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Tropical Cyclone Harold lashed the South Pacific island of Vanuatu for a second day on Tuesday, ripping off roofs and downing telecommunications, and was moving towards Fiji where it is expected to slightly weaken.The powerful cyclone made landfall on Monday in Sana province, an island north of Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, with winds as high as 235 kilometers an hour knocking out communications overnight, according to reports by the government’s disaster and weather bureaus.The province of Sana sits on the biggest of Vanuatu’s 80 islands and is home to its second-most populous city, Luganville, where photos circulated on social media purported to show buildings flattened by the storm. The winds blew roofs off houses, tore down trees and destroyed a council building in Luganville, which has a population of 16,000, according to a Radio New Zealand report.Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office said in a social media post that officials were expected to survey the area later in the day to assess the damage.Gusts were expected to drop to 110 km per hour (68 mph) as the system tracks south east away from Vanuatu later on Tuesday, and approaches Fiji, Vanuatu’s weather bureau said.Fijian authorities issued a tropical cyclone alert for some of its southern islands.Cyclone Harold is expected to skirt the main island of Viti Levu, coming around 230 km from the main transport hub of Nadi, about 6:00 a.m on Wednesday (1800 GMT Tuesday), Fiji’s weather bureau said.The alert was in force for islands further south including Lomaiviti and the Southern Lau Group. A strong wind warning and damaging heavy swell warnings are in place for the country. Fiji’s meteorological bureau also warned of the risk of flash floods. Topics :
The home at 16 Ashley Road, Chermside WestMrs Grant said they loved the privacy and seclusion the property offered.“Our neighbours on either side are hidden by greenery, and behind us is the John Goss reserve,” she said.“The outlook from every room is so private, you never have to close the curtain.“We’re surrounded by nature. “It feels like you are living in the trees.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home at 16 Ashley Road, Chermside WestOn the ground level, there is an entryway that opens out to a large open-plan living and dining area, kitchen and covered patio.There is also a laundry with storage, bathroom and in-ground swimming pool.Upstairs, there is a master suite with walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. 16 Ashley Road, Chermside WestTHIS home is a private sanctuary in a bustling suburb.Owners Neil and Julia Grant purchased the property at 16 Ashley Rd, Chermside West, in 2008. Inside 16 Ashley Road, Chermside WestThere are also two additional bedrooms, each with built-in wardrobes, a bathroom and covered deck that is accessible from the hallway, master suite and one of the additional bedrooms. The property also has a separate granny flat with a bedroom, bathroom and living space, which Mrs Grant said they added to the property. The granny flat at 16 Ashley Road, Chermside West“We have a lot of extended family who come and stay for long periods of time,” she said.“It’s nice to be able to offer them their own space.”Mrs Grant said she loved the “remote feel” of the location and its proximity to amenities. “There’s so much wildlife around us,” she said.“We’ve seen kookaburras and wallabies.“I cannot believe how close we are to the city. It feels like we should be living on acreage.”
