Chesterfield sale in balance

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Second COVID wave ‘highly likely’ to hit France this year, scientists say

first_img“It is highly likely that we will experience a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter,” it said, adding that if people failed to respect social distancing rules, it could not rule out a return of the epidemic as soon as this summer.The warning comes after the head of the German doctors’ union said Germany was already contending with a second wave and risked squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules.French authorities have already started to tighten public hygiene rules, with cities such as Lille and Nice ordering people to wear masks in busy pedestrian streets.France has reported 3,376 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last three days and the number of people being treated in ICUs for the disease has started to creep higher.President Emmanuel Macron, on holiday at in his summer residence of Bregançon on the Mediterranean coast, is expected to travel to the port city of Toulon later in the day to meet social workers looking after older people. Topics : A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is “highly likely” to hit France in the autumn or winter, the government’s top scientific body warned on Tuesday, as authorities seek to contain an increase in new cases over the past two weeks.After strict lockdown measures pushed down infection rates, many European countries are now watching numbers creep back up, a consequence of easing curbs to try to limit economic damage and greater social mixing in the holiday season.”The situation is precarious and we could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control, like in Spain,” the French scientific committee said in a statement published by the health ministry.last_img read more

MORE Power releases 1st month performance report

first_imgMORE Power president Roel Castrothanked local leaders and consumers for supporting the company’s actions toimprove the power distribution service in Iloilo City./PN Right now, MORE Power has a total workforce of 138. Following an order from Congress andthe court, MORE Power also hired 62 former employees of the previous powerdistribution utility in the city. Meanwhile, 33 new posts replaceddilapidated ones. Fourteen transformers, too, were supplanted as part ofpreventive maintenance activities. MORE Electric and Power Corp. has quick response teams like this one ready to respond to any electricity-related incidents or problems. MORE Power was also able to respondand fix 724 consumer concerns such as requests for power restoration, powerquality and meters. Average response time is one hour and 40 minutes. Based on its first month performancereport (Feb. 29 to March 29), MORE Power delivered to consumers here a total of49,473,447 kilowatt hour of power from Panay EnergyDevelopment Corp., Panay Power Corp., WholesaleElectricity Spot Market,  andKEPCO. MORE Power also reported having receivedand acted upon 5,552 concerns via hotlines, social media and from walk-inclients. ILOILO City – Nearly 50 millionkilowatt hour of power have been procured by MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power) from power suppliers in one month.last_img read more

