UK man jailed for six months for ‘virus’ police cough

first_imgChief Superintendent Helen Harper said: “While these type of assaults are thankfully a rare occurrence, this incident was horrendous and if we do encounter this type of unacceptable behavior we will be robust in our response. “I hope the sentence today conveys a strong message that it will not be tolerated.” A man who coughed on a police officer and threatened to infect him with coronavirus was on Wednesday sentenced to six months in jail in Britain, a police statement said.Adam Lewis, 55, was sentenced under a specific law governing assaults against emergency workers, which was introduced in November 2018 and carries a maximum jail term of 12 months.He was stopped after allegedly trying the door handles of cars in central London on Tuesday afternoon, by a policeman who then tried to stop and search him. Lewis smashed a bottle of wine he was holding on the floor and then verbally threatened the officer, according to a statement from London’s Metropolitan Police.”I am COVID [19 positive] and I am going to cough in your face and you will get it,” he reportedly said, before coughing on the police officer.Lewis then tried to spit in the officer’s face and threatened to bite him, the Met said.He was arrested and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

​‘Innovative’ funding attracts Danish pension providers to green projects

first_imgThrough the DCIF, PensionDanmark said it had invested in a solar power project in the Maldives, which now supports a desalination plant with renewable energy, and a large wind farm in Kenya.In its contribution to the report, PensionDanmark says: “Investing in solar power in the Maldives and wind power in Kenya will contribute to reducing the countries’ dependence on the import of fossil fuel.”It said its allocation was only possible due to the use of so-called blended finance models, combining private capital with public aid for developing countries in areas where investments will have a substantial impact.Norway’s KLP has been similarly active in the area of blended finance, funding the development of several renewable energy assets in Kenya and Rwanda.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to white paper by State Of Green The Danish government has credited the use of “new and innovative” approaches to project funding as the reason the country’s pensions sector has been able to support green projects in emerging markets.Troels Lund Poulsen, Danish minister for business and growth, said pension funds had shown “remarkable dedication and innovative skills” when deciding on how to fund infrastructure projects across the globe.He praised new approaches to funding projects pursued jointly by the Danish government and institutional investors in a report outlining several successfully funded projects.The paper, ‘Financing the Green Transition’, highlights the work of EKF, Denmark’s export credit agency, and the Danish Climate Investment Fund (DCIF), both of which have attracted backing from pension providers including PensionDanmark.last_img read more

BP, Chevron to invest $116M on exploration in Australia after Bight exit

first_imgOil and gas majors BP and Chevron have committed to investing a total of $116.5 million in oil and gas exploration activities in Australia, with at least half directed to projects in South Australia with a view of increasing energy supplies in the state and south-eastern Australia. The commitment follows the two firms’ cancellation of the Great Australian Bight drilling plans in the past three years.The Great Australia Bight – Image by Nachoman-au / Wikimedia – Shared under CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseThis was shared in a joint statement on Thursday issued by Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan and South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.The announcement followed the conclusion of Good Standing Agreement negotiations with both parties after their decisions to cease petroleum exploration in the Great Australian Bight.Minister Canavan said: “BP and Chevron ceased their programs of exploration in the Great Australian Bight in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Australia’s offshore oil and gas policy ensures that companies which commit to a program of exploration deliver on that commitment under the Government’s Good Standing Agreement policy…In rare cases where commitments are not met, companies are encouraged to re-direct exploration investment within Australia.”“This is an important policy that maintains the exploration investment pipeline in Australia, supporting new petroleum discoveries and our future energy security and I welcome these commitments from BP and Chevron.”Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said he was pleased the Australian Government supported his request that half of the Good Standing Agreement be discharged in South Australia.“It is excellent news for the South Australian resources sector that almost $60 million will be invested in our state as a result of the Good Standing Agreement,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.He added: “This investment will help tap the immense promise of South Australia’s resources sector driving job creation, investment and royalties in South Australia. Australia’s offshore oil and gas policy ensures that companies who commit to a program of exploration deliver on their investment commitments.”Both companies now have three years to deliver on their investments, with BP set to invest $40.6 million by October 2022 and Chevron to invest $75.9 million by September 2022. Both parties are finalizing contractual negotiations for a range of regional studies with third party proponents.BP, Chevron, Karoon out. Equinor pressing aheadOil companies’ attempts to drill in the Great Australian Bight area have been under scrutiny in the last couple of years. Environmental groups like Greenpeace and political party Australian Greens have hampered oil companies’ plans for the Bight, claiming that drilling in the area containing a marine park would threaten marine life, fisheries, and eco-tourism operators.Back in October 2016, BP gave up on its drilling program in the Bight, citing a new upstream strategy with a focus on opportunities likely to create value in the near to medium term as the reason behind its abandonment.A year later, in October 2017, Chevron also ditched its Great Australian Bight exploration program due to its inability “to compete in the current low oil price environment.” Chevron denied that its decision had anything to do with the government policy, regulatory, community or environmental concerns, pointing out that it was a commercial decision.Just last month, the Australian oil company Karoon relinquished WA-314-P in the Bight saying the company “listened to our broader stakeholder groups and have initiated actions to relinquish EPP46 in the Great Australian Bight.”Norwegian oil company Equinor is still there, and despite the public pressure, and some recent setbacks with the environment plan, is planning to drill its Stromlo well.The Australian offshore safety body NOPSEMA has earlier this week accepted Equinor’s environment plan for exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight. This still doesn’t mean Equinor is allowed to begin operations. It needs two more approvals before the activity can begin.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Jeffrey Brian Gardner, 60

