Dry season to peak in August, less severe than last year: BMKG

first_imgBMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati said some parts of the country had already entered the dry season.“This year’s dry season will be less severe than last year, except in some areas, like across Pantura [Java’s northern coast], where it will be more dry than normal, although not as dry as last year,” she added.Read also: Brace for stiflingly hot weather during dry season: BMKGThe agency expected 2020 to have a wetter dry season than last year, however,  30 percent of the country’s 342 seasonal zone areas could experience a dryer season than usual. Those areas include parts of Aceh, Riau, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, East Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and Maluku.Areas “dryer than normal” are expected to see between zero to 5 millimeters of rainfall per 10 days.Dwikorita warned that lower rainfall in some areas might lead to difficulty in getting water supplies and irrigation, which might affect agriculture activities.In 2019, the country saw a severe dry season as some areas in Nusa Tenggara, Bali and most of Java saw no rain for more than three months. The season lasted two months longer than had been forecast in nearly all regions, causing a nationwide drought and forest fires in parts of Sumatra.In March, the BMKG predicted that the transition to the dry season would occur between April and May, with a nationwide dry season expected between June and  August.This year’s rainy season is expected to fall between October and December. (mfp)Topics : The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has urged people to prepare for the dry season, expected to peak in August, although it is expected to be less severe than last year.“Stakeholders and residents must be better prepared in facing the impact of the dry season, especially in areas prone to drought, forest and land fires, as well as clean water scarcity,” the agency said as reported by tempo.co on Tuesday.The BMKG suggested that regional administrations optimize their efforts in collecting water by filling up local lakes, reservoirs and other water retention ponds.last_img

UN Security Council urges Haiti’s new government to ensure stability and rule of law

first_imgNewsRegional UN Security Council urges Haiti’s new government to ensure stability and rule of law by: – May 19, 2011 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro (right) meets with Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly, in Port-au-Prince. UN Photo/Victoria HazouUNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged Haiti’s new government to focus on the critical tasks of rebuilding the country and ensuring stability and rule of law in the Caribbean nation as it congratulated the country’s people for conducting elections peacefully.In a press statement, the Council encouraged all Haitian politicians to resolve any remaining poll disputes through “transparent and efficient” means, ensuring that the elections reflected the will of the people.“The Members of the Security Council encourage Haiti’s new leaders to remain focused on the critical tasks of rebuilding the country, ensuring respect for the rule of law, and ensuring a future of peace, stability and prosperity for all Haitians,” the Council said.Newly-elected President Michel Martelly was sworn in on Saturday in a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Martelly – who in March won the second, run-off round in the presidential election – succeeds René Préval.The Council also voiced its deep appreciation of the efforts of the personnel of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for providing critical logistical and security support to the Haitian authorities throughout the electoral process.The Council assured the people of Haiti that the international community remains steadfast in its commitment to support the efforts of Haitian authorities in dealing with the critical challenges ahead.Caribbean News Now Tweet Sharelast_img

