Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus

The Vatican also said: “Until April 12, the general audiences and the Angelus presided over by the Holy Father will be available only in live streaming on the official Vatican News website.”According to the latest tally late Saturday, there have been 1,441 deaths in Italy due to COVID-19, and more than 21,000 Italians have tested positive.Italy is the hardest-hit European country so far in the pandemic.Topics : The Vatican said Sunday that its traditional Easter week celebrations would be held this year without worshippers due to the coronavirus.”Because of the current global public health emergency, all the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful,” the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household said in a statement.The office is in charge of coordinating most of Pope Francis’s public schedule and his audiences with heads of state and other dignitaries. read more

Atlantis gazes to France as tidal loses out government subsidies in UK

first_imgThe competition for the UK government’s subsidy contracts has seen tidal energy projects lose out to those of more established offshore wind, prompting one of the leaders in the tidal energy industry, Atlantis Resources, to question UK government’s intention to capitalize on its vast tidal energy resources.Even though the company had forecast a two-thirds reduction in the level of revenue support required for Phase 1C, which was in a competition for the second UK’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round, versus that enjoyed by the initial phase of MeyGen, the project was still left without the CfD in this phase.The Edinburgh-based tidal energy developer said the significant cost reduction was not sufficient to allow the project to secure a CfD as it was competing with established technologies such as offshore wind.The MeyGen project was competing directly with more commercially-ready renewables, rather than within a sub-category of earlier stage marine renewables, due to removal of the previously pledged ring-fenced allocation, enacted by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in November 2016.The move caused Atlantis to shift focus to developing marine power projects in other jurisdictions, including near-term plans for delivering projects in France, Canada and South East Asia where tidal stream is well supported, according to the company.Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis, said: “It would be a travesty if the UK were to lose out on another emerging industry where it has established a first-mover advantage and where the cost of energy is on a steep downward trajectory. We expect our ensuing discussions with BEIS to focus on how the future jobs and growth benefits of the sector can be secured for the UK.“We’ve made great strides in reducing our cost of generation so that we can slash our requirement for revenue support, and I am incredibly proud of the work the Atlantis team has done in this respect.“However, I must acknowledge the difficulties of competing on a level playing field with established technologies like offshore wind, which has been operating at commercial scale in the UK for over a decade.“Elsewhere in Europe, we are being kept very busy pursuing opportunities in France and Canada, both of which have pledged capital and revenue support for tidal stream power.”Atlantis is in discussions with French authorities about establishing a multi-turbine array in French territorial waters which could commence construction in 2018.It has a 50% stake in a 4.5MW berth in Canada at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia and will soon be in a position release updates to the markets on contracts and project development rights in Indonesia, China and South Korea, the company added.In the UK, Phase 1C of MeyGen is designed to provide nearly 240GWh of clean and predictable electricity to the grid each year from 2023, with the total generating capacity of the MeyGen project set around 400GW.Atlantis noted that the Phase 1B of the project, which involves adding additional 6MW to MeyGen, did not participate in the auction because it had been awarded funding support from European Commission mechanisms such as NER300 and Horizon 2020.Also, Atlantis has been awarded preferred developer status by the Duchy of Lancaster for the 160MW Wyre estuary tidal range and flood protection project.Commenting on the CfD2 allocation results, the Chief of RenewableUK, the country’s trade association for tidal, wave, and offshore wind, Hugh McNeal, said: “It’s great to see these excellent results for offshore wind. It’s important that innovative renewable technologies, including wave energy and tidal energy projects also have a route to market, so different mechanisms are needed to ensure these cutting-edge technologies can develop.“Tidal energy projects are already showing cost reductions and with the right encouragement can undergo the same sort of journey as offshore wind.” MeyGen tidal turbine deployment (Photo: Atlantis Resources)last_img read more