Whitwell wires Corona Kicker foes at Southern Oklahoma

first_imgFeature Results Kyle Robinson started 14th and finished second. Butler, Chase Vineyard and 21st starting Tyler Bragg rounded out the top five. “I got a good draw and got out to a good lead early,” he said. “Dean showed me his now with five or six to go. I moved down and held him off.” Dean Abbey regained the lead following a late restart and went on to win the Saturday Corona Kicker feature for Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Modifieds – 1. R.C. Whitwell; 2. Ethan Braaksma; 3. Matt Guillaume; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Chris Elliott; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Ken Schrader; 8. Chris Bragg; 9. Mike Hansen; 10. Glen Hibbard; 11. Jon White Jr.; 12. Kelsie Foley; 13. Ashton Wilkey; 14. Jeffrey Abbey; 15. Wesley Veal; 16. Travis Mosley; 17.  Larry Adams; 18. Josh Cain; 19. Tyler Stevens; 20. P.J. Egbert; 21. Justin White­head; 22. Mark Adams; 23. Curtis Allen; 24. Tanner Blac  And after leading start to finish of the main event at Southern Oklahoma Speedway, the Tucson, Ariz., driver collected a $1,250 check for his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying vic­tory.  More than 140 IMCA drivers ran at Ardmore with Saturday wins going to Jeffrey Abbey in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Dean Abbey in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. R.C. Whitwell led every lap in winning Friday’s Corona Kicker feature for IMCA Modifieds at South­ern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Jeffrey Abbey, a former Modified track champion at Ardmore, was back on the track for the first time in most of two months and held off his older brother in getting the Stock Car win. William Gould, the 19th starting Guillaume and Ryan Powers were next across the stripe.  ARDMORE, Okla. (May 1-2) – After winning his heat race, R.C. Whitwell knew he’d be going into Friday’s Corona Kicker IMCA Modified feature with a fast car. center_img “The car was pretty decent in the heat race handling-wise. We didn’t make any changes for the feature,” said Whitwell, who’d made just two previous starts at Southern Oklahoma, in 2017 and last year. “Our setup was good, we had a fast car and it ended up working pretty good for us.”  And Dean Abbey got the lead back from Tate Butler after a restart after running second most of the 20-lap feature for the Southern SportMods, which also saw 50-plus entries. “It was a good feeling to get back to racing,” said Abbey, who plans to be a regular at Ardmore this season. “It was good to get back to a little normalcy.”  Matt Guillaume, Josh McGaha and Chris Elliott completed the top five. Hard charger Jeff Taylor started 16th and ended in sixth. Fifty-six Modifieds contested at the opening night show in Ardmore and nine states were repre­sented in the evening’s headline event. Pole starter Whitwell ran the bottom most of the 20-lapper, go­ing to the top in the second set of turns to work through lapped traffic and outrunning Ethan Braaksma to the checkers.  Stock Cars – 1. Jeffrey Abbey; 2. Dean Abbey; 3. William Gould; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Ryan Pow­ers; 6. Tommy Fain; 7. Dennis Bissonnette; 8. Cary White; 9. A.J. Dancer; 10. Aaron bene­dict; 11. Dustin White; 12. Todd Decker; 13. Rob Moseley; 14. Jeramey Bradley; 15. Kenny Mer­ritt; 16. Sam Spadaro Jr.; 17. John Hobbs; 18. Troy Burkhart; 19. Marcus Hahn; 20. Shelby Wil­liams; 21. Erik Miles; 22. Bobby Miller; 23. Jason Batt; 24. Landon Mattox. Saturday Corona Kicker checkers flew for IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner Jeffrey Abbey. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Kyle Robinson; 3. Tate Butler; 4. Chase Vineyard; 5. Tyler Bragg; 6. Matthew Day; 7. Kaden Honeycutt; 8. Blaine Shives; 9. Tommy Dove; 10. Trevor Foley; 11. Casey Brunson; 12. Ryan Thomas; 13. Matt Beasley; 14. Cullen Hill; 15. Shawn Gra­ham; 16. Zack Oliva; 17. Trey Willoughby; 18. Austin Bonner; 19. Justin Cox; 20. Brandon Wat­son; 21. Jared Baird; 22. Shelby Williams; 23. Tyler Honeywell; 24. Chase Raymond.last_img read more

Cahill: New strength to Chelsea this season

first_img However, Cahill was pleased with another clean sheet and a point from what proved to be just as tough an assignment as he had expected before kick-off. He said: “It was a game in which we needed to defend well. They defended well as well. It was exactly what we expected, it was a scrap of a game. “They made it tough by, when we had possession, sitting back very deep, but they worked very hard, so credit to them, and they looked dangerous when they tried to hit us on the break, so we had to be on our toes and defend well. “Unfortunately for us, we didn’t manage to break through. If we had broken through, it’s all of a sudden a different game because like we have seen before, they have to come out then and try to get the equaliser and it allows us to play a bit more. “But credit to them, they did well and defended as a unit.” Gary Cahill is confident Chelsea have found a new mental strength to go with their rich array of football talent as they set the pace in the Barclays Premier League title race. The Blues emerged from their trip to Sunderland on Saturday evening with just a point from a hard-fought 0-0 draw, but remain clear at the top of the table. Manager Jose Mourinho fielded the same starting XI for the third successive game after a 2-0 league win over West Brom and Tuesday night’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Schalke in Germany, but saw them struggle to break down a committed Black Cats outfit. Nevertheless, they emerged with a third successive clean sheet and a point, and that, in Cahill’s opinion, demonstrated a new attribute. The 28-year-old England international told Chelsea TV: “I think we are a different side to last year, not just personnel, but mentally I think we are different. “They made it a scrap, but we matched that and managed to play our football as well. When teams sit back and get back in that shape, it’s very tough. We saw that last year and this was no different. “But in these sorts of games, if you don’t get the breakthrough, it’s important we don’t lose the game, and it’s a point away from home.” Chelsea have now put together an unbeaten run of 20 games since the start of the season, but this was the first in which they had been prevented from scoring. They enjoyed the greater share of the possession at the Stadium of Light, particularly in the first half, but apart from Willian’s 17th-minute shot, which was tipped on to the post by keeper Costel Pantilimon, and another from Branislav Ivanovic which the Romanian blocked with a foot, they created few clear-cut chances. At the other end, defender Santiago Vergini clipped the crossbar and midfielder Adam Johnson went close twice in a late flurry as Gus Poyet threatened to guide his side to a third successive victory over the club for which he played with such distinction inside 12 months. It proved a frustrating evening for striker Diego Costa, who escaped punishment after appearing to kick out at defender John O’Shea, but then collected his fifth booking of the campaign for catching Wes Brown with an arm as they jumped for a high ball, and he will miss Wednesday’s home clash with Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