Image courtesy of Golar LNG “Whilst we don’t anticipate any further FLNG projects to be ready for FID in the near future, we will continue to work with customers to develop designs and projects suitable for conversion and new-build solutions,” the company said in its statement. The company reported a loss of $104.2 million for the first three months of the year. This compares to a $41.7 million loss reported in the corresponding period in 2019. HIlli Episeyo FLNG achieved 100 per cent commercial uptime while the shipping segment delivered first-quarter average time charter equivalent (TCE) of $61,900 per day, 57 per cent up on the $39,300 reported in the first quarter of 2019. To date, a further 200 potential customers have signed letters of intent to pursue various small-scale opportunities with Golar Power. Except for the Golar Tundra, scheduled to dry-dock during June, no other dry-docks are planned this year. “In Golar Power, the 1.5GW Sergipe power plant in Brazil reached its COD acceptance milestone which triggered commencement of earnings under the 25-year PPA contract and associated FSRU Golar Nanook charter”, he said. FLNG Gimi received a force majeure claim from BP in relation to a delay in the order of 12-months to the target connection date. With o dry-dockings during the period, fleet utilization reached 94 per cent in the first quarter of 2020. This was an increase from 90 per cent reported in the last quarter of 2019. FLNG operations Ross noted that the first three small-scale customers have also now been formally signed up and LNG distribution operations are expected to start in 2021. LNG shipper Golar made further advancements in its projects in the first quarter of the year. Golar LNG deemed the current chartering strategy to de-risk the business by targeting more fixed and floating coverage a success. The company now intends to fix more portfolio term-based deals to further de-risk shipping exposure and to hedge expected volatility. We expect the second-quarter 2020 TCE to be around $40,000 per day, with the utilization of at least 80 per cent based on fixtures to date and the prevailing spot market. The company achieved a daily time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings of $61,900 per day for the fleet. However, Golar reported $122.6 million first-quarter operating revenues, driven by FLNG and shipping performance. The company further progressed the development of its next FLNG vessel while discussions continue on four further FLNG projects. The vessel is currently exporting its 39th cargo, Golar LNG said in its statement. We are in advanced and positive discussions with our main building contractor, Keppel Shipyard Limited, and with engineering topsides subcontractor Black and Veatch, on a revised cost and time schedule for the FLNG Gimi conversion that can be implemented as a contingency in response to the 12-month delay claimed by BP on its Tortue project, the company said. LNG shipping operations Commenting on the first-quarter developments, Golar LNG’s CEO Iain Ross said that Golar Power started bringing in cash in the first quarter. As noted, Hilli Episeyo, the world’s first converted FLNG vessel, operating offshore Cameroon, has reached 100 per cent commercial uptime.
Somalia has fined a private company 10, 000 US Dollars for hiring 27 Kenyans Illegally.The case – the first to be tried in the once lawless nation is an indication that the country’s immigration department has the teeth to bite.CCTV’s Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.
Rita A. Goldsmith, age 87 of Batesville, died Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Waters of Batesville. Born January 22, 1930 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Marie (Nee: Ollier) and Clarence Kerker Sr. She married Arthur Goldsmith June 9, 1951 at St. Louis Church. A homemaker, she was also an Immaculate Conception Alumnus.Rita is known throughout the country as the “Duck Lady.” In her front yard, she would dress her decorative “ducks” (they were actually geese) each day with a theme. It could be the announcement of a birth in the family or someone’s birthday, it could be a holiday theme, or it could be somebody famous such as boxing promoter Don King. Her ideas and energy were endless. She was featured twice in the Cincinnati Enquirer and received letters and notes from people all over the country that had been through town and marveled at her handy work. If the duck’s theme didn’t change for a couple of days, people were checking with the family to make sure Rita wasn’t sick.Other interests included collecting ash trays, Native Indian artifacts, watching professional wrestling, feeding her birds, enjoying her fish aquarium, attending her grandkid’s ballgames and according to the family, she was a huge Elvis fan. Her family noted with pride that Rita became the care giver for her parents and her in-laws as they aged. They also discussed that everything that made her happy was right at home. She loved flowers and flower gardening around the yard and teased she could get flowers to grow in the cement. Her children will miss Friday nights when everyone gathered at the house, although any given day saw several of the kids stop by. They will also miss chili Saturdays. Every Saturday, Rita would put on a big pot of Chili that was shared with all family and friends who stopped by. Oddly enough, while her sons would bring home frogs, snakes or whatever when they were little, she was okay with that. But, to their amusement, she had a real phobia of cats.Rita is survived by her husband Artie; daughters Cathy (Paul) Laugle of New Point, Connie Goldsmith, Carin (Toby) Walsman, both of Batesville, Carla (Matt) Oesterling of Oldenburg; sons Jim (Betty) Goldsmith, John (Darlene) Goldsmith, both of Batesville, Joe (Janeen) Goldsmith of Oldenburg; sisters Rosemary Holtel and Barbara Heidlage, both of Batesville, Betty Waters of Cheviot, Ohio; 21 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. In addition the her parents, she is also preceded in death by brothers Clarence “Cork” Jr., Robert “Bud” and Jerome “Jake” Kerker.Visitation is Monday, June 5th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6th at St. Louis Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.
