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first_imgImage courtesy of EquinorNorwegian energy giant and LNG operator Equinor reported a liquefied petroleum gas leak at its Mongstad facility north of Bergen. The company said that on Monday, before 8:00 an LPG leakage occurred at one of the Mongstad facilities, however, the leakage was stopped at 9:15, Equinor said in a statement.All personnel not involved in the emergency response work have evacuated, and all personnel has been accounted for.Emergency shutdown and depressurizing of the leaking unit were implemented.The facility where the leakage occurred produces naphtha, a component used in gasoline/petrol production.The authorities have been notified and securing of the facility is underway.last_img read more

first_imgNORTH VERNON, Ind. — The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department arrested 5 people on various drug charges while responding to a report of an overdose at a home in Country Squire Lakes in North Vernon.Sean S Cobb, 36, of Columbus, Brittany R. Watts, 22, of Columbus, Curt J. Thornsburg, 34, of North Vernon, Brandy R. McGuire, 29, of North Vernon, and Phillip R. McGuire, 40, of North Vernon, were all arrested after officers and first responders found Cobb suffering from an overdose.First responders administered a dose of Narcan, and Cobb regained consciousness.He was transported to St. Vincent Jennings for medical evaluation and then transported to the Jennings County Jail.Police say during an investigation, they found methamphetamine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.The Department of Child Services was called when police found an 8-month-old child in the home.The child was placed with a relative.Cobb and Watts were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.Thornsburg was arrested on charges of possession of two or more precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.The McGuires were each arrested on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance.last_img read more

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The holidays are upon us, which can be a busy time of the year for many Hoosiers. Across the state, people are decorating their homes, preparing for out-of-town relatives and purchasing gifts for family members and friends. As you make your final preparations, state lawmakers are also busy getting ready for the upcoming legislative session.Every session, I’m thankful for the opportunity to meet and work with students from our community through the House Page Program. Open to those between the ages of 13 and 18, this program gives area students the chance to visit the Statehouse and observe a day of session activity. They will work closely with lawmakers and staff while learning more about state government and seeing firsthand how laws are made.Along with participating during session, students tour the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers and the Indiana Supreme Court. Because the program offers a hands-on, learning experience outside the classroom, students will also receive an excused absence from school. While they are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the Statehouse, I believe the opportunity to see our beautiful Capitol building and work alongside state legislators is worth the trip.Students interested in the page program should schedule their visit as soon as possible. The application window will open on Dec. 20, and students are asked to provide two dates they are available to spend a day at the Statehouse. I suggest picking a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday since those are the days we are in session.For more information about the House Page Program and to apply, please visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/pageprogram or call 1-800-382-9841. Spots tend to fill quickly, so I hope parents and teachers will use this information to encourage their students to apply soon. I look forward to meeting students from Southeast Indiana this session, and, in the meantime, I wish you and your family a merry Christmas.If you have any questions about the program, contact me at 317-234-3827 or by email at h67@iga.in.gov. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h67.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians UEFA on Tuesday gave a “strong recommendation” to European football federations to attempt to finish the current season once play is able to resume after the stoppage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The sport has been brought to a standstill by the outbreak with the Euro 2020 competition postponed until next year and both national leagues and continental club competitions on hold. UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has made it clear that it wants its member associations to complete their domestic seasons rather than abandon them.It also hopes to finish the Champions League and Europa League competitions.All the 55 associations took part in a video conference with UEFA officials on Tuesday and no decisions on future planning are expected until Thursday’s Executive Committee meeting.There was no sign of a switch from the policy to aim to finish the current season.However, there was a softening in tone over eventual cases where league seasons may be cancelled, an outcome UEFA had been quick to oppose. “There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions. But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions in case of a cancelled league have been developed,” UEFA said in a statement.The governing body had previously said, in response to Belgium’s move to end their championship, that cutting seasons short “should really be the last resort” after acknowledging that no calendar alternative would allow to conclude the season.There has been speculation that UEFA is looking to hold the Champions League and Europa League finals in the last week of August.However, it said on Tuesday that only a “variety of calendar options were presented covering both national team and club competition matches.”Reuters/NAN. Tags: COVID-19Europa LeagueFinish seasonsUEFAUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

