Pennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Sept. 11-17

first_imgPennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Sept. 11-17 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates are released each Monday.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Data on cases among 5-18-year-olds.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of September 11 – September 17 to the previous seven days, September 4 – September 10.“Our percent positivity decreased significantly this week, showing that we continue to offer COVID-19 testing across the state to everyone who needs it,” Gov. Wolf said. “At the same time, the incidence rate increased, showing that the virus continues to affect Pennsylvanians. We must continue our focus on taking actions to protect ourselves and others, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding large gatherings. Together, Pennsylvanians can be united to work to prevent the spread of the virus.”As of Thursday, September 17, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 5,519; the previous seven-day increase was 4.993, indicating a 526-case increase across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 3.8% from 4.2% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Centre (12.1%), Indiana (11.6%), York (7.8%), Juniata (7.7%), Mercer (6.7%), Lebanon (6.1%), Berks (6.0%), Chester (5.5%), Crawford (5.5%), and Bedford (5.3%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Centre and Indiana counties were in the substantial level with known sources of outbreaks contributing to community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in both counties to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending September 17, 19 counties were in the low level of transmission, 46 counties in the moderate level, with two with substantial transmission:Low –Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Jefferson, McKean, Montour, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – Centre, IndianaCases Among 5-18-Year-OldsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Throughout the pandemic, there have been 8,928 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 753 occurred between September 11 – September 17. For the week of September 4 – September 10, there were 387 cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Cases by demographic group is available on the DOH website.Business VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 5,188 confirmed cases reported between September 6 and September 12, 38 percent (1,992) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 14 percent, or 272, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:50 percent (136) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;21 percent (57) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;15 percent (40) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center;13 percent (36) of those who said yes reported going to a bar; and8 percent (23) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 5,188 confirmed cases, 39 percent (2,007) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 38 percent, close to 12 percent (232) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on September 14, this week’s data saw an increase in people going to a gym/fitness center (15 percent vs. 14 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for people who reported going to some other business (21 percent vs. 23 percent), going to a restaurant (50 percent vs. 51.5 percent), and going to a bar (13 percent vs. 14 percent). Numbers stayed the same for those who reported going to a salon or barbershop (8 percent vs. 8 percent. The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went down slightly from 12 percent to close to 12 percent.On July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to add Nebraska and Wisconsin and remove Nevada from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic. September 21, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Norway’s KLP says Dakota pipeline firms ‘did not breach ESG rules’

first_imgKLP has NOK423m invested in firms involved in the project: Phillips 66, Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners, and Marathon Petroleum. Campaigners against the pipeline have argued that its current route will be damaging to wildlife and will run through a Native American territory.KLP said the reason it had a practice of proven and public justifications for exclusion was to have as big as possible an effect on companies and make sure its process was always credible and thorough.Bergan added: “Our policy on the exclusion of companies from investments has a high threshold and level of severity for excluding a company.”Meanwhile, Storebrand, which sells pensions, life insurance and savings products in Norway and Sweden, said it would exit positions in Marathon Petroleum, Enbridge, and Phillips 66.Matthew Smith, head of sustainable investments at Storebrand, said: “We have come to the conclusion that active ownership is not going to deliver a better outcome, and after an overall assessment of the situation, we have decided to sell these positions.”The company said there was too much uncertainty for it as an investor as to whether there had been a good process that ensured the rights of all parties in the conflict.Smith said: “Generally, it is our belief that we can have a more positive effect on companies and situations by using our position as an owner to affect change.”The firm had done this successfully many times, but it did not always work, he added.Storebrand said it had been in direct contact with the companies, and had worked with international groups of investors.