Anti-lockdown protests In the United States, which has the more than 759,000 confirmed infections and nearly 41,000 deaths, some are increasingly chafing under stay-at-home orders and are taking to the streets to protest.Anti-lockdown demonstrations over the weekend drew hundreds of people in states including Colorado, Texas, Maryland, New Hampshire and Ohio.Many waved American flags, and some carried weapons. But others stayed in their cars or wore protective masks. President Donald Trump fuelled another bout of fury over the weekend by lending support to the protests against the lockdown restrictions — which medical experts say save countless lives.In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro — who has repeatedly claimed the virus threat is overblown — joined hundreds of protesters in Brasilia who objected to state governors’ stay-home orders.Brazil has the most infections in Latin America, a region where an AFP tally on Sunday showed total cases had surpassed 100,000 with nearly 5,000 deaths.”Count on your president to do what is necessary so that we can guarantee democracy and what is most dear to us, our freedom,” Bolsonaro told the protesters in an address that was interspersed with fits of coughing. Bleak RamadanBut after Christians around the world marked Easter with subdued ceremonies, Muslims in the Middle East and beyond are preparing for a bleak Ramadan — the holiest month in the Islamic calendar — which begins later this week.Mosque prayers have been suspended and Iftar feasts cancelled in many countries.Several countries’ religious authorities, including Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, have ruled that prayers during Ramadan and Eid be performed at home.Mosque prayers have been suspended and Iftar feasts cancelled in many countries.”Our hearts are crying,” said Ali Mullah, the prayer leader at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.”We are used to seeing the holy mosque crowded with people during the day, night, all the time… I feel pain deep inside.” But there were encouraging signs over the weekend in Europe with daily death tolls dropping in Italy, Spain, France and Britain.In Germany, which been among the most successful in Europe to contain the disease and where authorities have declared it “under control”, smaller shops in some regions were to re-open on Monday.Larger shops and those in major German cities will open later as part of an attempted phased return to a more normal existence that will also see some students go back to school from May 4.Adding another flicker of hope in Europe, Norway allowed children to go back to nurseries on Monday, although some parents expressed reservations over the decision. Parts of Europe hit hard by the deadly coronavirus pandemic took tentative steps towards resuming normal lives on Monday, with Germany allowing some shops to reopen and Norway restarting nurseries.Governments across the world are debating how and when to ease the lockdowns that have kept more than half of humanity — 4.5 billion people — confined to their homes and crippled the global economy.After emerging in the industrial central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, the respiratory virus has claimed roughly 165,000 lives, with nearly two thirds of the victims in Europe. Hard-hit Spain, where a nationwide lockdown has been extended, also said it would ease restrictions to allow children time outside.Spain registered 410 new fatalities on Sunday, the lowest daily count in almost a month, and a figure that health ministry emergencies coordinator Fernando Simon said “gives us hope”.Authorities are even starting to shut some makeshift facilities set up to relieve the overburdened health system, including a morgue at a Madrid ice rink.France also said a nationwide lockdown in force for a month was beginning to bear fruit.”We are scoring points against the epidemic,” said French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.In the United States — the country with the highest number of deaths and infections — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the outbreak was “on the descent”.Cuomo cautioned that it was “no time to get cocky”, although the warmer weather lured New Yorkers out of their homes and into parks over the weekend. “I feel a little guilty being here, at the same time for my own mental sanity this is probably what I need,” said real estate agent Taylor Henderson at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Across the other side of the world, New Zealand announced Monday that it will ease a nationwide lockdown next week, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying: “We have stopped a wave of devastation.”Iran, which has the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak, also allowed some “low-risk” businesses to reopen Saturday. Topics :
