Israel redeploys spy agency to track virus cases as numbers rise

first_imgIsrael, with a population of around nine million, announced its first novel coronavirus case on February 21. Since then, it has confirmed more than 26,021 infections including 321 deaths, with 980 new cases in the past 24 hours.Use of the security agency’s phone-tracking abilities had been criticized by NGOs as an unjustified violation of privacy. Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman has also consistently urged cabinet to find an alternative. Israel’s parliament passed a law Wednesday enabling the government to use its domestic security agency to track coronavirus infections, as case numbers surged again after a lull.The law, passed on the third and final reading by 53-38, limits the use of the Shin Bet’s surveillance technologies to three weeks and to cases “in which an epidemiological investigation cannot be completed otherwise”.The government had approved a similar measure in mid-March at the height of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, only to have it blocked by Israel’s top court pending new legislation. Topics :center_img The measure, the details of which were kept secret, was then challenged in Israel’s top court, which ruled that it must be formalized in law or dropped.The government initially chose not to push forward with legislation and the measure was discontinued on June 10 as infection rates dropped.But after nearly a month of growing infection numbers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tabled a bill last week, with a team of ministers appointed to oversee the measure and evaluate its necessity.Zvi Hauser, chairman of the parliament’s foreign and defense committee, which prepared the bill for its second and third readings, said ahead of the final vote that “unfortunately” there was currently “no civilian alternative”.last_img read more

Spectrum begins new Barents Sea seismic survey

first_imgMulti-client seismic data specialist Spectrum has started the acquisition of a new seismic survey of areas available in the ongoing Norwegian 24th licensing round.Spectrum said on Wednesday that the new Norsel High 3D acquisition comprises of at least 1,600 square kilometers, covering four blocks that are included in the round.Data is being acquired by survey partner Sovcomflot (SCF) using its high capacity vessel Ivan Gubkin, formerly known as the Polarcus Amani, with a triple source configuration and a Q-marine acquisition system.“Utilizing these latest acquisition technologies combined with broadband processing will ensure optimal imaging of several large structural closures at the Jurassic and Triassic levels partially identified in the area from existing Spectrum data,” said Spectrum.The company added that the program further includes 3D broadband reprocessing of 2,000 square kilometers of neighboring 3D Spectrum data that cover an additional six blocks included in the 24th licensing round.Merging the newly acquired survey with the existing two datasets through a modern broadband processing sequence will result in a single contiguous, conformable dataset of 3,600 square kilometers covering ten prospective blocks.According to Spectrum, a high quality fast-track 3D volume will be created for delivery before the end of August 2017 allowing sufficient time for evaluation of the area prior to the application deadline of the round on November 30.Further interim Pre-Stack Time Migrated data will be made available in time for application revision prior to November. Pre-Stack Depth Migration will be optional following round block award.last_img read more

Three arrested for OWI in Jennings County

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Saturday, Jennings County Dispatch received a call stating a female had rolled her vehicle on US 50 in the area of County Road 900 W. The driver, Devan Whitaker (26 of Seymour), was uninjured, however, the deputy allegedly detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Further investigation revealed that Whitaker was nearly twice the legal limit.While on the scene of the crash, her boyfriend, Jerry Hill (27 of North Vernon) arrived hoping to take her home, however, due to her level of intoxication she was transported to the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office for a certified chemical test.After getting Whitaker booked into the jail, the deputy went to speak with the boyfriend to advise him that Whitaker had been placed under arrest for OWI. At that time the deputy allegedly detected the odor of alcohol on Hill, who had just driven to the sheriff’s office. Further investigation revealed that hill was also well above the legal limit of .08. Hill was then taken into custody and booked into the Jennings County Jail for OWI.Later that evening, dispatch received a call in reference to a traffic accident in Muscatatuck County Park involving two vehicles. A deputy arrived on scene and through his investigation, determined that one of the drivers, James Durbin (49 of Whiteland), was also under the influence of alcohol. After certified testing, Durbin was placed under arrest and transported to the Jennings County Jail.All three were charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC > 0.08.last_img read more

