Brazil judge orders Bolsonaro to wear a mask due to COVID-19

first_imgBrazil has more confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths than anywhere outside the United States.On Tuesday, Brazil registered an additional 1,374 deaths from the virus and 39,436 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The novel coronavirus has killed more than 52,000 people in Brazil and infected more than 1.1 million.That has made the country a prime location for vaccine trials, which began over the weekend for a candidate developed by Oxford University. Brazil’s interim health minister said on Tuesday that the government would likely sign a deal this week to produce the university’s trial vaccine locally.On other fronts, Bolsonaro has openly defied the consensus among public health experts for slowing the outbreak.The president has criticized lockdown and social-distancing orders issued by governors and mayors, saying their economic damage is worse than the disease. Echoing US President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has also pushed unproven anti-malarial drugs to treat the novel coronavirus.But his most visible defiance has been going mask-less at a string of demonstrations in Brasilia, holding babies for photos and shaking hands with supporters.Other officials have run afoul of the local mask rule. The country’s former education minister, who resigned last week, was fined 2,000 reais for not wearing a mask on the capital’s central boulevard earlier this month.Topics : A Brazilian judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public after the right-wing populist attended political rallies without one in the middle of the world’s second-worst coronavirus outbreak.Federal Judge Renato Borelli ruled in a decision made public on Tuesday that Bolsonaro was subject to a fine of 2,000 reais ($387) a day if he continued to disobey a local ordinance in the federal district meant to slow the pandemic.Brazil’s solicitor general, which argues the government’s legal interests, said in a statement that it was studying ways to reverse the decision.last_img read more

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Debts of winter

first_imgTHOUSANDS of passengers were stranded in TGVs and other trains when a freak wave of icy weather paralysed rail services across the south of France last month. One typical story related a nightmare TGV trip from Paris to Nice that took 31h; staff at one stage abandoned the train for several hours in Lyon-Perrache station, having apparently had instructions to leave the passengers inside with the doors locked. The resulting media furore escalated to the point where Prime Minister Alain Juppé rounded on SNCF during a cabinet meeting, complaining that communications had failed dismally.Indeed they had, a fact which SNCF President Louis Gallois publicly acknowledged in the wake of the debacle. Arguments raged about what should or should not have been done – and whether large clouds of steam from the cooling towers of nuclear power plants in the Rhlast_img read more

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NSRI Evacuates Two Injured Seafarers from Bulker off Port Elizabeth

first_imgTwo injured crewmen were evacuated from a bulk carrier off Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on August 28, the country’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) informed.The crew members sustained injuries after a wave washed over the 177-meter-long MV Bona in heavy seas.Consequently, the two men were washed up against machinery on board the vessel.At the time of the incident, the Handy bulker was believed to be offshore of the Transkei Coast.In the evening hours of August 28, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft, accompanied by two EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, to rendezvous with the ship and evacuate the seafarers.Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was alerted and a duty doctor was put in contact with the ships medical crew to evaluate the seafarers’ medical condition.It was determined that sea conditions were most favorable for the vessel to head towards Algoa Bay.NSRI Port Elizabeth sea rescue craft rendezvoused with the vessel three nautical miles offshore of the Port of Port Elizabeth, evacuating the injured men.Both patients were brought safely into port and transported to hospital for further care.The 2012-built Bona, previously known as Merganser, is owned by Greece-based company Unit Maritime, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

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Shell leases Grupo R rig for Gulf of Mexico operations

first_imgMexican operator Grupo R has signed a contract with Shell for the lease of the La Muralla IV drilling rig to operate in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.Source: Grupo RGrupo R said on Tueday that the integrated contract model signed with Shell would provide Shell with the drilling rig, as well as the support team to drill three wells, with option for extensions, in deep water since the third quarter of 2020.“At Shell we are committed to promoting the development of a modern, innovative and competitive energy sector for Mexico. With the hiring and promotion of Mexican companies with extensive experience and capacity for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, we favor the generation of quality jobs and help promote the development of the economy,” said Pablo Tejera Cuesta, Upstream Director of Shell México.David Stewart, Global Vice President of Shell Deepwater Wells, said: “We are convinced that by combining the experience of Grupo R with our global experience, we will contribute to the development of deepwater exploration in Mexico, always in line with the highest standards in industrial safety.”Ramiro Garza, President of Grupo R, said: “We are proud that Shell has chosen Group R to provide the leasing services of the La Muralla IV deepwater drilling rig. For our Group, this contract is proof that we are a growing company with the ambition and the ability to become an international marine drilling company.”La Muralla IV is a 6th generation semi-submersible drilling unit of a GVA7500 design. The rig is designed to operate in 10,000 ft water depth.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers.

