Sports helped shape Biden. But expect a quieter fan in the White House.

first_imgAlthough Mr. Biden has not worn his sports allegiances on his sleeve — as Mr. Trump and many politicians have — playing fields have often intersected with his life, going back to his childhood, when sports provided a universal language of communication while he managed a stutter. He served as vice president under a noted sports fan, President Barack Obama, who this summer counseled N.B.A. players who boycotted playoff games in a protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.“You see these two things happening in his life at the same time,” Evan Osnos, the author of “Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now,” said, referring to Mr. Biden’s high school days. “One, he’s breaking the back of the stutter, and two, he’s finding his place on the football field. Those converged to give him this altered sense of himself, and that’s really the beginning of what was at that point almost a ludicrously ambitious notion of what he might be able to do in life.” President Trump has had a long association with sports, starting as a baseball player in his youth, and more recently as an avid golfer with something to say, often incendiary, about athletes and leagues.But the Biden White House is likely to bring a lower temperature when it comes to commentary and influence on issues related to sports, though not a lack of interest. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was a high school football player and dabbled in baseball and track and has pledged to dismantle Trump administration policies that, in his view, negatively affect transgender athletes’ access to sports and the way sexual assaults are investigated on college campuses.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. Biden celebrated on the field when the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl in the 2017 N.F.L. season. The Washington Nationals have already invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. (The White House declined the Nationals’ invitation for Mr. Trump to throw an opening day pitch in 2017, citing a scheduling conflict.) – Advertisement –last_img read more

In December, EU residents made 47 million trips, mostly within the EU

first_imgSource: Eurostat Find out more details HERE In 2018, EU residents made more than 907,5 million trips in their own countries (domestic travel) and more than 387,6 million trips abroad. When looking at the range of travel over 12 months, domestic trips within the EU have not only increased significantly in the summer but also around Christmas and Easter. More than 17% of all long trips were made during the winter months of 2018 (January, February and December), and the distribution of short trips throughout the year is less seasonal, according to Eurostat data. In December 2018, EU residents made 47 million trips with at least four overnight stays, which is more than twice as many as long trips made in January or November (23 million each).last_img read more

Iran daily virus deaths exceed 100 for first time in 2 months

first_imgIran on Sunday reported over 100 new deaths in a single day from the novel coronavirus, for the first time in two months.In televised remarks, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari announced 107 Covid-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the overall toll to 8,837.”It was very painful for us to announce the triple-digit figure,” said Lari. Iran has struggled to contain what has become the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the illness since it reported its first cases in the Shiite holy city of Qom in February.But since April it has gradually lifted restrictions to ease the intense pressures on its sanctions-hit economy.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday reproached citizens for failing to observe measures designed to rein in the virus.Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in new confirmed cases since early May, which the government has attributed to increased testing rather than a worsening caseload. “This is an unpredictable and wild virus and may surprise us at any time,” she added, urging Iranians to observe health protocols.Iran last recorded triple-digit daily fatalities on April 13, with 111 dead.Lari also announced 2,472 new cases confirmed in the past day, bringing the total infection caseload to 187,427, with over 148,000 recoveries.There has been skepticism at home and abroad about Iran’s official COVID-19 figures, with concerns the real toll could be much higher.center_img Topics :last_img read more

NBA fines Thunder’s Schroder, Rockets’ Tucker $25K each

first_imgTucker’s fine was for approaching and making contact with Schroder to escalate the issue.An NBA review determined that Tucker’s contact with Schroder did not meet the standard for a headbutt.The incident saw Schroder assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected. Tucker was assessed a technical foul and ejected as well.The Rockets lead their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series 3-2 entering game six on Monday. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday after a punch to the groin of Houston forward P.J. Tucker, who was also fined $25,000 for escalation.The incidents took place with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s 114-80 playoff victory over the Thunder on Saturday in the COVID-19 quarantine bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.Schroder ran into Tucker and both fell to the court. Tucker walked up behind the German and bumped into him, sparking a confrontation that saw teammates separate the players. Topics :last_img read more