“Our most recent initiative is an investor letter, representing 137 investors with $653 billion assets under management, that encourages involved banks that have lent money to the project to use their position and influence to engender positive change and a reconsideration the routing of the pipeline,” Smith said.Smith added that the company hoped its divestment would give a final signal to the companies involved in the pipeline to think again about the pipeline’s routing.Last month, Nordic banking and investment group Nordea announced it had decided to divest from companies behind the pipeline project.The London Pension Fund Authority was criticised last month for holdings in companies linked to the Dakota pipeline, but is in the process of selling these as part of an unrelated change of fund manager. Norwegian pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) will not divest its shareholdings of companies behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project in the US.In December, KLP – which covers staff at the country’s municipalities – sent its in-house adviser on responsible investments Annie Bersagel to North Dakota to assess the situation on the ground.Jeanett Bergan, head of responsible investment at KLP, said the fund had to be able to document serious or systematic violations of environmental or human rights in order to remove a firm from its portfolio. In the case of the companies behind the US oil pipeline construction, the pension fund had been unable to find such evidence.“Companies involved could clearly have handled indigenous rights in a better way, but it is difficult for us to see that matter as sufficiently grave or systematic,” Bergan said.last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion sells at half price

first_imgThis waterfront mansion at 18-20 The Sovereign Mile, Sovereign Islands, has changed hands after almost four years on the market.AFTER sitting on the market for almost four years, a Sovereign Islands mansion has sold. The six-bedroom house, which has a basement garage that can park up to 20 cars, is well-known on the Glitter Strip thanks to two lion statues that guard the gates. The waterfront property at 18-20 The Sovereign Mile sold earlier this week for $3.5 million, according to CoreLogic. A local family secured the keys.The property sold for $4.45 million less than the vendor’s initial price hopes from 2015. Property records show it last changed hands in 2014 for $3.9 million and has most recently been rented out for $3000 a week. The luxury, three-level mansion features a media room, home office, gymnasium, games room, resort-style pool and a sunken waterside lounge with a wet bar and fridge.It sits on a 1501sq m block with 27m of water frontage. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The property sold for $3.5 million.It first hit the market in November 2015 with a whopping $7.95 million price tag which was slashed over time. It was most recently listed at $4.29 million. At least five different agencies tried their hand at selling the house.Professionals Vertullo agent Chris Moyer managed to ink the deal. MORE NEWS: Parents hope $5 lottery gets kids into property market MORE NEWS: This apartment probably earns more than you “It was on the market for about four years with other agents in my area before I picked it up and sold it within 60 days,” he said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It’s an iconic property, known as the house with the lions out the front of it. “The buyer was a local family, my understanding is they are going to renovate and possibly live in it.” Mr Moyer said the market in the area had felt the winter chill but was expected to heat up again soon. “It’s steady but a little bit quieter in winter,” he said. “ It always starts to take off again in August.” It initially hit the market in 2015 with a $7.95 million price tag.last_img read more

These ultimate lifestyle properties pay their own mortgage

first_img Owning a home still the great Aussie dream The acreage property cover 9.36 hectares. It’s on the market for $939,000.“Blend business and home life with a working olive grove, plus a spacious homestead ready for its new owners. Downstairs is home to a bedroom and a living space that is currently rented on AirBnb, generating an additional income for the property.”The established olive grove has loads of shed space and equipment, and even has a sectioned parcel of land “suitable for grazing goats, alpacas, sheep, possibly deer”. There are 560 olive trees of two varieties — Frantoio and Picholine, an olive press shed with press and machinery as well as two stainless steel tanks. The AirBnB has a separate entrance and is currently active at $95 a night.There’s also a chook shed and apparently you can see “at least 65 species of birds from the back steps”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Fancy an olive grove? 3360 Mary Valley Road, Imbil, has its own coffee shop and restaurant. The homestead has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a double car park.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAs if that’s not enough, “the current owners also manufacture their bespoke spice and chilli sauces and chutneys on-site within a fully fitted commercial grade kitchen with significant capacity”.