Thirty-two awarded for their ‘labour of love’ to Dominica Labour Party

first_img Share LocalNews Thirty-two awarded for their ‘labour of love’ to Dominica Labour Party by: – October 10, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressing the DLP Awards Ceremony on Saturday.Thirty-two members of the Dominica Labour Party were on Saturday awarded for their hard work and ‘labour of love’ towards the development of the party.At a special award ceremony at the Officers’ Quarters of the Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park Cabrits in Portsmouth, the fifty-six year old party led by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit highlighted the contribution that these thirty-two ‘giants’ have made towards the Dominica Labour Party throughout the years.Mr Skerrit noted that while awards are usually associated with prizes or payments, no amount of money can compare to the level of commitment and dedication these members have shown.“Tonight we give special recognition to thirty-two of our comrades who have given exemplary and dedicated service to our Party. We normally associate the word “award” with a prize or payment. While this is good, there is no prize or payment that can compensate for the commitment demonstrated, the loyalty shown and the sheer hard work done by the awardees in fighting the fight for Labour. For them, their love for Labour has been translated into “a labour of love”.Prime Minister Skerrit also singled out “Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan and Communicator Extraordinaire Charles Savarin who I believe are shining examples of what Labour warriors ought to be”.In saluting these thirty-two giants, Senior Counsel Astaphan and Honourable Charles Savarin, Mr Skerrit also lamented the fact that some former friends of labour have become distracted by innuendo and lies of opposing forces.“I have to admit, with some regret, that some of our one-time brothers have found themselves entrapped in the language, innuendo and lies of those who do not wish your leadership well. Though very few in number, they could not embrace the shift in political strategy that was critical to turning around the fortunes of our party, allowing it to grow, to become more inclusive, while continuing to empower the hard working men, women and children who make up the bulk of our citizens.”Mr Skerrit however said “there comes a time when even the best of friends must part; I wish them well, but the door is always open for their return”.The Prime Minister also issued a warning to anti Labour forces who are seeking to incite violence in the country based on their personal vendetta against him that “whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it”.“It includes a vocal fringe with personal vendetta against Roosevelt Skerrit, who spend every minute, awake or asleep, conjuring up schemes and stories designed to place him on a slippery slope towards destruction; they attempt to invoke events of the past and superimpose them on the progressive achievements of Labour over the past decade in the hope, albeit false, that people will be incited to rise up against the duly elected Government; but friends my warning to them is this: ‘Whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it’.”The Prime Minister also shared his vision with his members for the next award ceremony, stating that it should also include an induction ceremony to include new members.“We should set the target of welcoming at least one hundred new members into the ranks of our party, this averages only about five inductees per constituency, and I know you can do this,” he said.Meantime Member of Parliament for the Cottage Constituency Reginald Austrie also encouraged member of the Dominica Labour Party to welcome new members into the party.“We must adopt an open policy; we must allow for the changes to take place within the party, we must put out the olive branch, we must welcome people into our midst. It is our intention that every single Dominican will vote for the Dominica Labour Party but in order to do this; we have to encourage them, we have to cajole them and when they come no matter where they come from we need to embrace them and welcome them,” he said.The Paix Bouche Cultural Group and the Capuchin Cultural Group provided entertainment to the crowd during the celebration for the awardees.Here are a few photographs of the ceremony: [nggallery id = 76]The awardees are; Helena Gasper of Castle Bruce, Mona Susanna Edwards of Colihaut, Dian John of Colihaut, Magdalene Joseph of Grand Bay, Isaiah Joseph of La Plaine, Henry Alexander of Mahaut, Vernice L. Davis of Marigot, Rosaline Joseph-Roberts of Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique, Eutychus Fabien of Paix Bouce, Reynold Alcendor of Petite Savanne, Vivian Remy of Portsmouth, Bernard Nicholas of Roseau Central, Augustina Darroux of Roseau North, Augustin Henry Ferguson of Roseau South, Keith Richards of Roseau Valley, Darroux Lawrence of Salybia, Ethel Prosper of Salisbury, Theresa Verna Theodore of Soufriere, Aaron LeBruin of St. Joseph, Gerold Jean of Penville, Whitfield E. Wallace of Wesley, Peter Royer and George Thomas of the Western Zone Labour Youth Organization, Wilbert Wylis of the Central Zone Labour Youth Organization, Jannel Thomas and Cathy Moise of the Southeastern Zone of the Labour Youth Organization, and Lisa Fabien of the Northeastern Zone of the Labour Youth Organization, Vinna Royer of Western Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization, Vena McDougal of Central Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization, Rosemary Williams of the Northeastern Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization and Hermina Lazare and Corinthia Blanc-Esprit of the Southwestern Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization.Dominica Vibes News Share 212 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Farmer stabbed, shot to death

first_imgThe 70-year-old resident GodofredoSacare died of gunshot and stab wounds on the body, a police report showed. According to police investigators, anunidentified suspect stabbed and peppered Sacare with bullets around 5 p.m. onMonday.  BACOLOD City – A farmer was shot andstabbed to death in Barangay Quezon, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.      center_img Officers of the San Carlos City policestation have yet to identify the suspect and the motive in the incident./PNlast_img

‘Family Fun Night’ coming to the Southeastern Indiana YMCA

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA will hold a “Family Fun Night” Friday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families are welcome to enjoy a bounce house, obstacle course, volleyball and much more. There will also be hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments.For more information please call 812-934-6006.last_img

Lady Bulldog Golfers Ripley County Champs

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs won the Ripley County tournament last night with a score of 209. Milan second 248. Jac-Cen-Del. 270. South Ripley did not field a team.All tournament team.1st. Meredith McCreary Batesville2nd Kelly Gole Batesville3rd Sarah Ronnebaum. Batesville4th. Lindsay Tuttle. Milan5th. Tori Harpring and Chloe Murphy Batesville .Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

