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Odfjell’s rig sails towards South Africa to resume drilling at Block 11B/12B

first_imgAfrica Energy said that the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig has departed Bergen, Norway, and is headed towards Block 11B/12B, offshore South Africa Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger to carry out a multi-well drilling campaign at Block 11B/12B. (Credit: Odfjell Drilling Ltd.) Africa Energy and its partners are all set to begin a multi-well drilling campaign on Block 11B/12B in South African waters with the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig in the coming few months.The Canadian oil and gas company said that the drilling rig has departed Bergen, Norway, and is headed towards South Africa.Block 11B/12B is located in the Outeniqua Basin nearly 175km off the southern coast of South Africa. It spans an area of 18,734km2 and is contained in water depths ranging from 200m-2,000m.Africa Energy has an effective interest of 4.9% in the exploration right for Block 11B/12B. The Canadian firm holds 49% of the shares in Main Street 1549 Proprietary, which has a 10% participating stake in the offshore South African block.French oil and gas major Total is the operator with a 45% stake in the block while Qatar Petroleum and CNRI, are the other partners with stakes of 25% and 20%, respectively.Block 11B/12B contains the Brulpadda oil and gas discoveryAfrica Energy president and CEO Garrett Soden said: “We are excited to begin the next phase of exploration drilling on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa. The Odfjell rig is mobilizing from Norway to South Africa in order to spud the Luiperd-1 well by September.“Luiperd is the largest prospect in the Paddavissie Fairway and has been de-risked by the nearby Brulpadda discovery and subsequent 3D seismic work.”The Brulpadda oil and gas discovery was drilled by the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig in February 2019. It is contained in the Paddavissie Fairway, located in the southwest corner of the block.The Brulpadda well intersected oil pay and a total of 57m of net gas condensate pay over two Middle to Lower Cretaceous high-quality reservoirs.Alongside Brulpadda, there are various large submarine fan prospects in the Paddavissie Fairway that have been de-risked considerably by the discovery and subsequent 3D seismic acquisition, said Africa Energy.last_img read more

Horror and Depp-ravity in the woods

first_imgJohnny Depp really should get himself a new agent. The man has worldwide adulation from female fans, and a talent as reliable as any Hollywood heavyweight. He’s probably one of the most bankable actors at work today. But judging from his track record, he chooses his scripts either blindfold or just blind drunk. For every classic he’s made ( Platoon, Donnie Brasco etc), there’s a clanger to match ( A Nightmare on Elm Street 6, enough said). These days, though, he seems to be resigned to carrying films singlehandedly. Pirates of the Caribbean would have been instantly forgettable without his swaggering brilliance as Captain Jack Sparrow. Hell, even the Academy had to swallow their usual stuffiness and hand him a Best Actor nomination for what was, basically, a pantomime performance. This week’s Secret Windowfinds him once again fighting a valiant battle against a mediocre script. A Stephen King adaptation, it gives him a chance to playfully undermine his sex-symbol status as a grubby, dishevelled novelist (Mort Rainey), holed-up alone in a log cabin following a split from his wife. Shuffling around in a mangy dressing gown, surviving on Doritos and cigarettes, Mort battles writer’s block in a lovesick stupour. Life isn’t exactly made any easier by the appearance of a wacko redneck (John Turturro), angrily claiming that Mort plagiarised a story of his. Rather than letting their lawyers settle it, he wants do things the good old-fashioned psycho way involving vendettas and imaginative intimidation. Of course, this being a psycho movie, Johnny stubbornly remains in his creepy cabin in the woods, even while all those other dispensable peripheral characters receive screwdrivers in their heads with quick succession. As terrifying as all this may sound, the film actually works much better as a light comedy than a thriller, thanks to Depp’s bumbling amiability as Mort and some beautifully deadpan one-liners. But as welcome as this light relief may be, it only succeeds in making the film strangely schizophrenic in tone; an uneasy marriage of humour and horror. Mind you, all this would still be forgivable if the finale didn’t feature a twist so ludicrous it makes The Sixth Senseseem one-dimensional. It’s one of those ones that doesn’t stagger you with its ingeniousness but just leaves you feeling cheated when the assumptions you’ve built up and interest you’ve invested in characters are left completely redundant. The unintentional irony of Mort’s remark, that “the only thing that matters is the ending. It’s the most important part of the story”, only adds salt to the audience’s wounds. You’re left wishing that Johnny had heeded his own warning. And fired his agent while he was at it.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