The Latest: Atlanta MLS player tests positive for COVID 19

first_imgOne person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.”Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.” The Latest: Atlanta MLS player tests positive for COVID 19 Nebraska football coach Scott Frost and men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will donate a portion of their salaries to the athletic department’s general operating fund to help offset revenue shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic.The athletic department said in a statement Thursday the amount of the donations would be determined when the 2021 budget is closer to being finalized.Frost’s salary is $5 million this year. Hoiberg is set to earn $3 million.Frost is in his third year as head coach. He grew up in Wood River and was Cornhuskers quarterback in 1996-97. His father played football for the Huskers, and his mother was a standout on the track team and is in the school’s athletic hall of fame.Hoiberg is entering his second season at Nebraska. His parents are Nebraska graduates and his grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the Huskers’ men’s basketball coach from 1954-63. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said if sports are played this fall, it would not be a normal season with capacity crowds at Michigan Stadium.“Will it be 50% or 30% or 20% or 10, or zero? I’m not sure,” Manuel said. “That’ll be a combination of listening to our public health officials, knowing what our stadium capacity can handle, given the direction that is put out by the governor’s office or the university.”Manuel also stood by comments he made previously that he couldn’t envision sports at Michigan without students being on campus.“If it’s declared that … our students can’t come back to campus for class, why would I ask a student-athlete to come back and participate in sports?” Manuel said. “It’s against how I think about our student-athletes. They are students first.”___ The player, who was asymptomatic, was not identified because of privacy laws. The test result was confirmed Thursday, the team said, and the player is in isolation.Atlanta will test players on Friday before resuming practice. The team has returned to full group training in anticipation of the league’s MLS is Back Tournament, set to start July 8 in Florida. Players from FC Dallas, the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United also have contracted the virus.___Kentucky’s proposed athletics budget includes a 17% reduction in adjusted operating expenses to account for projected decreases in ticket revenue.The proposed budget of $148.5 million is down from nearly $156.5 million for 2019-20. That total includes a $7.5 million reduction in the adjusted operating budget to $37.1 million. The program will cut nearly $1.5 million for team travel and anticipates about $4.3 million less in K Fund donations. The department says in a release that the self-sufficient program anticipates hosting events as scheduled. But it’s monitoring COVID-19 and adds that it will work with partners if developments force budget adjustments.___The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx are cutting pay and staff due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Both teams are owned by Glen Taylor. The organization said it has temporarily reduced salaries for employees earning $70,000 or more annually and laid off an unspecified amount of its full-time workforce.The virus outbreak prompted the NBA to halt play on March 11. The WNBA has yet to begin the 2020 season. The league has two conferences. Leinster and Ulster are the current top two in Conference A while Edinburgh and Munster are the top two in Conference B.___The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online because of concerns about COVID-19.The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. All 10 FBS conferences have now announced that their media days will be altered because of the pandemic, with most going virtual. The Big Ten has not made a final decision on its media days. ___Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.A truncated regular season will be concluded by two read more

Dorner manhunt finished

first_imgMedical examiners confirmed that the human remains found by authorities on Tuesday were that of former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner, according to CNN.The positive identification of Dorner’s body came two days after a deadly shootout between Dorner and authorities, followed by a fire in the Big Bear cabin where Dorner’s remains were found. Dorner’s dental records were used to confirm his identity.The 11-day manhunt for Dorner concluded with a total of four deaths, beginning with the double homicide of former Dept. of Public Safety officer Keith Lawrence and his fiancee, Monica Quan. The couple’s bodies were discovered in a parked car near their Irvine home. Quan was the daughter of LAPD Capt. Randal Quan, Dorner’s police union representative who represented him prior to his dismissal from the LAPD.Dorner was also the primary suspect in the murder of Riverside police officer Michael Crain, who was killed on Feb. 7 in an ambush allegedly by Dorner. Crain’s partner was injured in the ambush.Dorner’s final victim was San Bernardino Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah MacKay, who was killed in the final shootout between Dorner and police on Feb. 12. A second deputy was injured in the shootout, but is expected to survive his injuries. In total, three people were wounded.The cause for Dorner’s rage appears to be explained in his 14-page online manifesto, in which he cited his dismissal from the LAPD and the lack of improvement within the department toward since the 1992 Los Angeles riots as reasons for his attacks. In 2009, Dorner was fired for falsely accusing his training officer of kicking a subdued suspect. Though Dorner challenged the dismissal, he was ultimately unsuccessful.Dorner dedicated most of his manifesto to the issue of race, noting various instances throughout his upbringing and his time in the LAPD that contributed to his 40-person hit list. Quan’s father was named in the manifesto, as well as numerous other members of the LAPD.In response to the manifesto, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced on Feb. 9 that the LAPD would re-examine the details leading to Dorner’s termination from the department.During the LAPD’s pursuit of Dorner, the city of Los Angeles issued a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. Twenty-nine donors contributed to the reward, including USC President C. L. Max Nikias. What is going to be done with the reward is still under debate.“More than 20 jurisdictions and entities are involved in this reward, so all of them will be coming together to collectively determine whether any individual or individuals qualify for it,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Beck said in a joint statement. “Our personal hope is that the reward will be distributed, but we must follow the rules and respect the procedures of each entity.”last_img

