East Java’s Mount Semeru spews hot ash

first_imgMount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, has reportedly shown elevated volcanic activity that was marked with a 300-second tectonic earthquake and a 2,000-meter-high column of ash blowing south.The increasing activity was recorded on Friday morning at around 6 a.m., the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) confirmed, citing that the mountain had persistently erupted and expelled lava from its crater since the beginning of April.”For now, the volcano will potentially expel lava and hot ash in the direction of the Besuk Bang, Besuk Kobokan and Besuk Kembar deltas,” the PVMBG staff member in charge of monitoring Mount Semeru, Kristyanto, said as reported by kompas.com.Read also: Anak Krakatau not alone as three more Indonesian volcanoes eruptAuthorities, however, still maintained caution in the alert status for the volcano, which is the second-highest level, despite the increasing activity.A top official at the Lumajang Disaster Mitigation Agency, Wawan Hadi, separately called on local residents not to panic yet remain alert. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Commerzbank UK scheme insures DB and DC sections for £1.2bn

first_imgThe UK arm of Commerzbank has insured both its defined benefit and defined contribution schemes with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) for £1.2bn (€1.4bn) – the country’s biggest pension risk transfer deal this year.The transaction involved converting a £300m defined contribution (DC) plan into a defined benefit (DB) arrangement, before then being added to the buy-in deal.David Curtis, director at Law Debenture Pension Trustees and chairman of the Dresdner Kleinwort Pension Plan trustee board, said the transaction “required a high level of creative thinking” from consultancy LCP to address the DC section. Curtis also praised PIC for its flexibility on what he described as “an unusual transaction”.The DB and DC funds were both part of the Dresdner Kleinwort Pension Plan, which came to Commerzbank as part of its acquisition of Dresdner Bank in 2009. It follows a bumper year of pension transfer deals for PIC in 2018, including a £1.3bn buy-in with Siemens in July and a £1.5bn buy-in with Rentokil Initial in November.Separately, rival pension insurer Rothesay Life has backed a £110m full buyout of the Laird Pension Scheme, connected to UK electronics company Laird.It covers the benefits of 370 deferred members and 570 pensioners, according to Rothesay Life. The DB scheme is expected to wind up later this year once the transfer is completed.Tom Ashworth, transactions specialist at Willis Towers Watson and lead adviser to the Laird Pension Scheme, said the trustees had come up with “a clear project plan and decision-making framework”, helping to ensure “healthy competition for a complex scheme and ultimately resulting in favourable pricing”.Cleo Taylor, business development director at the insurer, said: “With the rapid improvement in solvency levels, the demand for full scheme buyouts is particularly strong. To meet this demand we have been growing our new business team across underwriting, implementation and business development.”last_img read more

New Zealand Euthanasia Leader Makes False and Misleading Statement

first_imgLifeNews 2 June 2015The leader of the New Zealand euthanasia lobby told the Dominion Post that if euthanasia were legalized:“no more would die, but fewer would suffer … there is absolutely no evidence to support this in the experience of European countries and American states.”But if we examine the statement of Jack Havill, the leader of the Euthanasia Society of New Zealand, the quote is clearly false and misleading.In Belgium, the Netherlands, Oregon and Washington state, the number of assisted deaths has significantly increased and have been accompanied by a growth in reasons why lethal doses are injected. To avoid the accusation of fear mongering, I will simply provide the data.The Netherlands 2013 euthanasia statistics state that there were 4,829 reported euthanasia deaths, representing an increase of 15% over 2012 and more than double the number of deaths since 2008 when there were 2,331 reported euthanasia deaths.There were also 42 euthanasia deaths for people with psychiatric problems and 97 euthanasia deaths for people with dementia in the Netherlands.http://www.lifenews.com/2015/06/02/new-zealand-euthanasia-leader-makes-false-and-misleading-statement/last_img read more

