Czech Republic shutting schools, events over coronavirus

first_imgThe Czech Republic is to close schools indefinitely and ban events hosting more than 100 people in new measures to contain the coronavirus, its prime minister said on Tuesday.The central European country has reported 40 cases of coronavirus since detecting the first infections on March 1.In most cases, the virus appeared in people coming from northern Italy, the worst-hit area of Europe. “Our paramount task is the health of our citizens,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis told a news conference on Tuesday.”We understand this will be very unpleasant for people, but we want to prevent, by all means, what happened in Italy from happening here.”Officials said the measures were decided after a Prague taxi driver was diagnosed with the disease, the first case where the source of infection could not be identified.The new measures will close schools and universities, but not kindergartens, from Wednesday. A ban from Tuesday night on events ranges from film and theatre to other cultural, sports and religious gatherings.The Czech government has already banned flights with Italy, and issued mandatory quarantines for thousands returning from vacation in the southern European country.On Monday, it banned hospital and retirement home visits, and started border checks including taking temperatures and testing any foreign travelers feeling ill.Topics :last_img read more

China says US ‘abusing power’ by squeezing TikTok

first_imgDetails of the injunction remain sealed for now by the court in Washington.The US squeeze on TikTok is one of a litany of issues souring relations between the rival powers, spanning tech, defense, human rights and contested seas.US tech giants have also raised concerns over the precedent a ban could set for a free internet — and the prospect of reprisals against American firms operating in China’s vast market.ByteDance has begun discussing a complex transfer of ownership to Silicon Valley giant Oracle.A tentative deal unveiled last weekend would make Oracle the technology partner for TikTok and a stakeholder in a new entity to be known as TikTok Global.TikTok said Sunday it would “maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government” on the plan, which has received preliminary approval from Trump.But it was still unclear whether the deal would be approved by Beijing, where some consider the US move an unjustified appropriation of Chinese technology. Beijing on Monday accused the Trump administration of abusing “national power” by trying to ban TikTok, as a federal court gave the video app’s US operations a stay of execution.A US government order had sought to ban new downloads of the Chinese-owned app from midnight (0400 GMT Monday) — but allow use of TikTok until November 12, when all use would be blocked.President Donald Trump claims the popular app poses a national security threat and harvests data for Beijing via its Chinese parent company ByteDance — allegations the firm vehemently denies. Topics :center_img Describing the order as “bullying behavior”, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said it was evidence of “abusing national power to unreasonably suppress other countries’ enterprises”.Instead, the US should “provide a fair, just, open, and non-discriminatory business environment for companies around the world investing and operating in the country”, Wang added.China says Trump is strong-arming the company into giving up full ownership of a lucrative app — with 100 million US subscribers — to an American rival.But late on Sunday a US federal court issued a temporary block on the order after TikTok’s lawyers successfully argued it was a “punitive” ban motivated by politics rather than genuine security fears.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Review of Feasibility of Added Passenger Rail Service in Western Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces New Review of Feasibility of Added Passenger Rail Service in Western Pennsylvania Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Acknowledging the continued interest in adding passenger rail service in western Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will take another look at adding service between Altoona and Pittsburgh.“I know the appetite for such service remains strong in western Pennsylvania, and I have asked PennDOT to check once again about whether such a step is possible,” Governor Wolf said. “I want to exhaust every angle possible to serve the needs of this region.”The new effort will include a review of several past studies on the Keystone West Corridor and will gather information about the condition of the right of way, current and projected rail freight activity on the line, track and platform alignments and historic ridership data. An estimate of costs of needed improvements also will be developed.The study also will produce three potential service plans and include a travel demand marketing assessment and ridership estimates.The work will include outreach to Norfolk Southern Railroad, which owns the corridor between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, and Amtrak, which currently operates the cross-state Pennsylvanian, a once daily train in each direction between New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, as well as hourly service east of Harrisburg.“This study will help answer some important unresolved questions about a way forward with this added service for western Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf added. “Offering transportation options aligns with my promise to all Pennsylvanians that my administration would deliver a government that works for a better quality of life.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 21, 2018last_img read more