Rico Nasty to headline 2019 Conquest, bonfire canceled

first_imgThis year’s bonfire, an annual USC tradition first recorded in 1912, has been canceled due to concerns of insensitivity following the Getty fire, which was contained earlier this month after damaging 25 residences in the Los Angeles area, according to the L.A. Fire Department. The Los Angeles fire marshal and Student Affairs canceled last year’s bonfire due to air quality concerns. Thursday’s Conquest festivities will no longer include a bonfire, as Trojan Pride Committee decided to cancel the annual bonfire in light of the Getty fire and will replace it with alternative activities. The USC Concerts Committee also announced Friday that rapper-songwriter Rico Nasty will headline this year’s Conquest concert. “A rivalry game allows us to all unite against UCLA, and the bonfire — along with other events that we do — sort of symbolize that spirit, the Trojan pride that we have,” said Helen Yin, a freshman majoring in business administration. “I think it’s also a hallmark of a tradition in college too, just to feel that college spirit.” “She doesn’t look like Nicki Minaj, and not in any type of negative way, but just like very different types … Black women in rap don’t have to be one type of image,” said Tia Richards, a sophomore majoring in public relations. “Especially considering the fact that USC is such a predominantly white institution, I think it’s cool that there is a headliner for the other population that goes here as well.” Jonathan D’Aguilar, a freshman majoring in public relations, said he began listening to Rico Nasty’s music as a freshman in high school and is looking forward to seeing her live Thursday. USC Concerts Committee announced rapper Rico Nasty as its headlining act for this year’s Conquest concert Thursday. EDM artist Channel Tres will open the event.(Photo from Atlantic Records) Students said having Rico Nasty as a headliner came as a pleasant surprise, lauding the committee for booking a Black female rapper with an “edgier” background than many others in the genre.center_img The concert will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. in McCarthy Quad and also features EDM artist Channel Tres as its opener. Along with the concert, Conquest 2019 will include a rally that will feature the Song Girls, the Spirit of Troy, drag queen Angel Dust, USC Spirit Leaders and the football team, in addition to food trucks, carnival activities and more. “As my first Conquest, it’s like a pretty big thing for me,” D’Aguilar said. “Rico Nasty is a little bit different from all [her peer artists]. She has a unique style of fashion and of music and rapping.” According to the executive board of the Undergraduate Student Government Trojan Pride Committee, which plans the annual Conquest activities and opted to replace the bonfire with alternative activities, the decision to cancel the bonfire was made in conjunction with the UCLA Bruin Spirit Committee in recognition of the hardships those affected by the fire endured. In place of the bonfire, the committee plans to set up a mural for students to cover with handprints and will hold a “Pie the Bruin” activity during which students will throw pie tins of whipped cream at a wooden Bruin structure similar to the one usually burned in the bonfire. “It’s a really tough decision for us to cancel the bonfire because we can understand the cultural significance behind the event,” said Henry He, the director of the Trojan Pride Committee. “We feel like we are making the best decision we can right now because we definitely need to be respectful for the people [impacted by the fire] in the first place.”last_img

Trojans fall to Sun Devils in weekend series

first_imgAll season, throughout the ups and downs, USC baseball coach Frank Cruz has said that his players are fighters. And after looking lifeless in a three game sweep at the hands of No. 21 Arizona State over the weekend, Cruz stood by his claim.“We’ll be fine,” said Cruz following the Sunday finale. “We’ll bounce back. Practice at 5:30 a.m. [Monday]; we’ll be ready to go.”The Trojans (19-14, 5-9) were outscored 17-2 over three games against the Sun Devils (23-12, 9-6) in Tempe, falling to outstanding pitching and stagnant bats.“We just couldn’t hit,” Cruz said. “Hitting is contagious. So is not hitting. It just takes over a lineup.”Sunday, for the first time all series, the Trojans showed life early in the game. They took their first lead of the series on a hit-by-pitch, an error and a pair of groundouts. But that didn’t last for a single hitter in the bottom of the inning, as senior starter Ben Mount gave up a home run to lead off the inning, another two batters later, and then two more before he was pulled from the game. The Sun Devils tacked on two more in the third and it was all over against the lifeless Trojan bats. Two more in the eight gave Arizona State an 8-1 win to complete the sweep.Sun Devil starting pitcher Darren Gilles went five innings, allowing just one unearned run and three hits. And that was the Sun Devil starter’s least impressive outing of the series.The best belonged to Trevor Williams, who was sensational on Saturday. The sophomore outdueled Trojan freshman Stephen Tarpley and then some. Williams pitched a complete game shutout, giving up four hits, with no walks to his six strikeouts. The Trojans put a runner in scoring position just three times against Williams, who was aided by rally-stopping double plays in both the seventh and ninth innings.Tarpley pitched well for the Trojans, but could not match Williams. He gave up a run in the first inning on a triple and a sacrifice-fly, then got out of a bases loaded jam in the second. From the third through sixth, Tarpley faced no more than four hitters in an inning.But in the seventh, a single, RBI-double and an RBI-single gave the Sun Devils two more runs for a 3-0 lead, insurmountable against a pitcher as dominant as Williams. Arizona State tacked on one more in the eighth for good measure to make the final 4-0.On Friday, it was Sun Devil ace Brady Rodgers who dominated. An almost surefire day-one draft pick, Rodgers was in control the entire game. The junior allowed one run on six hits over eight commanding innings.  Most impressive was his control: Rodgers fanned seven Trojans without walking any.Trojans ace Andrew Triggs was, like Tarpley the following day, impressive. But much like Tarpley again, the senior could not keep up with his Sun Devil counterpart. Triggs allowed two runs in the first inning behind a pair of singles and a two-RBI double, and then settled down nicely, shutting out the Sun Devils over the next five innings.The Trojans got one run back in the fifth behind a double by senior designated hitter Brandon Garcia and an RBI-single by sophomore second baseman James Roberts. The Trojans threatened for more by putting runners on second and third, but both were stranded.Like the night before, the Sun Devils broke the game open in the seventh. Triggs hit the leadoff batter, and after getting an out gave up a two-run homer to make it a 4-1 game. A triple and an RBI-single made it 5-1 Sun Devils before Triggs was removed.After such a disappointing weekend, the Trojans will not have to wait long to get back on the field. They travel to Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday and host UC Santa Barbara Wednesday evening at Dedeaux Field.last_img

