30-35 Syrian troops killed in Turkish counter-fire: Erdogan

first_imgThe Turkish strike on regime positions south of the flashpoint town of Saraqeb wounded another 20 regime fighters, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.It followed Syrian regime shelling in Idlib that killed four Turkish soldiers, according to Ankara’s defence ministry.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it an “ongoing operation,” and said that 30 to 35 Syrian forces were killed in the counterattack.He urged regime ally Russia not to stand in the way of Ankara’s response. Turkey has killed dozens of Syrian forces in retaliatory fire after four of its soldiers died in shelling on positions in the northwest of the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.”There is an ongoing operation right now and… according to initial findings around 30 to 35 Syrians on the other side were neutralised,” he told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving for Ukraine.Meanwhile, at least six Syrian government troops were killed by Turkish shelling on Monday in the northwestern region of Idlib in retaliation for a deadly regime attack, a war monitor said. The clash is a rare confrontation between Syrian forces and Turkish soldiers who are based in parts of Syria’s north and northwest where Ankara backs a host of rebel groups.It risks a serious escalation in a region that has come under heightened attacks by Damascus and Moscow in recent weeks, displacing hundreds of thousands of people.Erdogan last week warned that Ankara would use military force against Damascus if any of its positions in Idlib were threatened by attacks.Turkey has 12 observation posts in the region as part of a Turkey-Russia deal to prevent a regime offensive.Turkish media on Sunday reported that Turkey’s military sent reinforcements to the region to bolster the forces stationed at the posts.Topics :last_img read more

US Coast Guard Working on Containing New Orleans Oil Spill

first_imgThe US Coast Guard is continuing efforts on containing an oil spill on the Mississippi River in New Orleans.First assets were deployed on September 11 after a helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans observed a sheen on the water earlier in the day during a routine overflight.Fifteen hundred feet of boom has been deployed to contain the sheen while oil spill response company OMI Environmental Solutions has been contracted to contain and recover the product.The Coast Guard is yet to provide details on the cause or source of the spill. The incident is still under investigation.In addition to US Coast Guard assets, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office has joined the response effort and six oil spill response boats have been on site as of September 13.The Coast Guard said earlier that the shoreline is projected to be minimally impacted.last_img read more

Emergency Shelter Management and Radio Communication Trainings Commence

first_imgLifestyleLocalNews Emergency Shelter Management and Radio Communication Trainings Commence by: – July 1, 2020 Tweet 72 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) commenced training in Emergency Shelter Management on Monday June 29, 2020.Radio Communication training will begin on Thursday July 2nd.These trainings will continue over the two-month period of July and August and are designed to accommodate shelter teams from across Dominica comprising the seven Districts of Portsmouth/North; Castle Bruce/East; Grand Bay/South; St Joseph/West; Marigot/North East; La Plaine/South East; Roseau/South West; and the Kalinago Territory.The first week of training will take place in the Eastern District of Castle Bruce to include the communities of Castle Bruce, Tronto, San Sauveur, Good Hope and Petite Soufriere.The shelter management training will cover key areas such as the composition of the shelter team; responsibilities of shelter managers and support team; activation and closure protocol for emergency shelters; supplies and equipment required in shelters; catering for persons and groups with specific protection needs and gender differences and sheltering needs, among others. Importantly, the guidelines for use and management of shelters during COVID-19 Pandemic will be outlined.If you are planning to use a public emergency shelter during the hurricane season, here are a few guidelines specific to COVID-19 to keep in mind:Everyone should wear masks in public shelterFrequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizers/rubbing alcohol (70%) will be encouragedShelter managers are expected to enforce adherence to hygiene guidelines as stipulated by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health InvestmentShelterees should avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illnessAnyone who begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 will be separated from the main area and be placed in the designated isolation section; In some shelters, where isolation is not possible, temporary barriers will be used for separationFor sleeping purposes, cots should be at least 6 feet apart. Cots will be arranged in alternating ‘head-to-toe’ arrangements to reduce transmission of any communicable diseases   Persons will be separated in the shelters by household, as much as possible.The ODM is reminding the public to have a plan and put measures in place to reduce the impact of tropical cyclone activity on their lives and property in the event that the island is affected this year.Preparedness is key. Therefore, as we go through the hurricane season remember to:Check emergency supplies and store valuables and important documents in waterproof containersPack non-perishable food items and water (1 gallon per day per person) and include necessary medicationHave an evacuation plan (keep in mind family members who have special needs) and important contact informationNow is the time to know where your emergency shelter is locatedHave material and tools on hand to protect windows and doorsKeep waterways clear, including drains near your homes, to reduce floodingEvacuate early if orders are given by the authoritiesInspect your property and ensure that trees that hang over your home or could pose a danger are cut downCheck on the condition of the roof of your homes and businessesFor more information on safety tips for all natural hazards and the hurricane emergency shelters list visit the ODM’s website at odm.gov.dm or Facebook page: @ODMDominica1 or call 611-4412 / 448-7777.Be prepared. Be safe.last_img read more