Pirates Fall To Pacers In Soccer Play

first_imgOn the second night of back-to-back road games, the Greensburg Pirates traveled to Switzerland County to take on the Pacers and lost 4-2.Greensburg started the game off with a goal in the first minute (something that hasn’t been accomplished in over three years), when Joseph Pacilio received a well placed through ball from Vincent Pavy and found the back of the net. With Greensburg up 1-0 early, the Pacers battled back and were able to score the equalizer less than 15 minutes later. The weather conditions led to some sloppy play including some misfires from both teams. Greensburg got the chance to go up once again when freshman Sage O’Mara scored a goal off of a header that came from a corner kick from junior Nicholas Zapfe.Once again, Switzerland County equalized to draw the score to 2-2 at halftime. The second half was a very defensive battle throughout until the final 12 minutes, when Switzerland County buried a shot from 25 yards out. The Pirates continued to fight and get scoring chances late, but another goal from the Pacers put the Pirates away for good and pushed the score to 4-2.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

New foundation director named in Decatur County

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County has introduced Susan Burkhart as the new director. Former director, Bryan Robbins has taken over as the president of the Greensburg-Decatur County Economic Development Corporation.Burkhart has been a member of the foundation board since 2012 and has been the president for the last two years. She has served on the Gala committee and is the co-creator of “Tee Off Fore Tatas.”Burkhart said, “I cant wait to meet the entire staff at the Hospital. Every time I am at the hospital whether it is for a board meeting or to check in at the Gift Shop, I see so many friendly faces. By getting to know them and by working together we can create a better hospital.”The foundation raises money to support the Decatur County Memorial Hospital and improve the quality of life for all residents.last_img read more

Hall of Fame

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) BAR HARBOR — Nominations are now being accepted for the second inauguration into the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans Hall of Fame.The only stipulation for nominations is that the individual has played or coached at MDIHS and has been out of high school for at least five years.“It is just a thing to start acknowledging some of the people who have gone through the school who have made significant contributions to the high school, the athletic department and the community as a whole,” said MDIHS athletic director Bunky Dow.Contact Mr. Dow at 288-3511, extension 327 or bdow@u98.k12.me.us. The form will eventually be posted on the MDIHS web site.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Bio Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Cricket News Big Bash League: Perth Scorchers batsman dismissed off seventh ball in over, creates controversy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Big Bash League clash between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers witnessed a high-scoring encounter. Sydney Sixers were boosted by aggressive knocks from Daniel Hughes (36) and Moises Henriques (38) as they reached 177/5. In response, Cameron Bancroft, making his comeback after serving a nine-month ban due to the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, blasted an unbeaten 87 and shared a 98-run stand with Ashton Turner (60) to help the Scorchers achieve a seven-wicket win with seven balls to spare. However, the match was overshadowed by a moment of controversy during the Perth Scorchers’ chase and it involved Michael Klinger. The incident became a big talking point and it involved the umpires.The incident took place in the second over of the Scorchers’ chase and Michael Klinger was the batsman. Ben Dwarshuis, a left-arm pace bowler, was bowling and after bowling a dot-ball to Bancroft, he conceded a leg bye and two byes in the next two balls. On the fourth ball, Klinger got a single to backward square leg. Bancroft was on strike for the next two balls as he pulled a couple to deep midwicket and a single to long leg. The umpires should have called the end of the over but Dwarshius was allowed to bowl. On the seventh ball, Klinger (2) upper-cut a short ball and was caught by Steve O’Keefe at third man.The dismissal on the seventh ball of the over resulted in plenty of controversy, with several fans pointing out the poor umpiring standards. Scorchers coach Adam Voges said the controversy was “not ideal”. “Obviously it’s the umpires’ jobs to count the number of balls in an over,” he said. Cricket Australia said the incident would be “followed up”.   Read More | Do you know who hit the first six in the history of cricket?”It appears there was a miscount of balls in the over, and a seventh ball was allowed by the umpires,” a spokesperson said on the official website. “As the ball was bowled, it is deemed live and consequently the decision stands. The incident will be followed up in Cricket Australia’s general match review process and feedback will of course be taken on board.”Read More | Bhuvneshwar Kumar aims to fill Jasprit Bumrah’s shoesPerth Scorchers registered their second consecutive win but they still remain in last position. Sydney Sixers, despite the loss, are still in third position. Hobart Hurricanes remain on top spot while Sydney Thunder are in second position. Adelaide Strikers, the defending champions, are in fourth spot. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Men’s crew hits water in Boston to open year