Connor Spears followed family ties to USC

first_imgMany students and alumni are united by the bonds of the Trojan Family. For redshirt sophomore tight end Connor Spears, the cardinal and gold runs deep. After playing a year at Columbia University, Spears followed family ties to USC.“I wasn’t enjoying the football aspect of Columbia as much as I was hoping,” Spears said. “My sister went to school out here, so I got to be here for her last year here. I really had just wanted to go to USC my whole life. I was always coming to games and spent a lot of time here. My grandpa taught in the medical school for 35 years, and my great grandpa went here, too, so I kind of have it in my blood.”For Spears, football has always been a way for him to connect many aspects of his life. After spending the early years of his life in San Diego, Spears moved to Iowa before his freshman year of high school.“I played football growing up — I played a couple years in middle school — but I really got started freshman year as a way to meet people since I had just moved to Iowa,” Spears said. “Football gave me that bridge to get to know my new classmates and I just fell in love with it sophomore year. That’s when I decided I was going to make it a goal to play college ball.”Spears began his football career as a quarterback, a fitting position for his 6-foot-6 frame, but decided he enjoyed being on the receiving end more and switched to tight end.“I played quarterback in middle school, but I really liked playing receiver and realized I wasn’t fast enough to be a receiver,” Spears said. “So, I figured I should just try to put on some weight and try to figure out how to block, so tight end kind of fit that role perfectly.”Once Spears started playing high school football, he made it a goal to play college ball. Spears attended Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, Iowa. He was an All-District tight end his junior and senior seasons and earned All-State second team honors his senior season. His success on the field resulted in offers from Columbia, Cornell, Yale and Northern Iowa.“Recruiting is pretty sparse at my high school; we don’t have a whole lot of guys shipping out,” he said. “I took an official to Cornell and Columbia and then committed to Columbia early February of my senior year. Going to Columbia gave me the opportunity to really get a good education and play football so I thought that’s where I was gonna end up.”Spears’s father and grandfather both swam at Dartmouth, so Spears felt it was natural to continue the Ivy League tradition. Spears is a business administration major with a B-plus average.“My parents always stressed the importance of academics and how far that’s taken both of them in their lives, so I knew when I was going to go to college it was going to be to improve my education and get the best degree possible. Football gave me an opportunity to really pursue that,” Spears said.Spears played one season at Columbia before deciding to change schools. He reached out to wide receivers coach Tee Martin, who offered him a preferred walk-on spot, which he accepted almost immediately. Per NCAA rules, Spears was forced to sit out last season because he transferred, but said the year spent on the sidelines improved his game.“Sitting out gave me a really good opportunity to learn from the older guys, and I was able to watch them and see how they worked,” Spears said. “It also gave me a chance to really focus on school and get bigger. I actually put on 25 pounds that season. Being ineligible was a bummer, but it definitely made me a better player because of it.”The tight end’s first eligible season got off to a less than ideal start when former head coach Steve Sarkisian was fired after the Washington game. Spears isn’t letting it get to him, though, and insists that the team has come together and rallied around interim head coach Clay Helton.“At the end of the day, it’s just about what happens on Saturdays,” Spears said. “The beginning of the year wasn’t ideal, but we’re sticking together and trying to make it happen. We love Helton, and he’s done a great job of keeping us together. It’s tough, but it happens. You just have to deal with it and win games.”Spears is so much in support of his coach, in fact, that he is hoping to see Helton named the next head coach at USC.“We’re all in support of him,” Spears said. “He’s done a great job of taking the situation and turning it around and I don’t think we’ve been closer as a team since I’ve been here. I would love for him to get the job. I think he would be a terrific coach, and he would really thrive in that position.”In the face of adversity, the Trojans are one win away from claiming the Pac-12 South. Spears and the Trojans will face the Bruins on Saturday in the regular season finale with the Pac-12 race on the line.“Knowing that we’re up against a wall and it’s us against the world at this point, we know we have read more

