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first_imgThe Republican Party will provide mandatory coronavirus testing at its August national convention in Jacksonville, according to a memo delivered on Monday.The plan to require thousands of attendees to get tested for the coronavirus before entering the convention site illustrates the efforts the party is undertaking to ensure President Donald Trump speaks to a packed house when he accepts the nomination.US Senator Chuck Grassley, an 86-year old Republican from Iowa, said on Monday that he will skip the Republican National Convention in August due to coronavirus concerns. The Jacksonville Host Committee has not provided details on the logistics or how the cost will be covered.“Everyone attending the convention within the perimeter will be tested and temperature checked each day,” Erin Isaac, communications director for the host committee, said in a memo to reporters.The bulk of the Republican convention was moved from North Carolina after the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, would not commit to allowing a full convention because of pandemic concerns.The decision to relocate to Florida was made prior to the state’s recent spike in coronavirus cases, which have grown from 667 new cases on June 1 to more than 10,000 new cases on Monday. Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is open to extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium but says negotiations over a new contract have yet to take place.De Bruyne has won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup, as well as a host of individual accolades, since his arrival from VfL Wolfsburg in 2015.British media said the Belgium international, who has 2-1/2 years left on his current deal, is close to signing a five-year extension with the Premier League club. “I am very happy at the club, I can say now I have not spoken once to City, so I don’t know why people are saying I have already agreed to something,” De Bruyne said.”I always told everybody I am really happy and I feel comfortable, so if the people at the club want to talk to me I am open to that and we will see what happens.”But, at the moment, nothing has happened, so I just get on with the way it goes.”City have been linked with a move to sign Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, with chief operating officer Omar Berrada saying the club have the financial strength to pull off a move next year.”If he comes, it’s a good thing, if he doesn’t, there is enough good players at the club who I enjoy playing with,” De Bruyne added.Topics :last_img read more

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first_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf lauded PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards for the department’s innovative mobile construction app displayed today at an Interstate 83 construction site, noting that use of the mobile technology by field staff is helping save money and meeting the administration’s GO-TIME challenge for state government to work smarter.“This innovation translates into savings in two years of more than $28 million and provides a clear and exciting example of how technology improvement can make government both more efficient and effective,” Governor Wolf said.“We have nearly 400 inspectors on staff and 1,200 under contract to check on the roughly $2.5 billion worth of construction work we have underway each year,” Sec. Richards said. “The mobile construction app reduces time spent on administrative tasks. As a result, inspectors are in the field an additional one and a half hours per a day, or nearly 300,000 additional person hours each year. Last year, the first it was rolled out, saw $11 million in productivity savings, and we expect an additional $17 million this fiscal year.”Inspector Dave Haverstock demonstrated the app for media representatives. Media who could not attend the event today may contact the PennDOT press office to schedule a demonstration.Prior to adoption of the mobile app, inspectors had to consult large paper documents and spend time traveling back and forth between their offices and construction sites to submit reports. Now, inspectors use the app to perform these same tasks directly from the field. The app was recognized by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers as a 2015 State IT Finalist in the category of Improving State Operations.PennDOT is looking to extend the technology to other state agencies that rely on labor-intensive, paper–based processes to conduct inspections.“The mobile construction inspection app is a great example of what Governor Wolf is trying to accomplish through GO-TIME,” said Sharon Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). “Not only is PennDOT improving the efficiency of its own staff, they are sharing their expertise with other agencies to provide even greater benefit to taxpayers.”GO-TIME works with state agencies to maximize efficiency, modernize operations and improve the delivery of services. These efforts saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal he set by the Governor.