WLAX : Second-half scoring outburst propels Syracuse to 1st-round win over Dartmouth

first_img Comments Published on May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 This time around, Dartmouth was hanging with Syracuse.After being crushed by 18 goals in their regular-season matchup on April 9, the Big Green played the Orange to a halftime tie in the first round of the NCAA tournament.But SU midfielder Sarah Holden knew she could spark another blowout.‘After the second half we all came out with a little more of a fire, I guess,’ Holden said. ‘And it just happened to work out. … As a senior it means a lot because it’s playoff time, so it’s just whatever it takes to go on to the next game.’Rolling right along the eight-meter arc six minutes into the second half, Holden found an opening. She charged down the right alleyway before cutting back to the middle and firing over the shoulder of goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe score opened the floodgates for the SU offense, starting a second-half rally in which No. 4 Syracuse scored eight of the first nine goals. The Orange (17-3) cruised to a 15-5 victory over Dartmouth (12-5) behind that run in front of 437 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Holden scored three goals during the 8-1 run and four overall as the Orange staved off elimination with a big second half.Syracuse advances to take on No. 5 North Carolina next weekend in the quarterfinals with a berth to the final four on the line. The Tar Heels defeated Navy 14-7 in their first-round game Saturday.‘It’s nice to see that courage and that ability to want to make the play,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘That’s the type of leadership we have on this team.’While Holden’s second half hat trick paced the Orange’s rally, her lone first half goal was perhaps the most important for SU. The midfielder charged down the left side toward the Dartmouth goal, but was met by a double-team from Courtney Bennett and Bailey Johnson.Holden appeared to be trapped, but somehow forced her way out of the clutches of the DU players to score a diving goal and give Syracuse a 3-2 lead with 6:11 remaining in the first half.The goal was one of the few bright spots for a stagnant SU offense that had scored just 18 goals over the 165 minutes preceding the second half. The Orange nearly matched that total with 12 goals in just 30 minutes of action after the break.‘It’s a playoff game so the refs are letting more things go, but we knew that they were an aggressive team from the last game that we played them,’ Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘They’re really aggressive, but I think we adjusted to that in the second half.’That physical aggression, shown by the 27 total fouls called in the game, perhaps frustrated the Orange more than anything else. In the first half, SU found itself battered as even the Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Tumolo was knocked to the ground several times on shot attempts.But the Orange matched the Big Green’s intensity in the second half. The right alleyway that Holden and SU attacked throughout the second half wasn’t necessarily any weaker than the other side of the DU defense. The Orange players were just able to stay on their feet through the physicality to get their shots off.‘They’re a great defensive team,’ Holden said. ‘I think we just had to tell ourselves go hard every time and those cross checks or whatever it was, we just had to persevere through.’Holden was a shining example of that intensity that rubbed off on some of the younger players. Freshmen Kailah Kempney, Gabby Jaquith and Devon Collins each scored as part of a balanced SU offense.Even if Holden wasn’t necessarily trying to motivate them directly, Gait felt the young players were affected by the senior’s inspired play.But for Holden, she’s just happy to live to play another day.‘As a senior it’s awesome,’ Holden said. ‘Just coming into all the games thinking that it could potentially be your last it’s just a great feeling knowing that there’s one more game, one more week with your teammates.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC lab links genetic mutation to Alzheimer’s

