That battleground state, with the largest trove of electoral votes still up for grabs, had hundreds of thousands of outstanding mail-in ballots to count as Mr. Trump’s lead narrowed to about 136,000 votes Thursday morning.Georgia is critical to the balance of power in the Senate as well. As the votes were tallied, Senator David Perdue, the Republican incumbent, was on the cusp of falling below 50 percent, which would trigger a runoff in January.- Advertisement – Georgia already faces a runoff for its other Senate seat, now held by a Republican, Kelly Loeffler. If Democrats were to win both, and Mr. Biden prevails in the presidential race, the Democrats could capture control of the Senate, with a bare margin of 50 seats, and the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote.With Mr. Trump’s political path growing more precarious, his team turned to the courts, filing lawsuits and demanding a recount in Wisconsin.The Trump campaign’s bid to stave off defeat stretched from the Supreme Court, where the campaign intervened in a case challenging Pennsylvania’s plan to count ballots received for up to three days after Election Day, to individual counties where the campaign showed a willingness to fight over even the smallest batch of votes.- Advertisement – The political tensions started to spill into the streets, with protests in Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City and Portland, Ore.While mostly peaceful, with chants demanding that every vote be counted, store windows were shattered in Portland as some protesters grappled with the police. In Minneapolis, demonstrators shut down a freeway and dozens were arrested. – Advertisement –
What is the Hagia Sophia? The edifice was first built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral between 532 and 537 AD under emperor Justinian I and is considered the most important Byzantine structure.After the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453, it was converted into a mosque before being opened as a museum in 1935 after the secular modern Turkish republic was established in 1923.It was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1985. What about Byzantine heritage? Experts were concerned after the ruling for the future of the Byzantine mosaics depicting Christian figures, but the government has sought to offer reassurances that they will be protected.Turkey’s religious affairs agency said the mosaics would be hidden during prayers with curtains since Islam prohibits any figurative representation.Outside of worship hours, they will be visible to visitors. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Friday participate with hundreds of people in the first Muslim prayers at Hagia Sophia since a top court revoked the Istanbul landmark’s museum status.Here are five things to know about the Hagia Sophia: What is its official status?Following the July 10 decision, it reverts from being a museum to a mosque.The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, unanimously cancelled a 1934 cabinet decision and said Hagia Sophia was registered as a mosque in its property deeds.There has been more religious activity inside the museum in recent years — Erdogan recited the first verse of the Koran there in 2018.As early as 1994 when he was running for mayor of Istanbul, Erdogan had promised to open the building to Muslim worshippers.The main opposition party has accused the government of using the issue to distract voters from economic woes and other issues during the coronavirus pandemic. What is the international community’s position? The landmark ruling has already inflamed tensions not just with the West and Turkey’s historic foe Greece, but also Russia, with which Erdogan has forged an increasingly close partnership in recent years.Turkey-Greece relations are already strained over migration and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.Greece branded the move an “open provocation to the civilized world”, while the Russian Orthodox Church said Turkey had ignored “millions of Christians” with its move.The United States had also urged against altering its status. Pope Francis said he was “very distressed” over the change.The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO said it deeply regretted Turkey’s decision, which was “taken without prior dialogue”. What will change for visitors? Turkish officials insist tourists will still be able to visit the Hagia Sophia, just as they are able to see the Blue Mosque nearby.Erdogan said the building would remain open to all, including non-Muslims.Tourists will now even be able to visit the building for free, compared to previously when they had to pay for entry to the museum. Until now it has been the principal tourist attraction in Turkey, hosting millions of visitors every year — 3.8 million in 2019. Topics :
Norway-based Awilco LNG ASA has secured a time charter contract for its 156,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel WilForce.The company said that the ship, with tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE) propulsion, has been committed on a 9-12 month deal to an undisclosed oil and gas major.Subject to customary inspection and vetting acceptance of the 2013-built ship, the contract is scheduled to commence in September 2018, subsequent to the vessel’s scheduled dry-docking.Awilco LNG said that the contract is estimated to contribute an annualised EBITDA of about USD 26 million during the charter period.Image Courtesy: Awilco LNG
Benthic has started a four month geotechnical campaign for Equinor in the BM-C-33 and BM-S-8 blocks located off the coast of Brazil.Mobilization of PROD3 (Portable Remotely Operated Drill) onto the MV Sable Chouest began in Niteroi in November 2018 and field operations are expected to reach completion by April 2019.The offshore work scope includes the collection of soil samples, CPT testing, box coring and ROV work including feature and sub-bottom profiler confirmations.A coral survey and inspection, along with the installation of a cathodic protection system on 4 existing wellheads will be executed. Lastly, standpipe piezometers will be installed for logging pore pressure over a 1 year minimum time period.Following onshore and offshore laboratory testing, analyses and interpretation, the data will be used to determine slope stability and geohazard feasibility assessments, as well as geotechnical design.Operations will take place in water depths ranging from 2,100m to 2,900m.“Benthic is excited to partner with Equinor to execute this comprehensive ultra-deep water campaign in Brazil,” said Fabio Pereira, regional manager – Brazil.“Brazil is a key market for Benthic’s expansion and this project allows us to further prove our capabilities in Brazilian ultra-deep waters. We are delighted to have both onshore and offshore employees joining our Brazilian team and look forward to future projects in the region.”