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter GOTIME: PennDOT to Save More Than $28 Million with New Mobile Construction App Through Improved Efficiencycenter_img September 15, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgImage courtesy of Port of VancouverThe Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has joined SEALNG the multi-sector coalition promoting the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel.The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, and the fourth port member to join the coalition, alongside Port of Rotterdam, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation, and most recently the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.“Together, the ports remain committed to supporting the coalition’s vision of a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping,” SEALNG said.Peter Keller, SEALNG chairman, stated, “We are pleased to welcome the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to our growing coalition and look forward to leveraging their expertise to realize our vision of developing LNG infrastructure in ports around the globe to enable quick, safe, and cost-effective bunkering.”SEALNG added that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority was working closely with the regional gas supplier Fortis BC and with industry, academia, and government to advance LNG bunkering in the Port of Vancouver.last_img read more

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first_imgA woman from Stuart tried to escape a St. Lucie County courtroom last week. officials said. Rachel Christina Huss is facing felony escape charges.Last Wednesday, just after she was seated in court, investigators said 26-year-old Huss slipped out of her right handcuff, hopped the jury box railing, and then ran out of the courtroom.Photo courtesy: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s OfficeAccording to the arrest report, deputies captured her soon thereafter in a second-floor hallway.Court records show that deputies initially arrested Huss on multiple counts of fraud-four counts for the illegal use of a credit card and one count of attempting to use the ID of another person without their consent.last_img read more

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first_img Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments As recently as two years ago, Dorian Graham had never stepped onto a football field to line up at the wide receiver position.He played strictly defensive back in high school and came to Syracuse to play in the secondary. But following his sophomore season, head coach Doug Marrone told Graham the Orange could use him at wideout.‘It was a move where coach told me he needed me,’ Graham said. ‘Whatever coach feels is best, I just adjust and make things happen.’Now halfway through his senior year, the defensive back turned wide receiver is having his best season at SU on either side of the ball. He led the Orange in receiving yards in its last two games and has three touchdowns over that span, one coming on a kick return. Graham’s natural speed, work ethic and the physicality he developed as a defender have helped him make the transition to receiver.The senior will look to build on his success when Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Big East) travels to Louisville (3-4, 1-1) to play the Cardinals at noon Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘For the coaches to trust me from where I came from, it’s a great feeling,’ Graham said. ‘I want to just make them proud, make my family proud and help this team get to a Big East championship.’Though the wideout has 18 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the third receiver for the Orange this season, his success did not come immediately. Last year served as a transition period for Graham. He had to develop timing with quarterback Ryan Nassib, learn formations and patterns and figure out the little nuances of running routes.‘It’s two different worlds,’ wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. ‘As a DB, you backpedal. You run backward all day. As a receiver, you’re running forward.’But Moore quickly realized Graham had the skill set to develop into a solid wide receiver.Graham was and still is one of the fastest players on the team, as evidenced by his job as kick returner. He had the football knowledge to understand the workings of the offense and the details of the receiver position.And perhaps most importantly, his work ethic would push him to put in the necessary work to make the transition.‘I have a hard time saying who works harder than Dorian working on his skill level and things like that,’ Marrone said. ‘He takes a lot of pride in what he does. We do have a lot of players on our team like that, but he seems to have always been that way consistently with his work ethic.’And though it took a year to come together, the switch to offense is paying off. He failed to make a catch in his first season at receiver but has caught a pass in every game this year.