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first_img‘Transparent investigation’ The blast wounded a staggering 6,000 people, many bloodied by flying glass as the shockwave tore through the city and left a 43-metre (141 foot) deep crater at Beirut’s port.US President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Lebanon to conduct a “full and transparent investigation” into the explosion, but many have called for an international enquiry.Diab said Saturday he would propose early elections to break the impasse that is plunging Lebanon ever deeper into political and economic crisis.The head of Lebanon’s Maronite church patriarch Beshara Rai joined the chorus of people pressing Diab’s entire cabinet to step down over a blast he said could be “described as a crime against humanity”.The disaster has revived anger at a ruling class seen as living in luxury while millions endure job losses, deepening poverty, power blackouts and garbage mountains piling up in the streets.Politics in multi-confessional Lebanon is dominated by former warlords from the 1975-1990 civil war who years ago exchanged their military fatigues for suits, or by their offspring and nephews.While there are Sunni Muslim, Christian and myriad other groups, the most powerful is the Shiite Hezbollah movement. While it is not known what started the fire that set off a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate, protesters say the disaster could not have happened without the corruption and incompetence that have come to define Lebanon’s ruling class.”Those who died paid the price of a state that doesn’t care about anything except power and money,” said protester Tamara, 23, whose friend was killed in the blast.The explosion devastated Beirut and took the lives of at least 158 people. The Lebanese army said Sunday that hopes had dwindled of finding anyone alive.”We can say we have fading hopes of finding survivors,” Colonel Roger Khoury, who heads a team of military technicians at the blast site, told journalists. The catastrophe has revived the mass anti-government protests that had for months demanded the wholesale removal of Lebanon’s political elite, until coronavirus lockdown measures brought an uneasy calm.On Sunday afternoon, hundreds gathered again in and around Martyrs’ Square, a short walk from the epicenter of the blast.Clashes broke out with security forces who fired tear gas to disperse crowds.  Tear gas, rubber bullets Demonstrators had briefly taken over several government ministries the previous night, while security forces scuffled with larger crowds of protesters converging on the capital’s main protest camp. Human Rights Watch’s Lebanon researcher Aya Majzoub said some security forces had responded by indiscriminately firing tear gas and rubber bullets.”Instead of deploying the army to help residents clear rubble from their homes, businesses, and communities, the Lebanese authorities chose to deploy them and other security forces against protesters,” she said.The violence injured 65 people, according to the Lebanese Red Cross. Security forces also made 20 arrests, according to a group of lawyers supporting the protests. The August 4 explosion came with Lebanon already reeling from an economic crisis that has seen its currency collapse, plunging swathes of its population into poverty.On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris oversaw a UN-backed virtual donors conference to raise aid for the cash-strapped country.The world must respond “quickly and effectively” to the disaster, Macron warned, urging international cooperation “to ensure that neither violence nor chaos prevails”.In a joint statement issued after the conference, donors pledged the assistance would be “directly delivered to the Lebanese population”.New aid pledges were made while the embattled government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab took another hit Sunday with the resignation of information minister Manal Abdel Samad.Several lawmakers also quit and local media reported Diab was mulling announcing the government’s resignation. The revelation that Lebanese state officials had long tolerated a ticking time-bomb in the heart of the capital has served as shocking proof to many Lebanese of the rot at the core of the state apparatus.center_img Topics : Lebanon’s political elite faced pressure from all sides Sunday after a deadly explosion blamed on officials’ negligence, with the first cabinet resignation over the affair and re-energized protesters vowing more action.As hopes faded of finding any survivors of Tuesday’s blast, social media was flooded with angry posts after a night that saw protesters briefly take over ministries in central Beirut.A picture went viral on social media showing the city’s devastated port, with a low wall in the foreground bearing the spray-painted message: “My government did this.”last_img read more