first_imgJeffrey Brian Gardner passed away on April 5, 2020 in his home. He was born on August 2, 1959 in Greensburg, Indiana the son of the late Glenn and Alberta (Ashby) Gardner. Jeff grew up with a brother; the late David Gardner and sister; Jill (Chris) Schroeder. Jeff was a 1978 graduate of Greensburg High School. On July 19, 1980, Jeff married Julie (Bailey) Gardner and she passed away April 22, 2019. Jeff had two beautiful daughters Leah (Gardner) Shields and the late Erin (Gardner) Speakman and gave him the opportunity to be a grandpa to three beautiful grandchildren; Carsyn Shields, Ryder Shields and Nash Speakman.Jeff worked in the manufacturing field for the majority of his life. He was a very dedicated hard worker and rarely missed a day of work. His work history included Federal Mogul, BCA, and NTN. Jeff also was very passionate about gardening, the beach, music, cars, golf and Harley Davidsons. After a tragic accident on his Harley in 2010, he loved motorcycles from afar.Jeff is also survived by many friends and extended family including nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many because of his passions for the things he loved.A celebration of life will be held in the following months at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. You can leave your memories and stories of Jeff on his website at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

Dawson ready for European atonement

first_img Press Association But skipper Michael Dawson knows what the aim is. “We missed out on the Champions League last season, so our aim at the start of this campaign, is to make sure we are in it next year,” said Dawson. “We have to fight for that.” The argument has been put forward that with both Manchester clubs and Chelsea adjusting to life under new managers, an opportunity exists which was not there before. It is not a theory Dawson gives much credence to. “You could say there was uncertainty before any season,” said Dawson. “You have to earn the right to win the Premier League. Manchester United did it last season and they will no doubt want to do it again. “They are a top-class team and have been for years. Tottenham are out to atone for last season’s narrow failure by making sure they qualify for the Champions League this term. Having looked certain to secure a top-four berth for much of the previous campaign, Spurs were undone by a combination of Arsenal’s dramatic improvement and a damaging week in March when they were beaten by Liverpool and Fulham, and in between conceded four in the Europa League at Inter Milan. With their present squad, Spurs are sure to be a force. “Manchester City have strengthened again, so they will be fighting. “Chelsea, with Mourinho back are clearly aiming high. Arsenal, ourselves, Liverpool. Everyone wants to be in the top four and back in the Champions League.” Yet the entire pre-season campaign has revolved around Gareth Bale’s future. Manager Andre Villas-Boas completely refused to discuss the matter after Saturday night’s six-goal thrashing of South China, having grown thoroughly weary of questions being put to him about Bale’s future every day in Hong Kong. Chairman Daniel Levy has a reputation for being one of the shrewdest operators in the transfer market. And with rumours growing that Bale wants out, and eye-boggling transfer fees being spoken of that Manchester United would have to match if they wished to try and keep the Welshman in the Premier League, at some stage Levy’s business brain will surely determine a transfer is better for all parties. For now, though, Bale is scheduled to return to training after injury on Wednesday, with the north Londoners adamant he will be in contention for the friendly in Monaco next Saturday. Dawson, however, was keen to talk about the goal-scoring exploits of Jermain Defoe, who fired a hat-trick in the side’s latest victory. “Winning football matches is always good and it is great for Jermain to be amongst the goals,” Dawson said. “But pre-season is about fitness and getting minutes under your belt. “We want to give individuals game time but all that matters is the first game of the season. “A few years ago we went unbeaten in pre-season, winning virtually every game, then we got off to a bad start in the Premier League. “At this stage of the summer, you can’t get too carried away when it is going well and you can’t get too downhearted when it is not going so well.” last_img read more

