World modern pentathlon championships moved from China due to coronavirus

first_imgThe world modern pentathlon championships have been moved from the Chinese city of Xiamen to Cancun in Mexico as a consequence of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, officials of the sport’s ruling body (UIPM) said Friday.Xiamen was compensated by being named hosts of the event in 2022 with Minsk already confirmed for 2021.”It was very important to offer our athletes a world championships at sea level, corresponding to the conditions they will find during the Olympics in Tokyo,” said UIPM president Klaus Schormann.  Cancun will host the event from May 25 to 31 and will decide the qualifiers for the Olympics later this year.The outbreak of the so-called COVID-19 illness, which began in December, has killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 75,500 in China.Over 1,150 people have been infected and eight have died across 26 other countries, according to the World Health Organization. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal blow as Lucas Torreira is set to miss club’s next three fixtures

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Torreira was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Rose (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to be without midfielder Lucas Torreira for their next three Premier League games.The Uruguay international was shown a red card in the final seconds of the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.Despite starting on the bench, Unai Emery decided to bring Torreira on as a substitute at half-time to help introduce some more tenacity and energy into the midfield.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, five mintues into injury time just before the final whistle, Torreira lept in recklessly on Danny Rose and was shown a red card.ADVERTISEMENTIt was his second booking in his last two outings, with the referee also showing him a yellow against Bournemouth in mid-week.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 23-year-old is now set to miss the club’s fixture against Manchester United on Sunday, along with clashes against Everton and Newcastle after that.Arsenal’s next game is against Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday which is a game Torreira will still be eligible to play in.MORE: Wright slams Mustafi for crucial error against TottenhamMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWill Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 4:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal blow as Lucas Torreira is set to miss club’s next three fixtureslast_img read more

PRI in Person: Physical risks of climate change ‘underappreciated’

first_imgHe suggested that the Montreal Carbon Pledge – a high-profile initiative in the history of the institutional investment industry’s engagement with climate change – was no longer fit for purpose.“The Montreal pledge provided an important impetus to the Paris Agreement and I salute those at the forefront of this effort,” he said. “However, we need to move beyond carbon footprinting with a more sophisticated approach to climate risk assessment.”It was therefore positive that the PRI and its signatories were aiming to develop common stress test scenarios for climate risk, he added.Launched at PRI in Person’s Montreal conference in 2014, the pledge, according to its initiators, “allows investors to formalise their commitment to the goals of the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC), which mobilises investors to measure, disclose and reduce their portfolio carbon footprints”. Investors should focus less on carbon footprints and “so-called transition risk” and more on the physical impacts of climate change, according to the head of Deutsche Asset Management.Addressing delegates at the PRI in Person conference in Berlin, Nicolas Moreau – speaking in a personal capacity rather than on behalf of Deutsche Asset Management, at the PRI’s request – said he was encouraged by investors beginning to understand and manage their climate exposure.However, he urged investors to prioritise “pricing physical risk properly in our portfolios” instead of monitoring their carbon intensity, given that the global target of a maximum climate warming of 2°C was unlikely to be met.“I believe that the investment industry should reject the recommendation that investors disclose their carbon portfolio intensity,” he said. A joint initiative between the UN Environment Finance Initiative, Sweden’s AP4, Amundi and CDP, the PDC counts 29 investor members, who between them control over $3trn (€2.5trn) in assets and have pledged to gradually decarbonise their portfolios by a total of $600bn.The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), a high profile body running under the auspices of the Financial Stability Board, has recommended that asset owners and managers report the weighted average carbon intensity associated with their investments, although it acknowledged that “such metrics should not necessarily be interpreted as risk metrics”.Transition riskMost portfolio managers expend too much effort worrying about “so-called transition risk” and not enough about “what more actual hurricanes mean for valuations”.“That is crazy considering that new research from the academic journal Nature Climate Change estimates there is only 5% chance of keeping global warming to below two degrees centigrade,” he said.Even if carbon emissions were dramatically reduced tomorrow, stronger and more frequent extreme weather would be very likely over the next 10-20 years, he continued.Investors have “no place to hide” from the physical impacts of climate change and the disruption to property and trade flows. “If something is unavoidable you have to get organised to prepare yourself,” he said, citing how the Dutch have been building protection against rising sea levels for years.Companies need to ensure they protect themselves against the potential disruption from severe weather events, Moreau said, and investors were responsible for making sure these protections are in place to ensure their risk exposure is well managed.Moreau expressed disappointment that the TCFD had not made stronger recommendations on physical climate risk.“I believe the investment industry needs to champion the disclosure of the one in 100 years, one in 20 years as well as annual disaster risk exposures,” he said. “Such metrics helped the insurance companies in the 1990s and there’s no reason why every sector should not disclose its physical climate risk.”He highlighted Willis Towers Watson’s “1-in-100” initiative, which was launched in 2014 at a UN Climate Summit and is aimed at integrating natural disaster and climate risk into financial regulation globally, including solvency stress tests for portfolios. Moreau called for more support for this idea, “to ensure it catches on”. From policy to physical climate change risksDon’t worry so much about transition risk? Damaging climate change is unavoidable so get your house in order? This is not the loudest narrative about climate change that circles in and around the investment industry, but it was in this vein that Deutsche’s Nicolas Moreau addressed the PRI in Person conference this week.However, Moreau is not the only one in and around the investment industry to highlight the limitations of carbon footprints as a risk measure.Schroders, for example, recently presented a new carbon-at-risk tool, arguing that although carbon footprints remain the dominant measure of exposure, “at best [they] provide an incomplete and at worst a misleading picture of the risks carbon pricing presents”. Earlier this year, Schroders also presented analysis indicating the earth was on course to warm by 4° Celcius above pre-industrial levels, double the maximum set by the Paris Agreement. Zurich-based research firm Carbon Delta, meanwhile, has been offering a “Climate Value-at-Risk” measurement for several years already. And some investors are also already tuned into the need to assess and manage the risks from the physical impacts of climate change. French pension funds ERAFP and Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites last year sponsored a project designed to help financial institutions better identify the physical risks affecting their asset portfolios.Jean-Marc Jancovici, founding partner of Carbone 4, the company developing the tool, at the time told IPE that, “alas, we are now certain there will be physical consequences of global warming, even if we rapidly curb global emissions, because of the tremendous inertia of the climate system”.- Susanna Rust in Berlinlast_img read more