first_img Share Share Instead of batter-dipped, deep-fried nuggets, we coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them to perfection. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can enjoy to your (healthy) heart’s content.Recipe NutritionPer serving: 174 calories; 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 2 g mono unsaturated fat); 66 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 1 g fiber; 254 mg sodium; 76 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (31% daily value).Ingredients:Canola oil cooking spray1/2 cup sliced almonds1/4 cup whole-wheat flour1 1/2 teaspoons paprika1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon dry mustard1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil4 large egg whites1 pound chicken tenders (see Ingredient Note) Share Tweet Food & DiningLifestyle Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers. by: – April 14, 2011 24 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! DirectionsPreheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray; turn and spray the other side.Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.Ingredient note: Chicken tenders, virtually fat-free, are a strip of rib meat typically found attached to the underside of the chicken breast, but they can also be purchased separately. Four 1-ounce tenders will yield a 3-ounce cooked portion. Tenders are perfect for quick stir-fries, chicken satay or kid-friendly breaded “chicken fingers.”Recipe NutritionPer serving: 174 calories; 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 2 g mono unsaturated fat); 66 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 1 g fiber; 254 mg sodium; 76 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (31% daily value).recipe source: eatingwelllast_img read more

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Fire displaces Decatur County family

first_imgDECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — A home north of Millhousen was completely destroyed by a fire Wednesday afternoon.Firefighters responded to the 911 call at 6317 South County Road 225 East, around 4:15.When firefighters arrived flames were coming out of the roof and windows.Fire officials say no one was in the home at the time, but a dog died in the fire.The damage is estimated at $40,000 and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img

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Kiss set for role under Schmidt

first_img Kiss had been appointed acting head coach for next month’s Tests in Houston and Toronto, but until Sunday’s squad announcement his future beyond that was in question. However, the Australian will take charge of Ireland’s defence once Leinster boss Schmidt assumes full control after the summer. “We’ve had a simple conversation and I’m very happy to be involved. I’m looking forward to working with Joe,” Kiss said. “I’ve known Joe since he came to Ireland and have worked with him before at the start of his Leinster tenure. We get on well.” Schmidt, in the midst of successive cup finals with Leinster having won the Amlin Challenge Cup on Friday and preparing for the RaboDirect PRO12 final against Ulster this weekend, had some input into the make-up of the squad bound for North America. Rory Best will lead the 28-man party after being overlooked by the British and Irish Lions. Best was expected to be campaigning in Australia this summer, but was left out by Lions head coach Warren Gatland in favour of England’s Dylan Hartley. The Ulster hooker, who was also captain of Ireland’s tour in 2009, leads a squad containing seven uncapped players in scrum-half Kieran Marmion, centre Stuart Olding, scrum-half Paul Marshall, full-back Robbie Henshaw, prop Jamie Hagan, openside Tommy O’Donnell and hooker Mike Sherry. Wing Keith Earls, centre Gordon D’Arcy, scrum-half Eoin Reddan, centre Luke Marshall and wing Craig Gilroy miss the tour due to injury. Lock Donnacha Ryan is rehabilitating shoulder and rib problems at Munster, but Kiss informed Lions selectors that he is available to tour if required. “Donnacha could play – if the Lions called him up tomorrow he could play, but it’s just an opportunity for him to have a bit of rest and recover,” he said. “He definitely has a chance of being called up by the Lions, but I’m not privy to anything and a standby list hasn’t been announced.” Press Associationcenter_img Les Kiss has confirmed that he will be a permanent member of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland coaching team upon completion of the summer tour to the United States and Canada.last_img read more