first_img There had been speculation last week that Redknapp was close to losing his job, with the R’s down in 19th place in the Barclays Premier League and without a win in six games in all competitions. Manchester United won 2-0 at Loftus Road on Saturday to leave QPR in the relegation zone but Fernandes issued a statement backing Redknapp. Harry Redknapp will remain as QPR manager after chairman Tony Fernandes moved to rubbish reports he was set to sack the 67-year-old. “We know we need to improve our away form and Harry, his coaching staff and the squad will be doing all they can to turn around our fortunes on our travels. “It’s very tight in the table and we will do our best to strengthen where we can to give us the best possible chance. The fans have been brilliant all season and all I ask is that they continue to back Harry and the team.” When questioned about his future last week, Redknapp said he was being targeted by someone within the club who was looking to see him ousted from his position. The former Tottenham boss also insists he can only shop in the loan market during the January transfer window and has already signed Mauro Zarate until the end of the season from London rivals West Ham – although he did admit he is still looking for another striker to lighten the load on 13-goal man Charlie Austin. “I firmly believe Harry is the best man to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in,” the statement read. “He has great experience and having spoken to him at length over the last week or so, he is determined to turn this around and help us maintain our Premier League status. “This is Harry’s squad of players, so he is the man to move us forward.” Redknapp took over at Loftus Road in November 2012 but was unable to steer QPR to safety – although he did guide them straight back into the Premier League through the play-offs last season. With the club back in the top flight, Redknapp was backed by Fernandes in the transfer market with large sums paid for Steven Caulker, Leroy Fer and Sandro. They joined the likes of Jordon Mutch and former England captain Rio Ferdinand in a strong-looking QPR squad – but they have struggled for results and form this season. All 10 away league games have ended in defeat but 19 points accrued at home mean Redknapp’s side are just one point behind Burnley in 17th spot and Fernandes is happy to support his manager for the time being. “The performance against Manchester United showed the players are behind him and that they have the stomach for the fight,” Fernandes added. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe USC women’s golf team, three months separated from its last tournament play, started the spring season on a high note, riding a strong finish from sophomore Sophia Popov to finish second at the 2012 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Wednesday.The tournament, held at the Palos Verdes Golf Course in Chula Vista, Calif., featured another triumph by rival UCLA, which captured its fourth victory this season with a final score of 18-over-par 870.The Women of Troy, the two-time defending champions of the event, finished at 30-over-par 882. Pepperdine finished third at 35-over-par 887, and Arizona State rounded out the top four at 39-over-par 891.The solid performance was especially critical for Popov, the 2011 Freshman of the Year whose wrist injury allowed her to complete only one tournament in the fall. Popov finished second at 1-over-par 214, including an impressive final round, in which she hit seven birdies and a 4-under-par 67.Freshman Doris Chen notched her best ranking this season, finishing 10th at 8-over-par 221 to overcome a particularly rough final round. Senior Inah Park recorded her third top-20 finish, coming in tied for 16th at 9-over-par 222. All-American senior Lisa McCloskey finished tied for 23rd at 12-over-par 225 after remaining in top-10 contention the first two days. Sophomore Rachel Morris finished tied for 46th at 18-over-par 231.The first two days marked a strong group effort for the Women of Troy, who entered the final day of play at second place. Chen turned in the best performance of 1-over-par 72 in the first round before notching three birdies to finish even 71 in the second round.McCloskey rebounded from a 5-over-par 76 in the first round to shoot a 1-over-par 72 Tuesday, while Popov followed up a 2-over-par 73 first round with 1-over on each set of nine holes to finish the second round at 2-over-par 73. Park played to a 4-over-par 75 through both rounds, while Morris recorded scores of 5-over-par 76 during the first two days of play.Wet, gloomy conditions on the final day created considerable struggle, but the Women of Troy maintained their second-place standing, finishing the day at 294. Chen and Morris struggled to rounds of 7-over-par 78 and 8-over-par 79, respectively, while McCloskey ended at 6-over-par 77. Park saw a three-stroke increase from her previous rounds, making two birdies and three bogeys to finish 1-over-par 72. The rain didn’t deter Popov.  She finished 12 strokes behind Duke’s Lindy Duncan, who won the tournament with a final score of 3-under-par 210.“It was definitely a great start to the season,” Popov said. “I’m happy I could go out there with some confident ball striking and see it pay off.” The Trojans will have two weeks before participating in the All-State Sugar Bowl, held at the English Turn Country Club in New Orleans Feb. 26-28, followed by the SDSU/Battle at Rancho Bernardo March 18-20.last_img read more