first_imgA team of USC researchers led by Paul Thompson, director of the USC Imaging Genetics Center, published  findings that Alzheimer’s patients are affected by the disease three years earlier than expected.Their work, which was published in last week’s edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, goes into depth about carriers of the TREM2 gene variant, a genetic mutation that was linked to Alzheimer’s earlier this year. This edition of the journal, also included five other studies focusing on the TREM2 gene variant.“You can study all kinds of factors like exercise, diet, medication and even stress. This study is a little different, where you search through your DNA and find spelling errors or mutations that increase your risk of Alzheimer’s,” Thompson said. Besides his role as director, Thompson is also a professor of neurology, psychiatry, radiology, engineering and ophthalmology, as well as an associate director of the Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics.The study’s co-authors include postdoctoral researcher Priya Rajagopalan and assistant professor Derrek Hibar of the USC Imaging Genetics Center, where a team of more than 30 researchers worked on the project. Thompson and his colleague Arthur Toga moved from UCLA to USC this fall, bringing the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging and their work on brain mapping and neuroimaging diseases such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and depression, with them.“We’ve been tracking the disease for some time and one question that we studied is what it is that slows Alzheimer’s, and what is it that speeds it up and if there’s anything we can do to resist the illness,” Thompson said.The Imaging Genetics Center was specifically working on researching Alzheimer’s disease for 20 years before this breakthrough, Thompson said.The TREM2 gene variant is a gene mutation carried by 1 percent of the population. By mapping the effects of genetic mutation with brain magnetic resonance imaging scans, the lab became the first to show how this Alzheimer’s risk factor affects a living human brain.Through the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, the study recruited 478 adults from North America, 100 of whom had Alzheimer’s disease, 221 who had mild cognitive impairment and 157 healthy elderly adults. The study showed a dramatic loss in brain tissue. In comparison to the less than 1 percent per year rate of healthy people, which is also offset by normal tissue generation from mental stimulation, the carriers of TREM2 lose about 3 percent of their brain tissue per year. Alzheimer’s occurs when approximately 10 percent of brain tissue has eroded.Thompson clarified the benefits of the study. The discovery can significantly speed up drug trials. According to Thompson, if there is a new successful Alzheimer’s medication that needs drug trials, people won’t have to wait three to four years for the brain to degenerate, and the results will be more apparent.“Also, it gives us a lot of understanding about what Alzheimer’s disease is,” Thompson said. “We used think that Alzheimer’s comes from senile plaques, building up in your brain, and basically clogging up your brain. That is certainly true, but the people carrying this risk gene have a problem with inflammation in their brain.”This connection could aid in the development different kinds of anti-inflammatory treatments that might ameliorate the condition of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, even though there still isn’t a cure.Some students said they weren’t sure how the study could positively impact current Alzheimer’s patients.“I understand that finding this gene mutation that causes the brain to degrade the brain faster is a breakthrough, but I don’t feel as though it is that helpful because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s,” said Tiffany Tse, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences.Other students were optimistic about the results of the study.“Even though there’s no way to eradicate it yet, I definitely think this is an optimistic step in the right direction that might eventually lead to greater onset prevention,” said Helen Chou, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience.Many were impressed that USC was the first to make these discoveries.“I think they discovered something important that could be used in innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s, and it’s that much more important because of how it’s one of the first research projects that has shown these results,” said Sandy Lin, a sophomore majoring in human biology.Currently, Thompson’s team is working on ways of bettering the lives of Alzheimer’s patients.“Things like staying fit and rigorous cardiovascular activity can protect the brain as we age, but what we want to know is, how much exercise?” he said. “Or can you achieve the results … through other forms of stimulation like education?”last_img read more

Trojans return home to host LMU Lions

first_imgFollowing an impressive road victory over the New Mexico Lobos, the USC men’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways as it hosts the Loyola Marymount Lions on Wednesday night.Double-double · Redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark posted 12 points and 11 rebounds in USC’s win over New Mexico last weekend. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (4-3) won their first true road win of the season on Sunday when they beat the Lobos, 66-54. This was their first game on an opponent’s court after playing three games at home and an additional three at a neutral site.Redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark led the team to the win at The Pit with 12 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic added 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Trojans.“I thought Darion Clark really set the tone with 12 points, 11 rebounds,” USC head coach Andy Enfield after the game. “Nikola [Jovanovic] got into it and was rebounding at a high level.”Much of the victory could be attributed to the fact that USC held New Mexico’s senior guard Hugh Greenwood to a scoreless performance. Greenwood came into the matchup averaging 13 points per game, but the Trojans limited him to 0-for-11 shooting, including a dismal 0-for-9 from beyond the arc. New Mexico was led by forward Devon Williams, who had a career-high 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.Freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who is leading the team in scoring this season,  scored only eight points in the win, but he showed off his passing ability with seven assists, which led the team. And while redshirt sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt was scoreless in the game, he did defend Greenwood for the majority of the contest, forcing him to take tough shots and go scoreless as well.“Greenwood is such an excellent offensive player. We knew it would be tough but we never imagined we would hold him scoreless,” Enfield said. “That’s just a testament to how well we played defensively.”The Trojans will look to improve their shooting percentage against LMU: they shot only 38.3 percent from the floor against New Mexico including only 23.5 percent from deep. Though the Trojans did not have a good shooting performance, their defense was able to hold New Mexico to 32.7 percent from the field and only 12.5 percent from three. They will also try to keep their turnovers down as they did on Sunday, only committing nine; turnovers were a problem for this young team earlier in the season.The Lions will enter the game with a 3-3 record, having recently lost to UC Irvine on Saturday. LMU is led by guard Evan Payne, who has scored 20 points in five of the Lions’ six games, including 23 against Irvine.LMU has 11 newcomers on its roster and will rely on its three seniors to lead an inexperienced group. Forward Godwin Okonji and guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi are playing in their fifth seasons after having to sit out last year due to injuries. The third senior on the team, guard Chase Flint, will also look to use his experience to lead a group that includes only three players who played significant minutes for the Lions last season: Flint, Payne and forward Marin Mornar.The Trojans will try to improve to 5-3 on the year as they look to get their fourth win in a row. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center. USC is 2-1 at home and LMU is 0-1 on the road, only having lost to Arizona State.last_img read more