“The income from this on-site business has the potential to both pay your mortgage and set you up for life,” was how they marketed it.Parking is “caravan friendly” catering for travellers on expeditions around Queensland, with disability access and there’s even scope for more to be done on site including “craft brewing or perhaps the country wedding market”.The property sits over five acres and as reverse cycle airconditioning, 80,000 litre water storage, filtered drinking water and a Reed filtered enviro waste water system.The owners are looking for offers over $875,000 for the dream lifestyle property. The owners are looking for offers over $875,000.This property which has a four bedroom, two bedroom, double car park property, has a cafe called “The “Packing Shed”.It trades Friday to Sunday — by choice — with scope for growth if wanted, according to agents Kess Prior and Graham Smith of real estate agency Hinternoosa Cooroy.“The business also is registered for Agri Tourism — a proliferating farm gate industry that is reigniting regional areas to the benefits of lifestyle and experiential tourists,” was how they described the property at 3360 Mary Valley Road, Imbil. Big wins forecast for Queensland MORE: Live on the edge of a volcano The property has a commercial kitchen. The property is at 39 McLeod Road, Mapleton.If the thought of an Italian summer floats your boat, another hot earner at 39 McLeod Road, Mapleton, comes with its own hobby olive grove and olive press.The four bedroom, two bathroom, four car park property spans a massive 9.36 hectares and is on the market for $939,000.Maleny agent Blake Gierke of Maleny and Hinterland Real Estate called it a classic farm home. Properties like this one 3360 Mary Valley Road, Imbil, have their own side hustles going that pay the bills.These ultimate lifestyle homes don’t just have pretty faces and breathtaking views, they also have side hustles going that pay the mortgage.Listings results on show two striking properties in Queensland offering the ultimate financial drawcards — an income stream that can pay the mortgage for you.You never have to leave the cafe in Mary Valley, located about 40 minutes from Noosa in the hinterland. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

VDR: 81 Pct of German Shipping Companies to Use LSFO

first_imgThe vast majority of ships in the German fleet will run on the new low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) from January 1, a new survey found.This is one of the findings of the survey conducted by the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) among its member companies.As explained, although the data obtained through the survey does not represent the German shipping industry as a whole, it includes shipping companies from every sector of the country’s shipping industry.The survey was conducted against the backdrop of one of the biggest changes occurring in the shipping sector – the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap. There are essentially three options available to shipping companies during the changeover.According to the survey, 81 percent of the companies surveyed will be using LSFO with a sulphur content of 0.5 percent in the future.On the other hand, 11 percent will continue to use heavy fuel oil (HFO). This is permitted under the IMO rules, provided that scrubbers are installed on vessels.Additionally, 6 percent of respondents indicated that they will be using other fuels, such as those prescribed already since 2015 for Emission Control Areas in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea – fuels with an even lower sulphur content of 0.1 percent.What is more, 2 percent of ships in the German fleet will be powered by LNG after 2020, according to the survey.“Germany’s maritime industry has carefully prepared for this enormous change. It ushers in a new era in maritime shipping, signalling the end of heavy fuel oil. We support this change and are implementing it – and in doing so, we are making an impressive contribution to long-term environmental protection,” Ralf Nagel, CEO of the VDR, commented.Specifically, the greatest challenge looming as part of the changeover according to the companies surveyed will be technical problems encountered during operations in the future, as well as the cost of the new fuel, and the issue of cost compensation by third parties, in particular customers. German shipping companies are also concerned about the question of availability.“There are many who fear that the new fuels could cause technical problems during operation – problems that could also have financial consequences,” Nagel added. “We, therefore, call on all stakeholders to be as committed and flexible as possible in preparing for the changeover, to ensure that it will become a success story.”According to the survey, the one-off investment expenditure for companies in the lead-up to the changeover averaged EUR 7.5 million (USD 8.3 million) per shipping company.“Considering that more than two thirds of the shipping companies in Germany are medium-sized and operate fewer than ten ships, we realise just how great the financial effort was that the individual companies had to make in preparing for the changeover,” he explained.Moreover, the additional annual costs now facing companies would make IMO2020 probably the most elaborate regulatory measure ever implemented by the shipping industry.“Companies are particularly concerned about the fact that they will have to bear considerable additional costs in their ongoing operations in the future, and that possible compensation for these added costs by third parties, in particular customers, may not work as envisaged.”