Indonesian crew from virus-hit Diamond Princess to arrive home on Sunday

first_imgThe remaining 68 Indonesian crewmen on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship are expected to arrive home on Sunday, as Jakarta officially dispatched a team on Friday to airlift the citizens from the coronavirus-hit ship docked in Japan.The evacuation team is made up of 23 people, comprising representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Indonesian Military, the Health Ministry and national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said. “We are praying for the [evacuation] to take place safely and all will return home in good condition,” Retno said on Friday.The Garuda Indonesia airplane departed from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, at 4 p.m. on Friday and was scheduled to land at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo at 1 a.m. on Saturday.The plane is to depart Japan at 6 p.m local time on Sunday and was expected to arrive in Indonesia near midnight on the same day, Retno said. Among the total of 78 Indonesian crew members initially on board the Diamond Princess, only 68 of them would return to Indonesia and all of them had undergone a polymerase chain reaction test, after which they had been declared negative for COVID-19, she said.  Eight crew members had tested positive for coronavirus and were currently being treated in a Japanese hospital, while two other Indonesians had decided to continue working on the cruise ship, Retno added. Japanese authorities quarantined the Diamond Princess and its 3,711 passengers and crew for two weeks starting on Feb. 5 in Yokohama. By the time the quarantine was over 14 days later, more than 600 of those aboard had tested positive for COVID-19.The coronavirus has spread globally since it first emerged from Wuhan city in China in late December and it infected more than 80,000 people and killed more than 2,800 by Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.Indonesia has still reported zero cases of coronavirus so far. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

BEIS Nods to Hornsea Two Onshore Works Site Tweaks

first_imgUK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has approved an increase in the total works area for the Hornsea Project Two onshore substation sites.Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited, acting on behalf of Ørsted, applied for a non-material change to the Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016, requesting an increase in the total works area for the onshore HVDC converter substation(s) and/or the HVAC substations(s) and associated landscaping on two permanently acquired plots from 35,672 square metres to 49,326 square metres.The Secretary of State has concluded that the proposed change will not have any new significant effects or materially different effects from those already assessed in the original Environmental Statement and that a new Environmental Impact Assessment is not needed, as well as any other assessments or new licences.The Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016 has been amended to include the proposed changes, BEIS said.Back in February, Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited also submitted an application to reduce the maximum number of offshore HVAC collector substations permitted under the Hornsea Project Two Development Consent Order (DCO) from six to three, as well as to increase the permitted maximum size and maximum area of the offshore HVAC collector substation platforms. A decision on this application is pending.In September 2017, the Hornsea Project Two received a Contract for Difference for 1,386MW. The wind farm will feature Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines installed some 89 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast.Once operational in 2022, it will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, leapfrogging the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, also being developed by Ørsted.Similarly to the Hornsea Project One, the electricity generated on Hornsea Project Two will be collected and delivered to the grid via three offshore collector substations and one reactive compensation substation.last_img read more

Batesville American Legion Baseball Wraps Up

first_imgThe Batesville American Legion Baseball team’s 2014 season has come to an end during The State Regionals at Madison Shawe Memorial.On Wednesday, Madison defeated Batesville 9-7 and on Thursday, Seymour ended Batesville’s season 13-10.Courtesy of Mr. Bill Hisrich.last_img