Military and railway history come together on bush block

first_imgThe old saw miller’s cottage at 31 Kildeys Rd, Cootharaba. Picture: Supplied. An acreage property with a former soldiers’ barracks from New Guinea, a railway waiting room and an old saw miller’s cottage has hit the market on the Sunshine Coast. The three dwellings sit on a private 4.05ha block at 31 Kildeys Rd, Cootharaba. Owner Mark Rollason said the buildings had plenty of character without flash. “There’s no plaster walls and the timber floors aren’t polished — it is what it is,” he said. The main building is an old saw miller’s cottage from Cooroy, which was built around 1910 and moved on the property in 1988. The rooms in the old barracks feature timber shutters. Picture: Supplied. The old waiting room from the Cooran railway station was also moved to the property in 1995. Mr Rollason said he stumped the little building and added a wraparound veranda after buying the property. “We call it the honeymoon suite because it’s just the bedroom and bathroom,” he said. “It’s good if you’ve got older kids or for when people come to visit so they’re not in your space.” The former railway waiting room now sits on stumps and has a veranda. Picture: Supplied. The property is partially-cleared and well hidden from the road. “I cleared around the house a bit after I moved in,” Mr Rollason said. “You used to walk out the door and the bush was nearly on top of you.“Now there’s a bit more space. And because it’s almost like a semi-rainforest you get cool breezes that go through the place.” The property is being marketed by Claire Reyne of Hangloosa Property Noosa for offers over $679,000. The rustic kitchen in the main cottage has satinay benchtops. The cottage has high ceilings, beech floors, VJ walls, a wood fire stove and a timber kitchen with satinay benchtops sitting on a bloodwood trunk. There is an open-plan living space, a bedroom and a bathroom, all opening to the wraparound veranda. Covered walkways lead to the barracks in one direction and the waiting room in the other. The barracks once housed soldiers in New Guinea before it was moved to the Gympie railway station to be used as sleeping quarters for staff. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017The treehouse that’s good for mind, body and soul29 Mar 2019The old saw miller’s cottage has a light-filled living space opening to the wraparound veranda. Picture: Supplied. The timber building was moved to Kildeys Rd in 1995. It features three bedrooms, a veranda and a double carport. “It’s made out of hardwood — you can’t even hammer an nail it the timber, you have to drill into it,” Mr Rollason said. “It’s also got windows on one side and these big wooden shutters on the other and they just open up and let the breeze through.”last_img read more