“Of enormous importance for us is the fact that this is a worldwide regulation … This demonstrates that the IMO is a body that is capable of taking effective action to regulate shipping worldwide. The IMO should therefore play the key role when it comes to climate protection as well. In contrast, separate regional solutions, for example in the EU, should be avoided. Their effect would be to distort competition, and ultimately they would not have a sustainable impact on the climate,” VDR CEO further said.With regard to the new sulphur regulation, the VDR called for effective controls by the respective port states.“We will be relying on worldwide controls to monitor the implementation of the new regulation, so that no one can gain a prohibited competitive advantage. At the same time, however, we are confident that the flag states and also the customers of the shipping companies have a great interest in ensuring that the new rules are actually complied with,” Nagel concluded.last_img read more

Four bills to be presented in Parliament today

first_img Share Attorney General Levi PeterThe Attorney General of Dominica Levi Peter has indicated that four new bills will be presented to Parliament at the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament today.Mr Peter who addressed the media at Cabinet’s press conference at the construction site of the new Dominica State College grounds said that since the 9/11 disaster in New York the financial action taskforce has introduced regulations in an effort to monitor any acts of money laundering and terrorism.“Since the atrocity for want of a better term in New York commonly referred to as 9/11, since that time the international financial systems has been significantly enhanced and indeed it has become quite difficult and indeed in many respects quite an onerous task has been placed upon the various countries of the world in particular small states like ours find compliance with the demands of the international bodies a significant challenge”.Mr Peter explained that four bills which will be presented to Parliament “the money laundering prevention bill of 2011, suppression of financing of terrorism amendment bill, the financial intelligence unit bill and the financial services unit amendment bill”.“The money laundering prevention bill as it suggests is primarily focused on addressing money laundering in its various forms and aspects. This bill will review the existing act which is in effect because there are extensive amendments and rather amend a new replacement bill is presented and will hopefully pass successfully through Parliament and become the new act.”The suppression of financing terrorism bill 2011, Mr Peter noted is intended to “address the deficiencies in the existing legislation so as to make it even more difficult for the financing of terrorism from our shores”. According to the Attorney General because we are parties to some of these international organizations we are not exempt from these regulations although we are smaller countries.“When the international bodies set up their rules that although we are parties to some of these organizations, essentially the major players are the larger countries and to a large extent the rules do not generally make exemptions or exclusions for smaller states like ours”.He further stated that it may be justifiable that no exemptions are made for smaller countries as “the primary objectives as regards financial regulation is to close the loopholes that are exploited by those who seek by inappropriate and unlawful, illegal means to enrich themselves and also to finance illegal activity, obvious example being terrorism and another being crime”. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 5 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews Four bills to be presented in Parliament today by: – October 25, 2011last_img read more

Hoosiers defeat Road Stars in game 1 of Roseau Valley Basketball League finals

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 21 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share NewsSports Hoosiers defeat Road Stars in game 1 of Roseau Valley Basketball League finals by: – April 30, 2012 On Saturday 28th, the Upper Village Hoosiers defeated the Elvis Welding Services Road Stars, by the final score of 77-64 pts., in game 1, of the best-of-5 series final. The teams, both originating from the village of Trafalgar, but consisting of outside players, qualified for the finals after successfully beating their opponents, 2-1 in difficult semi-final games, the previous week. The Hoosiers overcame the Fond Canie Rebels, while the Road Stars got the better of the Lily Valley Sharks. During the regular season, the teams had not played against each other, so no one knew what to expect. On paper, the two could be considered the strongest, as they both qualified as the top teams from their respective zones. Both teams had their full squads available. With hundreds of supporters on hand, the game would not disappoint. Referees were Mr. Jeffery Murdock, Kent Daniel & Charles Hodge, all from Trafalgar. The 1st quarter opened and closed very slowly. Maybe even the slowest of the entire season. Only 23 pts., was scored; 12 and 11 for the Hoosiers and Road Stars respectively. Points seemed difficult to come by. Defence was certainly on top in the early going. The 2nd quarter, as well, was practically the same as the 1st as both teams were very cautious, as no one wanted to lose the opening game. There were many lead changes and ties, as the