Liverpool owner mocks Arsenal bid

first_img The “What do you think they are smoking over there at Emirates?” message was written on the American’s Twitter account just after 2am local time in Boston, seemingly in response to the Gunners’ offer of £40million plus £1 for the Uruguayan. While it may seem out of character – club officials have not yet been able to verify it was sent by Henry himself because of the time difference to the US – it undoubtedly reflects the stance of the club, which insists Suarez is not for sale. Press Association Liverpool owner John Henry appears to have ridiculed Arsenal’s latest bid for striker Luis Suarez in one seemingly dismissive tweet.center_img Liverpool had already rejected the bid and plan talks with their star striker after Wednesday’s friendly against Melbourne Victory, where he starts on the bench after completing just two training sessions having arrived in Australia on Sunday after an extended break following Confederations Cup action. Reports have suggested a complicated contractual clause means the player can speak to any club offering more than £40million but the club insist that figure is not his buy-out price. Press Association Sport understands when Arsenal made their first approach of £30million over a fortnight ago they were told by Liverpool that they would not entertain selling their prize asset even for £40million. However, manager Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre plan to hold talks with Suarez after the game as they attempt to persuade the 26-year-old to stay despite his agent Pere Guardiola earlier this month indicating his client wants Champions League football. Suarez will not be allowed to leave the club’s tour early, with another friendly scheduled in Bangkok later this week before they return home. Difficulties may arise, however, if Suarez and his advisors believe the £40million figure is tantamount to a sale fee and insist he is entitled to negotiate with the Gunners over a move. last_img read more

Villa capture Kozak

first_img The 24-year-old, who stole the show in last season’s Europa League with a top-scoring 10 goals, has signed a four-year contract. With his age and background, Kozak fits the profile of player Villa manager Paul Lambert likes to buy, with the Scot admitting to having tracked him for some time. “We’ve been on this one for the last few months, trying to bring him to the club, so I’m delighted to get it across the line,” Lambert told Villa’s official website. “Libor has an unbelievable scoring record in the Europa League, incredible really. “He wasn’t given much opportunity for Lazio in Serie A but he showed proper potential in leading the line there at a strong club with a great tradition and we need somebody like him as we only have Christian Benteke really as a main target man.” Kozak has won four caps for his national side and scored one goal in the friendly with Hungary last month. “I’m really happy to be at Aston Villa and I’m ready for this new step in my career,” he said. “I hope it’s a good step for me and also for Villa because everything is about the team. This is a big club, a very historic club with a fantastic fanbase and, for me, this is really important. “From when I was a young boy, I have dreamt of playing in the Premier League and to do this with a club such as Villa is incredibly motivating. It’s real now and I’m very happy about this.” Kozak joined Lazio from Slezsky FC Oprava in 2008 and was soon loaned out to Brescia for whom he scored four goals in 22 appearances. The forward played for Lazio 77 times in total, scoring 22 goals. Aston Villa have made a deadline-day move for Czech Republic international striker Libor Kozak.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ashley: No sale until we win trophy

first_img Press Association Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has said he will not sell the club until they win a trophy or qualify for the Champions League. He told Sky Sports: “I will continue my policy of investing in the football club. “I shan’t be selling the club until we win something. Not at any price. When I say win something, if we get in a position of Champions League that equals winning something.” The Magpies’ run of one draw and nine defeats in their last 10 games has prompted a concerted backlash from fans, some of whom have boycotted home games in protest at the way the club is being run by Ashley. The ‘Ashley Out’ group called on supporters to occupy St James’ Park after the final whistle of the match against West Ham – regardless of what happened on the pitch. However, the owner insisted things were not as negative around the club. Ashley said: ” The only positive we’ve got is the club is on a very sound financial footing, so we are able to spend and punch above our weight with the financial situation the club finds itself in. Ashley has been criticised for giving caretaker-manager John Carver the job for the remainder of the season, following the departure of Alan Pardew at the start of the year. On the next manager, the 50-year-old explained: “It is the job of (managing director) Lee Charnley and the football board to make football decisions, as it was with (former managing director) Derek Llambias picking Alan Pardew. “I will not be picking the next manager. My job is to make sure they have the maximum amount of financial resources and it is their job to get the best pound-for-pound value out of those resources. “But to make it categorically clear – I’m not going anywhere until we win something.” center_img The Sports Direct tycoon has often been criticised by sections of the Magpies support for putting profit ahead of on-pitch performances, with the club going into their final Premier League match of the season facing the threat of relegation. But Ashley, who has rarely if ever spoken to the media on sporting matters, broke cover to pledge his determination to improve matters at St James’ Park. last_img read more