VM Trophy: Jharkhand in driver’s seat against Assam

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Two splendid knocks from Shikhar Mohan and Aryan Hooda put Jharkahdn in driver’s seat against Assam in VM Trophy tie at Abhayapuri on Sunday.Elected to bat, Jharkhand scored 375-2 on day I and both the batsmen scored century. Aryan and Shikhar, opened the innings for Jharkhand, added 311 runs on first wicket playing 75.4 overs between them. Shikhar scored 118 with the help of 21 boundaries while Aryan hit 28 boundaries on way to score 182. Also Read: Sports Newslast_img

Official ruling leads to post-game controversy

first_imgUSC coach Lane Kiffin said he was “extremely disappointed” with the way officials handled the timing dispute during the last play of regulation Saturday.Upset · USC coach Lane Kiffin said he was told by an official he would be allowed to call a timeout with one second remaining in the fourth quarter. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanWith nine seconds left and the game tied at 31 in the fourth quarter, USC had the ball on the Stanford 40-yard line.USC ran one more play: a designed slip-screen for sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, who was to take the ball quickly upfield to get a few more yards so the Trojans could call timeout to attempt a more manageable game-winning field goal.Instead, Woods broke the play off toward the Stanford sideline, seemingly racing to get out of bounds despite the fact USC still had two timeouts remaining. He appeared to fall out of bounds with one second left, but the ruling on the field was that the clock ran down to zero and that the game would head to overtime.“They said he was out of bounds [but] he wasn’t out of bounds,” Kiffin said. “So I told them, ‘When the replay comes back, you’re going to say his knee’s down.’”Replays did show that Woods’ knee was down inbounds with one second left.“I said [to the side judge], ‘You’re gonna review this,’” Kiffin said. “You’re gonna come back out and say y’all screwed up; he wasn’t out of bounds, his knee was down. Then you’re gonna say there’s one second on the clock. You gotta tell him [the referee] that we called a timeout here.”According to Kiffin, the side judge told him that if the video review determined there was one second left on the clock, he would be granted a timeout.The ball would have been placed on the Cardinal 33-yard line, leaving freshman kicker Andre Heidari with a 50-yard field goal attempt and a chance to win the game.Heidari had hit from that same distance at the end of the second quarter.“And they come back over and completely went against it,” Kiffin said. “So I’m extremely disappointed in that. That’s not an opinion, I’m not complaining about it. I’m just giving you the exact facts of the situation. Really disappointed in that.”But referee Michael Batlan’s version of events differed from Kiffin’s.“Through review, it was seen that the knee was down and time had expired and therefore we were headed to an overtime period,” Batlan said. “Any coach can ask for a timeout, but he doesn’t get one until an official grants or signifies it. I was not part of any conversation with regards to a requested timeout.”Kiffin said he was told by an official that “if there was one second, [be] wouldn’t have had enough time to call a timeout,” a statement with which Kiffin strongly disagreed.“I’ve been around football a long time,” he said. “You call timeouts with one second [left] all the time. It’s what you do, you call a timeout when the guy’s knee hits the ground and you get the play run.” Quick hits– Attendance was announced at 93,607, marking the first sellout at the Coliseum since  a 2009 game against Oregon State. Through five games this season, USC has averaged 73,056 fans per game.– Saturday’s triple-overtime contest was also USC’s first overtime game since  Sept. 27, 2003, when it lost at California 34-31 in triple overtime. The Trojans are 3-6 all-time in overtime games.last_img read more

BoyleSports secures Birmingham City sponsorship deal

first_img Submit BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Share In its biggest sponsorship deal in over a decade, Birmingham City Football Club has named BoyleSports as its new principal partner until the end of the 2020/21 season.The new agreement will see Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker’s logo displayed on the front of the men’s team playing kit and replica shirts, replacing the current 888Sport logo from the most recent sponsorship deal.Leon Blanche, head of communications for BoyleSports, praised the new partnership: “We are absolutely thrilled to be on board and proud to be pledging ourselves as Birmingham City’s principal partner. “It’s an honour to be joining forces with a club steeped in history and tradition and we believe it’s a perfect match between a club and company who are on the same page in terms of our huge ambitions.”The deal will also hope to cement BoyleSports’ position into the Birmingham community, with the aim of delivering local support to the surrounding communities. Ian Dutton, chief commercial officer for Birmingham City FC, said: “We are delighted and thrilled to be welcoming BoyleSports as the club’s new Principal Shirt Partner. Throughout our discussions with them it was clear that they identified the club as the perfect avenue to support their ambition to conquer the UK market.”“We were also extremely impressed with the way they want to give back to the fans and the local community, so we can look forward to some unique activations that will benefit the club, fans and our great city.” StumbleUpon Related Articles 888 integrates Golden Race virtuals in new partnership April 22, 2020 Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020last_img read more