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s rowing team, coming off a season in which they were crowned IRA national champions, will hit the water for the first time this season this weekend at the Head of the Charles meet in Boston.Despite the fact that this meet has no bearing on the regular season, UW head coach Chris Clark is still excited for the race, as he knows the prominence of rowing in the northeast adds to the excitement of beginning a new season.“It’s the first time guys will put on a uniform here at Wisconsin and race since last June,” Clark said in his press conference Monday. “Rowing is a part of life there at Boston. A couple hundred thousand people show to this regatta. It’s a big scene and a lot of fun. There’s 8,500 competitors, and in our particular event there’s about 40 teams. Last year we finished second in the race and were the top college finisher behind only the U.S. Olympic team.”However, Clark knows that this race is only a warm-up for the regular season.“This could be considered preseason, and as much as we’d like to do well here, the races in the spring are the ones that count. It’s an exciting start to the season though, that’s for sure,” Clark said. “[Tuesday] morning will actually be the first time we row our lineup for this race. It will be tough. It always is because there’s not a lot of preparation involved.”Veterans lead the wayThe lack of preparation time won’t hurt the Badgers as much as it could because the team returns six of their top nine rowers from last season.The team lost senior coxswain Adam Barhamand and seniors Derek Rasmussen and Joe McMullin, but returns seniors Grant and Ross James, Max Goff, Zach Krupp, Ed Newman and George Walters from the national championship roster.Clark knows this experience will help his team but isn’t making any guarantees.“Let’s assume that those six will be back and better than ever. And that’s a big assumption. I have no idea who will fill those other spots,” Clark said. “The seniors have to realize that they have to better than the year before and that’s a tough thing to do. They aren’t guaranteed spots, but I’ll be very unhappy if they’re not in that top boat.”Clark also realizes that things may not always be as good as they are now for the Badgers.“I know I’ll be looking back next year and thinking, ‘These were the good old days.’ And I know how quickly things change,” Clark said. “I’m enjoying it while I’ve got guys that are this talented, and some of them really are.”In looking forward to this season, Clark knows that it won’t be easy to repeat but is looking forward to the challenge.“Whatever the feeling I had after last season, I want it again,” Clark said. “It wasn’t flashy, but it sure felt good.”last_img read more

