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Iraq lawmakers approve government of Prime Minister-designate Kadhimi

first_imgKadhimi’s candidates for Cabinet posts including interior, defence, finance and electricity passed with votes from a majority of lawmakers present.Voting on the oil and foreign ministries was delayed as the parties failed to agree on candidates. They rejected the incoming premier’s picks for justice, agriculture and trade.”The security, stability and blossoming of Iraq is our path,” Kadhimi wrote on his Twitter account after parliament voted for his Cabinet.He said he would make tackling the coronavirus pandemic, of which Iraq has suffered more than 2,000 cases and more than 100 deaths, a priority and hold to account those who had killed protesters in previous months of anti-government unrest.Iraqi officials say Kadhimi is acceptable to both the United States and Iran, whose battle for influence over Iraq has boiled into open confrontation in the past year.The United States killed Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani and his close ally the Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike next to Baghdad International Airport in January.Iran responded with its first ever direct missile attack against US forces at a base in Western Iraq several days later but did not kill anyone.Washington accuses paramilitary groups backed by Tehran of carrying out a series of rocket attacks on other bases in recent months, one of which killed three troops in the US-led military coalition based in Iraq.Rockets have regularly been fired near the US embassy in Baghdad. None of the rocket attacks have been claimed by known Iran-backed groups.Kadhimi’s government must deal with an impending economic crisis precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the prices of oil – Iraq’s principal source of revenue – to plummet.It also faces a growing Islamic State insurgency as the extremist group steps up attacks on government troops from hideouts in remote areas of northern Iraq.Iraq risks being caught up in any regional conflagration between Washington and Tehran, as militia groups vow revenge for the killing of Soleimani and Muhandis and President Donald Trump continues his bellicose rhetoric against Iran. Topics : Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government on Wednesday after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over Cabinet seats in backroom deals.Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq’s intelligence chief and a former journalist, will head the new government. He will begin his term without a full Cabinet, however, after several ministerial candidates were rejected.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the new government in a call with Kadhimi, the US State Department said in a statement. It also said Washington would renew for 120 days a waiver allowing Iraq to import electricity from Iran “to help provide the right conditions for success” of the new government.Former prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who has been leading a caretaker government, resigned last year as anti-government protesters took to the streets in their thousands, demanding jobs and the departure of Iraq’s ruling elite.They accuse the political class that took over after the 2003 US invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein of corruption that has driven the country into dysfunction and economic ruin.The battle over government portfolios since Abdul Mahdi’s resignation in November prevented two previous nominees for prime minister from forming a Cabinet.last_img read more

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‘Reinfected’ North Sumatra COVID-19 patient ‘feels fine, but stressed’

first_imgHe added that his biggest challenge was coping with stress during treatment to bolster his immune system. He also thanked his family, friends and his boss for their support as he recovered from the disease.Read also: Indonesia to revise ‘overall data’ on COVID-19 cases as govt scrambles to ramp up testingOri is being treated at Martha Friska Hospital in the provincial capital.Ori was said to have recovered fully from COVID-19 on April 6 by doctors at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan after undergoing isolation since March 25. He was then believed to have contracted the virus while on duty, accompanying Musa Rajekshah on his official trip to Jakarta. Ori Kurniawan, the first Indonesian patient who has been reportedly reinfected with the COVID-19 virus, has said that he generally feels well, but had developed anxiety during his second round of treatment at a hospital in Medan.”I feel healthy, but I feel stressed out,” Ori told North Sumatra COVID-19 task force spokesman Whiko Irwan during a teleconference on Saturday.Ori, 25, who is an aide to North Sumatra Deputy Governor Musa Rajekshah, said that he had not developed any symptoms after he tested positive for the virus for a second time. After being declared negative, Ori had not been self-isolating but instead went to his hometown in Bireun regency, Aceh and had allegedly met with his colleagues when he was at home.North Sumatra COVID-19 task force spokesperson Aris Yudhariasyah said that although it was rare, patients who had recovered from COVID-19   could be reinfected with the virus, and asked the public not to panic.Aris said there were three possibilities by which a patient could contract the virus after recovery, with the first being a false test result.”It could be caused by insufficient mucus collected for the swab tests, or [because] the sample contains only the inactive [form of the] virus,” he said.The second possibility, he said, was that the patient still had the virus but that it was dormant, but then it became activate and started replicating due to the patient’s weakened immune system.”If this happens, the patients would likely experience very mild symptoms and their risk of transmitting the disease to other people is very low,” said Aris.Read also: 11 Indonesian migrant workers test positive for COVID-19 upon return from ItalyThe third possibility was that the patients who had recovered were exposed to the six other types of coronavirus known to infect humans, including the SARS virus and the MERS virus.”There is a possibility that the patient’s immune system failed to recognize other types of coronavirus. That’s why it’s important to implement widespread restrictions on social activities,” he said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Clive Palmer settles on $12m jawdropping beach house

