Around 120 pigs on farms across North Central Timor regency in East Nusa Tenggara have died suddenly of unknown causes, with the number likely to rise as officials begin collecting data. North Central Timor regent Raymundus Sau Fernandes said the dead pigs came from farms in the Kefamenanu, North Bikomi, South Bikomi, Biboki Anleu, North Insana and Insana Fafinesu districts. He added that blood samples from the dead pigs had been sent to Medan Veterinary Research Center in North Sumatra to determine the cause of the pigs’ deaths. “For now, we are giving medicine and vitamins to the pigs that are sick,” he said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.There are concerns the deaths might be related to the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak that has killed tens of thousands of pigs in North Sumatra and hundreds of pigs in Bali in the past few months. In Sikka regency, where many residents are pig farmers, regent Robby Idong has instructed all district, subdistrict and village heads to be on alert for ASF.“Residents should inform staff from the Sikka regency’s agriculture and livestock agency if they find any signs of unnatural pig deaths,” Robby said. (kmt)Topics :
Comment Will Arteta excel in the circumstances? (Picture: Getty)‘But I think this situation helps someone like Mikel Arteta. Arsenal need such an overhaul of players that it’s actually almost impossible to get that many players in. ‘There’s now an opportunity for him to work with the current crop, and I think it actually takes the pressure off of Arteta, and now anything is a bonus.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Arsenal’s expectations will be nowhere near as high as they were a few months ago. I think he’ll now be given loads and loads of time to build. He’s young, he’s enthusiastic, and he’ll want to work with younger players.‘He’s not a [Jose] Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, who I’d call your Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroys, they’re just dealing in majors, nothing else! Arteta is the type who might work from the ground up with lesser players.’MORE: Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal vs Man City to headline season restartMORE: ‘The integrity is gone’ – Troy Deeney says Liverpool’s Premier League title win will be sullied by coronavirusFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 May 2020 11:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link407Shares Advertisement Merson backed Arteta to thrive (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has backed Mikel Arteta to be one of the managers to thrive amid uncertainty in the transfer market and believes it will take the pressure off him at Arsenal. Arteta has already taken great strides forward with the Gunners – who are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches under the Spaniard in 2020 – but was hoping to put his own stamp on the squad in the summer. However, there is great uncertainty regarding transfers amid the coronavirus pandemic and Arsenal are expected to be working with a shoestring budget. But Merson thinks Arteta can still drive the club in the right direction, while Arsenal bosses will be prepared to give him even more time to rebuild given the circumstances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Every manager is different,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘I’ve worked under some great coaches who weren’t good managers, and I’ve worked under some great managers who weren’t good coaches.‘You need the team around you, the coaches around you to challenge you. When you have a coaching staff around you who don’t, and are just yes men, that can be a problem. Paul Merson says transfer market mess will ‘help’ Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta Advertisement
Subsurface Imaging, part of CGG’s Geoscience division, has been awarded processing contract by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Under its terms, CGG will perform time and depth imaging of massive volumes of very high-spec data from what is believed to be the world’s largest ocean-bottom node (OBN) seismic survey to date.Starting in May 2019 – and for a period of at least five years, during the maximum seven-year contract period – CGG will process a minimum 20,000 sq km of high-density wide-azimuth OBN seismic data at its Abu Dhabi geoscience center.Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG, said: “CGG was selected for this record-breaking OBN processing contract, the largest ever awarded, on the strength of our reputation for service excellence and OBN processing pedigree. We are confident that close technical collaboration between our two companies on this strategic project will ensure that ADNOC gains the full value from their OBN investment. It will provide them with the reservoir insight required to support ADNOC’s 2030 smart growth strategy.”
Egypt set to hold parliamentary elections starting October 18-19 Egypt set to hold parliamentary elections starting October 18-19The Egyptian Electoral Commission announced on Sunday that the long awaited parliamentary election will be held starting October 18-19. This, the commission said, is the final step in a process aimed at bringing back democracy that many critics say has been tainted by widespread authoritarianism.Egypt has been without a parliament since a court dissolution of the democratically elected main chamber back in 2012. The then parliament was dominated by the now-banned Muslim brotherhood movement to which the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak was credited.The elections had been set for March but were delayed after a court ruled part of the election law unconstitutional.The electoral commission also disclosed that after this first phase of election, there shall be a second phase on November 22-23. Egyptians abroad will vote on October 17-18.The incumbent president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi successfully led a mass revolution that toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. It is after this that the army announced a ‘road map’ to democracy in Egypt, the most populous Arab state in Africa.The government has said that the election is a proof of the country’s commitment to democracy.In the long absence of the parliament, president Sisi has exerted legislative authority to limit political freedoms. He has however introduced massive economic reforms in the country.The parliament is expected to effectively check the actions of the executive after its institution.The house of Representatives is made up of 568 seats with 448 elected individuals while 120 elected through a winner-takes-all policy with quotas for women, youth and Christians. The president may also appoint a number of people to the house, not exceeding 5% of its total makeup.Hardcore Brotherhood supporters are likely to boycott the elections while others who initially supported the group but later became disillutioned with it during Mursi’s troubled rule could either vote for pro-Sisi candidates or other Islamists.
