Saudi Arabia imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew over coronavirus

first_imgSaudi Arabia has also suspended prayers inside all its mosques except the holiest two sites in Islam in Mecca and Medina, a sensitive move in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.The world’s top crude exporter faces plunging oil prices, the mainstay of government revenue, which have slipped to around $25 a barrel to touch multi-year lows on the back of sagging demand due to the virus and a price war with Russia.More than 1,300 coronavirus infections have been detected in the Gulf region, with most cases initially identified among travellers returning from Iran which is one of the world’s worst affected countries. Topics : Health sector employees as well as security and military officials will be exempt from the curfew restrictions, the royal order said.Saudi Arabia’s King Salman warned on Thursday of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.The Arab world’s biggest economy has shut down cinemas, malls and restaurants, halted flights and suspended the year-round umrah pilgrimage as it steps up efforts to contain the deadly virus.Last week, the kingdom unveiled stimulus measures amounting to 120 Saudi billion riyals (US$32 billion) to support businesses and said it plans to raise borrowing to 50 percent of GDP.center_img Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has announced a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew from Monday in a bid to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, the latest in a series of restrictions.The curfew –- from 7 pm until 6 am –- will be imposed for 21 days, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a royal order.The move comes after Saudi Arabia on Sunday said the number of COVID-19 cases had jumped to 511, the highest in the Gulf. The kingdom has reported no deaths so far.last_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers: Renewables highly compelling market for our future

first_imgThe ship is expected to be deployed globally, however, there is reach demand slated in Asia, Europe ad North America. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2023. “While we know that we have a fair bit of work to do in building out the organization, we enter the market with confidence that we have the credentials to be on the same stage as very credible, long-term incumbents. The idea of venturing into the renewables started being explored two years ago, Emanuele A. Lauro, the company’s co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer said during a conference call held on Tuesday. The growth rate in the market is believed to be far more predictable than in dry bulk which was rather cyclical. The ship’s water depth survival in jacked-up mode will range between 65 and 70 meters. Commenting on the business organization and playing the market, Mackey said that specialist competencies involved during the construction of the ship and post-delivery are yet to be built up. The move into the renewables has been described as a natural progression for the company as many of Scorpio’s clients transition from fossil fuels to low carbon technologies and less-polluting energy sources. Having investigated the market outlook, from a customer-centric perspective, the company found that as turbines more than doubled in size and the growth in output quadrupled, a material shortage (up to 10 ships) of high-spec wind turbine installation vessels was expected from 2024. Scorpio disclosed that it was in a really strong liquidity position to fund the vessel, having secured approximately $161 million of liquidity over the recent period. Market trends and needs have basically shaped the future design of the vessel, with a major focus on deck space and turnaround times, as well as depth, as wind parks are being built further from shore. Furthermore, the company is confident that it would secure bank financing for the vessel as well, keeping the debt to equity ratio at 60-40 percent. The company signed a Letter of Intent with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Inc (DSME) to construct a wind turbine installation vessel, costing approximately $265-$290 million.  Hence, the NG-16000X design GustoMSC vessel will be able to accommodate around 130 people, and be fitted with a 1500 Leg Encircling Crane (LEC) from Huisman Equipment B.V The vessel Posted: about 1 month ago The final construction contract is expected to be signed in early Q4 2020, once the final design details are agreed upon, and will include options to construct up to an additional three units having similar specifications. The debt portion of the equation is likely to come from export credit agencies in Korea. Scorpio Bulkers breaks into new market with plans to build $290 million wind turbine installation vessel Based on the current data daily rates for an offshore wind installation vessel stand at around $220K, which is likely to go up in a couple of years once the company’s vessel is delivered, paving way for strong returns to the company’s shareholders. “When it comes to contracting we start today with the pre-qualification discussions with those customers in order to be in a position to tender for contracts within the next 12 months or so. And then it will be a commercial decision on what our risk tolerance will be and when exactly we want to contract the vessel.” Cameron Mackey, Chief Operating Officer, said four key elements characterize the vessel: precision, stability, capacity, and robustness. Business organization The hull length of the vessel will be 148 meters, its width being 56 meters while its depth will span 12 meters. Posted: about 1 month ago Scorpio decided to invest in the offshore wind after discussions with numerous stakeholders, renewable energy specialists, potential customers, and designers as it realized the sector had an enormous growth opportunity, offering very attractive returns. The company believes the vessel will be the most advanced, dedicated, turbine installation vessel in the world. “We believe that the strategic rationale, the financials, and the long-term outlook in this area of renewables is highly compelling for the future of our company,” he pointed out. It will be powered by a hybrid battery and is fuel-cell ready. “These will probably involve jacking engineers, project engineers, heavy-lift specialists, etc. But beneath that, there is a very clear endorsement from the customers that we have the health, safety, environmental, and quality (HSFQ) DNA required to credibly compete here and deliver the service,” Mackey added. Scorpio Bulker’s decision to invest in a wind turbine installation vessel, announced earlier this week, came as a major surprise for the market, with many questioning the motives behind the dry bulk operator’s bold move into a brand new sector. “We, as a team, are very excited about the potential this investment creates for our company.” The estimated life of the vessel is 25 years.last_img read more