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 OL Noel Brouse decommits due to ‘coaching changes’Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 LB Dymelle Parker becomes 3rd player to decommit since Dino Babers hiringSyracuse football recruiting: Hybrid Darius Stubbs decommits from SUSyracuse football recruiting: OLB/Safety Will Harper decommits due to coaching changeSyracuse football recruiting: Dino Babers lands 1st commit, 2016 OL Airon Servais Published on December 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Class of 2016 offensive lineman Cam DeGeorge has flipped his commitment from Syracuse to Connecticut, he announced in a tweet Monday afternoon.The new UConn pledge is now the fifth player to decommit from SU after the hiring of head coach Dino Babers, joining linebacker Will Harper, hybrid Darius Stubbs, linebacker Dymelle Parker and offensive lineman Noel Brouse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDeGeorge, who was originally SU’s first Class of 2016 pledge, declined to explain the reasoning behind his decommitment. The Orange’s 2016 class is now down to 12 players and just two offensive linemen — Sam Heckel, who was originally recruited by Scott Shafer’s staff, and Airon Servais, who was recruited by Babers’ staff.The Lynnfield (Massachusetts) High School product is listed as the 122nd best offensive tackle in the 2016 class by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. He also had offers from North Carolina State, Temple, Colgate and Holy Cross. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgApparently in Wisconsin, it takes a lot to carry regular-season memories into March.The Badgers entered last weekend’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis riding a four-game winning streak that saw them play their best offensive ball, which began with a rousing road upset of Ohio State. In their opening round game of the tourney, previously unheralded bench player Rob Wilson scored 30 points on an electric 11-for-16 shooting performance (7-for-10 from 3-point range).Collectively, the Badgers’ late-season efforts seemed to set them up perfectly for a strong finish to the year. But then Wisconsin met Michigan State in the tournament semifinals and fell 65-52.In their first game of the NCAA tournament, the fourth-seeded Badgers (24-9) will face the 13th-seeded Montana Grizzlies (25-6) Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M. The Grizzlies most recently won the Big Sky conference tournament with an 85-66 win over Weber State March 4.“You’ve just got to take it game by game and all the hoopla, all the media talk really, at this point, is just out the window,” point guard Jordan Taylor said. “People are obviously going to pick who they want; that’s the fun of March Madness.”While the Badgers have the higher-profile resume after finishing with a 12-6 record in the Big Ten – arguably the nation’s deepest conference this season – the Grizzlies enter the NCAA tournament having won their last 14 games, a stretch that dates back to Jan. 19. Their last loss came five days earlier at Weber State, a game that Montana entered on a six-game winning streak.The Grizzlies heavily rely on their starting five, each of which averages at least 26 minutes per game. Three players average at least 10 points per game – junior point guard Will Cherry (16.0), sophomore guard/forward Kareem Jamar (13.8) and junior forward Mathias Ward (11.1). Montana’s two other starters, senior forwards Art Steward and Derek Selvig, each average 9.2 points per game.“You look at stat sheets, they’re the iron five,” UW assistant coach Greg Gard said of Montana’s starting lineup. “They play a couple of other guys off the bench, but those five that start have really done a lot for them, carried them. … They’ve had different guys step up at different times throughout the year.”According to Gard, Wisconsin scouted Selvig before he opted to stay in his home state. The 7-foot, 230-pound forward isn’t Montana’s only connection to Wisconsin, however.Montana assistant coach Freddie Owens played four years for Wisconsin and two under current head coach Bo Ryan from 2001-04 and was a two-year starter.Although Owens sports familiarity with Ryan’s system, Wisconsin’s head coach hardly seemed concerned on Selection Sunday.“Look at the Big Ten, how much we know about each other,” Ryan said in Sunday’s post-selection show press conference. “But you expect that. Out of league, it’s a little different. So Freddie might be the most popular guy with [Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle] right now.”Regardless, Wisconsin appears focused solely on its own game entering its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th under Ryan. Although the Badgers’ offense seemed to be clicking at the end of the season, the loss to the Spartans in Indianapolis highlighted a season-long issue – prolonged, ill-timed scoring droughts.Against Michigan State, Wisconsin opened the game on a 14-5 run. Over the next 13 minutes, though, the Spartans built a 26-5 run to close out the half and lead 35-25.MSU’s advantage blossomed to as many as 19 points little more than four minutes into the second half, but UW was able to bring it down to six points another four minutes later with a 13-0 run. That was the closest the Badgers came, however, as they ultimately lost by 13 points.Entering the NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin believes it will be able to return to more fundamental scoring.