An ocean of concern

first_imgClimate change may not have been as prominent in the headlines in the 1980s as it is today, but it was certainly on the minds of engineers designing a new sewage-treatment plant for Boston.Today, the massive Deer Island plant can boast of being one of the first major coastal projects that had a nearly 2-foot rise in sea level designed into its construction. That is good news to area residents because the plant — one of the nation’s largest — handles sewage from 61 Boston area municipalities and 2.5 million customers.Built to clean up Boston Harbor, partly in response to a major lawsuit, the plant was designed to withstand a 100-year storm, then was raised an additional 1.9 feet in anticipation of possible sea-level rise. Its outflow tunnel, which disperses treated wastewater into the ocean nine miles offshore, was made larger to account for changes to the dynamics of the gravity-powered system as the sea level rises.A group of students from Harvard and Brazil toured the plant and spoke to officials there about its design and operation. The Jan. 16 visit was part of a two-week, cooperative winter program sponsored by Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the University of São Paolo in Brazil.This year’s subject, “Urban Adaptation to Climate Change: Resilient Cities,” brought students to Deer Island and to New York, where they toured areas affected by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, including the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and the South Ferry Station.The program is the latest in an annual series that began five years ago. The collaborative program between Harvard and one of Brazil’s most prestigious engineering schools alternates visits to Cambridge and Brazil, drawing roughly half of its 29 students from each institution.Patrick Ulrich, assistant director for undergraduate studies in environmental science and engineering at SEAS, said this year’s topic was selected as a natural sequel to last year’s program on energy and climate change, which was held in Brazil. This year’s program went well, Ulrich said, with students from different countries meshing and forming friendships.“They’ve been fantastic. The students are a really good group. They integrated … right off the bat,” he said.Lindsay Woodson, a master’s degree student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, said she enjoyed getting to know the course’s Brazilian students and listening to the perspectives they brought. The New York excursion to view the recovery from Sandy was most interesting to her, she said, because her academic focus is on risk and resilience.Steven Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science and one of the program’s core faculty members, said a main purpose of the effort is to give engineering students direct exposure to people in the field who work daily on issues the students are learning about.“I think it’s been spectacular,” Wofsy said. “It’s hard to decide which is the high point.”Students spent about an hour touring Deer Island, viewing the giant, egg-shaped digesters, flares for burning off excess gas, and primary and secondary treatment areas. The visit included a talk by Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, director of planning for the Metropolitan Water Resources Authority (MWRA), which runs the plant, and Dave Duest, manager of process control at the plant.Estes-Smargiassi gave a brief history of the plant and an overview of the MWRA system, which not only collects and processes wastewater, but also provides clean drinking water from its reservoirs. Deer Island, Estes-Smargiassi said, is in many ways a huge recycling plant because it treats and reuses much of the effluent it takes in.The egg-shaped digesters convert much of the waste into natural gas, which is harvested to provide 64 percent of the plant’s power. Much of the remaining solid matter is sent as sludge to a plant in Quincy, where it is dried and processed into fertilizer. Some 10 million gallons of treated wastewater are recycled through the plant, providing a source of water for tasks — such as tank cleaning — where non-potable water can be used. Of an average 260 tons of sludge that come into the plant each day, just 10 tons are released into the ocean as treated effluent, while 105 tons are made into fertilizer. The rest is digested and converted to gas.In addition to natural gas produced in the waste processing, the plant also uses renewable energy, provided by a solar array and two giant wind turbines.Though Boston was spared the worst effects of Superstorm Sandy, Estes-Smargiassi said that was partly because it passed through the area at low tide, while it hit the New York region at high tide. Projections, however, show that if it had been high tide in Boston, there would have been historic flooding, something that prompted the MWRA’s board of directors to embark on a new appraisal of the flood-vulnerability of the authority’s facilities.The analysis, Estes-Smargiassi said, evaluated the impact of both a 100-year flood and 2.5 feet of sea-level rise. He said the exercise showed that although a handful of facilities would not be affected, including Deer Island, quite a few would be — some significantly. By analyzing each facility’s purpose and whether it had redundancy within the system, the authority has begun prioritizing changes, seeking temporary mitigation measures, and designing more permanent changes as part of systemic upgrades across the authority’s system.That way, Estes-Smargiassi said, facilities across the system are gradually made better able to withstand flooding and storms so that, even if the 2.5-foot rise proves overly optimistic and is revised upward again, the system in the end would be better prepared.“If it looks like 2.5 feet isn’t good enough, we’ll pick a better benchmark,” he said. “That may mean some facilities are not as well-protected as the new ones, but we will be better off.”last_img read more