Digicel hosts free olympic photo shoot

first_img Share LocalNews Digicel hosts free olympic photo shoot by: – March 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Thursday 15th March 2012 – Roseau, Dominica: Digicel continues to excite its customers with the launch of its massive regional campaign inviting customers to be a part of its TV and press advertising alongside Digicel Brand Ambassador and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.The campaign, ‘The Run to London’, is a first for Digicel in the region and calls on customers to upload their running images to a specially-designed Facebook application. The chosen photos will be used to form the TV and press ads alongside Digicel Brand Ambassador and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and will be shown from June. Judging by the number of images uploaded to the specially-designed Facebook app to date, ‘The Run to London’ campaign has received a remarkable response from Dominica alone.As such, Digicel Dominica is inviting even more customers and fans to get on board. On Wednesday 21st March, Digicel is hosting a free photo shoot at its Digicentre Store on Great George and Marlborough Street from 2pm to have their photos taken in all kinds of running shots. Their photos will then be uploaded on the Digicel Facebook page – giving customers the wonderful opportunity to feature in a Digicel TV and press ad alongside Digicel Brand Ambassador and the World’s fastest man Usain Bolt. In addition, all those who join in the excitement of having their photos taken will instantly receive either free Top-Up or a Digicel-branded prize. Members of the Dominica Olympic committee and ErissonHurtault (who will be joining us live on the phone) are invited to the event. Special interviews will also be carried live by Darwin Telemaque and Leroy ‘Wadix’ Charles on Kairi FM on Wednesday 21st March.The Management and staff of Digicel Dominica, along with its customers, support Usain Bolt and Erisson Hurtault of Dominica on their journey to extraordinary success to the games in London.Press ReleaseDigicel Dominica Share 12 Views no discussionslast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs And Lady Greyhounds Split Volleyball Games

first_imgThe Batesville 7th grade Volleyball team had a solid win against Brookville 25-17, 25-7.The team played strong at the net with 7 kills. Grace Habig, Laine Streuwing, and Nikki Fox each had 2 kills, while McKenna DeFreeze added 1 kill. Top servers were DeFreezze earning 19 point including 11 aces. Kylie Laker was 11 for 11 from the service line with 10 points including 2 aces. Grace Sarringhaus added solid passing from the back row.The 8th Grade BMS Volleyball team outscored their Brookville opponent overall by 9 points, but fell to them in 3 games. Scores were 13-25; 25-24; 15-13.Costly unforced mistakes were the difference in the game. We had the serve and momentum to end both the 2nd and 3rd game, but missed serves ended our run. Anna Bauer was a bright spot from the service line connecting on all 19 of her serves scoring 14 points including an impressive 13 aces.The teams will travel to Milan Elementary School on Thursdayto face St. Nicholas. Both teams have a 4-2 record on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

FIFA postpones South American World Cup qualifiers over coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike World football governing body FIFA has postponed South American qualifying matches for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. This was after a request from the region’s football federation amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. FIFA said in a letter to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), which the federation tweeted, that it would seek to reschedule the 10 matches. They were due to take place between March 23 and 31. A number of Latin America’s top football stars play for European teams in countries that have seen significant cases of the virus. They would have faced quarantines on their return to their home countries. FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura told her counterpart at CONMEBOL, Jose Astigarraga, that the health and safety of those involved in the World Cup was her primary concern. “We will continue to work with and consult you and your team to be able to find possible dates in which these matches can be played, something which will require… solutions that take into account the unique and fast-changing nature of this exceptional situation,” she wrote in the letter. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CONMEBOLCoronavirusFatma SamouraFIFAJose AstigarragaWorld Cuplast_img read more

Scudamore raises World Cup concern

Switching the 2022 World Cup to the winter would be “nigh on impossible”, according to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. “Our view is, if that is deemed not possible by FIFA, they need to move the location. We can’t just, on a whim, decide to move to the winter. It’s extremely difficult, nigh on impossible in our view.” The new Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, said last week that if the tournament was to remain in Qatar it would have to be played in the winter, while last Sunday FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce gave a strong indication that a winter switch could be on the cards. While Boyce was keen to stress the issue had not been officially discussed by FIFA’s executive committee, he said his personal preference was for a tournament which ran between January 6 and February 9, 2022. Were that to play out, the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup would all be affected, and Scudamore wants a thorough consultation to take place. “Where they award the World Cup to is a FIFA executive committee decision and not our business,” he told Sky Sports News. “But the international football calendar has to be consulted, FIFA can’t just decide. “There’s a whole series of complications and consultation has to be separate with leagues on a global basis, to make sure it works for everyone before a decision is made.” Press Association Qatar was chosen to host the tournament back in December 2010 but concerns have been raised about summer temperatures in the Middle East state, which can exceed 50 degrees, prompting talk of switching the tournament away from its usual June-July slot to a possible January or February start. Such a move would obviously have logistical implications for domestic club football around the globe, and Scudamore said at the launch of the new Barclays Premier League season: “At the end of the day, FIFA made a decision which is for none of us to comment on. They decided the World Cup will be in the summer in Qatar. read more