WoodMac podcast: Zama field discovery ‘exciting for Mexico’

first_imgWood Mackenzie’s “Energy Alert” podcast took a closer look at this week’s big news regarding Talos’ Zama discovery and Eni’s successful appraisal offshore Mexico as well as the acquisition of Carcara interest by Statoil in Brazil.Offshore Energy Today reported on Wednesday that Talos Energy and its partners Sierra and Premier made what they claim to be a world-class, historic oil discovery of more than a billion barrels, offshore Mexico.The Zama-1 well is the first offshore exploration well drilled by the private sector in Mexico’s history.According to Premier’s statement on Wednesday, preliminary analysis indicates initial gross original oil in place estimates for the Zama-1 well are more than 1 billion barrels, which could extend into a neighboring block.The entire Zama Field is estimated to hold more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent and is considered one of the largest shallow water fields discovered in the past 20 years.On the same day, Eni announced a successful appraisal result and testing of the Amoca-3 well in the shallow waters of Mexico’s Campeche Bay.With the results of the Amoca-3 well, Eni has boosted the resource estimate of the Amoca field to 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent in place, and the Area 1 total estimated resource base to 1,3 billion barrels of oil in place, of which 90% is oil, with further upside.A very busy day news-wise for the oil industry in the Americas was topped off by Statoil signing an agreement with Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (QGEP) for the acquisition of QGEP’s 10 percent interest in the BM-S-8 license in Brazil’s Santos basin.The additional equity will increase Statoil’s operated interest in the license from to 76 percent. The total consideration for the transaction is $379 million.Offshore Energy Today has shared the podcast above with permission from Wood Mackenzie, an energy intelligence group.last_img read more

Screen time can lead to eyestrain in kids

first_imgAAP News 11 November 2014A growing children’s health concern could literally be staring you in the face.Youths can suffer from eyestrain caused by using digital screens to do homework, read or play games. Symptoms include dry or red eyes, blurred vision, light sensitivity, headache and neck pain.As children today become more “plugged in,” the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to keep an eye on their children’s vision.One study found that children may be at greater risk for symptoms of eyestrain than grown-ups because many computer workspaces are arranged to serve adults. The best viewing height for a computer screen is 15 degrees below the line of vision. While adults look slightly down at a computer, a child who is shorter has to look up at an uncomfortable angle. In addition, a child can strain his or her neck and back when using a keyboard or chair that has been positioned for an adult.Many children also play video games for hours on end and ignore eye discomfort, which can worsen symptoms. read more

Area Football Friday Scores-Week #8

first_imgArea Football Friday ScoresWeek #8  (10-5)Batesville  44     Franklin County  13East Central  38     Greensburg  14Providence  42     Milan  13Oldenburg  16     South Decatur  7North Decatur  48     Switz. County  6South Dearborn  34     Rushville  6Lawrenceburg  27     Connersville  26Wes-Del  56     Edinburgh  0Monroe Central  38     Union County  12Floyd Central  37     Jennings County  14Bedford North-Lawrence  55     Madison  19last_img

Sorensen willing to bide his time

first_img Press Association The 36-year-old Dane has 12 months remaining on his contract but was second choice behind Asmir Begovic last season. Begovic has been linked with a move to Liverpool but that will depend on the future of Reds keeper Jose Reina, whose reported move to Barcelona may have been scuppered by Victor Valdes’ decision to see out the final year of his contact. However with England Under-21 international Jack Butland joining the club full-time, Sorensen’s position may be squeezed further. “I do want to be playing more and if I am in the manager’s plans then great,” he told The Sentinel. “I am really happy at Stoke and my family are happy. That is a big thing for me, especially at my age. “It is a long summer and a lot can happen, but when we report back I am sure everyone will know what the club’s plans are. “It was frustrating (last season) but I have great respect for how Asmir played. “It makes it easier to accept when you are not in the team if the other guy is doing a great job. “It doesn’t reflect on my capabilities and I have not changed by ambitions, I want to get in that team and do well. “But I have been long enough in the game to know you have to wait and see.” center_img Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is prepared to wait until the squad returns for pre-season training to discover what his future holds under new manager Mark Hughes.last_img read more