clock ticked on. With the final minute and a half to be played, the Road Stars had a bit of a push, and closed off the half with a 6 point lead, 30-24. It was a cool, calm and collective 1st half, for both teams, with the major highlight, being a posturizing dunk by Julian Isles over Ramal Carbon which certainly deserved to be on the front page of any magazine. Other than that, some may have considered it a boring 1st half, seeing this was a final. But little did they know you always save the best for last. After the interval, the fans got into it, as always. There were buckets, galvanize and drums being beaten as well as the constant blowing of whistles, horns and conch shells. Certainly felt like it was the world cup of 2010 in South Africa with the Vuvuzelas. This was definitely what was needed to get the game spiced up, and ultimately, it did. The 3rd quarter open, with the Hoosiers erasing the 6 point half point deficit, and additionally going up by 3. The Road Stars did not let this get to them as they themselves worked hard. The game was tight all through this quarter. Baskets were traded on both ends, with endless ties, & as expected, both teams locked at 48 points apiece at the end of the quarter. The excitement had kicked in by now, after the so called, boring 1st half. Same style of play from both teams continued into the 4th & final quarter. Every basket was now being cheered and shouts of defence, defence, defence were the chants being shouted from the fans of both teams. To add to the excitement, after getting posturized in the 1st half, Ramal Carbon had some spectacular dunks to make amends for what he had received. Had the feeling of a dunk contest that he would have won, hands down. Isles, as well, threw down 2 or 3 nasty ones. After being tight all through, the game changed with about 4 minutes to go, when the Hosiers took a 7 point lead and never looked back & eventually closed off with the 13 point lead. A wonderful opening game, with much more expected from both teams in the rest of the series.Top performers for Hoosiers were; Joseph “Boone” Jno. Baptiste – 25 pts, 5 reb, 7 asts, Royce Caesar – 20 pts, 6 asts, Ramal Carbon – 16 pts, 9 reb, 3 blks and Edgar George – 10 pts, 2 reb, 4 asts.Top performers for Road Stars were; Fitzgerald Daniel – 22 pts, 8 asts, Javeed Joseph – 18 pts, 5 reb, Julian Isles – 13 pts, 7 reb, 2 blks and Partick La Fonce – 9 pts, 5 rebGame 2- Tuesday 1st – 7:45 p.m.Game 3 – Thursday 3rd – 7:45 p.m. By: Edgar Georgelast_img read more

‘Shabu’ worth P170K seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Ten sachets of suspectedshabu weighing about 20 grams valued at around P170,000 were seized in abuy-bust operation in Barangay Singcang-Airport. Costelo and Cordero were nabbed afterthey sold suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P1000 around 11:15 p.m. onMarch 12, it added. The 29-year-old resident Emelou Costeloand 40-year-old Roderic Cordero of Barangay 32 yielded the suspected illegaldrugs, a police report showed.center_img The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 8, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Green Bay Packers’ additions of linebacker Christian Kirksey and Rick Wagner this week signaled moving forward without two key veterans. Longtime right tackle Bryan Bulaga has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers and linebacker Blake Martinez is joining the New York Giants.— The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Josh Norman to a one-year contract in hopes the eighth-year player can secure a starting job opposite Tre’Davious White.— The Philadelphia Eagles added former Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, released standout safety Malcolm Jenkins and retained starting safety Rodney McLeod, starting cornerback Jalen Mills, defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway and backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld so far in free agency.— Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Joseph’s contract is for $17 million but could go as high as $19 million with additional incentives.— The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to an $11 million, two-year deal with Brandon Shell, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. And the Seahawks are reuniting with an old friend, bringing back former first-round pick Bruce Irvin, who will be a boost to Seattle’s pass rush that needed attention. Update on the latest sports March 19, 2020 Although information on dozens of contract agreements and a slew of trades has been leaked, teams were not allowed to complete the deals until the 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday start of the 2020 NFL business year. However, all of those transactions now come with the caveat that the signings and physicals need to occur. Free agents involved won’t be getting paid until those deals are signed and physicals are taken.The NFL has barred travel to team facilities by free agents and also has banned team personnel from traveling to meet with players as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.In free agency news:— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter free agency with expectations of signing six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. There’s been no official announcement on Brady joining the Bucs after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. But there’s already an increased demand for tickets. Within hours of reports of the team closing in on a deal with Brady, the website selling season passes for 2020 showed more than 2,400 people waiting for a chance to make purchases.