The perfect outdoor retreat, even in winter!IT’S not often temperatures on the Gold Coast dip below double digits but when they do, it pays to be prepared.The market is running hot with properties featuring fireplaces that are sure to warm the hearts of their new owners.From traditional to more creative designs, house hunters are spoiled for choice.At Broadbeach Waters, a black fireplace forms the centrepiece of a Cypress Drive property’s lounge room. This home caters for house hunters who like a more traditional style.With a wooden frame and mantle, the gas fireplace in the formal lounge room makes the home feel warmer without even lighting it.As if one isn’t enough, a palatial Sanctuary Cove property offers two fireplaces. An elegant take on the traditional fireplace.A traditional fireplace with mantle features in the formal lounge room while another in the outdoor entertainment area takes away the chill on cool nights. A Runaway Bay property also embraces the outdoor fireplace trend. Having an outdoor fireplace is a trend becoming increasigly popular.Sheltered by a custom-built stone wall, the gas fireplace offers warmth to those dining on the entertainment deck, which overlooks the canal.Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Katrina Fisher, who is marketing the property with colleague Pam Fisher, said it was one of the features that sold the home to its current owners.“It was one of the many features to the home that really impressed them,” she said.“It allows them to enjoy the outside entertaining throughout the cooler months.” The kitchen is an unusual spot for a fireplace but it’s a clever design.The home’s owners Garnet and Valerie Breust told the Bulletin earlier this year they redesigned the kitchen to look more sleek and versatile after buying it in 2011.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt was named the Queensland and Australian Kitchen of the Year in 2013.“We probably spent about eight months designing the kitchen,” Mr Breust said.“We were lucky because we had a lot of space to work with.” A Helensvale property on The Peninsular embraces a more traditional style. This black fireplace gives the modern home character.Marketing agent Jamie Harrison, of Ray White Broadbeach Mermaid Waters, said it stood out among the home’s modern features.“It’s quite unusual to have a fireplace in Queensland but I think it adds character,” he said.“We’ve had a lot of interest from southern buyers.”On the Sovereign Islands, a Parklane Terrace mansion pushes the boundaries with its contemporary fireplace, which is inside the Italian marble benchtop.
Advertisement The Bergamo club spent a total of 26 million euros ($29 million) to bring the 28-year-old to Bergamo. Atalanta have completed the purchase of Colombian striker Duvan Zapata at the end of his two-year loan deal from league rivals Sampdoria, the Serie A club confirmed on Friday. Loading… “I’m very happy,” said Zapata. “First of all I want to thank Atalanta for this further demonstration of confidence in me.“We are building something important and can achieve great things together.”Zapata, who has played 15 times for Colombia and scored three goals, also previously played for Napoli and Udinese.He joined Atalanta on loan in 2018 and last season was second top scorer in Serie A with 23 goals scored helping lift the club into the Champions League for the first time.Duvan Zapata’s 23 league goals last season helped Atalanta qualify for the Champions League for the first time.Read Also: Bournemouth shot-stopper replaces Reina at AC MilanThis season he has scored seven goals in all competitions, despite missing nearly three months with a thigh injury.Atalanta are through to the Champions League last 16 and next play Spanish club Valencia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art
SAN JOSE, Antique – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here has yet to monitor the damage on infrastructures of the earthquakes that jolted parts of this province. Towns of Barbaza and Patnongon were where the epicenters of the earthquakes were traced, a report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.“The earthquake in Barbaza happened 10:12 p.m. on May 4, while the one in Patnongon was at 5:02 a.m on May 5,” PDRRMO-Antique chief Broderick Train said.Barbaza’s earthquake had had a 4.7 magnitude with a depth of 28 kilometers. The one in Patnongon, on the other hand, had a 2.5 magnitude with a depth of one kilometer.According to Train, even this capital town experienced the earthquake. He urged the public to stay alert. “Although we have no preemptive evacuation undertaken due to the earthquakes, we are urging the public, especially in landslide-prone areas, to be watchful,” said Train./PN
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Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels it is strange to see such a wide points gap from top to bottom in a Premier League season which has proved anyone can beat anyone. Considering the need for all sides to guard against complacency when coming up against teams below them, Wenger believes the fact leaders Liverpool have more than double the points amassed by 12th-placed Swansea makes no logical sense. He said: “It is strange because it looks like every big team could lose everywhere (this season) and you would think that the difference between the teams has been much closer. “But if you look at the points, the gap between the top teams and the bottom teams is bigger than any other year before, so there’s a little bit of a contradiction between what we’ve observed visually and mathematically.” Wenger, though, is determined not to allow his side to fall victim to another statistical anomaly this weekend, when Arsenal could wrap up fourth place and with it a shot at