NFL Rule Change

first_imgI am sure by now you have heard about the NFL owners and the league relaxing the rule on end-zone celebrating.  I am not interested in the reasons they gave, because the real reason (in my opinion) is they simply want to put more people in the stands.  The more “show” the players give, the more the fans will want to come to watch the celebrations.In my opinion, this is going to lead to more retaliations on the part of the defensive players in response to an offensive player showing them up with an end-zone celebration.  Do you remember some of the hits that offensive backs and wide receivers have received after showing off after they scored a touchdown?  Vontaze Burfict’s suspension last season should give you an idea of some of the hits that these offensive players are going to receive after the end-zone celebration.  Whatever happened to just playing the game?last_img read more

Roberts is latest IMCA Modified winner at Lee County

first_imgBy Brian Neal  In and out of the lead in the 20-lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, Roberts saw John Oliver Jr. use his high side momentum coming off turn four to edge ahead coming to the white flag.  DONNELLSON, Iowa (April 26) – Bill Roberts Jr. became the third different IMCA Modified winner at Lee County Speedway this season Friday night. Jeremy Pundt was the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car winner and Daniel Fellows was first in the Roberts Tire Center IMCA Northern SportMod main. Brandon reu topped the Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compact feature. The two raced through turns one and two and down the backstretch side-by-side. Oliver drifted a little high coming off turn four to get the checkers, which allowed Roberts to go under him for his first win of the season at the track. last_img read more

West Florida Finishes First Tournament of Year in Top Ten

first_img Share Sept. 11, 2007Final Stats SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Playing in their first fall tournament of the year, West Florida finished seventh in the 18-school field at the Drury Regional Shootout, hosted by Drury College. The Argonauts finished with a two-round team total of +74 (324 326 – 650) at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri, 26 shots behind the first place team Tarleton State University.After shooting a 324 on Monday, the Argonauts followed with a 326 on Tuesday. Bhavna Shetty led the charge for West Florida also finishing with a + 13, good for seventh place. Shetty open the first day with a round of 76, which left her in eighth place. The redshirt-freshman was unable to improve on her second score shooting an 81, but was able to improve in the rankings to a seventh place tie.Teammate Natalie Espinosa finished the tournament tied for 19th place after shoot a +17 over both days. The sophomore improved on her first day’s round by three strokes for a total 161 for the tournament.Freshmen Tara Steakin and Meaghan Gulliksen swapped scores on the days both finishing in a tie for 39th place. Steakin shot a first day 84 while Gulliksen shot an 82 and on the second day the teammate swap scores good for a two day total +22.Rachel Christ rounds out the Argonauts who participated in the regional shootout as she finished in 63rd place with a two day total of 173.West Florida will continue their fall season by hosting the Bubba Watson Invitational at the Stonebrook Golf Course. The tournament will span across three day beginning this Sunday in Pace, Fla. Print Friendly Version West Florida Finishes First Tournament of Year in Top Tenlast_img read more