Boss aims to banish negativity

first_imgFulham manager Rene Meulensteen is confident his side can avoid any more ‘waves of negativity’ and stop the rot in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League. The Cottagers went down 2-0 at leaders Arsenal on Saturday when Santi Cazorla fired in two quick second-half goals to break what had been a resolute defensive display. Meulensteen is determined to find the positives from an overall improved performance following on from a 6-0 capitulation at Hull and last weekend’s 4-1 home reverse by Sunderland. “We are starting to look more solid, and that is our way forward,” said the Dutchman. “It gives confidence to the whole team, a feeling that we are more solid and that it is harder for opponents to break us down. “We just need to make sure that one goal conceded does not create a ripple effect, which then creates a wave of negativity, we switch off for one split-second and all the hard work is undone.” Meulensteen added: “We focus on improving performances – making sure that we are defensively more solid, because we strongly believe that if we get more clean sheets, that will eventually keep us up. “We have enough quality to win other games and to create chances to score.” Fulham are just a point above the drop zone, but also only five points off 10th place in a congested bottom half. “I am quite happy that there are lots of teams involved, it is going to be one of the most exciting leagues in years,” Meulensteen said. “A good result can get you three or four places up the table, and then a bad one can put you right back in it.” Captain Brede Hangeland, now recovered from a back problem which needed surgery, feels Fulham can produce what is needed to pull clear of trouble. “At times we have struggled with the balance between defence and attack, and as a consequence of that we have played some good games, but got thoroughly beaten even though we played well which is hard to take,” he said. “We need to find that solidity which we did have at times against Arsenal and then spice that up with some good play going forwards.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Confed Cup: Germany Beats Mexico 4-1 to Set up Chile Final

first_imgLeon Goretzka scored twice in the opening eight minutes as Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 in Sochi to join Chile in the Confederations Cup final last night.The Schalke midfielder swept home a Benjamin Henrichs pass from 20 yards and then slotted home from Timo Werner’s through ball.Werner then tapped home Jonas Hector’s pass to increase Germany’s lead.Marco Fabian scored a brilliant 35-yard strike for Mexico, before Amin Younes added a fourth for Germany.Mexico had plenty of chances to come back into the game at 2-0 down but squandered them. Fabian’s stunner came too late to threaten a comeback, although there was a chaotic ending with several chances at both ends.While Germany go onto Sunday’s final in St Petersburg, Mexico face Portugal in a third-fourth play-off earlier that day.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Upcoming: Spring Fling Fundraiser

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisEvery year, the Thunder Bay Folk Society hosts their Spring Fling fundraiser. It’s a mini music festival that families and members of the community can enjoy.With a total of twelve different bands, prizes, food, and even free activities for the kids–there’s a lot to look forward too.“It’s a great family event, bring your children, dance, kick your shoes off- dance and have fun, even the children enjoy it.” Said Nichola Cornelius, TBFS board member. “I mean bring your families out it’s something to do in the community, its for the community…we need more like this I believe…music, laughter, fun.”Tickets are ten dollars at the door with 16 and under free. The event will take place this Saturday at the VFW from noon until midnight.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Allor Hosts “Coffee Hour” In Tawas CityNext Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Earth Day Bag Projectlast_img read more

LaMarcus Aldridge turns down Lakers, who make deal for Pacers’ Hibbert

first_imgThe Lakers officially missed out on their top free-agent target, sending a prideful organization into another summer tailspin.LaMarcus Aldridge agreed to a four-year deal worth $80 million with San Antonio on Saturday, according to an NBA source, giving Kobe Bryant even more reason to view the Spurs with envy for their endless continuity. “I’m happy to say I’m going home to Texas and will be a Spur!!” Aldridge wrote on Twitter. “I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.”The Lakers were hardly excited to hear this news. They already experienced a devastating week of free agency that included Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan expressing no thanks to the Lakers’ pitches. Published accounts said Aldridge walked away from the Lakers’ two-hour meeting Tuesday unimpressed with the team’s pitch, believing it focused too much on Hollywood style over X’s and O’s substance. Although the Lakers landed a second meeting with Aldridge on Thursday just to talk about basketball-related issues, that could not sway Aldridge, who was also courted by Phoenix, Portland, Miami and Toronto.There is also a sense Aldridge granted the Lakers’ request for a second meeting just so a historically successful franchise could save face. Aldridge’s rejection also continues a three-year-long trend in which the Lakers have whiffed out on their free-agent targets. Dwight Howard defected to Houston two years ago for less money for reasons including a younger roster, Kobe Bryant’s demanding personality and Mike D’Antoni’s coaching philosophy. Unlike Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony reported feeling impressed with the Lakers’ branding presentation last year that included a four-minute trailer on his life, made by movie producer Joel Silver. But Anthony still stayed in New York.Shortly after, Pau Gasol took less money to go to Chicago, his concerns over the Lakers’ rebuilding and endless trade rumors factored in more than any nostalgia over winning two NBA titles here. The Lakers also could not land in-person meetings last year with LeBron James or this year with Kevin Love and Marc Gasol. As for Aldridge, he had plenty of better options than the Lakers, including Phoenix, Houston and Miami. But Aldridge joined San Antonio partly in hopes that he and Kawhi Leonard could become the franchise’s future following Duncan’s eventual retirement. Aldridge could have carried the same torch under Bryant, but his future elicits far more question marks. Bryant has suffered three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. After the Lakers granted him a two-year, $48.5 million extension before returning from an injured left Achilles tendon on Dec. 2013, the Lakers have only had enough cap space to offer one max contract. With the Lakers determined to dance with the stars in free agency, they have lost out on second-tier talent. They could not retain sharpshooter Jodie Meeks in 2014 and emerging big man Ed Davis this past season. The Lakers also declined to pursue point guard Eric Bledsoe in 2014 and center Robin Lopez in 2015. The Lakers have $23 million to spend on underwhelming options. Other available free-agent big men include Kosta Koufas, Amare Stoudemire and Jason Smith. The Lakers could re-sign some of their own free agents, including Wayne Ellington or Jordan Hill.The Lakers have not revisited trade talks with the Sacramento Kings about All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The Kings are currently not looking to trade Cousins, either. But to sway Sacramento’s opinion, the Lakers would have to offer plenty of their young talent. That would include Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, if not more in future draft picks. Regardless of how that plays out, that won’t erase the sting of another top free agent saying no thanks to the Lakers, a disturbing trend for a franchise that usually could land stars anytime it asked. However, the Lakers have apparently found a bandage for their wound.The Lakers reached an agreement with the Indiana Pacers for center Roy Hibbert, a former All-Star who faced a diminished role. Terms of the deal haven’t been decided and the trade can’t be completed until July 9, when the NBA moratorium is lifted.Aldridge’s rejection seemed even more painful for a few reasons. The 29-year-old Aldridge averaged a career 23.4 points 10.2 rebounds per game last season, while making the All-Star team for a fourth consecutive year. With the Lakers choosing point guard D’Angelo Russell with the second pick of the 2015 NBA Draft over Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the Lakers were left without a definitive post presence. The Lakers’ lone big men, Robert Sacre and Tarik Black, have a combined four years of NBA experience. Aldridge’s case also raised questions about whether the Lakers have not adjusted to an evolving NBA landscape.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oregon vs. Wisconsin odds, predictions, betting trends for Rose Bowl 2020