​Danica attributes ‘satisfactory’ 4.3% H1 loss to strong Q2

first_imgDenmark’s Danica Pension reported investment losses on its market-rate pensions in the first half, with customers with medium-risk profiles taking a 4.3% hit to their pension pots – but the provider’s chief executive officer described the negative returns as satisfactory given first quarter asset value lows.Total assets of the Danske Bank subsidiary fell to DKK429bn (€57.6bn) by the end of June from DKK435bn the same time last year, while its pretax profit for the first half rose to DKK892m from DKK766m – a 16.5% improvement the firm said was mainly due to a reduced deficit on the health and accident business.Ole Krogh Petersen, Danica Pension CEO, said: “Considering how turbulent and unusual the first half was, I am pleased with the results we produced for our customers and for Danica Pension.”In the interim report published today, the pension fund said the 4.3% loss on its Danica Balance Mix product, for someone with 20 years to retirement and a medium-risk profile, was “satisfactory,” in light of the fact the loss for such a individual had stood at 15% at the end of March. Krogh Petersen said it was naturally frustrating that Danica’s customers had negative returns, but that the firm was pleased to have recovered a large part of the loss by maintaining its investment strategy.“In 2020, it has been particularly important to keep in mind that pensions are a long game, and I am happy to note that we have consistently been guided by this principle,” he said.After a charge for additional provisions, the return for the traditional average-rate pension scheme was -1% in the first half, down from 1.6% in the same period last year, according to the interim data.Green investments nearly doubled in the first six months of 2020 to DKK19.6bn, Danica said, from DKK10.3bn at the end of 2019.“This means that we are well underway to meeting our target of investing DKK30bn in the green transition by 2023, DKK50bn by 2025 and DKK100bn by 2030,” the firm said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Median house price in Coolangatta tops $1m

first_img A 1970s three bedroom house at 24 Rutledge St, Coolangatta sold for $1.35 million in January.Housing prices in Coolangatta jumped 27.2 per cent over the year, with the annual median sale price rising from $798,500 to $1.016 million.The suburb also recorded the city’s second highest growth over five years, with a 36.4 per cent increase. Harcourts BMG agent Ash Witty, who closed a string of $1 million-plus sales in Coolangatta over the year, said capital city buyers were snapping up limited stock in the suburb. “With around 500 residential houses in Coolangatta and less than 10 per cent of those on the market at any given time, the competition for each property is high,” he said. 26 Gibsonville Street, Tallebudgera Valley sold for $1.875 million in January.Other strong southern performers include Burleigh Waters, where house prices rose by 9.9 per cent over the year while Currumbin prices rose 9.6 per cent.The northern suburb of Hope Island recorded a 10.8 per cent increase which took the median house sale from $737,500 to $817,000. Not far behind was Runaway Bay where an annual media sale of $1,052,500 represents an increase of 9.9 per cent while Labrador house prices rose by 9.8 per cent over the year and 37 per cent over five years. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08A HOUSE in the surf side suburb of Coolangatta will now set you back more than $1 million with price increases now the highest on the Gold Coast.The Real Estate Industry of Queensland (REIQ) Quarterly Market Monitor, released this week, reveals the top performing suburbs across the city where housing prices rose by 1.8 per cent over the year to March.center_img A five-bedroom hilltop house at 57 Rutledge St, Coolangatta sold for $1.06 million in March 2019.Mr Witty said the beach conditions off Coolangatta and surrounding beaches are the best on the Coast and the local social scene had caught up with its more affluent residents.“People want to be within a walk or bike ride to the beach where conditions are consistently good,” he said.Tallebudgera Valley house prices were also a standout, with a 20.3 per cent rise taking the annual median sale from $1.02 million a year ago to $1.227 million. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe suburb recorded the city’s highest housing price growth over five years, with a whopping 61.4 per cent increase.last_img read more

Horizon 2020 picks Nova Innovation to lead €20M tidal arrays project

first_imgEuropean Union’s Horizon 2020 has selected Nova Innovation to lead the project that aims to increase the commercial viability of tidal power through tidal arrays optimization.The project, titled Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT), will build on Nova’s existing operational tidal power station in Bluemull Sound off the Shetland Islands in Scotland, which was one of the world’s first grid-connected offshore array of tidal energy turbines.It will extend the Bluemull Sound array to six turbines and seek to demonstrate that high array reliability and availability can be achieved using best practice maintenance regimes.Also, the layout of the turbines will be adjusted to enable array interactions and optimization to be studied for the very first time at an operational tidal energy site, Nova Innovation said.Total project costs are expected to be €20.2 million, to which the EU Horizon 2020 Program will be contributing €14.9 million.The EnFAIT project will begin this July, and will run until June 2022, bringing together a consortium of nine leading industrial, academic and research organizations from across Europe.Simon Forrest, Chief Executive Officer of Nova Innovation, said: “The project will make a major contribution to reducing the lifetime costs of tidal energy, and will boost investor confidence by providing hard-edged analytics of commercial and operational performance to inform investment decisions.”Rémi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, labelled the project an important pathfinder for the tidal energy industry in Europe.Gruet said: “This announcement is a significant development, and further proof that the tidal energy industry is now in take-off mode. The EnFAIT project is an important pathfinder project and will help strengthen Europe’s global technology leadership in tidal energy. The knowledge, experience and expertise gained from projects like this will pave the way for a new industrial manufacturing sector with a supply chain based firmly in Europe.”Welcoming the announcement, Sarah Beattie-Smith, Climate and Energy Policy Officer at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland, said:“With some of the most powerful tides in Europe, Scotland is well placed to lead in developing this promising technology, which will help to cut climate emissions and create green jobs right across the country.“We hope the kind of innovation and investment shown in this major new project, inspires politicians and others to give backing to ground breaking ideas in other areas of energy use like heat and transport, to power Scotland towards its target of generating half of all Scotland’s energy needs from renewables by 2030.”The EnFAIT Project was awarded under the competitive call for ‘Scaling up in the ocean energy sector to arrays’, launched last year by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.In addition to Nova Innovation, some of the other partners in the project include ELSA, ORE Catapult, Wood Group, and Mojo Maritime.last_img read more