Record-breaking collection helps dozens of DCS foster youth

first_imgStatewide—Dozens of Hoosier foster children will receive backpacks full of books thanks to a recent Colts gameday Books for Youth collection drive.  The Indiana Department of Child Services this week announced the final totals: Fans donated $1,720 and nearly 600 books prior to the Colts vs. Jaguars game on Nov. 17.   “More than three dozen volunteers were able to collect more money than ever before thanks to the generosity of Colts fans,” DCS director Terry Stigdon said. “Everything that was collected will go toward helping the children in foster care have something to call their own.  The Books for Youth program is committed to placing backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books into the hands of all Indiana foster kids and teens. 2019 marks the 13th year the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Colts and Cargo Services have teamed up to host a game-day collection drive. “This is such an incredible program,” said Steve Fugate, Cargo Services CFO. “Giving local foster kids backpacks full of books will encourage them to read while also giving them something that is truly theirs.” Books for Youth, founded in 2006, provides backpacks of 25 new and gently used books to children in the Indiana foster care system. Since the program’s inception, almost 9,000 backpacks have been distributed.last_img read more

India too hot in Curragh opener

first_img I Will Excel attempted to make the most of experience edge, drawing the sting out of his rivals halfway up the straight, but he was mowed down late by both East India and Mick Halford’s newcomer Portage. The latter was arguably finishing the stronger of the two, but East India passed the post a neck to the good, with I Will Excel running a fine race in third. St Patrick’s Day was unable to pick up and faded out of contention disappointingly. O’Brien said: “I’m delighted. He was working like a nice horse and was just ready to start. “Seamie took his time on him and relaxed him in the first half of the race. The idea was to give him a nice education and see what happens. He picked up really well. “He’s a very well-bred horse and we’ll look for a winner’s race or a Listed race now. He’s a horse who’ll get further than seven furlongs. “We’ll see what comes up, but he wouldn’t have any bother stepping up, I would say.” East India produced a telling turn of foot to make a winning debut for Aidan O’Brien in the Darley European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh. The seven-furlong contest has been a breeding ground of champions in recent seasons, with Derby hero Australia successful last year for the Ballydoyle team. With stable companion St Patrick’s Day all the rage as the 4-6 favourite after an encouraging debut second at Naas, East India was an 11-2 shot in the hands of Seamie Heffernan. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lancashire CCC chairman  Hodgkiss dies after contracting coronavirus

first_imgLANCASHIRE chairman David Hodgkiss has died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus.Hodgkiss, who had underlying health issues, took on the role in 2017 after almost two decades on the club’s board.He also had spells as treasurer and vice-chairman during his time working with the county.“He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire and respected throughout the cricketing world,” a statement on the club website said.“Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family.”Colin Graves, chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board, paid tribute by saying Hodgkiss “was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county”.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Roger Federer  Defying Age and Logic