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ACC : From a football standpoint…Big East coaches react to conference realignment

first_imgThe news of Syracuse and Pittsburgh accepting bids to join the Atlantic Coast Conference shook the college sports landscape during the weekend. It was no different on Monday, as the eight current Big East football coaches spoke in the weekly Big East football teleconference. Each of the eight coaches were asked, in some form, about the moves made by SU and Pittsburgh during the weekend.And each responded. Here’s a review of what each coach said during the teleconference today.Doug Marrone, Syracuse head coach‘This is really going to be my only talk and my only saying about it. Not because I’m not excited; I’ve told everyone I’m excited for the university and our athletic programs and our student-athletes.‘I’ve told my coaches and I’ve told my players not to comment on it. … After the season I’ll be more than happy to open it up, and we can talk about it as much as anyone wants to talk about it. But right now I hope to be the head coach carrying our team into the future. And we have to win football games, that’s what’s important.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTodd Graham, Pittsburgh head coach‘I’m very grateful to our chancellor, Mark Nordenberg and (Pittsburgh Athletic Director) Steve Pederson for their leadership and solidifying our program for the future. And we’re excited for the opportunity in the future.’Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut head coach‘Obviously, this came on very, very quickly. We’ve been so busy getting ready to play football games that I haven’t really had a chance to meet with any of the officials here. My feeling on it would be to really assess if in fact Syracuse and Pitt are going to the ACC, are the Texas and Oklahoma schools going to the Pac-12 and what are the remaining Pac-12 teams going to do? What would be the landscape of, let’s call it, the new Big East? Does that bring in Baylor and Missouri? Could that be worked out with the remaining Big East teams? Or is there opportunity to go to another conference? These are things that are going to have to be discussed here very quickly in the very near future, and decisions are going to have to be made.’Charlie Strong, Louisville head coach‘I can’t determine the future. But I know this, and I’ll say it again, our president and our athletic director make the right decisions for us.’Skip Holtz, South Florida head coach‘(Athletic Director) Doug Woolard put out a statement from the university here, and there’s so much speculation about what’s going to happen and how big are all these conferences going to grow to be and who’s going to be where. And I just think the landscape of college football is very unstable as far as who’s going to be in what conferences.’Greg Schiano, Rutgers head coach‘I’m going to stick to just coaching our football team and taking care of our players and coaches, and I’m going to defer all those comments to our athletic director.’Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia head coach‘I don’t have an opinion. We’re in the capable hands of (Athletic Director) Oliver Luck and (WVU President) Dr. (James P.) Clements, and I’m going to worry about X’s and O’s.’Butch Jones, Cincinnati head coach‘I think it’s undergoing a major change right now, and everyone has their own motivations and motivating factor, and they’re looking at taking care of their own interests. So I’ve been so focused on football, but I think it just shows you where we’re at in today’s society with the importance of athletics and the nature of the spotlight that everyone has on us.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Bigger forces amass grad student debt