Cricket News Ramakant Achrekar and Sachin Tendulkar: Those special moments

first_imgNew Delhi: Ramakant Achrekar, who was instrumental in giving a jewel to Indian cricket — Sachin Tendulkar, is no more. Achrekar died in Mumbai at the age of 87 on Wednesday. He belonged to that near extinct tribe of cricket coaches, who gave quintessential talented middle-class boys hope and imparted knowledge that they carried a lifetime.Tendulkar, who scored 18,426 runs in ODIs and 15,926 runs in Tests, is considered to be one of the greatest players in the modern era. Earlier in the year, Tendulkar had said coaches are like gurus. In 1990, Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. He was honoured with one of the country’s highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2010. In the same year, he was honoured the “Lifetime Achievement” award by the Sports Illustrated by Gary Kirsten.Ramakant Achrekar and Sachin Tendulkar: The special bonding: # The picture of Achrekar sporting a half-sleeved cotton shirt, simple trousers and a ‘Dev Anand Jewel Thief’ cap and perfecting a 14-year-old Tendulkar’s forward defence shape at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana, was all about the simple times of ’80s.# Tendulkar and his elder brother Ajit have time and again recalled how Achrekar would stand behind trees and watch Tendulkar bat to let him play freely.# Achrekar would put0 a one rupee coin over stumps and challenge Tendulkar not to get bowled in order to earn the coin is a part of cricketing folklore. Tendulkar still maintains that those coins are priceless. # Tendulkar once got a “tight slap” for missing a match in order to watch the senior school team play a final match. “People should come to watch you rather you clapping from the stands,” Tendulkar recalled Achrekar’s words in a story that has been repeated often at various functions.# The Ramakant Achrekar Foundation gives away scholarships to deserving players. In 2009, Mumbai U-16 captain Harmeet Singh was given a scholarship of Rs 50,000 by Ramakant Achrekar Foundation which was formed by former Ranji player Sharad Thakre.# Every player, who learnt his ropes at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana during the 80s and early 90s, have their own “Achrekar story” that they recollect with fondness. Ask Chandrakant Pandit, Amol Mujumdar, Praveen Amre, Ajit Agarkar, Lalchand Rajput what a “Guru” meant and how demanding were those times.# Following his 40th birthday in 2013, Achrekar had given Tendulkar his blessings by saying the Indian batsman would live happily as long as he plays. Speaking on behalf of the 80-year-old Dronacharya award winning coach, who was not keeping well after his hip bone fracture, daughter Kalpana told PTI: “My blessings are always there with him.”#Tendulkar had paid a visit to Achrekar whom he considers his guru ahead of the Australia series, which India won 4-0. “He along with (wife) Anjali had come to meet Baba. They spent some time quietly chatting,” she said. Achrekar keenly followed every game that Tendulkar played.# A lasting memory would be Tendulkar’s farewell speech in Mumbai in 2013. “Sir has never ever said ‘well played’ to me because he thought I would get complacent…Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career because there are no more matches, sir, in my life,” a teary-eyed Tendulkar had said after his 200th Test match.#  Tendulkar didn’t get that but at the end of his guru’s life journey, the batting great did say, “Well played Sir and may you coach more wherever you are.”(With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Australian Open could have only Australian fans

first_imgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June. Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on.Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.”Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.___Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus.Serie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday. Associated Press Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June.___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region. But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week.Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus.Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___ ___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country. Anti-doping work worldwide has come to a near-standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. That has raised fears that some athletes could take advantage and cheat.The Russian agency issued staff with disinfectant wipes and face masks before the stoppage and also offered athletes masks to wear while being tested.___The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.center_img May 6, 2020 PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started. The Latest: Australian Open could have only Australian fans More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___ ___The Russian anti-doping agency plans to resume testing this month.CEO Yuri Ganus says testing will start again in the last 10 days of May with a “balanced, selective and focused” approach as the agency tries to make up for a lengthy stoppage.Testing was suspended at the end of March when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked people to stay home unless they were working in designated essential sectors.Ganus says that during the stoppage “we have been carrying out all the work of a national anti-doping agency except for the testing.” That covers areas such as education, investigations and planning for future tests. German soccer could be cleared to resume when Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with the governors of the country’s 16 states.The dpa news agency reports that May 15 and 21 are being considered by the federal government as start dates for the Bundesliga.The league has introduced blanket coronavirus testing at clubs and is eager to finish the season by the end of June. That is when some player contracts expire.The push to resume has faced a backlash. There have been at least 11 positive tests of players and staff since testing began last week and Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou was suspended after posting a video showing social distancing measures being flouted at the club.___ Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___last_img read more