Big wins for Chelsea and United

first_imgPhoto: © UEFA.com Manchester United will likely discover the severity of Paul Pogba’s injury today.The midfielder was taken off in the first half of last night’s 3-0 Champions League victory at home to Basel.Chelsea equalled their best Champions League winning margin with a 6-0 hammering of Qarabag in Group C.Paris Saint Germain’s big money signings shone as they thrashed Celtic 5-0 at Parkhead.last_img

AMD and Fnatic extend esports partnership

first_imgAMD has announced an extension of their agreement with Fnatic, while also becoming Fnatic’s exclusive partner across four gaming hardware categories: motherboards, GPUs, CPUs and Laptops. Including AMD’s Ryzen and Radeon RX brands.AMD and Fnatic have had a partnership for the last three years, this new deal will also see AMD appear as the jersey-sleeve sponsor for every Fnatic team. Fnatic and AMD will also produce original content together, featuring Fnatic’s star players and AMD’s products. AMD and Fnatic will also attend a number of events, offering fans engaging experiences with the brands doing giveaways and interactions at their booths.Wouter Sleijffers, CEO of Fnatic, had this to say about the partnership: “Fnatic is extremely proud to have AMD, a premium gaming hardware brand, on our side for the third year now. AMD and Fnatic both share a passion for high performance and top quality gaming hardware. Recently, Fnatic won the European Sponsorship Award and the exciting partnership with AMD was a big catalyst for this achievement. Fnatic will always strive to excel on-stage and off-stage, to bring maximum results for our fans and partners alike.”John Taylor, CMO, AMD, also spoke about the deal: “As a true leader in the global professional esports movement, Fnatic demands the best, leading to this partnership for AMD to be their exclusive gaming hardware partner. The AMD Ryzen and Radeon brands bring innovation, leadership performance and superior visual experiences to PC gaming. We look forward to another year supporting Fnatic with AMD Ryzen processor- and Radeon graphics-powered PCs, allowing Fnatic teams to excel at competitions as well as play the best they can every day.”Esports Insider says: AMD and Fnatic was one of the bigger deals in esports, to begin with, so this latest news can only be good news for Fnatic. Be it EULCS finals or DreamHack Winter, Fnatic are also one of the most engaging organisations at events, also going the extra mile to have interaction with fans. With AMD and Fnatic promising the deal will create more of those experiences, this can only be great news for Fnatic fans.last_img

NC Special: Hearts extend lead at the top after Karela victory

first_imgRight full back, Christopher Bonney was the hero for Accra Hearts of Oak, as his spot kick 15 minutes before time secured all three points for the Phobians, in their week 12 clash of the NC Special Competition against Karela FC at the Accra Sports Stadium.The game was played in some harsh weather conditions, as it rained heavily throughout the first half.The wet and slippery pitch made it difficult for both sides to maintain the flow of the game, and it resulted in few chances created in the first half.Hearts captain, Fatawu Mohammed, had  a good chance a few minutes before the break after a fine team move, but his shot went well wide.The game kicked up a gear in the second half with Karela going close on a couple of occasions but a combination of fine goalkeeping from Hearts’ Richmond Ayi and poor finishing let them down.Winger Osei Baffuor also came close midway through the second half but he scuffed his shot after a brilliant run.The breakthrough finally came for Hearts as after the referee pointed to the spot as Daniel Kodie was adjudged to have been fouled in the area after his surging run.Bonney stepped up and made no mistake to put Hearts in the lead in the 75th minute.Karela pushed for the equalizer but the Hearts of Oak defense remained resolute.The win extends Hearts lead at the top Zone B to four points.last_img