first_imgThere is enough room to park eight cars in the basement. Businessman Clive Palmer, pictured here outside the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Monday, now has a beach house on Hedges Ave. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt.CLIVE Palmer’s jawdropping $12m beach house has cleared settlement just a month after he fell in love with it — boxing ring, fully aircon gym, 22m lap pool and all.The five bedroom designer home is in one of the most coveted parts of the Gold Coast in the exclusive seaside strip of Hedges Avenue in Mermaid Beach. The Hedges Avenue home is one of the most beautiful on the millionaire strip. The home has 20m of beach frontage. The views are breathtaking and the home makes stunning use of indoor-outdoor flow over its 810 sqm double block. It has 20 metres of beach frontage. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The multistorey property had a stunning $12m price tag. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 “It’s one of the most iconic Hamptons style homes on the beachfront there and one of the first to have been built on the beachfront using that style of architecture on Mermaid Beach,” Mr Velissariou said. The property was listed to be in the region of $11.1-12.9 million that the former owner John Potter wanted. He had been keen on selling the property since 2015, but hadn’t been actively marketing it this year, according to CoreLogic.Agent Tony Velissariou of Tony V reportedly pitched it to Mr Palmer when he was discussing a beach home last month. RELATED: Billionaire Clive Palmer’s latest purchase marks highest sale on the Gold Coast in 2018 The gym is fully airconditioned and has a boxing ring. The home also has an impressive wine cellar. Cupcake queen’s sweet dealJames Packer splashes $80m on new homeSnowboard champ’s new hideaway The home embraces indoor-outdoor flow.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The property, listed as “the Gold Coast’s most admired beachfront home”, closed a week ago.Among its charms were an eight car basement for parking, five master bedrooms, an opulent kitchen, wine cellar and elevator, and even an observatory with ensuite that doubles as an office. Every bedroom has an ensuite.last_img read more

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MDL Wraps Up Another NCS Campaign with TechnipFMC

first_imgMaritime Developments (MDL) has returned to the Norwegian North Sea for the third year running to support TechnipFMC tie-back campaign in the basin.MDL’s horizontal spread, including a 4-track tensioner mounted on the client’s frame, Third-generation Reel Drive System (RDS) and deck deflectors were used for the installation of flowlines in a producing field in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).In total 14 reels of product were deployed, ranging between 8.6m – 10.2m diameter.The deck layout was a replica of the 2018 spread, which enabled 4 product reels to be mobilised on the vessel and installed on a single journey.Dave Gardiner, MDL BD & commercial manager, said: “Returning to the same field with the same client three years in a row is a clear testament to the successful relationship between TechnipFMC and MDL in executing North Sea SURF scopes.“The partnership approach between the two companies allows for improvements in safety, quality and cost of subsea operations, thanks to the familiarity of both project teams with the equipment, deck plans and one another – onshore and offshore.”last_img read more