The Singapore Sevens is due to take place a week after the tournament in Hong Kong “It’s obviously a real shame but they have to put the health of those involved and attending first so it’s the right thing to do if it’s postponed,” Ben Ryan, who coached Fiji to Olympic sevens gold in 2016, told the South China Morning Post.Asia’s sports schedule has been hammered by the coronavirus, with Singapore’s HSBC Women’s World Championship, starting on February 27, among two golf events cancelled this week.The start of China’s Super League football is indefinitely on hold, and Chinese clubs are mostly sidelined from Asia’s Champions League until April. The flagship Hong Kong Sevens was scheduled for April 3-5, with Singapore a week later. Both cities are scrambling to deal with the virus, with 50 confirmed cases each and one death in Hong Kong.The Singapore tournament will now take place on October 10-11 and Hong Kong a week later on October 16-18, concluding the 10-stop world series.The COVID-19 death toll leapt to 1,367 on Thursday with nearly 60,000 infections in China, where the virus is thought to have emerged in the city of Wuhan.– ‘Real shame’ –The Hong Kong Sevens, an annual springtime fixture since 1976, is an important source of revenue and prestige for a city which has plunged into recession following months of pro-democracy protests and the US-China trade war.The colourful, three-day tournament, a guaranteed sell-out, is the signature event of the sevens series and was a driving force behind the sport’s Olympic inclusion.The Hong Kong Sevens is the signature event on the global sevens series Loading… “The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority,” it added in a statement. The announcement comes a day after the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, scheduled for April 19, was postponed, becoming the biggest single sports event affected by COVID-19 so far. Rugby’s Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens were postponed from April to October over the coronavirus on Thursday, joining the Chinese Grand Prix, golf and football fixtures on the growing list of sporting casualties. The decision, which disrupts sevens rugby in the run-up to the Olympics, was made “in response to continued health concerns relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak”, World Rugby said. The Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament attracts fans from all over the worldAdvertisement Read Also: Pogba keen to play for Man United again, steps up recovery from surgeryAthletics’ World Indoor Championships, due to be held in Nanjing in March, were postponed for a year, while boxing, tennis, basketball, skiing, diving, snooker and badminton have also been affected in China.But the biggest domino to fall was Shanghai’s Formula One grand prix, which was postponed “to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans”, the FIA, motorsport’s governing body, said on Wednesday.No new date was proposed for the race – one of 22 on this year’s calendar – and there has been no announcement about the inaugural grand prix in Vietnam, scheduled for April 5.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To Worst8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better
Narrowly beaten by the reopposing Martello Tower over three miles at Limerick last month, Outlander (5-1) enjoyed coming back in trip under Paul Townend. The seven-year-old cruised through the two-and-a-half-mile contest and was still on the bridle approaching the final flight. Press Association He soon opened up once given his head, passing the post three and a quarter lengths ahead of Martello Tower to give the champion trainer a fourth successive victory in the race. The winner’s stablemate Killultagh Vic was third, with No More Heroes disappointing in fifth. Mullins said: “He was beaten by a better horse at Limerick. We rode him differently today as he was a bit keen at Christmas and we said we’d settle him in. “He’s back on track to being the horse we thought he’d be as a triple bumper winner. I told Paul to ride him like a good horse. “The Neptune would be my immediate thought. He seems to have plenty of toe and in the Supreme Novices’ you need to stay. We’ll see over the next few weeks.” Having already taken out the Arkle with Un De Sceaux and saddled Hurricane Fly to land a fifth Irish Champion Hurdle, Willie Mullins hit the target once more as Outlander clinched Grade Two honours in the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle.