Blizzard reveals roster rules for Overwatch League Season 2

first_imgThe inaugural season of the Overwatch League is quickly approaching its endgame, so naturally, sights are being set on the upcoming second season. With this in mind, Blizzard has released the rules behind how rosters will be constructed moving forward.On August 1st, the signing window will be opened for teams to negotiate extensions with players already signed to them, or for their respective Overwatch Contenders players to be signed. This is also the date on which player trades can be made from.Official agreements from the inaugural season end on September 9th, meaning any players that aren’t under a contract at this point will become free agents. The exclusive window for expansion teams to sign free agents start from this date also, ending October 7th.October 8th is the day in which the signing window for free agents opens for all teams, so if players are still yet to be selected by expansion teams then they become available for the teams that competed in the first season.By December 1st, each team must have at least eight players signed under contract. Despite this, teams are still able to sign or trade players throughout the upcoming season until a final deadline which has not yet been specified. Players who turn 18 years of age before this deadline are eligible to be signed and compete in the League, too.Starting with this next season, the terms of player’s agreements “will no longer be fixed at one year with an additional one-year option.” Instead, players can negotiate contracts with teams that last up to three years.Another interesting development is the option of having “two-way players”. This means it’s possible that a player can compete for both an Overwatch League team and an Overwatch Contenders team. There are more details surrounding the stipulations of such a move here.Esports Insider says: The rules and dates surrounding renewing contracts and trading players all seem relatively fair, but it’s the two-way player rule and the three-year contract implementation that grab our attention the most. It’s also nice to see that expansion teams have an exclusive window to sign players.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Soulama Abdoulaye howler gives Kotoko victory in Super Clash

first_imgSoulama Abdoulaye will have nightmares of today’s game after his howler gave Kotoko a 1-0 win over their rivals.His misery was compounded after he was sent after denying Dauda Mohammed a clear goal scoring chance.Asante Kotoko had a strong start to the game stretching the pitch with the width of Eric Donkor and Frank Sarfo Gyamfi and nearly scored through Dauda Mohammed whose shot was saved after a cross from Donkor.Hearts of Oak responded with a chance of their own with Sam Yeboah hitting the post after an Owusu Bempah cross.That was Bempah’s last contribution to the game afer he was  replaced by Kennedy Appiah after picking up a knock.It was end to end stuff with no team with proper control of the game until Edwin Tuffour saw red after two fouls on Isaac Mensah in quick succession. The red card meant Eric Donkor moved to a left back role while Obed Owusu shifted to the left flank.With the half heading for a stalemate, Soulama Abdoulaye scoffed a Richard Akrofi back pass into the net after being harmlessly chased down by Dauda Mohammed.Hearts began the second half with purpose but Ernest Sowah pulled off two smart saves from Cosmos Dauda and Isaac Mensah to keep the Porcupines in the lead.Soulama Abdoulaye was then sent off after denying Dauda Mohammed a clear goal scoring opportunity. Ashittey Ollenu was introduced into the Hearts midfield and provided an attacking thrust with his direct running but failed to carve a clear opening.Hearts best chance was squandered when Cosmos Dauda side footed a Kennedy Appiah cross wide.Hearts huffed and puffed without creating a clear opening after some good defensive organization from KotokoDauda Mohammed could have doubled Kotoko’s lead after he raced through on goal but his effort was parried by Samuel Akurugu who had replaced Sam Yeboah. Despair for Hearts and their fans as an emotional Michael Osei who could not hide his tears stretched their unbeaten run in Accra to six years.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more