Smithsonian exhibit opens at Alcona County Library

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHarrisville — The Smithsonian’s traveling museum exhibit ‘Water/Ways’ takes over the Alcona County Library’s Harrisville branch now until December 28.The display features 5 world/national panels with interactive items all dealing with the importance of water on culture, life, ecosystem, etc. 3 of the panels focus on Michigan water and how the region utilizes their bodies of water. 1 panel is exclusively dedicated to Alcona County.The process of getting the traveling museum to the library took just over a year with a grant application and a lot of persistence by the library administration. Now that it’s all put together, Library Director Denise Bearre can watch folks enjoy all of the hard work that went into bringing this spectacle to the sunrise side.“It’s beautiful, a lot of good information on how people feel and use water… and history…and just all kinds of information,” laughed Bearre.The library celebrated with a party Friday night, inviting speakers and folks to marvel at the new display. Docents were on hand to guide people through the exhibits and lead conversations with visitors. Only six sites in Michigan were selected to host the display.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona, Alcona County Library, Exhibit, Harrisville, Lake Huron, MICHIGAN, Michigan Humanities Council, National Exhibit, Smithsonian, water, Water/WaysContinue ReadingPrevious Second-grader sent to hospital in playground incidentNext Police Investigating the Death of a Man Found Dead in Lewiston Arealast_img read more

Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani set to go ‘full gorilla’ in next bullpen session

first_imgScioscia described Friday’s throwing session as “touch and feel.”He said Sunday’s workout would be “full gorilla.”Longtime Angels beat reporters laughed as translator Grace McNamee did a double-take and asked for clarification on the term. Scioscia then had to explain that “full gorilla” was a phrase he uses to describe a more vigorous workout than the less strenuous “touch and feel” session.Scioscia said he first heard the term while he was a catcher in the Dodgers’ organization in the 1970s and ’80s, although managers such as Dave Roberts, Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Grady Little and Jim Tracy did not use it to the best recollection of a couple of local writers.Several of the Japanese-speaking reporters had to be reassured that Scioscia was not joking. Scioscia did his best (worst?) imitation of a gorilla, complete with noises. ANAHEIM – Lost in translation? Explaining why he scratched Shohei Ohtani from the Angels’ lineup for Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants proved to be far easier for Manager Mike Scioscia than describing his oft-used phrase “full gorilla” to a gaggle of Japanese-speaking reporters.Scioscia said he sat Ohtani because he wished to shuffle the deck after the Angels lost four consecutive games, their first losing streak of the season. He wanted get Chris Young, Jefry Marte and Rene Rivera, each of whom was hitting .300 or better, into the lineup.Left unsaid was that the left-handed hitting Ohtani struggled Thursday against Boston Red Sox’s lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, when the 23-year-old rookie from Japan went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts overall.Ohtani came through his light bullpen session Friday without aggravating the blister on his right middle finger that forced him from Tuesday’s start against the Red Sox after two innings. He’s scheduled to throw another one Sunday and if that goes well he’s expected to start Tuesday in Houston. “That’s a term we use in the United States, meaning you go as hard as you can,” he said. “You’re throwing 100 percent. We call it ‘full gorilla.’ We have stages. There’s varying degrees of what a pitcher will do depending on what he’s trying to accomplish..”STARTING PITCHING WOESThe Angels designated right-hander Luke Bard for assignment and recalled righty Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake as they attempted to bolster their overworked bullpen. They needed a fresh arm, so Paredes got the call.They’ll need to make another move to clear a roster spot for Jaime Barria, who is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale against the Giants. Barria won his first fill-in start, beating the Texas Rangers in his major league debut April 11. He was sent back to Triple-A immediately after the game.Angels starters have struggled, the team’s 13-7 record to start the season notwithstanding.It’s concerning for Scioscia.“For us to be where we are with only four quality starts from the beginning of the season until now and averaging just 13 outs from our starting pitchers, you put all that together and it’s remarkable we have the record we do,” he said. “We have to get better.”So far, the Angels haven’t used the six-man rotation they expected to deploy coming out of spring training. They have kept an extra reliever stashed in their bullpen because their starters haven’t pitched deep enough into games consistently enough in 2018.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more