Lille turn down offers for Renato Sanches

first_imgLille have turned down offers of €70 million (£64m/$82m) for former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, the Ligue 1 club’s president has claimed. The Portugal midfielder, previously of Benfica and Swansea, has found his feet once again in France after a disappointing end to his Bundesliga career. Still only 22, he has plenty of potential to fulfil, and Lille chief Gerard Lopez says there has been significant interest. With star forward Jonathan Ikone reportedly targeted by Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Jadon Sancho and defender Gabriel Magalhaes linked with clubs in the Premier League and beyond, there has been plenty of interest in the side which finished fourth in the curtailed French top-flight season. However, according to Lopez, Lille have no desire to part with their star players as they look to build for the future. “We have received offers totalling more than €200m (£182m/$235m), which we will not accept,” Lopez told l’Equipe. “The real question for us is the competitiveness and balance of the team.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Best Cars Of All TimeThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?center_img “For example, we have had offers over €70m for Renato Sanches. He won’t go. Our sporting project takes precedence. “We want to continue developing. How many clubs in Ligue 1 would refuse more than €70m for a player, other than PSG?” read also:Pogba drops big Man Utd stay hint After bursting onto the scene with Benfica in 2015-16, Sanches announced himself to the world as one of the star performers of Euro 2016. His performances as Portugal lifted the title raised excitement levels with Bayern having already agreed to sign him, but he left after three underwhelming seasons – including that disastrous loan spell at Swansea. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘Strong’ de Gea under no extra pressure from Manchester United, says Solskjaer

first_img(REUTERS) – Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is mentally strong enough to overcome his errors in their FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea and the club will not put additional pressure on the Spaniard, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Gea, 29, was at fault for Olivier Giroud’s opener in the first half on Sunday and allowed Mason Mount’s shot to squirm through him and into the net after the restart as United lost 3-1 to crash out of the competition.The mistakes have prompted calls for de Gea to be dropped.But Solskjaer said United, who are chasing a top four Premier League finish to seal European qualification, had to focus on Wednesday’s clash against West Ham United.“This isn’t going to become a de Gea press conference; we’re just going to stick together. David is mentally strong enough to know his job is to perform in training and be ready for games,” Solskjaer told reporters. “We’ve had setbacks as a club, we’ve lost big games before and turned it round and put a big performance on. That is what we have to do now..We’re not going to talk about individuals because no one here will feel we put more pressure on them.”United, who are fifth in the table with 62 points, can go three points ahead of fourth-placed Leicester City before the two teams meet in the final game of the season on Sunday.But Solskjaer expects a tough test against West Ham under former United boss David Moyes, with the London club looking to win three games in a row. “David’s a fantastic manager and I know it’s going to be a difficult game, they’ve had some fantastic wins against Norwich, Watford, Chelsea and they’ve secured their place, he’s doing a fantastic job,” Solskjaer added.“If we can get through unbeaten that’s the Champions League next year, all eyes are on West Ham, we know their threats.”last_img read more