— A person familiar with the trade says the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to send quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick. The Jaguars are dumping Foles a little more than a year after giving the former Super Bowl MVP a four-year, $88 million contract that included a whopping $50 million guaranteed. Foles is due to make $15 million in 2020 and would have counted almost $22 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. Associated Press Kansas finishes No. 1 in final AP poll; Gonzaga, Dayton nextUNDATED (AP) — Kansas can start celebrating their finish atop the final Top 25 from The Associated Press. The regular-season Big 12 champions, who were 28-3 when the season abruptly ended after the first day of the conference tournament last week, received 63 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in balloting released Wednesday.That easily outdistanced No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 Dayton, each of which received a first-place vote.Florida State was fourth, easily the best finish ever for the Seminoles, while Baylor rounded out the top five after spending a longer stretch at No. 1 than any other team during a topsy-turvy season.The final rankings were based on play through March 11, when the outbreak of the coronavirus brought the sport to a halt. — The New York Jets are re-signing cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year, $5 million fully guaranteed contract, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Poole was the Jets’ best cornerback last season in Gregg Williams’ defense, playing in the nickel spot. Trumaine Johnson’s stint with the New York Jets is over after two disappointing and injury-plagued seasons. The move saves New York $11 million in salary cap space this year.— The Washington Redskins are signing safety Sean Davis for a one-year deal that can be worth up to $5 million. The Redskins also agreed to terms with linebackers Thomas Davis and Kevin Pierre-Louis and re-signed Jon Bostic, and signed guard Wes Schweitzer for help on the offensive line.— The Denver Broncos have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. Two people familiar with the trade tell The Associated Press that the Titans swapped Casey to Denver for a seventh-round draft pick. Casey is due $11.2 million this season and is under contract through 2022 with a price tag that only rises in the final two years.— Versatile Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Blythe has agreed to a one-year deal to return. Blythe has started all but one game over the past two seasons with the Rams after serving as a backup in 2017— A person familiar with the deal says free agent cornerback Eli Apple has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-FREE AGENCYAP sources: Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year beginsUNDATED (AP) — The new NFL year has begun, but free agent contracts and trades agreed upon in recent days or weeks won’t become official just yet. — The Atlanta Falcons and Dante Fowler have agreed to a $48 million, three-year contract, reuniting the outside linebacker with one of his coaches in college according to a person familiar with the deal. The 25-year-old Fowler played college ball at the University of Florida. When he was a freshman in 2012, Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the Gators’ defensive coordinator.— The Minnesota Vikings shed yet more salary with the termination of right guard Josh Kline’s contract. Kline joined fellow starters defensive tackle Linval Joseph, cornerback Trae Waynes and wide receiver Stefon Diggs on their way to other teams. The Vikings made their biggest move this week by extending the contract of quarterback Kirk Cousins and agreeing to trade Diggs to Buffalo. Their most notable pickup on the market was former Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce to replace Joseph.— The Baltimore Ravens added 6-foot-8 defensive end Calais Campbell and the acquisition of 6-5 free agent defensive tackle Michael Brockers. The Ravens also sent tight end Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round draft choice to the Falcons for Atlanta’s second- and fifth-round selections in the draft.— The Chicago Bears traded for quarterback Nick Foles to push Mitchell Trubisky. They also brought in one former All-Pro to boost their pass rush by agreeing to a five-year, $70 million deal with Robert Quinn, and have another former star on the way in tight end Jimmy Graham.— The Carolina Panthers have released Eric Reid, just 13 months after giving the veteran safety a three-year, $22 million contract extension. The decision to release Reid means the Panthers will be on the hook for $5 million in dead money. Reid was the first player to join former teammate Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He has also been an outspoken voice in the players’ union. TOKYO-FLAME ARRIVALFlame arrival faces calls for Tokyo Olympics be delayedTOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame is set to arrive in Japan from Greece even as the opening of the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices calling for the event to be postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The flame will touch down Friday aboard a white aircraft painted with the inscription “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay” along its side, and “Hope Lights Our Way” stenciled near the tail section.Everything about the arrival ceremony at the Matsushima air base in northern Japan will be subdued. The flame is to be greeted by a few dignitaries, saluted by a flyover from an aerial acrobatic team — if weather permits — and then used to ignite a cauldron. — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.