Domestic violence service promotes healing, awareness

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) is raising awareness about violence against women, particularly domestic violence, as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month.BAVO member and senior Payton Moore said the office held its first event Thursday, a prayer vigil to support victims and create awareness about domestic violence.Emilie Kefalas “We all know the statistics [that] one in four women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “That one in four women are sexually assaulted in their college years … We at SMC want to show that one is too many.”BAVO and Campus Ministry co-hosted the vigil for those impacted by violence so that the community could come together to address and acknowledge the issue, Moore said.“The one-in-four statistic represents the fact that one in four women are victims of domestic violence, and one in four college-aged women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “This was a vigil for both statistics.”Although scheduled to be held outside, the vigil was moved indoors due to weather conditions.“While I prefer the event being outside, the vigil still was nice indoors,” she said. “Having it indoors created a sense of intimacy.”BAVO also teamed up with the Saint Mary’s volleyball team for an awareness event Friday during one of the Belles’ home games.“We thought it would be a great way to come together to raise awareness for an important issue,” she said. “This year we decided to continue the effort.”Senior Paige DeRouin and Moore helped organize the coalition after BAVO and the team decided to plan an awareness event last year.“Paige DeRouin and myself are co-chairs on the Awareness and Outreach Committee for BAVO,” Moore said. “The domestic violence awareness volleyball game is an event listed under our committee. After seeing the turnout at the game, I say we did a pretty good job.”The entire game was a “purple out,” complete with purple desserts for those who donated and purple “one is too many” buttons for those who donated a dollar, Moore said. All of the proceeds will benefit the Young Women’s Christian Association.“The volleyball game is a fun way to create awareness and to help a local organization,” Moore said. “Purple is the color of domestic violence, so everything in the gym will be that color, from decorations to the desserts.”BAVO hopes to become a larger presence on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to further show students the resources and events it promotes.“Seeing a BAVO event happen is rewarding in every aspect,” Moore said. “We plan these events months ahead of time and pour a lot of hard work into them. Seeing students come to an event is rewarding in every way. It shows that our efforts reach the student body, and it shows that our students care about these issues.”By educating the Saint Mary’s student body, the awareness-month events have the potential to benefit students beyond their college careers, Moore said.“I would just like to reiterate to students that these issues will probably impact your life at some point, whether it be you, a friend or a family member who goes through it,” she said.  “Furthermore, in all likeliness, you probably already know someone who has gone through this experience, but you just don’t know about it. People tend to see this statistic and think it can’t happen to them or someone they know, but it can, and it does.”Tags: Awareness and Outreach Committee, BAVO, domestic violence, prayer vigil, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office, sexual assault, SMC volleyball teamlast_img read more

