1-7-2-1 Big Ten) Read…The historyThe greatness of this intense but diminishing rivalry traces its roots back to 1970s, when premier names in hockey, like Bob Johnson and Herb Brooks, coached some of the best teams in the country year in and year out.In a span of 11 years (1973-1983), Wisconsin and Minnesota won seven championships combined and established legacies that still live on to today.Both programs would only continue to grow from the storied traditions of what was left behind. Wisconsin won two more trophies (1990, 2006) as well as Minnesota (2002, 2003).The new millennium brought huge momentum back into the battle as Minnesota won those fourth and fifth titles back to back, followed by Wisconsin breaking ahead again with their sixth under Eaves.“There is so much history in this great series every year,” Eaves said. “You have to bring everything you have.”Eaves knows a thing or two about this rivalry too.During his playing days at Wisconsin he helped lead the Badgers over Brooks, who coached team USA in the 1980 Olympics, and won NCAA championship in 1977.Eaves then continued Wisconsin’s success during his tenure as coach, leading his alma mater to two championship games and that win in 2006.The 2014-15 season, however, turned around the popular opinion of the young coach, in which Eave’s Badgers posted the worst record in school history with only four wins.The problemEven though both schools had solid teams over the past decade, contending most years, the rivalry seemed lacking as 2015-16 began with an uneventful first series.The same intensity and chippy nature that used to define the contest was noticeably absent from the two games last weekend, as the Gophers stole whatever optimism surrounded the Badgers fan base.Wisconsin suffered two ejections for illegal hits to the head in the second game alone, showing frustration in what has been a disappointing campaign in the latter half of the season.Wisconsin’s win total since the 2014-15 season is eight, making it hard for a legendary program to draw fans. Especially with the rise in popularity of Wisconsin men’s basketball and football.While Minnesota still holds hockey as their most exciting program, the focus in Madison is quickly shifting away from the ice, despite being only two seasons removed from the last Badgers’ appearance in the NCAA tournament.The solutionWhether this problem is a result from the expectations of a school community born and raised watching premier hockey, or from a rise in other sports on campus, the program is in dire need of a rebirth.One of the few ways to ignite a fan base is to take revenge on a close rival. And if there is one thing the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry has always been, it’s that it’s cyclical.“I never know what to expect what’s going to happen in these games,” Eaves said. “But that doesn’t excuse what happened and we will make sure we’re ready in for the series at Minnesota.”Eaves now leads a team with a majority of underclassmen in an attempt to calm the storm around the program.With two future NHL players in freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik and forward Luke Kunin, the future is bright to compete against a Minnesota team that sports 12.This young group of Badgers has a long way to go, but focusing ahead and defeating the Gophers in the Border Battle will do a lot.With that said, the two rematch on March 11th and 12th in Minneapolis.last_img read more

Football falls to No. 17 Washington in Seattle

first_imgThe Trojans head into their bye week, which should give Hufanga, Griffin and freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis a chance to get healthy before the team takes on No. 10 Notre Dame Oct. 12 in South Bend, Ind. “What came down to it was my decision-making,” Fink said. “It wasn’t the best, and obviously the ball was turned over way too much, and they capitalized on just about each and every [turnover].” “We challenged both the offensive line and the runners that they were going to have to step up big,” Helton said. “It felt like they were going to play their safeties deep and corners deep the majority of the day. They did. We were able to hit one deep ball, getting [senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.] behind a corner one time. But for the majority of the day it was going to be, ‘Hey, run the ball and try to make explosive plays.’” Fink’s red zone interception — one of his three picks on the day — came after a 60-yard run from junior tailback Stephen Carr on the drive’s first play. Following the turnover, then-No. 17 Washington kept its foot on the gas with an 89-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Salvon Ahmed that put the Huskies ahead 28-7. With so many mistakes and missed opportunities — Fink’s three interceptions, the failure to capitalize in the red zone twice, numerous short gains on third-and-long — Saturday’s game resembled the Trojans’ road defeat at BYU over two weeks ago. Offensively, the Trojans were forced to rely on short runs and passes as the Washington secondary was covering the deep ball. USC was able to put together its best rushing performance of the season with 212 yards on the ground, including 94 from Carr. The Trojans actually had fewer passing yards with 163, as Washington was clearly prepared to counter offensive coordinator Graham Harrell’s Air Raid strategy. “That’s as good a quarterback as we may face,” Helton said of Eason. “Him and probably [Oregon senior] Justin Herbert later on. So credit those kids for the job they did today. It wasn’t perfect, but the defense put us in position to have a chance to come out with a win today.”  Once again, the Trojans took an inexperienced starting quarterback on the road, and once again, that quarterback made costly mistakes. This time, the man behind center was redshirt junior quarterback Matt Fink. The Trojans, who entered the game ranked No. 21, also saw some promising glimpses of talent from their young players in the defensive backfield. Freshman cornerback Chris Steele recovered a fumble in Washington territory on the first play of the Huskies’ opening fourth-quarter drive, giving USC a much-needed scoring opportunity down two touchdowns. Other than the long rush by Ahmed and Washington’s first-quarter touchdown that was set up by a poor punt after a three-and-out, the Trojan defense held strong, especially given the absence of sophomore safety Talanoa Hufanga and sophomore cornerback Olaijah Griffin. Washington junior quarterback Jacob Eason, who averaged 266 yards per game entering Saturday’s game, threw for just 180 yards and no touchdowns. USC’s 28-14 loss against No. 15 Washington Saturday could have easily had a different outcome. The Trojans failed to capitalize on two opportunities from inside the Huskies’ 11-yard line — Fink was picked off near the goal line in the third quarter, and the Trojans failed to convert on fourth-and-goal when a touchdown would have put them within 7 points of Washington with just over four minutes to play. Despite another tough loss on the road, Helton said he was confident that the Trojans are still in the mix for a Pac-12 title. Freshman cornerback Max Williams played the first quarter in place of redshirt sophomore cornerback Greg Johnson, who violated a team rule, Helton said. After Fink’s first interception gave the Huskies the ball at USC’s 38-yard line, Williams forced a fumble just before the goal line, which Washington recovered in the end zone for a score. “I told those guys in the locker room that [Washington] is a team you can see again come December if you do your job,” Helton said. “They’re a very good football team [like us], and this is our first conference loss to a North opponent. We’ve got the opportunity to go back, make corrections and have the opportunity to go win the Pac-12 South and hopefully beat them again someday.” Redshirt junior quarterback Matt Fink attempts a pass during USC’s 28-14 road loss to Washington Saturday in which he threw three interceptions. (Sarah Ko | Daily Trojan) last_img read more