Mourinho happy with mature Chelsea

first_img “The goal was like a knife in our back; by surprise you are losing 1-0,” Mourinho said. “(But) in the first half we played very well. We played with balance, we played calm, no panic, no silly decisions, no mistakes, not going from 1-0 to 2-0, not risking a lot. That was a sign of maturity. “We deserved the three points in a match which was a must-win for us. We knew that three title contenders lost points before us, so it was important for us to win this game.” Mourinho attempted to play down Chelsea’s title ambitions, merely suggesting it was important his team were in contention after being out of it at this stage of the season in recent campaigns. “They must feel the responsibility to play for Chelsea,” Mourinho added. “Feeling that Chelsea cannot be in December – like it happened in a few seasons – completely out of the title race. “I can’t establish targets. I can’t say ‘now I want to win five consecutive matches, now I want to be top of the league’. “One of the things these boys have to learn is to cope with the responsibility of being there. We cannot be 15 points behind by December, we have to be there.” Next Chelsea face Sunderland, Stoke and Crystal Palace in three Premier League games before the December 23 contest at Arsenal. Mourinho is not ready to look ahead to the trip to the Emirates Stadium. “Now we have two matches away, after that we play Crystal Palace at home,” he added. “We are playing against three teams, they need points, because of the position they have, so we are going to have very difficult matches.” Michael Essien, on his first Premier League start since May 2012, gave away the ball for Rodriguez’s goal and was off the pace in a first half where he was booked for diving. Mourinho replaced the Ghana midfielder at half-time, insisting he did so only to safeguard against a potential dismissal. “Everybody makes a mistake,” Mourinho added. “Strikers they miss goals, goalkeepers they make mistakes, midfield players, they lose balls, especially when they try to play. And he tried to play. It was a back pass and they scored the goal. “He had a very normal performance. He played a part in the stability the team had in the first half, but one yellow card for 45 minutes is a long time. “I had to take one off and it was a very normal decision. Essien is Essien, he’s my man, he’s a Chelsea man and no problem, because other guys they make mistakes.” Ba was Essien’s replacement and proved a nuisance up front alongside Fernando Torres in a 4-4-2 formation as Chelsea chased the game, with Frank Lampard on in midfield for Oscar, who went off injured. “We gave Southampton a different game, a game that they didn’t expect,” Mourinho said. “I think it was difficult for them to cope with the situation.” Mauricio Pochettino admitted the early goal had an impact on Southampton’s approach and rued the concession of two goals from set-pieces. “It’s clear that the game changed when we scored that goal so early on,” Pochettino said. “I think we competed well and even up to them getting even, I think that was our best spell during the game because we were attacking. “Then we conceded two goals from set-pieces. That cannot happen. “That’s a mistake that shouldn’t happen in football. They were soft goals we shouldn’t have conceded.” After a first defeat in nine games at Arsenal, Saints have now lost to two of the title contenders who Pochettino says cannot be split. “They’re clearly two teams that are going to be in the fighting to win the league,” Pochettino said. “Both teams have their strengths, have their weapons to inflict a lot of danger to their opposition.” After Jay Rodriguez’s opening goal, Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba scored in the second half as Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League home record was extended to 67 games and the Blues won for a sixth time in seven attempts at Stamford Bridge this season. The result was all the more significant after Liverpool lost at Hull and Manchester United and Tottenham drew at White Hart Lane. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with the response of his players to conceding after 13 seconds in the 3-1 defeat of Southampton which took his side within four points of Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli’s India secure historic 31-run win over Australia in Adelaide, take 1-0 lead in series

first_imgNew Delhi: The Adelaide Oval has a special place for Indian fans. In 2003, Rahul Dravid’s brilliant 233 and 72* helped India win a Test in Australia for the first time in 22 years. In 2018, Cheteshwar Pujara, considered Dravid’s understudy, scored 123 and 71 as Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team overcame stiff resistance from the Australian tail to register a 31-run win in Adelaide on Monday and take a 1-0 lead in the series. This win will be considered even more historic considering that this was the first time ever that India won an opening match of a Test series in Australia. The win will be special for Kohli’s side but they had to fight every inch of the way.Resuming on 104/4, needing a further 219 runs, Australia did not get off to a great start with Travis Head (14) being undone by a short ball from Ishant Sharma. However, Shaun Marsh, who had seven successive single-digit scores, came back to form at the right time with his 10th fifty. He was ably assisted by Tim Paine, who gave him good company. The 51-run stand steadied Australia and gave them hope of an unexpected win. However, just before the lunch interval, Marsh poked at a delivery from Jasprit Bumrah and Pant took a simple catch to end his resistance.Read |India vs Australia 1st Test: Kohli’s side win by 31 runsAt the other end, Australia skipper Paine looked solid and assured but immediately after the lunch interval, he miscued a short ball and Pant took another neat catch. India now harboured hopes of running through the tail but they were denied by some bloody-minded determination from the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood.Read | Pant creates new wicketkeeping record in Adelaide Test vs AustraliaFirst, Starc and Cummins shared a 41-run stand for the eighth wicket. Cummins was the sheet anchor while Starc chose the more attacking option. Yet again, Australia dreamt of the improbable but Mohammed Shami brought them back to reality when Starc edged the bowler for 28. With Pant taking yet another catch, he took his tally of catches to 11, breaking Wriddhiman Saha’s record and becoming only the third keeper after AB de Villiers and Jack Russell of England to achieve this feat.If Starc proved troublesome, Lyon gave India plenty of worries. He started off aggressively with a couple of fours and kept rotating the strike. Slowly, the deficit was being reduced and tension started to mount in the Indian camp. They were given some relief when Cummins edged Bumrah to Kohli but the frustration was showing on the Indians, with the Indian skipper flinging the ball down in anger after the dismissal.Lyon was joined by Hazlewood and the tailenders showed the top order batsmen the merits of application on this wicket. When the deficit narrowed to under 40, the tension was palpable. However, with two minutes to go for the tea interval, Ashwin got Hazlewood to edge an offbreak and India had secured a hard-fought win. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more