Hughes: Bucky is Big Ten’s Best

first_imgFor the enduring fans of the Wisconsin football team – and the team itself – nobody phrased the feeling any better than J.J. Watt did following the Badgers’ 70-23 exercise of supremacy over Northwestern Saturday.“When you have a chance to win a Big Ten championship, that doesn’t come every year, that doesn’t necessarily come every decade,” he said.It certainly doesn’t.Not but 9 years old, I can just barely remember the images and sounds from the last time Wisconsin triumphed in the Rose Bowl after taking the conference title. In fact, as I’m looking back at this old memory, I can’t even say with confidence whether I’m actually thinking of the 1999 or 2000 edition of the Ron Dayne train and the powerhouse team that ran with him all the way to Granddaddy Glory.After the glory days of the ’90s though, the Badgers were mostly out of the spotlight. As a lifelong Wisconsinite and Badger fan, over those years it generally felt like another Big Ten title and Rose Bowl bid could be had in the future but not necessarily during any given season. It was all about just waiting for the pendulum to eventually swing back.Then Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez left. And as the years passed by, sour sentiments brewed under newbie Bret Bielema’s head coaching seat. But that was before this year.So an accomplishment like this means a lot to Badger Nation. This program is not like one of Ohio State’s, where this sort of thing has become the status quo.Over the last seven games, the Badgers have been as unstoppable as a rhinoceros running downhill. They truly deserve to call themselves Big Ten champions and join the chatter concerning who’s the best in the country. And I will be there to talk them up whenever that conversation starts.But, as a fan, there’s still one thing that’s kind of bothering me, and it’s that all three teams invited to the Big Ten podium are standing at the top, No. 1 spot.I imagine many Badger fans feel similarly. Wisconsin is probably the hottest team in the country right now, it’s made fools out of other teams and the general consensus (even outside Wisconsin) is that the Cardinal & White are the Big Ten’s No. 1 team.You can’t tell me that if a Big Ten trophy was presented to Bucky, Sparty and Brutus, that they wouldn’t all give each other a slight look of resentment (or perhaps a shoulder-nudge) before holding it up confidently.For some reason, this reminds me of the 2007-08 NFL season. The Packers took the NFC North and seemed poised for a Super Bowl championship that year. But there would have been one indelible stain even if they had won it all – they got swept by the Bears earlier in the season. It’s just all about casting the rivals aside and speeding far past them.What’s happened to the Badgers though, is not quite the same, sure. True to their “hottest team in the country” tag, they should be going to Pasadena for a skirmish on New Year’s Day, deservedly so.But hey, if you’re like me and feel a wee bit of irritation about splitting the crown three ways with rivals, at least we know that this will never happen again with next year’s conference championship game. How’s that for timeliness?It’s unfortunate that the title couldn’t be decided with a championship game this year. This is without doubt the first time I’ve ever felt confident in saying the Badgers could take on anyone thrown at them – even at a neutral site.As selection Sunday nears, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantanio has made a point in reminding everyone that his group beat Wisconsin “convincingly.” He’s not wrong either, but if the Badgers and Spartans could take this little tiff to Lucas Oil Stadium and settle it this weekend, the Badgers would win that game.The trailblazing that UW has performed over the last seven games is all thanks to MSU. Without that chip on Bucky’s shoulder, who knows where this team would be now. Sparty’s gone through some close calls lately and a convincing loss of their own versus Iowa. That kind of momentum would get knocked on its tail end with Wisconsin’s offense rolling like Sonic the Hedgehog.Even though Wisconsin and Ohio State would never meet to decide a Big Ten title under the future subdivisions, it’s fun to imagine a rematch. This game would be much more interesting. OSU would be the one with a chipped shoulder and there would be no intoxicating home field advantage for UW. But the Badgers never shy away from the Buckeyes.That game could probably go either way but lest we forget, the entire scenario would never happen to begin with.But really, what I guess I’m trying to say with all of this is – and with all respect to the Spartans and the Buckeyes:The Badgers should be on that podium by themselves.Elliot is a junior with an undecided major. How happy are you that UW is the Big Ten champ? Are you bothered at all that you have to share it with MSU and OSU? Email him your cheers and grumbles at ehughes@badherherald.com.last_img read more

