South Manchester offices: Southern promise

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After Trump tests positive, Biden campaign seeks to keep focus on COVID-19 response

first_imgWith President Donald Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a military hospital, Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s campaign is looking to keep its focus on the nation’s response to the pandemic in the final month before the Nov. 3 election.Biden, who tested negative on Friday, three days after debating Trump, has repeatedly wished the president a speedy recovery. But the former vice president and his aides have used his Republican rival’s positive test to underline a consistent campaign message: Biden would handle the pandemic better than Trump.Deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said on Sunday that Biden would keep making that case for the remaining 30 days of the campaign. “It’s a choice between two different styles of leadership and since the virus came to our shores back in the spring, Joe Biden has led by example,” she told ABC’s “This Week,” citing the campaign’s use of masks, social distancing and limits on the number of people at campaign events.The United States has recorded 7.4 million coronavirus infections and more than 209,000 deaths in the pandemic, more than any other country. Trump briefly had an opportunity to pivot the public’s focus away from COVID-19 when the death last month of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave him the chance to nominate a third lifetime appointment to the top court, before his own illness returned the spotlight to the disease.With Trump, 74, sidelined from public events as he fights the virus, his campaign has begun describing him as a “warrior” in messages to supporters that call for donations. Aides have continued to criticize Biden’s cautious approach to the virus.Jason Miller, a Trump campaign senior adviser, mocked Biden on Sunday for consistently wearing a face mask, saying the 77-year-old Democratic presidential nominee was using masks “as a prop.” “We can’t all just stay in our basement for the rest of our lives,” Miller told “This Week.”Voters could judge harshly an approach that continues to downplay the seriousness of the virus, said Kelly Dietrich, a Democratic strategist and founder of the National Democratic Training Committee, a group that trains party candidates.”This has touched every American’s life,” he said.On Monday, Biden and his wife, Jill, are scheduled to resume in-person campaigning in Florida, where opinion polls show a tight race for the state’s crucial 29 electoral college votes. Biden will talk to Hispanic voters about his plan to rebuild the US economy after the coronavirus, his campaign said.More than 3.3 million ballots had already been cast nationwide by Sunday, according to the Elections Project at the University of Florida – as more Americans vote early or by mail to avoid being exposed to the virus at crowded polling places on Election Day.A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken Friday and Saturday after the president tested positive for the coronavirus, found Biden leading Trump by 10 percentage points nationally and that nearly two-thirds of Americans thought that Trump probably would not have been infected if he had taken the virus more seriously.As Trump’s doctors and aides gave sometimes unclear messages about the president’s health situation over the weekend, Biden’s campaign said it would publish the results of every COVID-19 test the candidate takes. Biden was set to be tested on Sunday morning, campaign officials said, but no results had been announced as of Sunday afternoon.Biden would not need to do much to benefit from Trump’s diagnosis, since many Americans already viewed Trump’s approach to the virus as cavalier, said David Greenberg, a historian at Rutgers University.”They’re going to think that even more now, so I don’t think Biden needs to hammer that home too hard,” he said.It remains uncertain when Trump will return to the campaign trail, if at all, and whether he will be able to participate in the second presidential debate on Oct. 15.Topics :last_img read more

First Order for Sea Puffin SES Daughter Craft Lands on ESNA’s Desk

first_imgEsbjerg Shipyard in Denmark will build the first ordered ESNA Sea Puffin Surface Effect Ship (SES) Daughter Craft, to be delivered in early 2018 to WindPartner, an independent shipowner and ship manager based in Kristiansand, Norway.The high-performance 15m long SES daughter craft employs an air cushion for active motion damping, allowing offshore wind turbine access capability as for a much larger vessel, ESNA stated. The vessel is deployable by a standard 15-tonne davit system and is designed to distribute personnel from mother ships or platforms to offshore wind turbines.“We like to say that ‘a SES punches above its length’. The air cushion takes away motions, giving transit motions and access to offshore turbines as had it been a much larger vessel,” ESNA’s Naval Architect Nere Skomedal said. “This is really the key to why we have so much faith in and interest for this daughter craft. Sea Puffin provides a significantly larger weather window than competing daughter craft and reduces the need of support from land based vessels”.WindPartner will offer the vessel for charter to vessel owners and wind farm operators to support, for instance, an accommodation vessel in an installation campaign.“The Sea Puffin is really an optimum SES design. It is just the right size where there the SES properties provide greatly improved performances compared to other vessel solutions”, ESNA Naval Architect Trygve Halvorsen Espeland explained. “Because of the limited vessel size the fuel consumption is also low. Replacing the lifting hook with passenger seats, it can be used as a 12pax fuel efficient near-shore crew transfer vessel”.Development of the Sea Puffin has been supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, Regional Research Council Agder (RFFAgder) and The Sørlandet Knowledge Foundation (SKF). ENOVA and Innovation Norway is supporting WindPartner with building the first vessel.ESNA, a Norwegian company specializing in Surface Effect Ship (SES) design, introduced the vessel design in the fourth quarter of 2015.last_img read more