WATERVLIET, Mich. – Their state-best point totals will pay off for another record group of IMCA drivers this season.Allstar Performance awards gift cards to each of the more than 100 drivers in eight sanctioned divisions winning IMCA state championships in 2017The Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer gives $100 gift cards to each IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car state champion.Each IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact state champion receives a $50 gift card.“We are pleased to continue our partnership with IMCA and look forward to working with them in the future,” said Allstar Performance Advertising Manager John Berglund. “IMCA is truly concerned with making racing affordable by utilizing sensible rules and has done a tremendous job of growing their group of racers.”Seven hundred and fifty drivers have won state titles since the IMCA program was introduced in 2000. A record 103 state champions were crowned in 2016.Gift cards will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office, and can be applied toward purchases from any Allstar distributor.Information about the complete line of Allstar Performance products, as well as dealer locations, is available at the www.allstarperformance.com website.State point standings are determined using results from drivers’ first 55 starts at tracks in each state. This season is Allstar Performance’s eighth as title sponsor of the state championship program.“For eight years, Allstar Performance has been the driving force behind our State Champions, and their consistency has really been key to the development of this program,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “So many racers make a State Championship a goal at the outset of the season and we’re proud to be able to recognize their accomplishments.”
Press Association Wayne Rooney cannot put his finger on why Manchester United have had difficulties in finishing opponents off. The arrival of Rooney’s former club Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday is a painful reminder of how, despite twice establishing a two-goal cushion against Toffees in the corresponding fixture last term, United were unable to close out the contest. That failure proved to be crucial in the Premier League title race as it blew the door open to Manchester City, who went on to be crowned champions. It has been a similar story this term, the only difference being that the Red Devils have generally found a way to squeeze out a succession of unconvincing victories. “I can’t put my finger on why we are not killing teams off,” Rooney said. “We have scored plenty of goals. It is the most number we have scored at this stage of the season. We have conceded too many and have done throughout the season. But that is the way we have been set up to play. We have to just keep our scoring going.” United do have the edge, though, with further dropped points by their rivals last weekend allowing them to open up a nine-point lead on City, and move 16 clear of Chelsea. Had it not been for their dramatic collapse last term, when they let slip an eight-point advantage in the space of just four games to hand the initiative to City, many observers would now be writing United up as champions already. Rooney has no intention of falling into that trap. “Results are the most important thing now,” he said. “Look at Manchester City against QPR – they should have got the win, had a lot of chances but ended up dropping two points. “That could quite easily have happened to us against Southampton the following night. “It proves we have to keep picking up the points when we can. Once it comes down to the last four or five games, then we will see what position we are in and work out what we have to do.”
Oklahoma State fined $10,000, men’s basketball team banned from upcoming postseason in fallout from corruption scandal
Oklahoma State fined $10,000, men’s basketball team banned from upcoming postseason in fallout from corruption scandal Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State fined $10,000, men’s basketball team banned from upcoming postseason in fallout from corruption scandal.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press June 5, 2020
As polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday across the state, voters marked their ballots to select California governor and U.S. senator nominees.At USC, there was very little trace of the frenzy of student activity that surrounded the 2008 presidential elections. The polling station at Marks Tower, which on Nov. 4, 2008, saw more than 300 students filter in to cast their ballots, was empty much of the day. As of 1 p.m., only two people had visited to vote — one student, who deposited a provisionary ballot, and a USC employee. At the time of print, only 5 students had voted.Little boxes · Polling stations in and around USC, such as this one set up in Marks Hall, were not densely populated Tuesday. – Dieuwertje Kast | Summer Trojan Jessica Overby, a senior at S.E.A. Charter Girls Academy in Los Angeles and a volunteer at the voting station, said she arrived at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning to set up for the day, and was surprised by the dearth of student voters.“I thought it was going to be full of people,” she said.Turnout was low across Los Angeles, however, in keeping with recent primaries. Only 27 percent of registered voters in Los Angeles voted for the 2006 gubernatorial primaries, according to the Los Angeles Times, which predicted another low turnout.Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and appointed chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, said the low turnout was nothing unusual.“Turnout is always lower among all voters in the primaries,” Schnur said. “Turnout is always lower in a midterm election, than in a general election.”Schnur said it’s reasonable to assume that students will come to the polls in larger numbers for the general election.“We’ll see in November,” he said.