first_imgNo. 7 Oregon (11-2) and No. 11 Wisconsin (10-3) meet in the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.The Ducks won the Pac-12 championship after a 37-15 victory against Utah. Quarterback Justin Herbert can improve his NFL Draft stock with a big performance here, and coach Mario Cristobal can continue to push the Ducks back toward a College Football Playoff berth heading into 2020. This is a program back on the rise. Stat that mattersWisconsin’s passing attack is much different than Oregon’s, but it comes with similar efficiency. The Ducks finished at 160.4, and the Badgers finished at 155.3. Jack Coan had 17 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he averaged 8.4 yards per attempt. He will take more deep shots than expected against the Ducks, and look for Quintez Cephus (52 catches, 842 yards, six touchdowns) to be involved.Oregon vs. Wisconsin predictionThe Pac-12 had a 4-3 advantage against the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl since 2010, and this game should be played at the same furious pace as the last time they met. Herbert will hit a couple big passing plays in the first half that get Oregon going, but Wisconsin’s offensive line will continue to plod away against the Ducks. Taylor breaks through with two long touchdown runs in the second half, and the Badgers hold in the fourth quarter for a Rose Bowl victory.Wisconsin 38, Oregon 34 MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports InsiderWisconsin remains the model of stability in the Big Ten West, and they earned the Rose Bowl bid after a 34-21 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Star running back Jonathan Taylor needs 91 rushing yards to complete his second straight 2,000-yard season.”The Granddaddy of Them All” should be a showcase for both schools. Here’s everything to know about betting on Oregon vs. Wisconsin, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the Rose Bowl Game.Oregon vs. Wisconsin odds for Rose Bowl 2020Spread: Wisconsin -3Point total: 51Moneyline: Wisconsin -145, Oregon +110Wisconsin is a three-point favorite according to Sports Insider. The line opened at -3 in favor of the Badgers.Oregon vs. Wisconsin all-time seriesThe Ducks and Badgers have met five times since 1977, and Oregon won the last meeting between the teams in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012. That was a shootout that features Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson and Montee Ball and Oregon’s LaMichael James and DeAnthony Thomas. The Ducks won 45-38.Three trends to know— The Badgers are 3-1 against the spread in bowl games under Paul Chryst, but they are 4-4 against the spread in neutral-site games.— Wisconsin was 4-1 against the spread this season and 5-0 straight up when favored by 10 points or fewer.— The Ducks are 3-4 against the spread as an underdog under Cristobal, and that includes a 1-1 against-the-spread record this season.MORE: College football bowl picks, predictionsThree things to watchJonathan Taylor’s yardageWe mentioned Taylor’s rush toward 2,000 yards, and he will take his shots at an Oregon run defense that allowed just 3.2 yards per carry this season. The magic number for Taylor is 150 rushing yards: The Badgers are 16-1 when he hits that number, with the lone loss coming to Penn State in 2018.Justin Herbert’s touchdownsHerbert impressed against Utah in the Pac-12 championship game, and he’ll try to do the same against a Wisconsin pass defense that allowed just 191.2 passing yards per game this season. The Ducks had a 7-1 record this season when Herbert threw for multiple touchdowns. Herbert had four different receivers with more than 400 yards, led by Johnny Johnson III (55 catches, 818 yards, seven touchdowns).Edge rushersBoth teams have outstanding pass-rushers who can wreck a game plan. How will Wisconsin’s tackles fare against Kayvon Thibodeaux, a freshman sensation who had 6.5 of his nine sacks in Oregon’s last five games. SN second-team All-American Zack Baun led Wisconsin with 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Watch the head-to-head matchups with Oregon’s Penei Sewell, a SN first-team All-American who won the Outland Trophy.MORE: Expert strategy tips | Three value pickslast_img read more