Champions League qualification once again. “One of the ingredients we have this season is a response when everybody was writing us off,” said Wenger. “We’ve always responded in a very strong way, which means the mentality is strong and healthy and united inside the camp. “The challenge now is of course to beat West Brom. “If you look at the names that they have in the team, they’re a good side, s o we must play with a good focus and feel that we get stronger in every game. “Recently we’ve been better in every game and controlled much better the games compared to one month ago.” Arsenal’s title challenge faded after the turn of the year when they were unable to overcome the loss of key men like Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil to various spells of injury. “We have missed some vital games and that is the regret we have of the season, some turning points in the season away from home where we failed to turn up with the right performance,” Wenger said. “Overall, though, we have been remarkably consistent. “We played in the Champions League against Bayern, we are in the final of the FA Cup, coming through having played many big teams, we are seven points off Liverpool, who only played one competition. “But in the Premier League, yes we missed some games and we pay for it now.” West Brom’s Spanish boss Pepe Mel believes Wenger would have been sacked had he experienced a similar trophy drought in La Liga. Wenger’s barren spell with the Gunners stretches back nine years, yet the north London club have kept faith with their French manager. Mel has the utmost respect for his opposite number, but the former Real Betis boss admits such a poor recent record would not be acceptable at a top Spanish side. “I don’t think Arsene would have survived in Spain,” he said. “Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid is a good example. Three months ago he was under real pressure and now they are in the Champions League final. “In Spain, England and Germany it is always the same, the head coach lives for the results. “But I’m not surprised Arsene is still in a job as I agree with Arsenal. He has a good philosophy.” Mel believes his side need one more point to effectively secure their top flight safety. The Spaniard endured a difficult start to life at The Hawthorns after replacing Steve Clarke in January, with victories hard to come by and off-field problems – such as the sale of Shane Long to Hull and the Nicolas Anelka ‘Quenelle’ saga – exacerbating the situation. However, victory against West Ham put them on the verge of survival and Mel admits his job is more enjoyable at the moment. “I enjoy my job and being at West Brom, and the fans,” he said. “But January and February were very, very difficult for me, with Long leaving and the Anelka situation and more. “The most important thing is at the end, though. “If West Brom stay in the Premier League it is good work. But I want more than safety. “I’m ambitious and want more. It’s not enough. The next season in 17th is not enough. I want more. We want next season to be even better.” The Gunners host West Brom on Sunday, one of several sides who are not yet mathematically secure of their top-flight status heading into the final two matches. The campaign has been so full of unexpected results – including a win for the Baggies at Old Trafford in September, a first for 35 years – that they can no longer be considered as genuine shocks, with Sunderland’s recent win at Chelsea the latest case in point.
Sole Power and Shea Shea are set to do battle again in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday after being separated by just a neck 12 months ago. Press Association Edward Lynam’s Irish raider got the better of the South African challenger thanks to a brilliant ride by Johnny Murtagh. Murtagh is now retired but Ryan Moore has quickly struck up a great partnership with the seven-year-old, winning the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last month. However, the Mike de Kock-trained Shea Shea came out on top on the two occasions they met at Meydan in March. “Sole Power runs on Tuesday. Ryan Moore rides him in the King’s Stand,” said Lynam. “Johnny (Murtagh) was brilliant on him last year as we know and Ryan is a good jockey and gets on well with him too. “I believe they are starting to water Ascot, which is a worry for Sole Power. The rain hasn’t stopped for 48 hours and they are out with the sprinklers. He’s in good form and takes his chance.” There are 23 horses remaining in the five-furlong Group One feature at the six-day confirmation stage. Pearl Secret, who was third in 2013, is likely to try again for trainer David Barron. His owners Qatar Racing have a major player in the Kevin Ryan-trained Hot Streak, who defeated Pearl Secret by half a length in the Temple Stakes at Haydock last month. Godolphin pin their hopes on Charlie Appleby’s Ahtoug, who had Shea Shea head back in third when just touched off by Amber Sky in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in the spring. Aidan O’Brien has four possibles in Darwin, Due Diligence, Fountain Of Youth and Guerre, while there is an American hopeful in the shape of the five-year-old Ancil, trained in Keeneland by Joan Scott. Among the British entry are Jack Dexter, Medicean Man, Moviesta, Steps and Green Door.