first_imgTGS has developed EIQ TGS Data Loader in collaboration with EnergyIQ.According to TGS, companies can now automatically blend data with proprietary customer data in an enterprise well master data management platform for advanced analysis and decision making.The EIQ TGS Loader processes the most up-to-date and complete data by automatically accessing and processing TGS web services. This data is matched, validated and blended with other proprietary and third-party sources within a PPDM gold compliant data model to create the most trusted version all available data in a single repository. The data is then provided in a 10/12/14 digit format for consumption by enterprise, interpretation, and analytics applications, TGS explains.Carl Neuhaus, Vice President – Well Data Products of TGS, said, “We are excited to partner with EnergyIQ to make access to the largest geoscience database in the industry even faster. Customers are now able to further shorten cycle times by seamlessly integrating interpretation-ready data into their daily workflows and analytics tool.”“Our collaboration with TGS provides a new product for our mutual customers to gain advantage in the market. Our customers can now blend their TGS subscription data with in-house and other data sources, ensuring they have access to the best data that is fit for purpose across the business,” said Steve Cooper, EnergyIQ President. “The most trusted data will be available to help make better and faster decisions.”last_img read more

first_imgDespite posting first-half losses, Germany’s asset and investment manager Ernst Russ closed H1 2019 with a significant expansion in the shipping segment.In June 2019, the company acquired a major shareholding in a ship portfolio comprised of a Handymax bulker and a 3,100 TEU boxship.In the same month, Ernst Russ also expanded its ship portfolio to include a 4,200 TEU containership.As explained, the company’s “further aim is to increase its involvement in directly held vessels.”What is more, Ernst Russ bought further shares in the ElbFeeder portfolio which was fully consolidated as of August 1, 2019. The company now holds 51.995 percent of the shares in ElbFeeder. The joint venture is now operating seven feeder class vessels which “make a significant contribution to future Ernst Russ Group performance.”“We consider the opportunities arising from our strategy, and its optimisation on a regular basis. Our strategic partnerships, like the ‘ElbFeeder’ joint venture, play a crucial role for our portfolio in this respect. We also look into opportunities to engage in strategic partnerships in the Real Estate segment,” Robert Gärtner, Executive Board of Ernst Russ AG, commented.During the first half of this year, Ernst Russ sold three companies as well as a fund and asset management contract in the solar segment.Additionally, in February 2019, the group disposed of shares in ship management company Hammonia Reederei. Specifically, the ER Group sold its 31.37 percent stake in Hammonia to Scandinavian investors.Finally, in June, Ernst Russ disposed of its investor management business, making further progress with its strategy aimed at the group’s core segments, shipping and real estate.Investments made in the first half of 2019 led to an increase in total equity and liabilities of EUR 14.1 million (USD 15.5 million) to EUR 117.5 million.On the other hand, consolidated net loss stood at EUR 0.6 million in the first half of the year, compared to a profit of EUR 2.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Revenues dropped to EUR 20.8 million in H1 2019 from EUR 27.9 million posted in H1 2018. However, Ernst Russ expects revenue growth in the 2019 financial year due to the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the Elbfeeder ship portfolio.“The half-year performance of Ernst Russ AG is attributable mainly to the streamlining of the group’s structure, which will enhance its ability to act effectively and in a flexible manner in the asset investment and management segment in the long term,” Ernst Russ explained.last_img read more

first_imgAl Shabaab militants in TrainingAl-Shabaab militants have threatened to stage more attacks in Kenya, just two days after their gunmen slaughtered 148  people at a university in the country’s north east.A statement released by the militants, says quote, ” Kenyan cities will run red with blood… this will be a long, gruesome war of which you, the Kenyan public, are its first casualties.”The statement described how they had specifically singled out non-Muslims to kill, gathering them together before executing them.The day-long siege on Thursday in Garissa was Kenya’s deadliest terror attack since the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, and the bloodiest ever by the militants.The group also issued a warning of pending attacks against Universities and institutions of higher learning forcing the institutions to heighten their security measures.The University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and the United States International University – Kenya had all issued security memos days before the attack on Garissa University claimed by Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.The memos informed students and staff of new security measures while cautioning people within their campuses to be extra vigilant.Al-Shabab has staged