first_imgAt 36, Roger Federer continues to defy age and logic after his latest Grand Slam win, becoming the oldest player in tennis history to be ranked world number one, more than 14 years after first achieving the feat. This, however, raises the question whether there is paucity of talents in the game or that the Swiss Express is just specialRoger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday, and declared it “very special”. The 36-year-old needed just 55 minutes to see off ailing Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in a one-sided encounter.Federer told the official ATP World Tour website: “It’s definitely one of those weeks I will never forget in my life. It’s unbelievable to get my 97th title and get back to world No 1. It’s very special.“I was expecting it to be tough today. Grigor is a great player and a great athlete and he’s been playing super well in recent months.I thought that this wasn’t going to be the result, but he looked to be struggling a bit and I never looked back. I was able to execute my tennis the way I wanted to. I’m very happy.”Federer, who had previously won in the Dutch city in 2005 and 2012, has played two tournaments this year and won both – the other being January’s Australian Open which he won for the sixth time.“I saved the best for last,” added Federer. “I had a great first match and a great last match. In between, it was a battle, it was nerve-wracking getting back to No 1. But I was able to manage my nerves and the expectations. I was able to handle that pressure, today I played great from the beginning.”However, Rafael Nadal, whom the Swiss dethroned from the top spot, seems to have taken news of Federer’s rise back to the summit in good faith. He says he is not fussed about dethroning his rival anytime soon.“He didn’t need to return to No 1 to show who he is in tennis. What he’s achieved is very difficult and you can only congratulate him. Rankings don’t lie; he did a little bit better than me in the last 12 months. I’ve been in the top two for many years. Being No 1, No 3, No 5 doesn’t make much difference.“What makes me happy is feeling competitive and able to win tournaments. I won’t fight to be back at No 1. I’ll fight to have my best possible season. If that means later in the season I have a chance to be back at it, OK.I only fight to be happy and competitive in every tournament I play. That’s my goal. We’ll see where I’m at the end of season,” Nadal said.Meanwhile, former No 1, Marat Safin has charged the new wave of men’s tennis talent to challenge the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael NadalMarat Safin has questioned the younger tennis generation after Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s renaissance in form.The last five Grand Slam titles were shared by the illustrious duo and they won a combined 13 titles last season.Safin described Nadal and Federer as “superstars” and admitted he was “impressed” with their achievements on their return from injury but wants to see more from the new guard.When asked what he made of Nadal and Federer’s campaigns, Safin said: “What impressed me was when you consider the rest of the players. They are still winning and crushing everybody.“I think, well, they -Nadal and Federer are superstars. What is wrong with the juniors? They need to start to make the next step.”Alexander Zverev enjoyed a breakthrough season, winning five titles in 2017, to finish the year as the world No 4 as a 20-year-old and Safin has backed the German to continue his progression at the top echelons of the sport.“For me, Zverev, I think,” Safin said: “Plus he has a good coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero. He was a good player and has done good work with him.“He is number four in the world, so he can manage, so let’s see. The rest of the young stars, we’ll wait.”Ten years ago, during his run of 237 straight weeks at No. 1, Federer outlined his intention to “play through the generations like Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors.” A commendable goal, but in reality, when Federer underwent knee surgery in February 2016, few could have predicted that arguably the sport’s greatest stylist would today have broken myriad of ATP Rankings records and once again  re-write the history books.His return to the summit of men’s professional tennis for the first time since November 4 2012, a record gap of five years and 106 days, began at No 17 in the ATP Rankings just 13 months ago under the guidance of Severti Luthi, his coach since 2008. Federer acknowledged a few years ago that to continue to play the sport deep into his 30s, he needed to be smarter with his playing schedule and further develop his incredible work ethic. His team helped to maintain his mental focus in order to prolong his career, and his confidence has soared.Today, in his 21st season as a professional, with 97 tour-level trophies, Federer has eclipsed Agassi – aged 33 in September 2003, to become the oldest player to ascend to top spot. In doing so, he has provided inspiration to all those, regardless of their age, who strive to attain a goal. Since he first rose to No. 1 a record 14 years and17 days ago, he has redefined what it means to be a great sportsman, let alone a top-level tennis player.After capturing his 20th Grand Slam championship last month at the Australian Open, Federer provided a glimpse of why he keeps playing tennis: “At the end, it’s seeing that my parents- Robert and Lynette – are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it. They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.“Then, of course, my wife, Mirka, who makes it all possible. Without her support, I wouldn’t be playing tennis any more – for many years. We had a very open conversation years ago, if she was happy to do this or not. I’m happy that she’s super supportive, and she’s willing to take on a massive workload with the kids… This life wouldn’t work if she said, ‘No’.”Federer has risen again, and only the small-minded and cynical could not be moved by the impossibility of it all.So what next? With nine titles from his past 10 finals, Federer has won 97 trophies overall and 1,144 matches. Is Connors’ ATP World Tour-era leading tallies of 1,256 match wins and 109 titles under threat? Having already made an indelible mark on the sport, free of back and knee pain, Federer may soon consider that those long-standing records are worth chasing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Chiefs star Mahomes having 2020 nobody will soon forget