“Just moving without the ball, and maybe pushing it a little more, trying to get more easy baskets, whether it’s off the defense or just transition, stuff like that,” Taylor said when asked for the key to avoiding those droughts. “Most teams are better when they can play 5-on-5 defense the whole game, so just trying to put them at a disadvantage.”last_img read more

first_imgPowerful women can be warm, cheerful people. These traditionally “feminine” qualities should not be suppressed. Femininity does not equal a lack of confidence or preparedness. Great athletes can be women who wear a bow in their ponytail and let out a “Wooo!” before taking the field.  But this study showed that the so-called “confidence gap” between men and women doesn’t actually exist. Women self-report to be just as confident as men do. The difference is that men’s more traditionally “masculine” characteristics display this confidence more explicitly.  There’s a common misconception that women in the workplace are less confident in their abilities than men. The solution to this misconception is typically for women to release their femininity and take on more traditionally “masculine” traits.  This was two years ago, so I’m definitely paraphrasing, but my teammate was making the point that a men’s team would never throw in the “Wooo!” before taking the field. And, to be taken seriously and be truly athletic, our women’s team needed to embody a men’s team.  Something similar happened on the first day of my internship at a bank the following summer. Standing in a group of new acquaintances, another intern began to talk about the clothes she had bought for the summer — mostly blue and black pantsuits.  Two years ago, during one of my USC club lacrosse games, a timeout was called. At the end of the two-minute break, we did one of the several USC cheers we had in our rotation. I don’t remember which cheer it was, but I remember that, right after, a bunch of us went “Wooo!” as girls frequently do.  Both of these seemingly insignificant comments have stayed in the back of my mind these past couple of years. I always knew they bothered me, but I never knew how to articulate what it was that I thought was wrong — until I recently read about a certain study.  They weren’t wrong. Guys would probably not yell “Wooo!” before leaving a huddle. They’d probably grunt or yell in a deep voice instead.  But she should do these things only if she wants to and feels best that way, not because she hopes that forgoing her femininity will make others take her more seriously. We should stop perpetuating the idea that masculinity is superior to femininity and that acting masculine is the only way to be tough and powerful.  But once women collectively embrace femininity and believe that it does equate to strength, energy and competence, the rest of the world will take note and start to believe it too. Wear a pink dress to work, have fun and yell “Wooo!” before leaving the huddle. Let the work you do on the field or in the office speak for itself. We shouldn’t have to be like the boys — we should just be us. center_img This message applies to men, too. Men should not have to forgo their femininity or exaggerate their masculinity to be viewed as confident. Conversely, if women want to act more “masculine” than “feminine,” that is completely fine. Both genders should be able to act however they choose. If a woman wants to take the field stoically, she should. If a woman wants to wear pantsuits to work, she should.  The takeaway, which is something I’ve always believed and this study confirms, is that you do not have to be or act masculine to be confident, powerful or capable — be it at the workplace or on a sports field.  “I’ve heard from so many people that since it’s a man’s world, you have to dress like as much of a man as possible in order to be taken seriously,” she said, referring to the finance world.  One of my teammates then said something to the effect of “Oh please don’t do the ‘woo.’ Would the guys ever do that?” A few other girls agreed, and we stopped “doing the woo” in huddles.  “The problem isn’t with women not feeling strong in their abilities, it’s that it doesn’t always translate in the ways that men understand,” a post by the Instagram account @girlboss said regarding the study. “Just because speaking up during a meeting or asserting your expertise without being asked are standard signifiers of ‘being confident’ doesn’t mean that you lack confidence if you don’t do these things.”  Jill Burke is a senior writing about sports in relation to current issues. Her column, “Out of Bounds,” runs every other Friday. I certainly do not blame my teammate for suggesting that we should slightly suppress our femininity. That’s what millions of young girls and women are taught to do all over the country and in plenty of places around the world. It has been ingrained in our society that to be feminine is to be weaker, less intimidating, less confident and less capable than men. Her suggestion was merely a product of living in that environment. last_img read more