NBS promises to continue second-division sponsorship in Georgetown

first_img–GCA, Berbice looking to host champion-of-championsTHE New Building Society has promised to continue their support of the second-division competition in the capital city owing to the excellent organisational structure by the Georgetown Cricket Association over the last seven years of the NBS second-division 40-over competition.On Friday evening, director of the bank, Dr. Nanda Gopaul, expressed his appreciation to the GCA for the work that they have done. He said that the GCA has demonstrated leadership and foresight in the running of the NBS competition.“[Roger] Harper, president of the GCA, has demonstrated leadership in cricket and we have recognised that.”The former Minister of Labour added that the tournament “could not have been better”. Due to the “excellent” work by the officials, Dr. Gopaul indicated that the NBS would continue the sponsorship.The director added that the game has transcended the on-field battle. “We believe that the game must not just be seen as a sport, but as a unifying tool.”BERBICE VS GTAdditionally, NBS will look to have a champion-of-champions contest between the top teams in Berbice (in the bank-sponsored competition) against the best teams in the GCA/NBS competition.Although the contest is still in the planning stage, Dr. Gopaul did announce that it will be a T20 format.GCA president Roger Harper said that the upcoming battle would give the youngsters, both in Georgetown and Berbice, more exposure.To the NBS he said, “We are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership, we look forward to your support.”GEORGETOWN FINALOn Friday evening, GCC defeated Everest by 162 runs in the final of the GCA/NBS 40-over Second-Division Competition.Winston Forrester, who spanked nine fours for a 68-ball 62, was named man-of-the-match, while Ronaldo Alimohamed, who sent back the middle order with 3-26 from six overs, collected the best bowling performance trophy. Saheed Mohamed, who had16 stiches due to an injury to one of his fingers during the semi-final, kept Everest in the game with three outstanding catches, and he was duly rewarded.Meanwhile, Police’s spinner Jason Heyliger finished the tournament with the best bowling figures (5-11 versus Transport). Also picking up trophies were Transport’s Azeem Azeez (who finished with a tournament-high 23 wickets), DCC’s Sachin Singh, who finished with the highest runs in the tournament (171) against Diplomats and the most runs in the tournament, and UG’s Melroy Stephenson, who finished with eight catches.Singh, a national U-19 cricketer, also finished as the MVP of Zone A after tallying 436 runs at an average of 72.67 runs per innings. He also took one wicket and two catches.Meanwhile, Transport’s batsman Sunil Singh finished as Zone B’s MVP after tallying 230 runs at an average of 59, to go with four catches.last_img read more

Rihanna shocks fans with surprise appearance at the Cricket World Cup

first_imgRIHANNA made a surprise appearance in the crowd for the Sri Lanka v West Indies match at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Durham on Monday. The Work singer, pretty much startled the world – and Londoners – when she announced she has been secretly living in the capital for the last few months.And in case we did not believe her, the 31-year-old made a surprise appearance at the cricket match to prove to us that she is really truly soaking up the UK culture – and rare sun.The actress even posed for photographs inside the Riverside Stadium which the West Indies cricket team’s Twitter page then posted.The singer from Barbados, where cricket is already a popular sport, cheered on from her seats with a friend as she wore a large white jacket which she paired with a matching crop top and high-waisted white trousers. Adding on a truly large pair of rockstar shades, Rihanna completed her look with a bright red lip. The Fenty founder clearly enjoyed her day off from running a business empire as she laughed and chatted with a friend while sipping on a drink.last_img read more