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No podium protest during Tokyo Games, IOC insists

first_img The IOC and President Thomas Bach have come under heavy criticism for their repeated warnings to athletes about staging podium protests at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Rule 50 states that “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” American footballer Megan Rapinoe was one of many athletes to criticise the rule and insinuate freedom of speech was being curtailed.Advertisement International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Richard Pound has rejected claims the organisation is restricting athletes’ freedom of speech through Rule 50. “So much being done about the protests,” she said on Instagram. “So little being done about what we are protesting about. “We will not be silenced.” Read Also:Osaka selects Japanese citizenship ahead of 2020 Tokyo Games Pound has responded to the criticism in a column for the Canadian newspaper The Star, defending the use of Rule 50. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Students Will Hear Power of Good, Bad Decisions

first_imgCrash survivor Sarah Panzau will share her story with South Dearborn students Thursday.A survivor of a drunk-driving accident will tell her story to South Dearborn High School students on Thursday afternoon.Sarah Panzau, a two-time member of the National Junior College Athletic Association women’s volleyball All-America team, knew what it was like to be on top of her game –and on top of the world. But, somewhere between life as a competitively driven high school athlete and the early years of college, Panzau began heading down a destructive path.Aug. 23, 2003, was the day her life would change forever as her car spun out of control. With a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit, the 21-year-old decided to drive home drunk, missed a highway exit and rolled her car four times.Panzau is now committed to speaking with students about how her life was forever changed because of the poor decisions she made.The presentation is sponsored by local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler Craig Distributing Co., Inc.“A presentation for students about making smart choices, respecting parents and rising above disabilities,” said Craig Distributing Inc., Office Manager Tami Shelton.East Central High School students attended the presentation from Panzau last school year.last_img read more

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Free legal clinics offered to low-income residents

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Legal Aid announces a Free Legal Aid Clinic on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Decatur County Public Library. The clinic will be held from 3pm – 5pm. The free clinics are offered to low-income residents.The Legal Aid Clinic and Pro Bono Program utilizes local volunteer attorneys, offering free legal consultations to low-income individuals for the provision of legal advice and assistance in furtherance of equal access to justice within our community whom might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.Individuals coming to the Legal Aid Clinic can expect to receive a 10 minute consultation to answer general questions, offer legal information, or to receive other limited pro se assistance or advice, in person, on a first come, first serve basis. There is no need to register in advance.Legal Aid is also offering additional clinics throughout Pro Bono District I on a rotating basis. The upcoming regional clinics are listed below:DECATUR COUNTY: Decatur County Public Library 3 pm – 5 pm 1110 E. Main Street, Greensburg Wednesday, March 13 & Wednesday, May 8DISTRICT I CLINICS:BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY: Legal Aid Office, United Way Center 3 pm – 5 pm 1531 13th Street, Suite G330 Monday, March 25 Monday, April 22JENNINGS COUNTY: Jennings County Public Library 3 pm – 5 pm 2375 N. State Hwy 3, North Vernon Tuesday, March 19RUSH COUNTY: Rushville Public Library 3 pm – 5 pm 130 W. 3rd Street, Rushville Monday, April 8For more information please call 812-314-2722.last_img read more

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Robert Huth header sinks Tottenham and moves Leicester level at the top