Professor analyzes challenges facing journalism

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer Professor Richard G. Jones discusses the challenges facing journalists, including erosion of trust in the media and accusations of “fake news.”Though aspects such as ideas and facts are important components, what journalists really sell, Jones said, is credibility. However, especially following President Trump’s election, there has been an erosion of trust in consumers trusting the media, he said.“This is a moment you should really be paying attention to and, I think, you want to be concerned about,” Jones said. “This erosion of trust in journalists, this erosion of trust in the facts, this erosion of trust in the truth.”Jones said fake news has emerged as a recurring topic this year. President Trump addresses the term often ­— using it to promote the idea that you can’t believe everything you read from journalists and, Jones said, thus further contributing to the erosion of trust in the media. Jones said, however, that despite Trump’s definition, fake news really began as a term to describe news that is slanderous and doesn’t operate from a neutral position.“This is the definition that the industry has used for years about what is fake news,” Jones said. “President Trump and other artists have taken that definition, and they define fake news as something else. Fake news is a story that others might consider wholly legitimate and newsworthy.”Jones said there are seven forms of disinformation that are disseminated widely today, according to “First Draft News,” including satire or parody, false connection, misleading content, false context and the three more dangerous forms: fabricated content, imposter content and manipulated content.One of the major changes that has occurred in the journalistic realm in terms of trust is blame attribution, Jones said. At a rally earlier this year, the president said journalists were “sick people,” according to a video Jones showed the audience. “We’ve gone from a moment where if you didn’t like the message, you just discounted it — that was once upon a time,” he said. “Now, it’s if you dislike the message, you attack the message and you attack the messenger, and you call them ‘sick people.’”There are changes people can expect and hope to expect coming soon in journalism, Jones said. He said social media platforms need to be more responsible for monitoring their content, which could prevent the aforementioned categories of disinformation. Given the changing nature of journalism in the past year, Jones said, people can expect to see a greater emphasis on fact checkers, as well as the publication of full transcripts and raw footage.Tags: Donald Trump, Journalism, NDVotes, Pizza Pop and Politics Richard G. Jones, Annenberg Director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, analyzed the state of journalism in the era of President Trump in the latest installment of Pizza, Pop and Politics on Tuesday.Jones, a former editor and reporter at “The New York Times,” discussed the challenges facing journalism today, many of which have been prompted by the election of President Trump, who has taken a staunch position against the mainstream, established media. Journalism plays an important role in informing the public, Jones said.“Journalism is so important,” he said. “It is, I believe, a form of public service to inform the decisions people make when they choose their elected officials, and the role that we as journalists play to, as they say, comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”last_img read more