‘His niche was as a receiver,’ senior cornerback Kevyn Scott said. ‘And I’m glad they found that perfect spot for him because he’s excelling at what he’s doing.’Scott matches up with Graham every time the Orange does one-on-one drills in practices. He talked about three things that make Graham a challenge to cover in practice.There’s his speed, which Scott said the receiver has carried over from track speed to football speed. Graham gave West Virginia a firsthand look at that on his kick-return touchdown last week when he changed direction at the 30-yard line and outran everyone to the end zone.There’s his explosion off the ball, which Graham put on display against Tulane when he scored the first touchdown of his career. With SU facing a third down at the Green Wave 10-yard line, Graham simply blew past his man off the ball, and Nassib dropped the ball in over his shoulder in the corner of the end zone.And last, there’s his physicality, which Graham believes comes from his experience as a defensive back. On his second career touchdown, which also came against Tulane, the receiver beat his man on a slant and caught the pass, but he got crushed by Green Wave safety Kyle Davis. Still, Graham managed to take the hit and hold onto the football for the score.That success against Tulane didn’t fade during the bye week. Graham emerged as the only consistent wide receiver for Syracuse in its upset over West Virginia.And his increased production comes at a vital time for Syracuse with Van Chew, SU’s No. 1 receiver, struggling. He’s just another weapon for Nassib that seems to be emerging at exactly the right time.‘His confidence has really risen over the course of the last few months even,’ Moore said. ‘And now I think he’s really arrived to the point where he really believes he’s capable of doing all the things we ask of him.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img Related Stories High-energy Syracuse rolls past West Virginia Facebook Twitter Google+ Amanda Rodgers and Komal Safdar beat West Virginia’s Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland 8-4 in their doubles match Saturday morning. It was their fourth straight doubles victory, a streak that has given consistency to an otherwise struggling Syracuse team this season.Their success as a doubles pair is driven by complementary playing styles and communication.“Both of these players are opposite in so many ways. One’s righty, one’s lefty, one’s tall, one’s short, one’s a communications major, one’s a pre-med track major,” Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen said. “But they come together, they jell together. I think the personalities are the closest of all the teammates.”Their victory Saturday helped Syracuse dominate West Virginia 6-1 at Drumlins.Rodgers and Safdar started playing as a doubles pair in the fourth match of the season, a Jan. 19 matchup with Georgia State. Though Georgia State beat the Orange 5-2, it was the start of the sophomores’ winning streak. They haven’t lost as a doubles pair this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRodgers and Safdar pride themselves on their ability to mesh as a unit. While their friendship and playing styles have contributed to their recent winning streak, Jensen sees some room for improvement as they move forward.The rangy 5-foot-11 Rodgers and the quick 5-foot-6 Safdar play to their strengths as individuals. Each has qualities the other can use to improve her game.“I think we set each other up really well for our points,” Safdar said. “She has a big serve, and I can take over at the net. If I’m serving, she’s really aggressive at the net. She’s tall.”Jensen said Rodgers and Safdar’s differences cause problems for opposing pairs. The differences in their game are stark, even down to their ball flight.“Rodgers plays with more spin, Komal plays flatter with the ball,” Jensen said. “Komal likes to come in, Rodgers likes to stay back. They cover all areas.”Jensen said they are a talented duo that knows one another well and uses that to their advantage. Communication, understanding and trust have been essential to their recent winning streak, Jensen said.While they’ve set the tone at the beginning of matches with their doubles success, Jensen said he wants to see more out of Rodgers and Safdar. They’ve had letdowns at points in the season, and Jensen would like to see them exhibit more intensity. They’ve had a tendency to let other teams back into matches.“They’re so talented, they get a lead and then they kind of fall back,” Jensen said. “And the other side, they’re going to make a run.”Jensen talked to the pair at Saturday’s match, when they seemed to be losing their edge. He attempted to instill intensity, emphasizing that focus is essential to refusing to allow opponents back into matches.Rodgers and Safdar said they enjoy balancing intensity and fun on the court. It may be a challenge for some doubles partners, but it hasn’t been a challenge for them, Safdar said.Moving forward, the pair is confident that its success will continue. The combination has been working for the Orange, and Rodgers and Safdar are enjoying their time playing together.“It’s a force out there when we’re together,” Rodgers said. Commentscenter_img Published on February 4, 2013 at 1:04 am Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edulast_img read more