first_imgFailed attempts at policy reform have led America to reach its tipping point. Too many ideas and too little time has caused the American people to solely rely on theory rather than applied practice, and millennials are set up to face the worst set of ramifications.Last month, the Center for American Progress released a study that found 20 universities to be responsible for the a fifth of all graduate school debt — with USC listed as No. 5, with students having amassed $460 million in graduate student loan debt.The exorbitant amount of borrowed money has contributed to the question many students, faculty, parents and bystanders have: Is USC irresponsible for steadily increasing tuition, and if so, why? But a deeper understanding of the interplay between federal and privatized loans and university tuition reveal a flawed system of increased demand and disproportionate tuition rates.For hundreds of years, America has prided itself on the concept of the American Dream. But with constant partisan divide stopping the effective execution of plans, Americans are no longer reaping success after years of hard work and are becoming less incentivized to do more with the American Dream out of reach.In the midst of the forthcoming presidential election, many candidates have promised policy reform for debt-free college programs by insinuating that Gen Y’ers will no longer be burdened by high college tuition. This is sadly false. In reality, doling out hollow promises for free education without feasible plans and with limited federal funding only allows the cycle of increased student debt to persist. And while this issue continues, millennials are precluded from fully contributing to American markets.College debt came under fire last year when Andrew Rossi released the documentary Ivory Tower,  explaining the businesslike nature of colleges. Though nothing has changed since, recently released staff reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York can help explain why both colleges and students are so caught up in the never-ending cycle of rising tuition and higher student debt.Over the past century, USC has steadily raised the cost of both undergraduate and graduate tuition, but much of the rhetoric behind this steady increase has to do with an interlinked relationship between higher tuition costs and increased loan demands.As explained in the Federal Reserve reports, higher tuition costs increase loan demand, but loan supply also affects tuition costs. This is can be explained through the pass-through effect, in which colleges adjust to the economic circumstance by counteracting increased costs and the increased availability of loans by raising tuition.“We find that institutions more exposed to changes in the subsidized federal loan program increased their tuition disproportionately around these policy changes, with a sizable pass-through effect on tuition of about 65 percent,” the June staff report stated.The more readily available loans are, the more college will cost and the more likely institutions are to increase tuition disproportionately. The report identifies a positive correlation between higher tuition and available student credit. The study finds that though it appears student loans would benefit students, they actually are detrimental because they create a ripple effect in incentivizing colleges to raise tuition repeatedly. The study also explains that Pell Grants specifically seem to have driven tuition higher because Pell Grants don’t require as much payment as other loans.The rhetoric and analytical data that the staff reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York may explain why students at USC and other colleges in the nation are struggling to pay tuition. The system is the law of supply and demand in reverse: Too much access to borrowed money equals higher tuition rates and less student enrollment.It isn’t really colleges that are responsible or the greater availability of loans. It’s an overall flawed approach to gearing millennials toward better jobs. Colleges and USC should not falter in these failed cycles of increasing student tuition. In an effort to help the millennials and the economy, universities should consider decreasing tuition so students are not trapped in the cycle of borrowed debt.last_img read more

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USC could clinch Pac-10 crown with win

first_imgFor the first time since 1994, the USC men’s tennis team has an opportunity to win the Pac-10 championship outright as UCLA looks to play the spoiler.History · Junior Jaak Poldma and the Trojans have the chance to claim an outright Pac-10 title for the first time in nearly two decades. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan To go along with the season finale, USC will honor former coach Dick Leach — a four-time national championship winner — during the match scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Marks Stadium.The past three seasons have seen the No. 12 Bruins (13-6, 3-2) beat the No. 4 Trojans (19-2, 5-0) in the season’s final match to claim the Pac-10 title, but this year the momentum favors the Trojans.USC has won its previous two matches against its rivals, including a 4-0 win at the ITA National Indoor Championships and a 6-1 victory at UCLA.The reasons for the success so far this season against the UCLA rivals were not readily apparent, but doubles play and the team’s depth have been important factors.“The big thing is that doubles have been solid this year,” sophomore Steve Johnson said. “J.T. [Sundling] and [Daniel] Nguyen really stepped up at No. 1 during the ITAs, which provided a big confidence boost.”USC coach Peter Smith mentioned that the law of averages might be in effect after a period of success in past seasons for the Bruins.“UCLA has had a good bit of fortune come their way the last few years,” Smith said. “The pendulum has started to swing in our favor recently.”Even though the Trojans cannot pinpoint a specific reason for their recent streak of successes against the Bruins, they can definitely agree that no matter what the setting or the situation, the UCLA match seems to carry extra weight.“Anytime we play UCLA it’s huge,” junior Jaak Poldma said. “It doesn’t matter when we play, we have to be ready to play them.”The familiarity with the opponent has both pluses and minuses, but in general the experience many players have against one another is a benefit.“It works both ways,” Johnson said of playing junior Holden Seguso twice this season already. “I feel it’s a good advantage for us. We know [UCLA’s] strengths and weaknesses; we understand what to avoid and what to attack.”In the most recent ITA rankings, both teams are well represented, as the Trojans have five ranked singles players — including two top-10 players in No. 2 Johnson and No. 7 senior Robert Farah — and four doubles teams.The Bruins have four players ranked in the top 100 for singles, along with two ranked doubles squads.UCLA looks to head into this match with some extra incentive after falling to Arizona 4-3 in its previous match.This was the first loss in UCLA history to the Wildcats, but the Trojans will not take the Bruins lightly no matter what recent history indicates.“We know UCLA is capable,” Smith said. “ We are not going to be overconfident. We are not going to overlook any match.”last_img read more

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