John Delaney, the Football Association of Ireland chief executive, last week revealed the money was arranged by Sepp Blatter after the team controversially lost a play-off against France in 2009. It was classed as a loan and used to pay of debts for the redevelopment of the old Lansdowne Road into the Aviva stadium. Delaney was facing the prospect of a potentially tricky Q&A in front of a parliamentary committee over his handling of the secret deal, even though the FAI is not regulated by the Government. But following a private meeting in Leinster House this morning a spokeswoman confirmed: ” The Committee have opted not to ask the FAI to appear.” While the FAI is not governed by the Irish parliament, the organisation receives millions in grants for the development of the game. Part of that is more than 2m euro administered through Sports Council grants for the grass-roots game as well as hundreds of thousands in grants paid directly to clubs and not handled by the FAI. Delaney has not answered any questions publicly since the revelation but the FAI issued a lengthy statement outlining the chronology of the FIFA pay-off and where it was recorded in its accounts. He disclosed last week that the 5m euro (£3.6 million) was secured from FIFA after a heated exchange with Blatter in his office and the FIFA boss joking that the Republic sought to be team 33 at the World Cup in South Africa. Delaney claimed the money was paid to stave off a threatened a lawsuit against FIFA after officials missed the handball by Henry to set up a goal for William Gallas. Such a courtroom claim would have been unprecedented in football history. Irish politicians have decided not to grill the country’s football chief about the five million euro pay-off from FIFA for a Thierry Henry handball which cost the Republic a World Cup place. The terms were originally confidential, the FAI has said, but the money was also due to be repaid if the Republic qualified for the subsequent 2014 World Cup. Delaney went on the offensive ahead of being called to the committee by contacting members to state that he had nothing to add to the detailed FAI statement on accounts from 2010. He also reportedly told some politicians that calling him before a committee would do more harm than good to the team’s prospects of Euro 2016 qualification with t he Republic playing Scotland on Saturday afternoon in Dublin in the latest round. Press Association
Police have arrested a Indian River County man on a second-degree charge in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.Indian River County sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical personnel were called Monday morning to a home, located in the 6900 block of 30th Square. The 9-1-1 caller was 22-year-old Deshawn Clark who was later identified as a suspect.Clark is a live-in boyfriend of the victim’s mother, according to Lt. Thomas Raulen of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.According to investigators, when EMS arrived they rushed the child to the hospital where the child was later pronounced dead.Investigators said Clark told deputies he found the child in the bathtub and started CPR until EMS arrived. However, authorities say the child was dry and wearing a dry diaper when EMS arrived.The autopsy revealed the child sustained multiple injuries and trauma including, laceration on the left side of her head, bruising on her chest, linear marks on the back of her legs, bruise on her left temple, abrasion on her left hip, bruise under her left eye, additional bruising on her neck, hemorrhaging on her hyoid bone, blood in her abdomen, laceration to her liver, fractured ribs close to her spine, and swelling to her brain.The autopsy also revealed the injuries were consistent with blunt force trauma and not from someone attempting CPR, authorities say.When the autopsy results came back, Raulen said Clark changed his statement to detectives several times, but denied knowing how the little girl obtained her injuries.The sheriff’s office said the death was classified as a homicide, and Clark was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held in the Indian River County Jail without bond.
“I have come to appeal to you, to understand the situation of the federation, to understand the situation of the country at the present and exercise patience.“We will pay you all monies you are being owed as soon as we receive same from the government, just as we paid the Under-17 boys who won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile last year, after the tournament. And just as we sorted out Coach Samson Siasia’s wages as soon as we had the funds, after the Olympics.”Sanusi also recalled that the Super Eagles were owed monies for the match against Tanzania and were paid when funds for that match was made available by government.“As I speak with you, we are still owing the Super Eagles for the matches against Zambia and Algeria, but the memos have gone to government and are being looked at,” he said.“We must commend the Hon. Minister (Solomon Dalung). He has been energetically pushing the cases of the various national teams. We did the memo for the Women Africa Cup of Nations in October and it is being processed as we speak.”Stating that the NFF has embarked on aggressive drive to find a permanent solution to the issue of owing players and coaches, Sanusi said corporate players are now lending a listening ear to the NFF leadership and the federation’s finances would soon improve.“We are also working to get monies outstanding from former sponsors of the national teams, to complement what we are expecting from government.“In relation to all these, we are in the process of sorting out our TSA domiciliary accounts so that we can receive our due grants from FIFA and CAF, including the $80,000 prize money from the AWCON, once it is available.”But in her reaction to the inability of the NFF to pay, USA-based forward Francisca Ordega has regretted playing for the Super Falcons, saying she would have opted for another country because of the lack of support for women’s football in Nigeria.Ordega won her third women’s AFCON in Cameroon last weekend and has also represented Nigeria at Under-17 and Under-20 levels, but she said the neglect of women’s football by the country is most regrettable.“If I had not played for Nigeria at full international level, trust me I would have played somewhere else,” a frustrated Ordega blasted.“The U17 and U20 teams have been blamed for the performances at their recent World Cups, but they were poorly prepared for these competitions.“If this continues, Nigeria will soon cease to be a force in Africa because there will be no future Super Falcons.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised to pay the victorious Super Falcons, but that will be when they have the cash to pay them.NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, who met with the players and officials of the African champions at the Agura Hotel yesterday, said the federation is not happy owing players and coaches, but present severe economic challenges inform that it can only continue to seek the understanding of these persons, as well as hoteliers, travel agents and management and staff until the situation improves.“There is no gainsaying that there is severe economic challenges and all organisations, whether government or private, are feeling the pinch. It is not government’s doing; it is not anybody’s doing. We know we have financial commitment to you (players and officials of Super Falcons) and we have not at any time stated otherwise. But the money is not readily available at the moment,” he told the team.