— All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the pandemic. The ATP and WTA announced that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled.” Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen until further notices. — The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year. The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.— The Big South Conference became the latest to announce it is canceling all spring athletic activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.— People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is considering skipping its amateur draft this year and putting off the next international signing period as a way to preserve cash while games are affected by the new coronavirus. — DeForest Buckner made it official by signing a four-year, $84 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, one day after his celebrating his 26th birthday. The deal makes Buckner the second-highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL. Indy also has agreed to terms on a one-year, $25 million deal with quarterback Philip Rivers.— The Patriots were in cost-cutting mode on the first day of free agency. Safety Duron Harmon was traded to the Lions, defensive tackle Danny Shelton also landed in Detroit and offensive lineman Ted Karras agreed to a deal with the Dolphins. Linebacker Elandon Roberts is also expected to sign with the Dolphins. Combined with other moves this week, the Patriots are about $13 million under the salary cap and they still have to replace Tom Brady.— The Miami Dolphins have added up to seven starters with a spending spree at the start of free agency. The latest addition to the starting lineup: center Ted Karras. Earlier the Dolphins made Byron Jones the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback and bolstered their pass rush by reaching agreements with linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah. On offense they upgraded by acquiring running back Jordan Howard and guard Ereck Flowers. The seven deals were for a total of more than $222 million.— Darius Slay is apparently ready to leave Detroit. ESPN, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday night that cornerback Desmond Trufant had agreed to a two-year deal with the Lions. Slay, who is currently Detroit’s top player at that position, tweeted in response to that reported deal that he’s hoping for a quick trade. The Lions have also agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with defensive tackle Danny Shelton.— The Bengals released right guard John Miller. The move came five days after the Bengals released left tackle Cordy Glenn, who missed 10 games last season with a concussion and a team suspension. The Bengals also released B.W. Webb as part of a cornerback shuffle. They’re expected to sign former Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes. — The Texans traded star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona by receiving running back David Johnson in the deal. Both Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller becoming free agents this week. Randall Cobb could help fill the void left by Hopkins.— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a one-year contract worth $10 million with pass-rushing linebacker Leonard Floyd. The Rams also agreed to re-sign starting offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe.— The Giants’ Nate Solder faces an uncertain future on the left side and veteran Mike Remmers is a free agent. And, now, the Giants don’t have much salary cap space after agreeing to terms in free agency with Panthers cornerback James Bradberry, Packers linebackers Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell, and 49ers tight end Levine Toilolo, and franchising defensive tackle Leonard Williams.— The Browns secured contracts with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph. A person familiar with the deals told the AP that Goodson will likely take over in the middle for departed linebacker Joe Schobert.MLB-DODGERS-JOE-CANCER Dodgers minor leaguer Connor Joe reveals cancer diagnosisLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer Connor Joe announced Wednesday on social media that he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.The 27-year-old infielder-outfielder left spring training three weeks ago to visit doctors and have tests. He posted on Instagram that the cancer was caught early and such cases are very curable. Joe said he is maintaining a positive outlook for what he hopes is a full recovery.Joe had 15 plate appearances for the San Francisco Giants last year, with one hit and one run. He batted .067.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLL In other virus-related developments:— The Cincinnati Reds say an employee who worked at Cincinnati’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The team says the employee lives in Arizona and has been self-quarantined, along with other members of the Reds staff who were in close contact. The employee worked at the complex from Feb. 29 through March 14.— The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year. Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date. The race had been scheduled for April 19.— Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and they are hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events.— The Green Bay Packers are extending the deadline for season ticket holders to pay for their 2020 tickets to June 1 to allow them more time to deal with any potential impact from the coronavirus. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSources say MLB could skip draftUNDATED (AP) — People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is considering skipping its amateur draft this year and putting off the next international signing period as a way to preserve cash while games are affected by the new coronavirus.MLB proposed crediting full major league service for 130 games or more and proportional service for a shorter season. The union wants a full season of service even if no games are played.Service determines eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration. The burning vessel will be displayed in three northern prefectures before the official relay begins on March 26 from Fukushima prefecture, which was devastated nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors. 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HIT THE ROAD: Crosstown Le Moyne sent packing following beatdown

first_img Published on November 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img At the 11:13 mark in the second half, Mookie Jones and James Southerland checked back into the game, the first second-half action for each. Left arm around Southerland, Jones smiled as the pair walked down the court to set up in Syracuse’s defense. Their work was already done. They started it in the first half, and their teammates had finished it at the beginning of the second. ‘Me and Mookie are two sharpshooters,’ Southerland said. ‘We’ll be ready when our names are called.’ With a hot shooting night from beyond the arc — especially during a huge SU run that spanned the end of the first and beginning of the second halves — there was no repeat of Le Moyne’s shocking 2009 exhibition upset of Syracuse Tuesday. The Orange took care of business swiftly and easily, crushing Le Moyne 91-48 in front of 10,546 inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange finished the night an eye-popping 11-of-16 from beyond the arc, good for 68 percent. And it came one game after a dismal 5-of-29 (17.2 percent) performance in Syracuse’s first exhibition game last Tuesday against Kutztown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘They went in,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said when asked the difference between his team’s 3-point shooting in the two games. SU began its 3-point barrage early in the first half, finishing 6-of-10 in the first 20 minutes. First, Kris Joseph nailed two 3s in the game’s opening minutes, showcasing his much-improved jump shot. He swished in one from the right and got a nice bounce on the other that came from the top of the key. Between the two shots from beyond the arc, Joseph added a pull-up jumper. He finished the night 4-of-5 from the field. ‘We got a lot of open shots,’ Joseph said. ‘My shooting is something that I’ve been working on all summer. My teammates did a good job of finding me on the perimeter so I didn’t have to force a shot up. I got open looks, and I was able to knock them down early.’ Toward the end of the first half, Southerland and Jones took over as Joseph sat. Against Le Moyne’s defense, Southerland and Jones fired six 3-pointers in the first half — and made four of them. While the SU frontcourt got into foul trouble early, the 3-point onslaught led by the duo keyed a run near the end of the first half that blew the game open by halftime. Freshman center Fab Melo sat out the final 7:45 of the half after picking up his third foul of the game. Rick Jackson, who shifted to the middle of Boeheim’s 2-3 zone, played with two fouls. ‘It was great,’ Jones said of the run that would ensue, facilitated by him and Southerland. ‘Any time you get going to a crucial timeframe in the game and you start taking over, it’s a great thing. It was good. It really helped us.’ As Le Moyne mounted a run with just fewer than seven minutes left in the half, Southerland and Jones traded baskets. Jones drained a 3-pointer, and Southerland followed with a jumper — on a pass from Jones — to give the Orange an eight-point lead. Southerland drained another 3 — from Jones. And finally, Jones hit his second trey of the game off an assist from, yes, Southerland. Jones finished the game with nine points, while Southerland had 13. They combined to go 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. ‘I feel like it’s just a connection,’ Southerland said. ‘We practice a lot, and we just know. He was open. I make a shot, the defense comes to me. That leaves Mookie open. And I just kick it to him because I know he’s going to make the shots.’ The Dolphins couldn’t keep up. Led by Jones and Southerland, SU went on a 17-7 run to end the half and put the game out of reach. It was the same story in the second half, during which the Orange improved from its first-half 3-point percentage by hitting 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. First, Brandon Triche. Then, Scoop Jardine. Finally, Dion Waiters, and the 16-point halftime lead had turned into a complete blowout seven minutes into the half at 64-30. All started by Jones and Southerland. Sitting beside his locker after the game, all Southerland could do was smile again. Said Southerland: ‘The 3 definitely opens up the defense.’ bplogiur@syr.edulast_img read more