COLUMN: Football still must face tests in season

first_imgSpring football practice kicked off this week, and needless to say, there is plenty of hype surrounding USC’s 2017 prospects. Why wouldn’t there be? The Trojans have looked close to unstoppable ever since redshirt freshman Sam Darnold seized the starting quarterback mantle three games into last season, and no opponent seems to faze USC as long as the 2017 Heisman Trophy favorite is under center — not even Alabama.Just ask tailback Justin Davis and wideout Darreus Rogers, two NFL-bound Trojans who played with Darnold during his breakout 2016 campaign. At the NFL Combine this week, the duo discussed USC’s ugly 52-6 loss to the Crimson Tide in last year’s season opener, which came before the dawn of the Darnold era in USC football.“With Sam Darnold, man, with him at quarterback, anything can happen,” Rogers said in an interview with AL.com. “The kid is special. I feel like it would be a better game, closer game, and I feel like we probably could have made the upset.”Davis agreed with his former teammate.“Oh yeah, it would have been a totally different story because our team — we always knew we were going to be great at the end,” Davis said. “But it was a matter of when we bought into the system or whatever. We thought we were ready for the first game, but we obviously weren’t.”There are plenty who share the pair’s sentiments. But even with my infinite optimism when it comes to Trojan football, my first thought when hearing Rogers and Davis’ comments was: C’mon, fellas. There is no disputing USC’s meteoric rise back to national relevance, which culminated in January’s intoxicating Rose Bowl victory, but the fact remains that Alabama has participated in every single College Football Playoff since the system’s inception, winning one national championship in the process. What makes the Trojans so sure they could avenge a 46-point loss in a hypothetical rematch?It’s tough to imagine USC stopping the Tide’s running game even after their Rose Bowl victory, especially behind Alabama’s trademark, monstrous offensive line. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley pounded the Trojans for nearly 200 yards in the Rose Bowl, and the Nittany Lions finished 55th in the FBS in rushing yards. What would Nick Saban’s seventh-ranked unit do? Furthermore, Darnold technically did play in September’s matchup (albeit off the bench as a raw redshirt freshman) and didn’t exactly flip the script. He completed 4-of-8 passes for 29 yards, adding nine yards on the ground in three rush attempts. The unflappable gunslinger that would emerge weeks later was nowhere to be seen. If he got a second shot at Alabama, would Darnold be able to rise to the occasion against by far the stingiest defense he has ever faced?Despite my initial reaction to this hypothetical, the answer to that question has to be an unequivocal yes, right? Because regardless of what you see on paper, Darnold has yet to falter in the face of a challenge. His stats are outstanding, of course — you’d expect that from the reigning winner of the Archie Griffin Award (given to college football’s most valuable player). But without relying on quantitative analysis, Darnold also just flat-out makes plays. Who can forget his first start at the Coliseum, when he grabbed a fumbled flea flicker against Arizona State and ripped a throw down the sideline to hit sophomore wideout Deontay Burnett for a 40-yard gain? And Darnold was back at it just a week later against Colorado, picking a botched handoff off the grass and firing a dart to sophomore tight end Tyler Petite for a touchdown.Not to say that pulling plays out of your ass is enough to take down Alabama — but it certainly helps. It has taken some of college football’s greatest improvisational quarterbacks to sink Saban and his Tide, from Matt Stafford to Tim Tebow to Cam Newton, and finally Deshaun Watson this year.One of the more recent examples came from Johnny Manziel. Hopefully Darnold will not follow Johnny Football’s path beyond college, but the two share playmaking parallels. During Texas A&M’s shocking upset in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 2012, Manziel took a snap in the red zone, maneuvered in the pocket and bumped into his own lineman. The ball coughed out of Manziel’s hands, but the quarterback stuck with it to make a spectacular play; he plucked the ball back out of midair, rolled to his left and hit a wide-open receiver in the end zone. It was positively Darnold-esque.After everything we Trojan fans saw last season, it’s not difficult to imagine Darnold slicing and dicing the Alabama defense like Manziel did. I can’t really cite any figures to back this up: The Tide trumps the Trojans in the vast majority of statistical categories. Nevertheless, there is simply a feeling that, with Darnold, USC’s ceiling is infinite. And that is why I’ve just spent all this time dissecting a passing, hypothetical comment at the Combine — because hopefully it won’t be a hypothetical 10 or 11 months down the line. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that we will see Saban’s crew in the CFP again come December. Now it’s up to Darnold and the Trojans to hold up their end of the bargain and set up a rematch between the two teams next winter.A host of 2016 Trojans won’t be there — including Rogers and Davis. Hopefully, they’ll be proven right.Ollie Jung is a junior studying print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Jung Money,” runs every Thursday.last_img read more