AnnaMarie Gatti stifles Colgate in 2-0 SU win

first_imgAnnaMarie Gatti allowed an early double as Meghan Romero connected on a pitch, sending it into the left-field corner. Romero strolled in to second base, leaving Colgate with an early opportunity to grab the lead.True to her recent form in her last few starts in Syracuse, she retired the next 16 batters.Gatti delivered her third consecutive home complete game shutout to propel Syracuse (30-19, 9-12 Atlantic Coast) past Colgate (11-29, 6-9 Patriot) 2-0. Gatti rolled through the Colgate lineup nearly three full times without ever facing multiple base runners in one inning. Gatti allowed three hits Wednesday night, striking out six, marking 21 consecutive home innings pitched without allowing a run.In her last two home outings entering the win over Colgate, Gatti threw 14 shutout innings in two wins for the Orange.Once the SU offense provided two runs in the first two innings, Gatti said she felt comfortable, mowing down the Raider hitters in order. She faced a runner in scoring position just once in the first inning and had no issues of working around.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If I get the leadoff I feel more relieved,” Gatti said, “because more times than not, the leadoff runner gets me.”Gatti retired the leadoff hitter in the first inning, on a line out to center. The double down the line left Syracuse facing a potential early deficit, until Gatti registered a strikeout and an infield pop out to end the inning.The senior retired the leadoff hitter in all seven innings. Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch said that since returning from Notre Dame on April 8, Gatti’s rhythm has produced improved results on the mound.“You find a point where they turn a corner,” Bosch said. “Commanding the zone, she’s really getting ahead with batters, using her pitches effectively, hitting her spots.”As her changeup produced fly balls, and often solid contact, Gatti turned to the drop ball to record outs. She forced the next three hitters — and five of the next six — into groundouts. The entire infield went through fielding practice as they piled up infield assists.The second time through the order, Gatti faced Romero again in the top of the fourth. This time, Gatti struck her out. Gatti said she doesn’t really think much about her hitter’s tendencies when she’s standing on the mound.She leaves that to catcher Michala Maciolek and assistant coach Miranda Kramer, who compile hitting tendencies and charts for opposing teams. Maciolek and Kramer make the calls, and Gatti delivers the pitches. This simplifies pitching for Gatti, she said, allowing her to focus on hitting the strike zone and producing the necessary movement on her pitches.“It is easier if you play your own game,” Gatti said. “It took me awhile to realize that, but it’s better if I just play my game.”After the first two batters she faced produced solid contact, Gatti avoided solid contact for most of the evening. Both of the two other hits Gatti allowed could have easily been outs, as a 2-out line drive hit off the glove of leaping first base Faith Cain in the top of the sixth. Cain nearly reeled in the laser, but instead, Gatti allowed her first baserunner since the opening frame. She responded with a fastball first pitch to Romero, who grounded out to third to the end inning.Later, with two outs in the seventh, Gatti misplayed a weak grounder at her feet, and a hit was awarded. She responded by striking out the next batter.Gatti pounded the strike zone on Wednesday, getting ahead in counts and using the drop ball to finish off hitters. She tallied six strikeouts, three looking, as the Raiders rarely made solid contact. She avoided free passes to Colgate hitters, with zero walks allowed. Walks have plagued Gatti in previously poor outings.Against Niagara, Gatti walked eight batters, allowing five runs in just four innings. As Syracuse transitions into the postseason, the Orange will need starts similar to the last three for Gatti if it wants to make a deep run in the ACC tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.“Everything you want a pitcher to do, she’s been doing,” Bosch said. “She’s gotten real big outs, and that leads to wins.” Comments Published on May 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sean Hurley – Amelco – Targeting operators with the fully flexible ATS solution at #boscon2017