This article is part of the Daily Trojan‘s supplement issue, “If you build it, will they come?” This semester’s supplement focused on the impact of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center and University Gateway apartment complex, both of which will open this fall.On a Friday in April, four Daily Trojan staffers took a tour of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center, which is scheduled to open in August. The building offers an array of venues new to USC’s campus, and administrators hope it becomes a destination for students during the week, at night and on weekends. Here’s one student’s take on the places in the campus center most likely to help reach that goal.The BallroomThe Ballroom is enormous. Our tour guide boasted that it can seat 1,200 students, and administrators have touted its flexibility. It can be used for concerts, plays, lectures, parties and formal dinners. It can also be divided into smaller sections for conferences and meetings. Student groups will be able to reserve this room. I imagine it will end up being a cross between Town and Gown and Bovard Auditorium.TraditionsFor students, Traditions is clearly the premiere attraction in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. It’s built like a sports bar, with booths facing a long bar and flat screen televisions lining the walls. The bar will also serve food and unlike in the past, the new Traditions will be open to anyone, even those under 21. Like at The Lab, students who are drinking will be required to show I.D. Given Traddies’ new hours — open until at least 2 a.m. on weekends — I could easily see it becoming a go-to hangout for students wanting to grab a bite or a drink, watch the game or just relax.Tommy’s PlaceTommy’s Place is connected to Traditions. It’s is a performance/hangout venue about twice the size of Ground Zero Café, and will be a great place for concerts, comedy sketches, readings, etc. It also has a huge screen that can broadcast live television, and we’re told Tommy’s will transform into a theater to watch away football games. There will also be pool tables. Combined with Traditions, Tommy’s seems like a great place for students to gather, but like everything else in the campus center I would have thought it’d be bigger, considering how many students will likely be using it.The Trojan Family RoomThe Trojan Family Room is the cornerstone of the campus center, the first thing you see when you enter the main doors. It seems, however, to be targeted least toward current students. It’s a large, circular room with fancy furniture and flashy memorabilia, but few televisions. The nearby concierge booth also struck me as strange. The Trojan Family Room seems like a way to sell USC to alumni and prospective students, who must walk by this room to reach the admissions center on the second floor. But I doubt many current students will hang out here.Moreton Fig RestaurantMoreton Fig Restaurant is the new Upstairs Commons. If you weren’t around for Upstairs Commons, you missed out: It was a sprawling upscale restaurant where students could use dining dollars. Moreton Fig is in the same mold, but in a more intimate setting. Tight booths and wide windows dot the room; it has access to a patio seating area and it has a bar. But, like the food court, it seems much too small for USC’s huge student body and Trojan Family. We didn’t get a peek at the menu, but it likely won’t be cheap.The Food CourtThe food court is a wide open space next to a large outdoor courtyard. It will house Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Carl’s Jr., a small version of California Pizza Kitchen, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and one other restaurant to be announced soon. There’s also a marketplace similar to the one in The Lot. The food court is surprisingly small and I found myself wondering if it could accommodate the lunch rush. But an array of flat screen televisions means it could be a great place to grab a bite and watch the game. Take-out windows that are accessible from the courtyard also mean students will be able to order food after the food court is closed.