first_img Press Association Neither goalkeeper was in the mood to be beaten as Schmeichel again kept out Eriksen, with the sides going in level at the break. Kane blocked a firm Vardy shot as Leicester were on top after the interval before the league’s joint-top goalscorer clashed with Jan Vertonghen and then came close to nipping in ahead of Lloris. Tottenham’s England man was to come within inches of opening the scoring moments later as Kane latched onto Lamela’s pass but saw his effort turned onto the crossbar by Schmeichel, before Alli’s follow-up was blocked behind. Leonardo Ulloa replaced a tiring Vardy and saw a goalbound effort blocked by Vertonghen after Riyad Mahrez’s initial shot was kept out inadvertently by Okazaki. But no-one could get in the way of Huth’s powerful header as the former Chelsea and Stoke defender watched Christian Fuchs’ corner onto his forehead and guided it beyond Lloris to claim another big win for Ranieri’s men as they draw level with Arsenal at the summit. If these sides had not seen enough of one another, they do it all over again at the King Power Stadium in a week’s time to see who will meet Colchester in round four of the FA Cup. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Unbelievable header by Huth and Leicester are winning. Bloody hell I might need to purchase some new pants!” – Gary Lineker revels in Leicester’s last-gasp win at Tottenham. PLAYER RATINGS Tottenham – Hugo Lloris: 7 Kyle Walker: 6 Toby Alderweireld: 6 Jan Vertonghen: 6 Ben Davies: 6 Eric Dier: 7 Tom Carroll: 6 Chistian Eriksen: 5 Dele Alli: 6 Erik Lamela: 5 Harry Kane: 6 Substitutes – Mousa Dembele: 6 (On for Eriksen 70mins) Son Heung-min: 5 (On for Carroll 81mins) Josh Onomah: 5 (On for Dier 89mins) Leicester – Kasper Schmeichel: 8 Danny Simpson: 6 Wes Morgan: 7 Robert Huth: 7 Christian Fuchs: 6 N’Golo Kante: 7 Danny Drinkwater: 7 Marc Albrighton: 6 Shinji Okazaki: 7 Riyad Mahrez: 6 Jamie Vardy: 6 Substitutes – Leonardo Ulloa: 6 (On for Vardy 70mins) Andy King: 5 (On for Okazaki 76mins) Nathan Dyer 5 (On for Mahrez 89) STAR PLAYER Kasper Schmeichel: Both goalkeepers excelled and were the main reason this entertaining fare remained goalless for so long. But Leicester’s Great Dane did superbly well to keep out Kane’s close-range effort and, despite some dodgy kicking, showed how valuable he is in a team often praised for their free-flowing, flair players. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Robert Huth: The big German defender did not panic as Fuchs’ corner drifted towards him and he guided his powerful header home as Leicester secured a win to move onto 43 points – more than enough to keep them in the division… VIEW FROM THE BENCH Pochettino spent the evening screaming and berating his players in a manner that suggested he knew just how big a game this was. Seven changes from the cup game proved he always had eyes on this one. Likewise Ranieri, who made nine alterations from Sunday and saw his side break their goalscoring duck through a most unlikely source. MOAN OF THE MATCH Can there be one? Leicester’s fairytale continues but Spurs also played their part here and were unlucky to be on the losing side. After two highly-entertaining meetings their fourth-round replay may just be worth a watch. WHO’S UP NEXT Tottenham v Sunderland (Barclays Premier League, January 16) Aston Villa v Leicester (Barclays Premier League, January 16) With Arsenal conceding a last-gasp equaliser at Liverpool, second-placed Leicester, who had not scored a league goal in over six hours, are only kept off top-spot by an inferior goal difference. Despite recalls for Tottenham’s Harry Kane and fit-again Jamie Vardy – one of nine changes for Ranieri’s visitors from the weekend’s game – neither could get their names on the scoresheet. Kane saw a second-half effort saved onto the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel as he and Spurs counterpart Hugo Lloris both made a number of impressive saves. Much like in their cup meeting it was the hosts who started the quicker of the two sides, with Christian Eriksen’s attempts at replicating his opener drawing a simple save from Schmeichel. He then played in Dele Alli, who came close to celebrating his new White Hart Lane contract with the opener but the England midfielder could only send his rasping shot wide of the post. Schmeichel was called into action to make a much more meaningful save as Toby Alderweireld headed Erik Lamela’s corner into the ground, with the Leicester stopper diving to his right to claw the ball behind. The Foxes’ first decent chance of the night came as Lloris’ poor clearance ended at the feet of Vardy, who charged into the box before teeing-up Shinji Okazaki only for the Japan forward to fire wide. They came even closer as the half-hour approached, this time Lloris was the saviour as he stretched to tip Danny Drinkwater’s angled volley around the post. Robert Huth’s late header proved enough for Leicester to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane and draw level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. The two sides were meeting for the second time in four days after their FA Cup third round tie at White Hart Lane ended in a draw on Sunday. This game looked to be going the same way until Huth headed home his first of the season with eight minutes from time to give Claudio Ranieri’s side the three points. last_img read more

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Florida Man Without Mask Fights Into Walmart

first_imgA viral clip shows a Florida man fighting his way into Walmart after he was denied entry for not wearing a face mask.The clip, taken outside an Orlando location, shows an older white man tussling with a store employee on Saturday when masks became mandatory in the county. The man tries to push through the worker blocking the door, while the worker repeatedly tells him he must put on a face mask. At one point, the man is seen scrambling inside and down an aisle before onlookers convince the man to leave. The footage has been viewed more than four-million times online.last_img read more