Arsene Wenger has refused to rule Alexis Sanchez out of Arsenal’s crunch Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. Press Association He believes his trio of attacking players can rival the world’s best strikers and feels there is no-one better than Giroud at doing the less attractive tasks of a centre-forward. When asked if he would rank Giroud alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero, Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema, Wenger replied: “Of course, and Walcott as well. “We have Walcott, Sanchez, Giroud who can all scores goals. They have different styles and that is very important as well. “I never questioned the fact he (Giroud) will be a very needed striker here. If you go on counter-attack of course he is not the kind of player that you want or select first. “That is why when we played against Bayern I chose Walcott because you know you play more in your own half and you have to go out quickly. “When you dominate the game and need presence in the box there is no better player than Olivier.” Wenger was widely criticised for not signing a new striker over the summer but he reckons that, in not splashing the cash on a player who would be seen as a replacement for Giroud, he has injected some belief into a player who fired unfancied Montpellier to the French title four seasons ago. “He is in a big club and you have to accept to be questioned,” Wenger added. “And I believe he can live with that and is used to it now and overall I think as well I heard someone saying if he is on the market tomorrow he would find anywhere, so that show you as well the kind of striker he is. You do not find a lot (of them).” The Chile forward is out of action with a hamstring problem but is due to return to training on Monday – one week before City visit the Emirates Stadium in a match which could swing the balance of an ever-changing title race. Sanchez, 26, picked up his injury in the 1-1 draw at Norwich a fortnight ago with Wenger having to defend his decision to play the former Barcelona man after revealing his hamstring had been affecting him leading up to the game at Carrow Road. The Gunners have seven first-team regulars out of the picture due to injuries but Sanchez is unquestionably the most valuable asset Wenger has on the shelf. There is no way he will return in time for Sunday’s trip to bottom side Aston Villa but the Arsenal boss said, with the type of player Sanchez is, he could be involved against Manuel Pellegrini’s side on December 21. “He is back on Sunday, he trains on Monday morning at 9.30am,” Wenger explained. “He is running already… I sent him back to Chile, where he has been running with the physio of the national team, and we will see what kind of state he is in next week. “He may be a bit short for City, certainly, but with Alexis you never know.” With Sanchez sidelined this weekend, Wenger is likely to start with Theo Walcott out wide and the in-form Olivier Giroud as the main striker. The France international scored a hat-trick in Wednesday’s 3-0 win in Olympiacos which sealed Arsenal’s place in the Champions League knock-out stages. Sometimes labelled as a player not good enough to fire Arsenal to trophies, Giroud now has 26 goals for the calender year, with 10 in his past 12 appearances, and Wenger was full of praise for the 29-year-old.