Bielema plans Senior Day, season finale against Penn State

first_imgSenior safety and co-captain Aaron Henry is one Badger who will play his last game at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday.[/media-credit]Down by two scores in a game they absolutely had to have Saturday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin Badgers turned to running back Montee Ball, arguably their most consistent player throughout the season.At Illinois, Wisconsin trailed 14-0 in the second quarter before a 1-yard Ball rush up the middle brought the Badgers to within seven points. With 21 unanswered points in the second half, Wisconsin overcame a 17-7 halftime deficit en route to a 28-17 win over Illinois.After rushing 12 times in the first half, Ball received 24 carries in the second half. For the game, the junior running back rushed 38 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes, including a five-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter.Ball’s effort was critical, as Wisconsin’s defense initially seemed incapable of stopping an Illinois attack spearheaded by two alternating quarterbacks, normal sophomore starter Nathan Scheelhaase and freshman Reilly O’Toole. At halftime, the duo combined for a completion 17 of 19 passes for 113 yards. The Badgers, needing the win in order to maintain hopes of a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game, turned around their defensive effort in the second half, forcing four turnovers and stifling any momentum the Illini offense might have mustered.“In the first half, there were three things that we basically weren’t doing,” head coach Bret Bielema said in his weekly Monday press conference. “We weren’t setting the edge of our defense; they got around the edge in a variety of different formations … we weren’t tackling very well, which was creating some yards after contact that were big in the first half and then just penalties.”Penn State bringing distraction-laden team to MadisonSince the university was embroiled in the child molestation scandal that developed after allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, Penn State has split its last two games. After an inspired effort at home in Happy Valley fell short against Nebraska, the Nittany Lions recovered on the road against the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday with a 20-14 victory.Prior to the Nov. 12 Nebraska game, the two teams met at midfield for a prayer intended to portray a sense of unity in the wake of the scandal. Though a similar meeting took place in Ohio Stadium the next week, Bielema said he was unsure of what would happen Saturday prior to kickoff at Camp Randall Stadium. He did say UW’s administration is meeting on the issue and was planning on including talks with PSU officials in their decision. Saturday’s winner will clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division title and face Michigan State in Indianapolis Dec. 3 for the conference’s championship game.“Obviously from our standpoint, you’ve got to be oblivious to not understand what’s going on there,” Bielema said. “You feel for everybody involved. I just want to make sure that we do the right thing but also understand this is a very big stage and an opportunity to know that a lot of things will be looked at.”Bielema hoping for special send-off for seniorsAs the last home game of the season, Saturday’s contest will also serve as the Badgers’ Senior Day. UW’s starting lineup, including special teams, features 16 seniors – six on offense, five on defense and five on special teams – that will be playing their last game in Camp Randall Stadium. Bielema announced Monday that the Badgers’ guest captain for the game will be Al Toon, a former UW wide receiver and father of current senior wide receiver Nick Toon.But despite any possible distractions anticipated in the pre-game ceremony, Bielema said no other changes have been planned.“When I first came here, I saw this senior day transpire in front of me for two straight years and honest to goodness, that entire summer and leading up to senior day, I almost flipped,” Bielema said.“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You’ll have an emotional coach. One of the things I flipped on three years before, I shake their hands before – I kind of just stood on the sidelines. These kids, I’ve been in their homes, we’ve been through good and bad. It’s a tough day. It’s a day you don’t want to let go.”Bielema did wax poetic about one senior in particular, however, when he was asked about safety Aaron Henry. As one of UW’s most vocal players, Henry was voted a co-captain by his teammates in training camp, and after Bielema switched him from cornerback to safety two years ago, their relationship endured a brief rocky period. Since then, Henry has turned into one of the Big Ten’s top safeties, though, and their connection has blossomed.“Aaron and I, you can ask him, we’ve had our disagreements,” Bielema said. “I’m honest and open with him, and on the same account, there’s not a kid that means more to me in the program than him. He’s special.”last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Badgers win in hard-fought Border Battle matchup with Minnesota

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (19-10, 12-6 Big Ten) followed up their impressive win on the road at Michigan earlier in the week with yet another gritty home win in a redemption game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-15, 7-11).The game was a dogfight throughout, as it included 17 lead changes and eight ties — leaving the Badger faithful on the edge of their seats from the opening tip.Men’s Basketball: Badgers among best teams in Big Ten when playing at Kohl CenterThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (17-10, 10-6 Big Ten) has been mediocre at best on the road this Read…Daniel Oturu made a big impact for the Gophers in the first half by converting on six of his 11 shots from the field for a total of 12 points. Oturu also collected six rebounds and had two massive blocks to keep the Gophers within three points of the Badgers at the break.In the second half, the Badgers maintained the lead up to the 9:21 mark before Minnesota tied the game, 49–49.The final few minutes were nothing but excitement at the Kohl Center. The Badgers found themselves down two points with just over a minute left in the game.After a scramble for the ball, Brevin Pritzl knocked down a clutch three-pointer off an assist from D’mitrik Trice to give the Badgers a 67–66 lead with just 56 seconds left to play.On the ensuing possession, Oturu knocked down a mid-range jumper over Nate Reuvers to retake the Gopher lead, 68–67.  Men’s Basketball: Multiple contributors fill void left by Kobe KingFollowing a frustrating Jan. 27 loss to Iowa on the road, the Badgers were slammed with more bad news just Read…Trice found Aleem Ford on the Badgers’ next possession, delivering a perfect pass to allow Ford to finish an emphatic two-handed slam dunk to regain the lead — which the Badgers would not give up for the rest of the game.Reuvers closed the game with a strong defensive stand, including a block on Oturu with 11 seconds left to play in the game. The Badgers would win by a score of 71–69, with Oturu missing an attempt from beyond half-court after the buzzer sounded.Brad Davison led the way for the Badgers with 20 points and five assists. Pritzl finished with 15 points.Oturu dominated for the Gophers, finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Carr finished with 21 points and four of the Gophers’ six assists.Men’s Basketball: Badgers enter into tie for second in Big Ten following win over RutgersIt was another impressive start for the Badgers (17-10, 10-6 Big Ten) against Rutgers University (18-10, 9-8) at the Kohl Read…With the win, the Badgers improve to 12-6 in conference play and remain in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten. After Maryland’s defeat to Michigan State over the weekend, the Terrapins are now 13-5 in Big Ten play, holding just a one-game lead over Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin. Each team has two games remaining — making for an interesting final week of the regular season.The Badgers will remain in Madison for a Wednesday matchup at the Kohl Center, as they look to extend their winning streak to seven when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats in their final home game of the season.last_img read more