South Sound Women’s Boating Seminar Sails into Olympia on May 20

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Olympia Yacht ClubTickets are still available for the South Sound Women’s Boating Seminar held on Saturday, May 20th at the Olympia Yacht ClubThe theme this year is ‘Chart Your Own Course.’  Presentations by experienced women captains will include:Presentations will be given by women boaters for women boaters. Photo courtesy: Olympia Yacht ClubBlow Ye Winds Hi Ho: Understanding Weather on the Water with Capt. Karen SullivanFinding Yourself on the Water: Navigation Essentials with Capt. Mary CampbellDocking Your Boat with Capt. Ace SpraggKeeping the Lights On: Boat 12V Systems with Capt. Allison Mazon Panel discussion of Favorite Cruising Locations Our ever popular Hands-On Fair is expanded to a full day and offers opportunities to explore charting, boat circuitry, galley provisioning, knot tying, canvas repair and more.The seminar welcomes power boaters as well as sailors. The novice can build a solid foundation, while more experienced boaters can deepen their knowledge and strengthen essential skills. Past participants report that they gained critical information and techniques to feel safer and more confident on the water.Photo courtesy: Olympia Yacht ClubWe’re also proud to support the next generation of women boaters through a raffle to fund scholarships for “Girls at the Helm” aboard the historic schooner Adventuress. Raffle prizes include baskets of boating gear, professional survey and maintenance services, and captain’s license instruction.Register now for the seminar at – “South Sound Women’s Boating Seminar.” Early registration is $45 by April 30, $50 after April 30.  Includes parking and a sumptuous lunch.Questions? Contact boatingseminar@gmail.comlast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “Well, thank God my horse can go anywhere, inside or outside. I was trying to go outside, but when I saw him move up a little bit, I got plenty of room inside. So, I just took a chance to go inside.“My horse responded really good. I’m excited, my horse is running really good.”TYLER GAFFALIONE, GOT STORMY, SECOND: “It’s definitely a step forward from the last race. We would have liked to have won, but hopefully she comes out of the race fine.“We didn’t see much pace on the form, so we figured we’d be a little aggressive out of the gate – she usually breaks well. I let her run down to the first turn, and it looked like the seven (Kingly) wanted the lead, so I just took back on the outside of him and sat beautifully the whole way. I had a ton of horse coming into the stretch, and she kicked on, but she just got run down.”TRAINER QUOTESJEFF MULLINS, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “A perfect trip. I told Abel to try and get the same trip as he did last time. This time he had to go inside instead of outside. Abel has done a great job keeping him in position, that is the way he likes to run and he’s got a really good kick down the lane. I couldn’t say anymore about Abel. I do want to wish Jeb Cohen a happy birthday.“He’ll go anywhere you want him to as long as he’s got enough energy left. Abel has done a great job of saving it until it counts so a lot of credit goes to Abel.“When I brought him back off the layoff, I wasn’t sure he was coming back. He threw a dud the first time and then he had some troubles, but he’s back.”MARK COHEN, RED BARON’S BARN, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “Congratulations Dad and happy birthday. This is probably the real definition of a racehorse. When he was turned out for a little while he was not happy. He did not like being at the ranch; as soon as he came back to the track it was straight to business. This is what he loves to do. If he didn’t hit the board our plans would have definitely changed. There are no plans, as always the horse will tell the trainer what to do and the trainer lets us know what he wants to do but it is always about the horse.”“I am thrilled for the horse and thrilled for anyone who has been involved with him. He is a super nice horse, and everybody has just done a great job with him, Jeff (Mullins) in particular.”NOTES: The winning owners are Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC. This was River Boyne’s first Grade I win.last_img read more