Flu Still Widespread In Indiana

first_imgThe flu season hit early this year, but experts say that doesn’t mean Hoosiers are out of the woods just yet.While flu activity is on the downward trend, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its prevalence in Indiana remains widespread.Flu season typically runs through May, said Shawn Richards, a respiratory epidemiologist at the Indiana State Department of Health.“The recommendation from CDC is, as long as influenza is circulating, you should be vaccinated,” he said. “The influenza virus can circulate at any time of the year, and you would get some benefit from being vaccinated if you haven’t done so already.”Influenza cases hit a peak in January, and 45 influenza-associated deaths have been reported in the state. Overall, Richards said, it’s been a moderate season for flu activity.Typically, the flu hits children and the elderly hardest, but Richards said young and middle-aged adults were affected the most this year.“Typically, this age group does not get vaccinated very well for influenza,” he said, “and they go to work sick and spread it to other persons who aren’t vaccinated.”According to the CDC, people from ages 18 to 64 represented 61 percent of all influenza-related hospitalizations, compared with 35 percent the year before.Richards said simple steps can help to keep people from getting sick.“The best ways that people can protect themselves,” he said, “is to be vaccinated, stay home when they’re sick, to wash their hands and cover your coughs and sneezes, and try to avoid being around people that are sick.”It’s important to note that some parents choose not to vaccinate their children for religious or moral beliefs, and others hold off until it can be determined whether a child is at risk for adverse reactions.last_img read more

Southeastern Indiana Dance announces free community concert

first_imgLeft to Right: Maggie Geis, Cortney Widener, Nate Geis, Gena Mack, Samantha MathewsBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana Dance, Inc. is pleased to announce its spring concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the East Central High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free, and everyone is invited.The theme for this concert is “Dancing on the Beach.” Lydia Woodward, Director, stated, “The music choices include Caribbean Queen, Codfish Ball, Montego Bay, and Washed Ashore, to name a few. As long as winter has lasted this year, it’s nice to think about a warmer place!”The concert includes ballet, modern, musical theater, jazz, hip-hop, and tap dances. Additionally, ten solos, one duet, and one trio will be presented. The choreography is by Woodward, Brittany Nicholas, and Toni Miles.Students, from Batesville, Oldenburg, Hamburg, Sunman, Greensburg, Brookville, St. Leon, Milan, Bright, Dillsboro, Brookville, Versailles, Westport, Metamora, West Harrison, Rushville, Osgood, Guilford, Napoleon, Laurel, IN and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, range in age from 4 – 18. They include Aidan Abrams, Cole Abrams, Charlotte Anderson, Abbi Barker, Teagan Barker, Aidan Belew, Emerson Belew, Macey Benjamin, Clara Black, Lila Blessing, Allison Bohman, Breanna Bohman, Joy Brewer, Taylan Burkhart, Riley Callahan, Sophie Cassidy, Reanna Collins, Madelyn Comparone, Lucy Dole, Whitney Drew, Layla Evans, Haley Feiss, Alice Fromer, Norah Fromer, Maggie Geis, Nate Geis, Katryna Gellenbeck, Eden Goniea, Leah Goodin, Ashley Gowdy, Laine Greathouse, Mikaela Gutzwiller, Charlotte Harmeyer, Mary Harmeyer, Gabbie Haviland, Mia Hofer, Adriana Hoff, Sandra Huy, Lily Ison, Annabelle John, Macy Kinker, Maya Kress, Elena Kuisel, Stella Lecher, Addisyn Lemmel, Addison Luers, Gena Mack, Samantha Mathews, Elliana McLain, Brooklyn Miller, Cate Neuman, Abigail Obermeyer, Lila Obermeyer, June Pagaldai, Maggie Peters, Bethany Purvis, Paris Raab, Tess Rennekamp, Anya Richey, Madison Rohls, Kendal Ryan, Lydia Sarringhaus, Solara Scheel, Tatum Schuler, Amelia Spielman, Faith Steenhoek, Hope Steenhoek, Sara Swinney, Abe Trossman, Brooklyn Tuttle, London Tuttle, Presley Vanderpool, Sophia Vijverberg, Lauren Voss, Leigh Walmsley, Bella Watson,   Sophie Wesseler, Ana White, Cortney Widener, Gabrielle Williams, Cecilia Wolfe, Josie Wolfe, and Alivia Yorn.last_img read more

“Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region’ featured in latest poster series

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The seventh poster in the “Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region” poster series, “Marsh” is now available for pickup after the poster was unveiled Nov. 7.Posters in the series  can be obtained at no charge at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center, DNR Michigan City Field Office, DNR Central Office in Indianapolis, and upon request from the DNR Customer Service Center at 317-232-4200.Painted by Dunes-area artist Barb Labus, the series launched in 2005 with the inaugural “Overview” poster. “Lake Michigan,” “Dunes,” “Dune and Swale,” “Rivers,” and “Savanna” posters were released previously.The posters “(are) not only beautiful pieces of art, but highly educational depictions of local ecosystems, wildlife, plant life, and natural processes, such as the hydrologic cycle featured in the ‘Marsh’ poster,” said Kathryn Vallis, Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) outreach/education assistant.The series is administered through LMCP with funding from DNR and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and in collaboration with the National Park Service, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy. The purpose of the poster series is to increase public awareness of the area’s wealth of biodiversity, abundant coastal resources, and critical natural processes.New posters are released on a biennial basis. The series will include 10 installments when completed in 2024.The unveiling of the “Marsh” poster took place at Patricia J. Smith Hall in Red Mill County Park and included remarks from DNR director Cameron Clark, LaPorte County Parks superintendent Jeremy Sobecki, Labus, and LMCP staff. The event concluded with a hike led by DNR regional ecologist Derek Nimetz, who highlighted Red Mill’s unique features, which include the park’s new floating wetland trail and the Little Calumet River Headwaters State Dedicated Nature Preserve.The LMCP thanks site host Sobecki and Red Mill County Park.last_img read more

One hurt in Franklin County crash

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says a Metamora woman suffered minor injuries in a Tuesday crash around noon on State Road 121 near U.S. 52.Deputies say Jamie Curtsinger, 40, was traveling southbound on State Road 121 attempting to pass a vehicle turning left. Curtsinger lost control and struck an embankment.Curtsinger was treated at Margaret Mary Health.Deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Brookville EMS #2 and Responder 24.last_img