numerous attacks in Kenya. The 2 April massacre at Garissa University, near the border with Somalia, is the bloodiest so far.However the worst attack to date was on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre in 2013, when at least 68 people died.In Westgate, and other attacks, the militants spared Muslims, while killing those unable to recite verses from the Koran.There are also regular gun and grenade attacks attributed to al-Shabab both in border areas, where many Kenyans are ethnic Somalis, and in Nairobi.Kenya has sent its troops into Somali territory, where they have joined the African Union force battling the militants.Al-Shabab has also set up a recruiting network in Kenya, especially around the port city of Mombasa, which has a large Muslim population.last_img read more

first_imgRacing in Britain is likely to carry on but behind closed doors, the sport’s regulatory authority the British Horseracing authority said. Racing looks set to go behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak it attracted criticism for allowing the Cheltenham Festival to go ahead last week The sport attracted criticism for allowing the showpiece Cheltenham Festival to go ahead last week with over 250,000 spectators attending despite the coronavirus outbreak. Many of the Cheltenham racegoers were Irish, which provoked a social media backlash in Ireland, but racing authorities saying they were following British government advice in maintaining the meeting. However, with the Premier League football and other sports suspending their seasons, racing is to take measures of its own with the sport’s top officials to meet with other interested parties later on Monday. “Racing industry leaders are preparing to hold race meetings without spectators and to ensure that the competitors and participants attending only do so under strict conditions,” read the statement. “The sport’s tripartite leadership, including racecourses, participants and the governing body, the British Horseracing Authority, will on Monday discuss an approach recommended by the industry’s COVID-19 group. Loading… Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World “It is likely to mean that racing moves behind closed doors later in the week, initially until the end of March. Racing’s fixture list will also be considered.” Read Also: EPL: Fernandes wins player of the month award for February Should they agree to the end of March it would mean the three-day meeting at Aintree racecourse near Liverpool which climaxes with the Grand National on April 4 would provide a real test as it takes place in front of enormous crowds. Interest would potentially be even higher this year as Irish runner Tiger Roll is bidding for an historic third successive victory – Red Rum won three but not consecutively – in the world’s most famous steeplechase. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgToday many parents are pushing their children to choose one sport and go with it.  Most of this is motivated by the dream of their child receiving a Division I scholarship.  There is a very apparent flaw in this thinking.  Very few kids get Division I scholarships.  What does this mean to the child and the parents?To the child, it means they never get to experiment with a wide range of sporting choices.  They are pushed into one sport as early as 4 or 5 years of age.  What if your parent chose football, and at the age of 16 you weigh 75 pounds?  Wrong sport!!On the other side of the coin, some parents spend upward of $10,000 a year going to all kinds of practices, tournaments, and national events.  Each new year this process starts over.  Again, what if your young athlete begins to dislike this sport or is not good at it?  Where are you?  Why not let them try several sports when they are young and see what they are good at and what they enjoy?  After all, it is their sport, not yours.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy’s declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders’ clash at Old Trafford. Remy is hopeful of playing in what would be a boost for the Portuguese. The France striker said: “I will see what happens in the next few days. But I am ready for Manchester United, of course. “I got the injury before I scored. I felt a little bit sore. I preferred to keep going and stay on the pitch. I really hope that it is not too bad. “These things happen but the most important thing is we won. I was disappointed when I came off but there is no reason to be afraid. “We must now look forward to the game against Manchester United.” Remy was deputising for Diego Costa, the scorer of nine goals in seven Premier League games who is yet to feature since the international break when, Mourinho says, a hamstring problem was exacerbated on Spain duty. Mourinho has put no timescale on Costa’s return, only saying the £32million signing from Atletico Madrid had “very little” chance of playing at United, but it would not be a surprise were the Blues to be headed by the formidable frontman at Old Trafford. Costa’s hamstrings have been a regular discussion point this season but, following the defeat of Arsenal – admittedly prior to Spain’s matches with Slovakia and Luxembourg – captain John Terry questioned where the reports of an injury had come from and described his team-mate as a handful in training. Press Association Mourinho deployed, out of choice rather than necessity, Andre Schurrle as a ‘false nine’ at United last season and, if Costa and Remy are out, will have only one recognised striker to call on in Didier Drogba. The 36-year-old has only just returned from an ankle problem and scored the first goal of his second Blues spell from the penalty spot against Maribor. Mourinho had declared on Monday that Drogba was not fit to play for 90 minutes, but after featuring for 75 the Ivory Coast striker was content. “I’m happy with the minutes I played against Maribor,” Drogba said. “There was no reaction (for his ankle) so I’m happy. “It was special to score for Chelsea again in my stadium. I always felt lucky when I had the chance to score here, to have that feeling again is great. “It’s a big coincidence scoring my first goal with a penalty after my last for the club was also a penalty in the (2012) Champions League final.” On Sunday’s match, Drogba added: “It is up to the manager to decide.” Remy wanted to take his chance in Costa’s absence. “It’s frustrating, of course, because I had a chance to play because Costa is injured but I am not afraid,” Remy added. “I don’t think it is really bad. We will check and I really hope to play again this weekend. “It is a huge game but every game is tough. Especially this one because it is a big game against a good opponent but I will try to recover as quickly as possible.” Mourinho gave Dominic Solanke his Chelsea debut, aged 17 years and 37 days. The teenager had been poised to come on at Crystal Palace but a late goal meant Drogba was sent on for stoppage time to become Chelsea’s youngest Champions League player. Solanke told Chelsea TV: “I nearly made it the other day (at Selhurst Park). This was a lot more special at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. “It’s a great bit of history. It’s amazing, really. I’m just speechless.” As for the possibility of playing at United on Sunday, Solanke added: “You have to be ready. You’ve got to take your opportunity when you get it.” Remy scored the opening goal in Tuesday night’s 6-0 Champions League Group G win over Maribor before departing with a groin injury which saw Mourinho rule him out of the United duel. Chelsea’s first team had a day off on Wednesday, with Mourinho insisting he did not wish to know any injury news until preparations for Old Trafford began in earnest on Thursday. last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Uhunoma Osazuwa almost didn’t get to compete in the NCAA Indoor National Championships. She just barely missed the top 17 and was notified two days later of her qualification after another competitor dropped out.Good thing she made it.Despite being on the bubble before the race, Osazuwa’s showing at the March 14 meet earned her the distinction as the first Syracuse indoor track and field All-American since 2002 and the school’s first-ever All-American pentathlete. To accomplish the feat, she had to move up 12 spots from 18th to 6th.‘It was definitely a shocker and that much more exciting to go that far,’ assistant coach Enoch Borozinski said. ‘She was definitely the talk of all the other coaches with how much she improved.’Now a few weeks removed from that sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor National Championships that secured her All-American status, Osazuwa will lead the team into this weekend’s Texas Relays, which will be held in Austin, Texas, from Wednesday to Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor two days following the Big East championships on Feb. 21, Osazuwa assumed she would miss out on the opportunity to compete at Nationals. Following an uncharacteristically poor finish at the long jump in the Big East championships — the event that originally dropped her to 18th place — she placed just shy of qualifying. But once she qualified, she showed her true worth.‘It was a relief,’ Osazuwa said. ‘It felt good to go out and compete because I knew I deserved to go out and compete and be there.’ Borozinski was not surprised. In the four years he has coached her, he’s seen the growth. He’s recognized her talent. ‘I knew there was at least a chance she could get it,’ Borozinski said.In Texas, Osazuwa will compete in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump, looking to top her previous performance at Nationals — the same performance that not only gave her All-American status, but cemented her place as SU’s first track and field All-American pentathlete. This is SU’s first time competing in the Texas Relays during Borozinski’s seven-year stint as assistant coach. The meet marks the second outdoor meet of the season.