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles Amelco, Silver Sponsor for the upcoming Betting on Sports conference (12-15 September), helps to create and generate prices for some of the most successful sportsbook operators.Less than two weeks before the event, we spoke to Amelco Head of Commercial Sean Hurley about the company’s tailored systems for sports betting, a trading shift towards third parties and what he expects #boscon2017 delegates to learn about its services at Olympia Conference Centre.SBC: Amelco has an interesting background developing tailored systems for betting and financial trading. Can you detail for SBC readers your company’s journey and services?SH: Amelco was born out of a history of building software solutions for pricing, trading and execution platforms offering electronic brokering services to the global banking sector. For the last 10 years Amelco has been supplying bespoke enterprise sports betting and trading platforms to some of the biggest bookmakers in the world. Coming from a background of building financial systems has enabled Amelco to build extremely reliable and robust solutions with the ability to be able to consume and process an incredible amount of data in real time.This experience has aided with the development and deployment of the some of the most sophisticated products available in the market which has made us the supplier of choice for multi territory tier one operators. All our development and operations are run from our home in the city of London, utilising the best technical talent available to supply the most cutting edge modular and end to end solutions in the industry.SBC: You are targeting growth within the betting sector at a time when operators are re-evaluating their sportsbook suppliers. What is your approach to servicing industry stakeholders?SH: Our approach is simple, flexibility. Too often operators are told what they can and can’t do with their brands by suppliers and in such a saturated marketplace it’s crucial that operators can differentiate themselves as much as possible. From a front-end perspective, we enable you to fully customise the look and feel of your brands, this is very evident in the fact that you would be hard pushed to find two Amelco clients with offerings that look remotely similar.As well as being able to give the client the power to fully dictate the styling of their brands, we also have a fully responsive CMS which is made available to each operator. Through the CMS the operator can create pages for each of their brands, dynamically change the layout, schedule promotions, manage bonuses plus many other features. Our operators really value this aspect of the product; it enables them to be able to instantly make changes without having to issue change requests.Although the frontend sportsbook is very important, the flexibility of the Amelco solution really does stem from our industry leading trading platform. The Amelco Trading System (ATS) is used extensively by tier one operators, of which several them are now multi brand and manage their entire trading operation from a single version of ATS.ATS gives the operator the power to create unlimited channels and segments which can then be configured to feed a different product to multiple front-end sportsbooks, this includes different legislation, events, markets, margins etc.For example, a multi territory operator can have a totally different offering in the UK, Russia, Africa and Asia. Included in this is the ability to if they wish to use different feeds and third parties per channel. All risk and trading can then be consolidated and managed centrally or broken up and handled segment by segment, it all just depends on how the operator wants to manage their business.SBC: Is trading still a key domain for industry bookmakers, or has this shifted to third parties?SH: I think this really depends on the bookmaker, there are so many variables from the size of the operator to the territories they are targeting that come into play. For small to medium sized bookmakers, third parties are often unavoidable due to the costs involved in acquiring models, the trading tools and the actual traders to enable keeping everything in house.So, in these circumstances opting for a third-party provider makes logical sense especially when you are looking to offer the peripheral low volume sports where the benefit of investing in specialist traders just doesn’t make financial sense.At Amelco, we have our own in-house London based trading team using proprietary Amelco models but this service is treated as an additional module and the operator is under no obligation to take this. We also give the operator the ability to choose to use any of the third-party trading providers we have integrated in our platform, so the operator can build the trading solution that works best for them.The sophistication of ATS even allows the operator to mix and match feeds and third parties across various channels. We have a number of operators who use ATS and the tools that come with the module but they then choose to handle all of the day to day trading themselves and have no third-party involvement other than data feeds.We have operators who use a hybrid approach and keep aspects in house but outsource fragments too. We also have operators who outsource all their trading, so we just listen to requirements and then configure the solution accordingly. Taking flexibility to an even higher level, we also give the operator the ability to build their own algos and integrate them into our trading engine using our black boxed environment to ensure all IP is protected.The beauty of working with Amelco is you can have the best of both worlds. You can maximise third parties as much as you require, but also take control on an ad hoc basis if you really want to own certain sports / leagues / events which are especially important to you. Nothing is set in stone either, you can start off with a fully outsourced solution and then gradually take more and more control as your business grows.SBC: From a leadership perspective, what future technologies and user trends do you feel will have the biggest impact on trading?SH: When thinking about the next 12-18 months it’s hard to ignore how important social media and the “request a bet” feature is going to continue be. The reach that some of the larger Facebook affiliates have across their network of Facebook groups is incredible.These groups have the power to have huge positive and negative effects on bookmaker margins when they push a promo or a specific bet. The player acquisition and retention arms race between marketing departments continues to produce insane price boosts on what feels like a daily basis. Although the losses from these promotions will no doubt be apportioned as marketing costs, they ultimately do disrupt the underlying trading margins as well as the trading teams in the process.Conversely the “request a bet” phenomenon can have incredibly positive affects to trading margins. Traders are able to bake in great margins to these requests and due to the inherent uniqueness of each of these bets there is no real way to price compare, that is of course in the rare instance that a punter requesting such a bet might be price sensitive anyway.From an Amelco perspective, we continue to give operators the ability to be as creative as they require with creating promotions and we also have the ability to let operators build their own bets and publish them on site, that is even if they have decided to take our fully managed trading solution. Also, being exclusively a B2B provider we work to our operators’ requirements. We have no ownership stake in any B2C provider so we remain extremely independent and beholden to develop new features in line with our operators’ individual road maps.SBC: What do you want delegates to learn about Amelco services at the upcoming Betting on Sports conference?SH: Although Amelco have been supplying cutting edge enterprise trading and sportsbook solutions to some of the biggest household tier one names in the industry for the last 10 years, we have remained relatively under the radar. So, we are just looking to introduce our products to the wider industry and explore ways in which we can help operators fulfil their aspirations. StumbleUpon Amelco continues international expansion with Colorado licence July 2, 2020 Alternative betting markets: short-term filler or long-term fixture? May 12, 2020 Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020last_img read more