Note to oblivious parents with infants and toddlers.

first_imgPhoto credit: Preschool LinkIllness is not something to be taken lightly. Most parents out of ignorance do not realize that the common cold and flu, impact the immune system and weakens even the supposedly healthy individuals.Even generally, many parental figures do not protect their children enough, some often wait until the condition has escalated.The basis for this article is to alert and possibly influence changes in early learning institutions.It is the responsibility of all parents to keep the child away from other children their age and safely at home. Furthermore, this should be extended to the staff members.We all realize that these lower level care areas allow the adults to escape the demanding nature of their offspring and give them the peace to work.However, at their age they have no idea about spreading diseases, whether it is harmful bacteria or more damaging viruses.  It spreads from the child, to their playmates and then to the involved family members in this way.In addition, it should be enforced that all teachers contact the parents demanding they do not return to school until healthy.Here are a facts to keep in mind:●     Many different kinds of viruses cause colds and some people with weakened immune symptoms are more susceptible●     These are communicable which means it can be transmitted by coughing, sneezing, touching●     It takes at least a week for it to be fully removed from the bodies system; varies with the level of healthiness and individuals surroundingsSuggestions:●     encouraging clean habits at an early age washing hands often preferable before and after meals●     using hand sanitizers Share By Jerlyn WilliamsDSC Reporter HealthLifestyleLocalNews Note to oblivious parents with infants and toddlers. by: – April 7, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 32 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

16 inmates killed in Mexican prison fight

first_imgMexican prisons have long been plaguedby violence. After the fight, one inmate wasarrested with a firearm, and three more guns were found in the prison, as wellas various knives. Further searches will be conducted at the prison to rule outthe presence of additional weapons, Public Security Minister Ismael Camberossaid. MEXICO City – Sixteen inmates werekilled and five wounded in a prison fight in the northern Mexican state ofZacatecas, authorities said. The fight broke out on Tuesdayafternoon at the Regional Center for Social Reintegration in the town ofCieneguillas, the state government said. The government has launched aninvestigation to determine those responsible for the incident and how theweapons entered the prison. Members of the Mexican National Guard stand atop a vehicle as they keep watch outside the prison after 16 inmates were killed and five were wounded in a prison fight at the Regional Center for Social Reintegration in the town of Cieneguillas, Zacatecas, Mexico on Dec. 31, 2019. REUTERS/ ARTURO CARDENA NO SALES NO ARCHIVES In 2017, at least 28 inmates werekilled when a brutal fight broke out in a prison in Acapulco.(Reuters)last_img read more

Lewandowski threatens Ronaldo’s Champions League record

first_img Loading… The Pole’s 1.09 goal-per-game ratio betters the Italian’s 0.97, while it should be noted that Serie A has 20 teams and the Bundesliga has 18, which means that there are four games fewer. Meanwhile, Lewandowski is averaging 1.85 goals per match this season in Europe, a spectacular achievement that has played a key part in Bayern Munich qualifying for the quarter-finals. Read Also: French star Mbappé hands PSG injury boost, returns to training Cristiano has registered the three top-scoring seasons in the Champions League, with 17 goals in 2013/14, 16 in 2015/16 and 15 in 2017/18. Lewandowski currently sits fifth in the list behind Lionel Messi, who scored 14 times in 2011/12. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Furthermore, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 31-year-old striker won’t have the opportunity to play two-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals in the event the Bavarians progress in the competition. Back in 2014, when he set the record, Cristiano had netted 14 times with three games to go. What is quite certain is that Lewandowski will be this season’s top scorer, followed by Erling Haaland with 10, while Memphis Depay and Gabriel Jesus have managed six apiece.center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 Celebs With Bizarre Hidden Talents And Skills11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Robert Lewandowski could break Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the most goals scored in the tournament in a single campaign if he grabs another five goals in the remainder of this season’s Champions League. The Portuguese forward netted as many as 17 times in the 2013/14 course, while the Poland international has mustered 13 goals this campaign. Lewandowski recently saw Ciro Immobile overtake him in the list of Europe’s top scorers as the Lazio striker won the European Golden Boot. However, their numbers are a bit misleading as although Immobile netted 36 goals compared to Lewandowski’s 34, he did so in 37 games compared to his counterpart’s 31 matches.last_img read more