Banks contradict themselves in NCUA argument

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Hernandez Anthony Hernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC).  He joined DCUC as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and was selected … Web: www.dcuc.org Details “Redlining” is the discriminatory practice of fencing off areas where banks avoided investing based on community demographics. This unfair practice increased following the Second World War as a large influx of minority veterans and their families sought to purchase homes and were denied, locking them into a vicious cycle of economic exclusion from the American dream. This banking practice also impacted the extension of business loans which are needed to sustain communities where these same veterans lived, worked, and played. This practice affects minority communities to this day.Many credit unions were formed in these redlined communities to provide loans and financial services long denied by traditional banks. Plus, as member-owned cooperatives, credit unions return profits to members in the community instead of lining the pockets of distant bank shareholders. As a result, many credit unions carry a Low-Income Credit Union (LICU) designation which provides additional tools and resources that help build and sustain these underserved communities.The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) recently approved a technical correction to 12 USC § 701.34 (2), which now includes all military members in calculations to establish LICU designation. This change makes sense from a DEI perspective, as many military members earn 80% or less than the median family income for the metropolitan area where they live or national metropolitan area, whichever is greater. As expected, the bank lobby strongly opposes this correction and has threatened to sue to have it removed, therefore, excluding military inclusion in our nation’s economic recovery effort. I believe the banks are making a mistake. Worse, banks are being hypocritical given their recent efforts in weakening the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) using the same standards of military inclusion. Here is how:In October of 2018, I was asked to review a white paper written by a member of the bank lobby seeking my reaction and public support for a banking proposal that sought to broaden definitions in the CRA, specifically 12 C.F.R §25.41(f). Essentially, the bank proposal argued that bank branches operating on military installations should be presumed to satisfy all §25.41(f) geographic assessment area exemption requirements and that off-base military banks, such as USAA and First Command Bank, should likewise be exempt since they “predominantly” cater their financial offerings to the military community. It also recommended that “military community” include everyone within “the arc of a military family’s career,” which lists all active duty military, inactive Reserve or National Guard, military retirees, veterans, dependents or former dependents. That is quite a list. Plus, underpinning the entire argument, the white paper highlighted the “unique financial challenges” and “low pay” for military families. Does any of this sound familiar?Finally, the proposal recommended that bank regulators should preclude their examiners from requiring banks to identify the Low- and Middle-Income (LMI) military customers since the geographic assessment requirements in 12 C.F.R. §25.41(f) for any military bank would be satisfied. In other words, geographic area requirements no longer apply. Each of these recommendations was adopted into the Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s final rule which becomes effective this October. Yet, there is much debate whether banks will use their newly weakened CRA restrictions to build and sustain disadvantaged communities or return to their prior practices. I would like to give the bankers the benefit of the doubt. However, now that banks are twisting the same arguments against the credit union industry in an effort to exclude military members, this should alarm anyone who agreed with the banks original arguments. Plus, there are several fictions and assertions in the banker’s printed arguments that need to be addressed. Let’s set the record straight.Last summer, ahead of any COVID-19 indications and subsequent economic shutdown, the Defense Credit Union Council was approached by one of its smaller-sized credit unions (<$500 million in assets) seeking to include military members serving overseas. It was proven that many members using an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office were excluded from the LICU designation calculations. Yet, the existing regulation for LICU designation allowed geographically separated college students using campus mailing addresses to be counted. A disparity was identified.In asking to include all military, this credit union was joined by many similarly sized credit unions seeking to serve even more of our nation’s historically disadvantaged communities. To this end, a bi-partisan letter (dated 2 August 2019) from the member credit union’s Congressional delegation was written in support of these objectives. DCUC continued to champion this issue in letters, meetings, and industry events well into the Spring of 2020. Altogether, these efforts culminated in the NCUA unanimously approving a technical change to the rule on May 8, 2020.While the banks weaken protections in the Community Reinvestment Act, this administrative correction will benefit military members by allowing their credit unions to safely acquire more capital through federal grants and remove arbitrary lending caps. These changes allow credit unions to offer better rates on auto, home or even business loans which are tangible benefits that improve the quality of life for all members, especially those who may be financially struggling. This is why credit unions exist. Weakening the CRA does not guarantee the same results since banks use additional revenues to line shareholder pockets instead of reinvesting in the communities in which they are earned. In fact, broadening LICU eligibility is designed to benefit the communities where our military members retire, obtain employment, and spend their hard-earned dollars. This is why many of our member credit unions, large and small, continue to reinvest in their community. Only a banker would see something nefarious in a financial institution wanting to help these developing communities. And only a banker would argue that size, not community served, should define what a credit union can do for its members. Hopefully the rest of the banking community is better than that. Yet, here we are.Finally, this change also frees capital to invest in programs and technology that bolster military readiness, teaches military members to manage their finances and save, and protects military families from predatory lenders. Credit unions want their members to progress from savers to prudent borrowers, then from prudent borrowers to home and business owners. It is all part of the credit union difference.Here’s one final point regarding military land leases since it was awkwardly mentioned in the banker’s article. Once again, the bank lobby is advocating for a proposed amendment in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to treat “for-profit” banks as “not-for-profit” institutions so banks can obtain the same no-cost land leases, as an ultimatum for banks remaining on installations. Yet, there are no restrictions on how banks would use these savings.If DoD does not grant the banker’s wishes, then the legislation would require DoD to charge credit unions the same as banks under the guise of “equality.” Unless banks can increase their profit margin, they don’t care if there are no remaining financial institutions on the installation. Consequently, the military loses either way.If banks want to be treated like credit unions, they need to start acting like not-for-profit credit unions. Equal treatment needs to focus on structure and ethos, not on increasing the bank’s profit sustainability. While there are other reasons why the banks’ proposal makes no sense, the fact remains—credit unions are about serving their members. That includes serving their communities. Regardless of banker attempts to block consumer access to credit unions, the Defense Credit Union Council, its member credit unions, along with the entire credit union industry will always put the needs of our members first.  Photo credit: Sergii Figurnyi - stock.adobe.comlast_img read more

Sex business exposed in main area of Takapuna

first_imgNorth Shore Times 16 Feb 2012A brothel masquerading as a legitimate health establishment in Takapuna’s Hurstmere Rd gave an unsuspecting man a shock when he wandered in off the street. The man, who does not wish to be named, says he saw the sign on Hurstmere Rd advertising traditional massage and acupuncture at the establishment called Rita, just off Hurstmere Rd. He went in to see how much it would cost for a massage but was quoted a price for “full service”, he says. The man says the women were dressed in skimpy clothes and he was given a tour of the different rooms. “I don’t think it should be allowed in the main street of Takapuna,” he says. The man says he is disappointed that Takapuna has stooped to that level.….Massage New Zealand executive officer Marianne Macdonald says the sex industry’s use of the term massage and massage parlour leads to confusion and this needs to change. Legitimate massage therapists get distressed by phone calls to their homes from people wanting sex services, Ms Macdonald says. She says “it’s just outrageous” that a Takapuna business advertising acupuncture and massage would offer “extras”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/6428630/Sex-business-exposedlast_img read more