As for Munster, they missed a chance to go top of the standings, but remained firmly in contention for a play-off berth. Both squads had been bolstered by international returnees, with the Scarlets having Wales squad members Rob Evans, Rhys Priestland and Gareth Davies on the bench, while Tommy O’Donnell, Ian Keatley and Felix Jones were back in the ranks for the Irish province. It was the boot of opposing fly-halves Steve Shingler and Keatley, together with some bruising defence that stood out in the opening 40 minutes. Both sides looked to give the ball some air, but the tackling was fearsome at times. A bright start from the Scarlets saw Shingler move them 3-0 ahead early on, only for Keatley to respond for Munster after a strong forward surge. With Ireland flanker O’Donnell to the fore, Munster enjoyed plenty of possession – 70 per cent in the first half – but were finding the Scarlets defence in determined mood. After veteran prop Phil John was held up just short, Shingler put the Scarlets back in front, but the tit for tat continued with Keatley on target for the visitors. A rash high tackle by lock Donncha O’Callaghan on the diminutive Jordan Williams allowed the Scarlets to grab the lead again and Shingler added three more points before half-time after Munster were penalised at the breakdown. And there was further frustration for the visitors just before half-time when scrum-half Duncan Williams was shown yellow by referee Dudley Phillips for a stamp on the ribs of wing Harry Robinson. While O’Donnell had earlier left the field following a bang to the head, the Scarlets brought on Evans, Davies and Priestland for the second half, but Munster managed to negotiate the sin-binning without conceding any further points. And they should have scored themselves, but, after centre Keith Earls broke clear, they butchered a clear overlap out wide. The Irish province were not to be denied, though, with a period of concerted pressure on the home line leading to replacement Jack O’Donoghue ploughing over from close range. Keatley’s conversion gave Munster the lead for the first time in the match, but it did not last long with Shingler bisecting the uprights from close to halfway. Moments later it was brother Aaron who was taking centre stage, playing a leading hand in his side’s only try. His charge-down was hacked through by centre Hadleigh Parkes and the Aucklander did well to compose himself, gather and dive over for his first Scarlets try. Another Shingler penalty pushed the Scarlets 25-13 ahead and put them seemingly in control, but Munster are past masters at pulling a game out of the fire and they did so again. Firstly, after Scarlets replacement Earle was yellow-carded for not retreating, Munster full-back Felix Jones cut inside to give his side hope. Then, after the Scarlets were controversially penalised at a line-out inside their own half, the visitors pounced. The forwards drove towards the line and eventually, with the home defence sucked in, Hanrahan was freed for a simple run-in at the posts. Keatley landed the conversion with the final kick of the game. A last-gasp try from replacement JJ Hanrahan helped Munster salvage a dramatic 25-25 draw in a see-sawing Guinness PRO12 clash at Parc y Scarlets. The Scarlets had led 25-13 with less than five minutes remaining, but, after George Earle’s 74th-minute yellow card saw them reduced to 14 men, they conceded two late tries, with Hanrahan racing under the posts in the final move of the match. The draw lifted the west Wales region into the all-important sixth spot in the table, but they will feel it was an opportunity squandered. Press Association
The Ronald Tutor Campus Center is not only the newest building on USC’s campus, but also the greenest.Lasting impact · The campus center is LEED-certified for its sustainable features, including ventilation, long-life lightbulbs, use of natural lighting and toxic-free paints. – Ted Gerike | Daily Trojan For the first time at USC, a building received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certificate.“We spend 90 percent of our time in buildings,” said Lance Williams, Ph.D., former USC professor and current executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Green Building Council, the national organization that distributes the award. “The way to regulate the amount of energy and harmful impact of greenhouse gases is by starting with buildings.”An average LEED-certified building saves 30 to 40 percent on energy use and creates 70 percent less solid waste, according to Williams.The campus center is about 30 percent more energy efficient than the standards demanded by the state, said Stan Westfall, project manager for the campus center.Administrators decided they wanted the campus center to be LEED certified before a shovel had even touched dirt.“[It was] way before we were doing blueprints, before the initial documents,” Westfall said.Westfall said he believes integrating LEED-certifiable features into the campus center was easier because of early planning by the administration and construction company.At about $2,000, a LEED certification is no small cost, but the designation brings green credibility, Williams said.Three levels of certificate — silver, gold and platinum — are given based on performance in a variety of categories, including water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. USC’s building received a silver designation.