Dzeko and Kompany join injury list

first_imgManchester City could face Christmas without any senior strikers and their captain following a costly 1-0 victory at Leicester. Press Association Forward Edin Dzeko suffered a calf injury in the warm-up at the King Power Stadium and skipper Vincent Kompany suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem 77 minutes into his comeback. Dzeko joins fellow strikers Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic on the sidelines and there is little chance of any of them being fit in the next fortnight. The problems forced Pellegrini to draft 18-year-old forward Jose Angel Pozo into his starting line-up at Leicester and the youngster could now get further chances. Pellegrini said: “We will see with Jose Pozo. We have other young players in the squad Patrick Vieira manages. We will see also another way to play but we are not going to complain about injuries.” The injuries marred City’s latest victory in their Barclays Premier League title defence, although their performance was far from a convincing one. Pellegrini’s men looked lethargic after their Champions League exertions and only another goal from on-loan former England midfielder Frank Lampard separated the sides. Lampard has now scored six goals since joining the club on a short-term loan from sister outfit New York City and his latest display is likely to increase Pellegrini’s desire to extend the deal beyond December. Pellegrini said: “There have been no serious discussions, but we know exactly what we must do. “Frank wants to stay, we want to keep him. Now we must resolve the problem with New York City and MLS. “He is very important. One of the reasons why he played today was because he has scored for me. Frank has been very useful for us in this moment.” Bottom side Leicester made life difficult for the champions in the early stages and City were generally below par. Pellegrini said: “It was not a beautiful game for the fans, but I don’t remember Joe Hart had any problems in our goal. “Leicester did not really have any chances because we defended well. I don’t think we played well, but it was not the target to play well in this game because it is very difficult to play with Leicester with 72 hours to recover from the last game and also after we had to fly back from Italy.” Leicester boss Nigel Pearson was pleased with the efforts of his side, even if they counted for little. He said: “It was a disappointing result for us, one that I don’t think we necessarily deserved, but we have got to deal with it – move on. There is not a lot we can do about it now. “I was very pleased with the performance, but what we are looking for is results. “Unfortunately we have been unable to break them down. Games like that when you can’t break teams down, you have got to keep a clean sheet. “We were undone just before half-time and that remains a frustration for us.” Pearson, who was recently involved in an exchange with a disgruntled fan, received some good backing from supporters. He said: “I am not dismissing that, it is positive, but the important thing is the supporters stay behind the players. My philosophy is always to continue working in the way I feel is right. “It is clear people have been frustrated with how things have gone in the last couple of months but I think it is too easy to over-emphasise the negatives. The performance today is something to be encouraged by.” Pearson was puzzled by and played down the significance of a picture of a fan apparently being ushered away from him by a steward early in the game. He said: “I think that was David Nugent’s dad. People may be trying to exploit potential situations to expand on something that happened last week. Quite frankly, I’m not interested.” Kompany might also be out of action until the new year. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “It is difficult immediately after the game to know what happened to both of them. “Vincent Kompany has the same problem in his hamstring he had a few weeks ago, that is one of the reasons he didn’t play on Wednesday in Rome. “Edin Dzeko felt a muscle injury in his calf. Maybe he will also be a couple of weeks out. I think it is impossible (for him to return) before the new year. “We will see with Vincent how hard his injury is but I think it will be very difficult for them to play before the next year.” Dzeko had made only two appearances since returning from another calf injury while Jovetic, who was a substitute in Wednesday’s Champions League win at Roma, has had niggly hamstring issues in recent weeks. Pellegrini said: “Jovetic also has a problem in his hamstring after the game against Rome. It is not a very important injury but I think he will also need a couple of weeks.” Top scorer Aguero damaged knee ligaments in last weekend’s victory over Everton and could be sidelined for up to eight weeks. last_img read more

Local boxing referee/judges receive certificates

first_imgFIVE local referee/judges, who participated in the historic two-day seminar recently for Caribbean officials, were presented with certificates on Friday. The certificates were presented by Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC) vice-president Steve Ninvalle who organised the seminar.Over 150 officials from the English-speaking Caribbean, Curacao, Haiti and Suriname participated.Guyana was represented by AIBA One-Stars Lawrence Assanah and Richard Braithwaite and Elton Chase, Guyana’s first and only AIBA-certified International Technician Officer (ITO). Jermaine Craig, Shenice Agard and Colin Rodney made up the rest of the local team.last_img

French Open: Halep Beats Stephens to Win First Slam

first_imgWorld number one Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final. Halep, who had lost her three previous major finals, went a set and a break down at Roland Garros. But the 26-year-old Romanian battled back to take a see-saw second set against the US Open champion. She then raced away with the third to win 3-6 6-4 6-1.“I did everything I could. It is amazing what is happening now,” Halep said. “I have been dreaming for this moment since I started playing tennis.”Halep clinched victory with her first match point, Stephens unable to return a powerful first serve. The top seed dropped her racquet in celebration, covering her face with both hands before Stephens walked around the net to warmly hug the champion. Given a standing ovation by the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd, a tearful Halep climbed into the stand behind the baseline to celebrate with her family and coaching team.Halep had lost in two previous French Open finals – to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 – and against Caroline Wozniacki in this year’s Australian Open showpiece.The world number one said in the build-up to this match that she felt relaxed and would not be fazed by the pressure of winning her first Slam. And so it proved as she delivered in front of an expectant crowd.Halep was the favourite to finally land her first major title against an opponent who is better known for her success on hard courts rather than clay. But she was beaten by Stephens’ brilliance, not herself, in the opening set.After that Halep took control, winning four games in a row early in the second as momentum turned. An early break in the third set, with Stephens appearing to tire, put the Romanian in command.Backed by plenty of noisy Romanian support, Halep broke again for 4-0 after an astonishing point in which she wore Stephens down with her relentless returning. She raced through a hold to love and, after taking Stephens to deuce, served out to win her first Grand Slam at the 33rd attempt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more