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Ingram, Williamson lead Pelicans past Cavaliers 116-104

first_img“We still have time; that’s the great thing,” Ball added. “We kind of control our own destiny right now.”Collin Sexton tied a career high with 31 points for Cleveland, which came in having won three of four under newly promoted head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Kevin Porter Jr. scored 16 and Darrius Garland 15 for the Cavs, who led just twice by two or fewer points in the first two minutes before falling behind for good.“They have so many scorers out there, so many players that can create and so many players that are really good. It was tough just keeping them out of the paint,” Sexton said. “They move the ball so well and we were scrambling and running around.” The Pelicans were up 93-70 after Ingram’s 3 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Sexton made three 3s during a 13-2 run that cut New Orleans’ lead to 12 by the end of the period.Williamson, Ingram and Holiday checked back in to start the fourth, and the Pelicans promptly went on a 10-2 run — ignited by 3s by E’Twaun Moore and Holiday — to push their lead back to 20. February 28, 2020 Cavaliers: Host Indiana on Saturday night, hoping to avoid their first two-game skid since Bickerstaff took over following John Beilein’s resignation on Feb. 19.Pelicans: Host the Lakers on Sunday night, just six days after LeBron James scored 40 in a 118-109 victory over New Orleans in Los Angeles.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “It was crazy, like right before the game, I looked at Lonzo and said, ‘Lonzo, I’m running, so if you throw it, I’m going to catch it,’” Williamson recalled. “He took that literally, so he just started bombing them.”Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who held a double-digit lead for most of the game en route to their third victory in four games as they pursue the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.With 23 games left, New Orleans stood two games behind eighth-place Memphis, which lost 104-101 to Sacramento on Friday. That’s a far cry from when a franchise-record 13-game skid dropped the Pelicans to 6-22 as they endured prolonged absences by Favors and Williamson.“Things are only going to get better going from here,” said Ball, who finished with a game-high 12 assists. “We just got our team back, so hopefully we can make this playoff push. Aided by Ball’s first five assists, the Pelicans raced to a 21-point, first-quarter lead when Josh Hart’s transition 3 made it 43-22.The lead reached 22 in the second quarter when Ingram’s finger roll made it 64-42.“This team is explosive,” Bickerstaff said of the Pelicans. “They got ball-skill players. They got athletes. They’ve got a really talented team and I think they’re going to put a lot of pressure on people down the stretch.”Cleveland could have fallen farther behind if not for Sexton, whose 19 first-half points on an array of driving layups and jumpers helped trim the Cavaliers’ deficit to 13 before Ingram’s dunk gave New Orleans a 70-55 lead going into halftime.UP NEXT Associated Press “It’s fun to see everybody’s hard work paying off,” Ingram said. “For us to share the ball and get our assist numbers up and find the rhythm of our offense, we’re moving in the right direction.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored 13 points and Kevin Love scored 10. … Attempted 31 3-pointers, missing 20. … Shot 45.3% (43 of 95). … Scored 56 points in the paint. Pelicans: Moore and Nicolo Melli each scored 10 points. … Williamson eclipsed 20 points for the 12th time in just 15 career NBA games. … New Orleans outrebounded Cleveland 49-34. … Shot 54.5% (48 of 88), including 9 of 23 from 3-point range. … Combined for 36 assists. … Scored 72 points in the paint. … Jaxson Hayes revved up the crowd with a pair of thunderous dunks, one on an alley-oop and the other a reverse on a fast-break feed from Ingram.STARTING FAST Ingram, Williamson lead Pelicans past Cavaliers 116-104 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lonzo Ball launched a long two-handed chest pass from one foul line to the other, where Zion Williamson caught it in stride above his head, took a step and dunked with two hands.That play, less than three minutes into Friday night’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers, seemed to symbolize the Pelicans’ playoff push being kicked into high gear. Brandon Ingram scored 29 points, Williamson added 24, and New Orleans defeated Cleveland 116-104 on Friday night.last_img read more

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