“We were able to pay special attention when we did some early demolition to recycle a large percentage,” Westfall said. “We also bought a lot of materials locally.”Water preservation was also a key factor for the certification. At night and in off-hours a water reservoir found below Cromwell Field filters and transports water to the campus center.But some students don’t think the building seems any greener than others on campus.“It’s hard to say,” said Lucas Boyd, a senior majoring in political science. “I haven’t seen anything that indicates it’s sustainable.”Although key aspects to the building’s award were its use of natural light, good ventilation and use of non-toxic paint, most of the LEED implementations aren’t noticeable. Low-flow plumbing, trash compactors that separate out biodegradables and lighting with long-life bulbs are a few of the many examples.Not every environmental application in the building might be visible to the untrained eye, but Williams said the impact a LEED building makes on the world is what’s truly important.“It is essentially a recognition that the earth’s resources are finite,” he said. “So many people are concerned from a scientific as well as business and social perspective as to how to preserve and protect as many of the earth’s resources as possible.”Williams said he hopes LEED certifications at USC will only increase in years to come.“[A green environment] is a critical part of our world — it’s not an adjunct or a fad or something going away. It is a measure that has to continue to be promoted,” he said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Trevor Cooney’s first 3-pointer was off the mark. He says his confidence never gets down when his shots aren’t falling, but starts like these had become familiar for the guard during Atlantic Coast Conference play.Less than a minute later, Rakeem Christmas gathered an offensive rebound and found Cooney on the perimeter for another open look. This time, he got it to go.“It was just good to see one go in and that just adds to your confidence a little bit,” Cooney said. “I was able to get into a good rhythm and guys found me in good spots.”The guard rode that momentum to his best shooting display since early February as Syracuse put together one of its best offensive performances of the season.Cooney finished with 18 points, Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis each added 16 and the No. 3-seed Orange (28-5, 14-4 ACC) cruised to a 77-53 win over No. 14-seed Western Michigan (23-10, 14-4 Mid-American) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament behind a pro-SU crowd of 19,260 at First Niagara Center on Thursday. SU advances to play Dayton on Saturday at approximately 7:10 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJim Boeheim had urged fans not to worry about its recent slump, insisting that Syracuse would be a good Tournament team, and on Thursday the Orange proved its head coach right.The Broncos were an overmatched opponent, but SU finally imposed its will in a game it was expected to win — something it was unable to do throughout most of the ACC season.Syracuse forced WMU into 11 turnovers in the first half, shot nearly 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Western Michigan 41-25.That last stat was the key to everything else.“We knew coming into the game that we were bigger than them and we really wanted to pound them on the glass,” Cooney said. “When Rak and Baye (Moussa Keita) get rebounds, if they can’t go up right away their thing is to look out and I’ve got to find the open spot. When I do that we do get easier shots.“We’ve got to look for that more.”Cooney went 5-for-10 from the field and finished 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, but nearly everyone on the roster was better offensively than their averages.Grant went 6-for-9. Ennis went 7-for-11 and drained one of his two 3-point attempts.The point guard scored in a variety of ways — he hit fadeaway jumpers off of ball screens and pulled of a transition spin move so pretty it would make Grant blush — but his 3 came in the same fashion as Cooney’s first make.“When we get offensive rebounds, we’ve got a bunch of guys who can really pass the ball,” Ennis said, “so we’ve just got to be ready for it and find the open spots.”By the time Ennis hit his only 3-pointer with 4:11 left in the first half, the game was already essentially decided. The Orange led by 18 points and was dominating the Broncos in every facet of the game.The biggest question mark on the entire SU roster, though, was Cooney. He’d slumped lately, but when his shots were falling early in the year Syracuse got off to a 25-0 start.“It’s really helpful,” Grant said. “When we have that, we’re a dangerous team.”It was only WMU, but the way that the Orange beat Western Michigan proved just how devastating SU can be. The defense was always there, but Cooney changes the complexion of the offense.When the second half opened, Syracuse was firmly in control, but Cooney kept firing. He gave the Orange its first bucket of the final frame with a pull-up jumper to the right of the free-throw line — a shot Boeheim would like to see him add to his repertoire.“He’s much too athletic to just be a shooter,” the coach said.But a couple minutes later, he did what he allegedly does best — and what SU needs him to do best. He caught the ball on the left wing and pulled up for a 3. Even through some contact, this one went in.He flexed and roared and walked in the other direction. For one day at least, Syracuse’s offense was back and, as many expected, it rested on Cooney’s shoulders.“I had some games where the ball didn’t go in for me. I made a lot of 3s this year, and I know I can make 3s,” Cooney said. “It was just about coming out and doing it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2