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first_imgUSC experienced a rise in crime over the past year, according to the Department of Public Safety’s Annual Safety Report, although it still experienced fewer total crimes than other comporable California universities, such as  Stanford University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley. While all four universities had zero cases of reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter, they vary considerably in regards to other crime categories. Sex offenses at USC increased from 31 reported incidents in 2014 to 41 in 2015. Twelve of the reported sex offenses in 2015 were committed by the same individual, who groped female students’ backsides as they passed by, which increased the “fondling” category by 12 counts. Sex offenses at UCLA decreased from 39 to 38, while those at Stanford increased from 30 to 39 and those at Berkeley decreased from 64 to 58.Robberies at USC, including motor vehicle theft and burglary, increased from 47 reported incidents to 59, while they decreased from 129 to 100 in UCLA, increased from 79 to 93 in Stanford and decreased from 189 to 130 in Berkeley. Again, Berkeley has the most cases of reported robberies, among the four universities, while USC appears to have the least instances of such reports. The arrests following possession of illegal substances and arms, including liquor, drugs and weapons, increased at USC from 31 to 43, decreased from 80 to 49 at UCLA, increased from 47 to 102 at Stanford and decreased from 346 to 327 at Berkeley. Hate crimes at USC went up from one reported incident to two. In 2014, the one incident was of vandalism with a bias of religion, while the 2015 incidents were reports of bias of nationality. UCLA experienced a rise in hate crimes, with reported incidents increasing from two to five. Hate crimes at Stanford decreased from three reported incidents to two. Berkeley’s hate crimes decreased from nine instances of robbery, vandalism, and assault with a bias of race, religion, nationality, and sexual orientation to two instances of battery, with a bias of religion. Overall, USC had the least crimes among the compared universities in 2014 and 2015, with 141 and 161 instances of crime, respectively. UCLA had 275 in 2014 and 207 in 2015. In both years, Berkeley had the most crimes — 669 and 579, respectively.  However, it also experienced the biggest decline in crime, while Stanford experienced the largest rise in crime, from 166 to 221. Even though crimes at USC increased from 141 to 161 in 2015, the University has regularly updated security measures since 2012, when a gang-involved shooting on Halloween wounded four people. Shortly afterward, a secure campus perimeter was created from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.last_img read more

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first_imgUSC coach Lane Kiffin described it as continued “bad karma” in a week replete with controversy after a student manager was fired for deflating game balls during the first half of last Saturday’s defensive debacle against Oregon.Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanOnly 45 minutes before kickoff, sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee entered Kiffin’s office with a swollen face after suffering an allergic reaction to something he ate. Kiffin figured there was no chance the star wideout would recover in time for the game.But Lee received sufficient treatment and emerged out of the Coliseum tunnel with his teammates in time for another transcendent performance — catching 10 passes for 161 yards and adding 66 yards on the ground — buoying No. 19 USC to a 38-17 win over Arizona State.“He’s every bit deserving,” senior quarterback Matt Barkley said of Lee’s recent Heisman buzz. “He’s the best player in his position. He’s done some tremendous things this year as a receiver and kick returner and across the board.”Down 7-0 in the first quarter, Barkley completed an 80-yard touchdown strike to Lee, in which the sophomore sensation knifed through double-coverage and outran his pursuers, gliding into the end zone after junior wide receiver Robert Woods supplied one final block.“I’m thinking, ‘This isn’t happening,’” Kiffin said when recounting Lee’s pregame visit. “As well as he played, that long touchdown pass isn’t even contested if he’s feeling himself. He’s arguably the best player in college football.”The comfortable final victory margin and Lee’s continued fireworks belied what began as a competitive game in which the Trojans returned to the locker room at halftime amid a smattering of boos tied with ASU at 14 points apiece.“I don’t really hear it,” Barkley said when asked about the boos entering halftime. “I kind of block out the noise, so I don’t hear those.”USC committed three turnovers in the first half, including two interceptions to punctuate drives where the Trojans were poised to score touchdowns.On the ensuing kickoff after Lee’s 80-yard score, senior linebacker Tony Burnett forced a fumble, which redshirt freshman linebacker Anthony Sarao recovered at the Sun Devils’ 29-yard line. Barkley threw an interception on the next play, however, as ASU linebacker Chris Young made a sprawling catch on the sideline that was upheld after Kiffin’s challenge.ASU’s next possession ended prematurely on senior safety T.J. McDonald’s second interception of the season, but Barkley and the USC offense proceeded to squander the short field opportunity. After a Woods offensive pass interference penalty negated a touchdown and a delay of game penalty set up a third-and-24 situation, Barkley threw a 76-yard pick-six to ASU safety Alden Darby on a swing pass.Undeterred, USC struck back to conclude the first half on a 13-play, 79-yard drive that culminated in a four-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Xavier Grimble.