Men’s basketball falters in second half against No. 5 Nevada

first_imgShaqquan Aaron takes a jumper in USC’s loss to Nevada on Saturday – Josh Dunst | Daily TrojanThe frustration seemed to radiate from head coach Andy Enfield as he discussed his team’s 73-61 loss to Nevada on Saturday. He pointed to a disappointing second half personified by an inefficient offensive performance.“We struggled to make open shots when we took them and also took a couple contested to let them go on that run,” Enfield said. “Congratulations to them, they deserved to beat us.”Nevada proved why it is one of the country’s elite teams with a 27-9 run to open the second half, taking a 61-44 lead with 11 minutes left. The Wolfpack took advantage of questionable shot selection by USC during this stretch and got hot from the field, making 9-of-10 field goals including a 4-of-5 mark from 3-point range.The Trojan offense went cold after halftime, shooting 10-of-28 from the field in the second half, including 2-of-10 from three. USC scored just 26 second half points, nowhere near the output necessary to keep up with a team like Nevada, even if the Wolfpack had continued to miss shots and turn the ball over.“We expect more of our upperclassmen to understand when the other team has scored 4, 6, 8, 9 points in a row, that at that point you have to take a great shot,” Enfield said.On the other side of the ball, USC struggled to contain forward Jordan Caroline, as the senior used his burly frame to bully the Trojans out of the high post repeatedly and finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Although Caroline shot just 9-of-22 from the floor, he was Nevada’s biggest impact player. His strength and intensity were never more prevalent than on a two-handed alley oop flush in the final seconds of the game to put the finishing touches on the Wolfpack’s win.“Caroline absolutely killed us,” junior forward Nick Rakocevic said. “We gave him a lot in the paint, just kind of gave him everything he wanted. We just got to get better.”The second half was especially hard to swallow because USC led 35-34 at halftime. The Trojans brought energy from the beginning, playing harder than they had at any point this season. They played with active hands on defense, deflecting a lot of passes en route to five steals and 9 points off turnovers in the first half. There were positives to take away. Enfield said he was happy with his team’s defense, which held a Nevada team that averaged 90.1 points per game coming into the day to 73, their lowest output of the season. “Defensively, I thought we did well enough tonight to give ourselves a chance to win,” Enfield said. “A team that averages 90 points, you’re not going to be able to hold them down the entire game. But when they go on runs you have to score with them, and we didn’t do that when they went on that big run.”They also held Caleb and Cody Martin, the Wolfpack’s duo of twin senior guards, to a combined 20 points. This is especially impressive considering Caleb entered the Galen Center averaging 21 points per game.“We did a good job on the twins,” Rakocevic said. “We played them well. But it takes a whole team. Two guys can’t be guarding another two guys, it takes everybody [to guard them].”But USC’s offense let the team down in this one. In their lowest scoring output of the season, the Trojans shot 43.3 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from 3-point range. USC shot only eight free throws and received 14 combined points on 6-of-24 shooting from junior guard Jonah Mathews and senior forward Bennie Boatwright, both of whom shot 1-of-7 from behind the arc. Rakocevic led the Trojans with 20 points and 12 rebounds.The Trojans proved they could compete with top-flight teams like Nevada in the first half. The difference between USC and those schools is their composure and consistency. The Trojans, perhaps feeling pressure to perform against a top-five program, lost their way mentally at times against the Wolfpack, hoisting up ill-advised attempts early in the shot clock and picking up costly fouls. It resulted in a subpar second half in which the Trojans never gave themselves a chance to to win.Enfield summed up the second half by pointing out an airball, two missed open 3s and an open shot in the lane. USC went 1-for-6 in the final four minutes of play.“The first half is a good sign we can be a top team. We have to come out better in the second half,” Rakocevic said. “When the shots aren’t falling, you have to stay composed and do it on the defensive end.”The Trojans will have another chance against TCU Friday at the Staples Center.last_img read more