“Florida has officially eliminated Common Core. I truly think this is a great next step for students, teachers, and parents,” says Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We’ve developed clear and concise expectations for students at every grade level and allow teachers the opportunity to do what they love most – inspire young Floridians to achieve their greatest potential.”He adds, “These standards create pathways for students that lead to great college and professional outcomes and parents will now be able to reinforce what their children are learn in the classroom every day. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards were made by Florida teachers for Florida students, and I know they will be a model for the rest of the nation.”According to Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the state “has dropped the crazy math. Florida has completely removed ourselves from the confines of Common Core.”Click here to read more about the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards. The Florida Department of Education this week formally adopted B.E.S.T. Standards and plans to replace Common Core through what it calls “the most aggressive transition timeline in Florida’s history.”Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, the new B.E.S.T. (Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking) Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) will be rolled out for kindergarten through 2nd grade. Teachers in those grades will also be provided with new instruction materials.The move makes Florida the first state to have a civics book list incorporated into English Language Arts (ELA) standards, as well as the first in the country to have a book list across all grades.B.E.S.T. Standards will be established in ELA in Math for all grades during the 2022-23 school year. Statewide assessments will also be changed during that school year.The State Board of Education moves to adopt Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards, with the most aggressive transition timeline in Florida’s history. #fledu #flbeststandards @richardcorcoran pic.twitter.com/q4pBvaz37l— Florida Department of Education (@EducationFL) February 12, 2020
Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale to have Tommy John surgery, miss season Associated Press March 19, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale to have Tommy John surgery, miss season.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
(REUTERS) – World number three Dominic Thiem is “extremely sorry” for the way players conducted themselves at Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition event after which four players tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Austrian said on Thursday.Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki tested positive after playing in the charity tournament in Serbia and Croatia, which drew big crowds and saw players pose for pictures together.Images and videos of the players hugging at the net, playing basketball together and partying at the event have also been posted on social media.Australian Open finalist Thiem played in and won the Belgrade leg, which was staged at Djokovic’s tennis centre by the Danube River.The 26-year-old, who lost to Djokovic in the Melbourne final, said he was “shocked” when he got the news from the Adria Tour. The event was called off following the second leg in Zadar, Croatia. “We played without an audience for weeks, so we have been more than happy about the fans at the event,” Thiem said in an Instagram post. “We trusted the Serbian government’s corona rules, but we have been too optimistic.“Our behaviour was a mistake, we acted too euphorically. I am extremely sorry.”Though the players were not breaking government protocols during the tournament, it highlighted the risks of athletes from different countries mingling without adhering to what have become social distancing norms. Thiem, also a two-times finalist at Roland Garros, did not play in Zadar as he had signed up to join the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, which is being held on weekends at Patrick Mouratoglou’s academy in France.“I’ve now got tested five times within the last ten days and the result was always negative. I wish everyone who is infected all the best and quick recovery,” Thiem added.
Nigeriaâ€™s Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, were winners in Bakau wednesday, earning a 1-0 triumph over their Gambian counterparts in the first leg of a 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifying final round fixture at the Independence Stadium.Amarachi Okoronkwo mined gold from a 23-yard shot that sailed into the net after 19 minutes and ensured the reigning champions have one leg in the 11th Women AFCON ahead of the return leg at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Hiring a new head coach can solve only some of the woes for USC’s men’s basketball team, but an import of fresh talent will at least give the Trojans some much-needed depth. Within the past three weeks, the Trojans have added two transfers eligible to play in the 2014-15 season according to various reports, though not yet confirmed by USC.Reinforcements needed · With junior Dewayne Dedmon’s surprising decision to enter the 2013 NBA Draft, USC could use more help up front. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanUNLV guard Katin Reinhardt will transfer to USC, multiple outlets reported last Thursday. As a freshman, the former Mater Dei standout, who verbally committed to USC as a high school junior before reopening his recruitment, averaged 10.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season.The move comes as a surprise to many, considering the extensive playing time Reinhardt received in his first season for the Rebels. But sources close to Reinhardt speculate that he believes his most certain path to the NBA is as a point guard, and USC offers him a greater opportunity to play the position. At UNLV, Reinhardt had settled into more of a spot-up shooting role as a shooting guard playing off of the ball.Joining Reinhardt as another transfer is former Charlotte 49ers forward Darion Clark, who announced on May 19 that he will enroll at USC, according to Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report.Clark, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, comes from Oak Hill Academy, where he played as a member of the national championship team. Clark averaged 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game with a 54.2 shooting percentage from the field in his only season with Charlotte. A player praised for his rebounding talent, Clark also showed a scoring touch, tallying a personal record-high 17 points in a losing effort in February against Dayton, a team that the Trojans eked out a 63-61 overtime victory against last December.NCAA transfer rules dictate that players who transfer from one Division I team to another must sit out the next season before regaining eligibility unless granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA — a process that allowed junior center Omar Oraby to play for USC in the 2012-13 season after transferring from Rice at the beginning of the fall. Both Reinhardt and Clark will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014-15, assuming neither qualifies for the waiver.Despite both commitments, the loss of veteran presence on the court, particularly junior center Dewayne Dedmon to the NBA draft and forward Eric Wise and guard Jio Fontan to graduation, calls for more immediate attention and still leaves new USC head coach Andy Enfield’s 2013-14 squad with gaps begging to be filled.