“We know the standards here,” Kiffin said. “Coming up the tunnel with an Arizona State player I know well, we’re getting booed off the field with it as a tied game at half, and the player gave me a look; well, that’s just L.A.”The second half also began inauspiciously for USC, as Barkley threw his third interception on a pass tipped by onrushing defensive end Carl Bradford, who corralled the deflection as he fell to the ground. The play marked only the second time in his career that Barkley has thrown three interceptions in a game, with the last coming against Stanford in his freshman season.ASU later capitalized on USC’s fourth turnover with a 28-yard field goal. The Sun Devils’ third score would mark the last time they notched points on the scoreboard, however, as the Trojans proceeded to score 24 unanswered points to bury ASU.Senior running back Curtis McNeal emerged as the catalyst behind USC’s second-half surge. With Silas Redd unavailable, the Trojans’ other returning 1,000-yard rusher ran for 112 of his game-high 163 yards in the second half.“It felt good,” McNeal said. “I’m worried about getting a ‘W’ even if I don’t get the ball.”In addition to a five-yard rushing touchdown, McNeal nimbly broke a couple of ankle tackles in the third quarter on a short screen pass that he ultimately converted into a 22-yard touchdown reception. Surprisingly, the two scores mark the only times he has visited the end zone in 2012.“A lot of credit to the offensive line and Curtis. He had a great game except for the fumble at the end,” Kiffin said. “If you look at the hidden stats, the negative plays … Curtis only lost one yard today.”The embattled defensive unit arguably put forth its best performance of the season, especially considering the fact that seven of the points surrendered came from Barkley’s pick-six in the second quarter. USC’s defensive front-seven, which was gashed by the Ducks’ rushing attack, rebounded nicely, registering seven sacks for 56 yards split between six defenders.“Our guys were really more aggressive,” Kiffin said. “Not in defensive calls, but really the front-seven.”The vaunted Sun Devils’ offense picked up a mere 71 yards on 35 carries. Moreover, USC stole three interceptions from ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly, who ranked third in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency entering the contest.“It’s been rough, just because of the type of defense we are and the type of players we have,” senior safety T.J. McDonald said. “Others teams have gotten the best of us. … We needed to get that nasty taste out of our mouths.”USC survived the “sandwich game” test against ASU between its nationally hyped heavyweight bout against Oregon and its rivalry showdown with UCLA this Saturday.“These games can be hard when you’re sandwiched in a game like this [between Oregon and UCLA], with the snaps and the emotions and a crosstown rivalry next week,” Kiffin said. “I give a lot of credit to our assistant coaches and players.”last_img read more

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first_img FavBet signs Ivan Rakitic as official brand ambassador August 8, 2019 Share FavBet’s Alex Hleb deal: “When contract is just a piece of paper” June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit International operators vie for Sportsbook of the Year prize at SBC Awards October 18, 2019 Ukrainian-based FavBet has signed unbeaten European senior and world junior champion Filip Hrgović as its new brand ambassador as part of a new two-year agreement.As part of the partnership, Hrgović’s boxer shorts will be branded with FavBet logo and the boxer will also work alongside the operator in developing many projects related to corporate social responsibility.Oleg Smityuk, Head of international marketing at FavBet, said: “Filip Hrgović is one of the most promising boxers in the world. He has won titles at the world and European level, and his greatest successes are yet to come! Therefore, Filip is exactly what we need to further expand our business.”The agreement comes ahead of the operator’s entry into the Croatian market in Q1 2020. The boxer will play a key role alongside Barcelona footballer and Croatian national team player Ivan Rakitic, who became FavBet ambassador in August.Hrgović and Rakitić will represent the Favbet brand in Europe, while in Ukraine they will represent the Favorit brand.Filip Hrgović commented on the new partnership with FavBet: “If you want to be the first and the best – you need to hang out with the best! That’s why I chose FavBet, who have already collaborated with big sports names like boxer Oleksandr Usyk or legendary football player Alex Hleb. That is why I really look forward to future joint projects.”last_img read more

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