‘I’d like to see a continuation of what we were seeing indoors,’ Borozinski said. ‘I’d like her to go out and get a solid performance to boost her confidence before she goes to the Sea Ray relays.’In addition to Osazuwa, Bernard Bush will be one of eight others competing in Texas. Bush will also be competing in the long jump.Despite coming off an injury, Bush has the chance to gain a top qualifying time for the long jump in Texas. ‘I’m trying to jump back into things, literally,’ Bush said. ‘I’m trying to make this meet a good starting point for the outdoor season. For my last season I definitely want to end on a high point.’Osazuwa also has a chance to become an outdoor All-American in addition to being an indoor All-American. Osazuwa, Bush and seven others will head to Texas looking to make their mark in unknown territory.‘It’s really the first meet in such a high-level competition,’ Borozinski said. ‘Everyone’s hoping to get out of there with solid performances to see how they stack up against high competition.’rnmarcus@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe way Ross Carlson sees it, this weekend’s matchup will be a battle between two wounded animals.The Badgers, who had only two losses to their record just three weeks ago, have dropped four straight home games, though all four losses have come against the two teams now tied atop the WCHA standings.The Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth come in on an even greater skid, having lost their last six games, none of which were against top teams in the league. Instead, Duluth has fallen to the top three teams of the lower half of the standings.Still, it is clear that both teams will be hungry at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center this weekend.”It’s like a wounded dog,” Carlson said. “If you have a wounded dog out there they’re going to bite, so you have to watch out when they do bite.”For Carlson, the weekend will be a sentimental one. It always is when the UW winger goes back to his hometown of Duluth, Minn. to play in front of the family and friends that supported him and Nick Licari when they were part of a great run of hockey at Duluth East High School.But this weekend will be even more special, as Carlson and Licari, who played on the same line back in high school, will likely get to do the same in their last trip home together as Badgers.”It’ll be really sentimental. Coach does have us on the same line right now, which is pretty awesome in itself,” Carlson said. “Hopefully, it will turn out the way we want it to.””We’ve had them play together before and they enjoy playing together. They have some chemistry…so I’m hoping that will excite them going back and playing together,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “It’s like old golf pros going back and playing the course they grew up on.”To understand the meaning behind the trip home, one must realize the two have been playing at the DECC since they were teenagers. They played peewee games in the building adjacent to Duluth’s stadium and skated inside the arena — often selling it out — when they were in high school.”I still think of it as my high school rink,” Licari said. “I still remember scoring a lot of big goals and winning a lot of big games in there.”They both had interesting, and different, memories of their favorite games at the DECC. It’s no surprise that Carlson — who could probably be described as the “class clown” of the team — picked a memory out of left field.”[It was] Duluth East against Moorhead, and I had two double cheeseburgers before the game and I went and scored four goals, so that’s one of the best games I had,” Carlson said. While he found a way to have success with the grease balled up in his stomach, he said it wasn’t a trend that stuck with him down the road.”I [tried it again] after that, but it didn’t work out the rest of the way,” he said.Licari picked out a less surprising and more meaningful game from back at Duluth East.”There’s a lot of them,” Licari said. “[There] was a big game against Greenway, which was the team that [future Minnesota Gophers] Gino Guyer and Andy Sertich played for. We beat them 5-2 at a sold-out barn.”Carlson and Licari will try to help add to their Duluth legacy by helping the Badgers bust their slump this weekend.But while it will be an extra-special trip home for them, Eaves’ squad has probably never been happier about getting away from home and a sold-out Kohl Center than they are this weekend.Not only did it provide a stressful couple weekends for Shane Connelly, who played his first four college games in net over the recent stretch, but the Badgers have played exceptionally well on the road this season.”It’s a different type of mindset that you have when you go on the road,” Eaves said. “You simplify, expectations are a little less and guys know they can win on the road. The change will be nice.”And though the Badgers know that nothing comes easy in the WCHA, it bodes well for them that they are taking on the ninth-place Bulldogs, who are eighth in the league in scoring with 2.75 goals per game and ninth in defense, allowing more than 3.5 goals per contest.Come Monday, the world should know a few more details about the league. One, whether the Badgers will get back on track in their bid for the MacNaughton Cup. And two, which wounded animal bites harder: a Badger or a Bulldog.last_img read more