Anderlecht starlet lined up to succeed Mane turned down Liverpool boss

first_imgThe parents of Jeremy Doku have revealed how the Anderlecht starlet was being lined up by Liverpool as a potential successor to Sadio Mane. “At the age of sixteen Jeremy could sign a pro contract with Anderlecht, but even then Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Ajax and PSV were interested,” they told Het Niewsblad via Sports Witness. “We then visited clubs like Liverpool and Ajax, but Stellar Group left us the choice. “My (David, his father) preference was Liverpool. How we were received there, damn. Read Also:PSG star agrees Atletico Madrid switch “Trainer Klopp explained how he saw a potential successor to Sadio Mane in Jeremy. Steven Gerrard showed us videos with tactical analysis. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 17-year-old attacker is currently lighting up the Jupiler Pro League, making 22 appearances and scoring six goals in all competitions for the club this season. Doku is out of contract in 2021 with Anderlecht, but he could have left the club in the last couple of years after being spotted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Liverpool. The player even visited Melwood and was spoken to by Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard, but Anderlecht pushed hard to keep the youngster.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Kendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

Premier League clubs agree behind closed-doors return

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Premier League clubs are all in total agreement that the season needs to be completed amid the coronavirus pandemic. That is according to Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who claims it is important for the current campaign to end without “artificial” methods of determining places. The league has been suspended since March 13 due to COVID-19 with Liverpool 25 points clear at the top. Premier League action will not return until April 30 at the very earliest due to fears about resuming games to soon. However, it’s understood matches are more likely to return in the summer – and behind closed doors. Jurgen Klopp’s side need just two more wins to be certain of their first league title in 30 years and Hodgson is adamant the campaign must only finish once all games have been played. In a message to supporters on Palace’s official website, Hodgson said: “Everyone is in total agreement we need an end to this season. We don’t want artificial means of deciding who wins the league, who gets into the Champions League, who gets relegated and promoted. “Ideally our players would have three or four weeks’ minimum to prepare for the first match back, but I accept there may have to be a squeeze on that timeframe. “It might mean extra restrictions at our place of work – the training ground – for example. It may also mean that we have to play our nine remaining matches in a shorter period of time than we normally would have done, and subsequently receive a shorter break between the seasons. “But I think with all of these sacrifices – and I am uncomfortable using that word in such a context – everyone will be more than happy to go along with what it takes in order to get playing again as soon as possible in order to get the season finished.” There had been some claims that the season would be declared null and void or that it would end with the positions staying as they are now should no more games be played. That would see Liverpool win their first Premier League title, while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich would be relegated. Chelsea would finish in the top four along with Leicester, with Manchester United, Sheffield United and Tottenham missing out. But as long as all Premier League clubs are in agreement over what needs to happen it seems unlikely that the season will not be completed one way or another.Tags: ChelseaCOVID-19Crystal PalaceLiverpoolManchester UnitedRoy Hodgsonlast_img read more

Boca Raton woman kidnapped, robbed by couple outside Publix

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a woman was kidnapped and robbed in Boca Raton on Tuesday.Police say the victim was approached by a woman asking for help outside a Publix Super Market in Boca Raton.The woman told the victim she was new to the area and was looking for an attorney’s office.The victim then followed the woman to a van and got inside the car.As soon as the victim entered the vehicle, a man locked the doors and demanded money, officials say.After the kidnapping, the suspects drove the victim to a Broward County Publix, where they told her to go inside and call someone to have money sent, or they would kill her.The woman then called relative and had money wired to her.Once the kidnappers received the money, they released the victim unharmed, police said.The two suspects are still at large.Police describe the female suspect as Hispanic with dirty blonde hair who is about 45 to 50 years old, 5 feet 8 inches with a heavy build.She was reportedly wearing ripped blue jeans and a white shirt with gold hoop earrings, and her hair was in a ponytail.The male suspect is described by police as Hispanic, 45 to 50-years-old, 5 feet 2 inches with a slim build and dark hair.He was reportedly wearing a blue windbreaker with a V-neck shirt underneath and black pants.The vehicle used in the case may be a tan Honda Odyssey.Anyone with information is asked to call the Boca Raton Police Department.last_img read more