first_imgLast Updated: 11th August, 2020 12:06 IST Chiefs Star Mahomes Having 2020 Nobody Will Soon Forget The world is in the grips of the worst pandemic in more than a century, the country is going through the kind of social upheaval unseen in decades, and the vast majority of people would prefer 2020 just grind to an end FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE The world is in the grips of the worst pandemic in more than a century, the country is going through the kind of social upheaval unseen in decades, and the vast majority of people would prefer 2020 just grind to an end.Patrick Mahomes might be having the best year of anyone.The Chiefs quarterback began it by leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years , a game in which he cemented his status as the league’s premier quarterback by rallying his team past the San Francisco 49ers in the second half and earning the MVP award on a warm February night in Miami.Mahomes proceeded to sign a record-setting 10-year contract extension that could pay him nearly a half-billion dollars, yet managed to structure it so that the Chiefs could continue to afford talent around him. He used some of that money to buy a piece of the Kansas City Royals , allowing the son of former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes to fulfill a baseball itch and simultaneously endear himself to his adopted hometown on a whole new level.He played in the celeb-studded American Century Championship, finishing in a respectable tie for 38th in Lake Tahoe. His social media following has grown exponentially . He’s become the face of the NFL after just two full years as a starter.“It’s been a crazy time for sure,” Mahomes said in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. “The pandemic and the movements across our country — it’s been different. We won the Super Bowl. That was awesome. The parade and everything, and then the world changed. You’re able to step back and think about a lot of different stuff, and then go out there and try to be the best person you can be every single day.”That isn’t just hyperbole. And make no mistake: The year hasn’t just been one long party.As the new player representative for the Chiefs, Mahomes had a major voice in negotiations between the NFL and its players’ union on return-to-play protocols. He has expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and along with Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, he has spearheaded a voter registration effort in Kansas City.“I think the whole point of 2020 is you never know what’s going to happen the next day,” Mahomes said. “You try to do your part to make the world a better place. It’s a different time in the world. You have to talk about these things.”All of which makes the confines of Arrowhead Stadium a sanctuary these days.The Chiefs are entering the meat of training camp, with veterans joining the rookies and full-contact padded practices about a week away. The moment Mahomes walks through the doors — and gets his temperature checked and picks up his tracking device and all the other things that football in the age of COVID-19 entails — he can be just one of the guys for a couple of hours.He can joke with his wide receivers. He can throw behind-the-back passes to offensive linemen. He can throw out the most audacious suggestions for coach Andy Reid, who quite often turns those thoughts into equally audacious plays.“He brings a different energy, a different style to the game that even I was a little more accustomed to, just going out and playing ball in the backyard-type football,” said Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, one of Mahomes’ best friends on the team. “I think it’s a fun time to be a Kansas City Chief and it’s because 15 is in the building, for sure.”Not just be a Kansas City Chief, but be a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.“It’s exciting to know that he’s going to be here forever,” Chiefs offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz said. “Obviously, the Royals ownership stake just cements him more into the city. There’s a pretty special connection.”Mahomes is not exactly a reluctant superstar. He bought a Ferrari 812 Superfast, which has a starting list price of about $350,000. He spent the summer months embracing the boating life with his longtime girlfriend, Brittany Matthews.He hasn’t let all the trappings go to his head, though. He grew up around professional athletes, often trailing his dad into major league clubhouses. His down-to-earth parents have made it a point to keep their high-flying son grounded, as if his very nature would allow Mahomes to think he’s better than anyone else.“You know how he’s wired,” said Reid, who couldn’t help but grin when asked about the Royals purchase. “He loves baseball, so it’s a match. I joked with him that he can’t play and do both, but he can be part-owner of one and play the other.”Now that training camp has begun, Mahomes insisted that his focus is squarely on football. Even with a pair of starters opting out in running back Damien Williams and offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs return 18 of 22 who started during their Super Bowl run, and expectations are high for a repeat — or three-peat, or four-peat, or five-peat.Tyreek Hill and several other players have made such a run of championships their goal this offseason.Mahomes is the unquestionable linchpin for the Chiefs becoming a Patriots-like dynasty“Obviously winning the Super Bowl and how fun it was, the adversity and overcoming, we’re trying to have that same mentality. We understand it’s going to be hard,” Mahomes said. “I think the biggest thing is just starting over. You start with a blank slate. You go through the process of being the best quarterback you can be every day. You accept the challenges.”Then you get back to work.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 11th August, 2020 12:06 IST Written Bylast_img read more