Forest duo set for Newcastle switch

first_img Darlow joined Forest in 2006 after being released by Aston Villa’s academy as a teenager. Some impressive displays last season saw Premier League scouts flock to the City Ground to watch him, with Liverpool and Spurs thought to be particularly keen. He emerged as the club’s number one back in 2012 and has gone on to make 67 first-team appearances. The acquisition of Lascelles and Darlow takes Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s number of new signings up to nine, with the Forest duo following Facundo Ferreyra, Siem de Jong, Daryl Janmaat, Emmanual Riviere, Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella to St James’ Park. Pearce, who spent two years at Newcastle towards the end of his playing career, only last week insisted that none of his young stars would be sold unless it was right for the club. On Monday evening he told the Nottingham Post: “We had an offer from Newcastle, that I was made aware of last week, in regards to the two players going there. “The figures that were mentioned, by the representative of our club – I said I would not do that deal, when I was asked the question. “I thought I could push their value up and that they would be worth more in the long run. “The first I heard today about things was when Jamaal Lascelles came in and told me that he had a medical at 2pm at Newcastle. “That disappointed me greatly.” Academy product Lascelles has been on the radar of the country’s big clubs for a few years now. Forest turned down an offer from Arsenal in 2011, while in January this year Everton were fined £45,000 and warned as to their future conduct after making an unauthorised approach for the player in 2010. More recently, Tottenham have been linked with a move for the England Under-21 international who became a first-team regular for the Reds last season. Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow are set to sign for Newcastle. The deal will see both players remain at the City Ground for the 2014/15 season as part of a loan arrangement between the two clubs, but the Reds boss insists the highly-rated pair have been allowed to leave against his advice. Central defender Lascelles, 20, and goalkeeper Darlow, 23, have been tracked by several Barclays Premier League clubs but the Magpies have won the race to secure their signatures – reportedly paying Forest in the region of £5million. Press Associationlast_img read more

WATCH LIVE: NASA Spacewalk This Morning

first_imgAn American and a Canadian astronaut are scheduled for a spacewalk this morning to upgrade equipment on the International Space Station.The spacewalk begins at 8:05 Eastern with live coverage on NASA TV.NASA’s Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency are scheduled to work on a robotic arm and improve wireless communications for the space station.last_img

India to trial DRS in England Tests

first_img(REUTERS) – India will use the Decision Review System (DRS) on a trial basis in the upcoming five-Test series against England to assess improvements made to the technology, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.The influential Indian board (BCCI) has long been a staunch opponent of the DRS system, which aims at reducing umpiring howlers by detecting edges and predicting the ball trajectory to ensure correct catch and leg-before decisions.“In the meeting with the ICC and the Hawk-Eye officials, the improvements made to the system were further evaluated by the BCCI team, who were satisfied that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by BCCI over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent,” the board said.India played in the first series that used DRS against Sri Lanka in 2008 but the BCCI have since refused to allow its use in any bilateral series involving its team.Test captain Virat Kohli recently hinted that India were finally ready to embrace the system.“We are happy to note that Hawk-Eye has institutionalised all the recommendations made by BCCI, and we confirm that this improved version of DRS will be used on a trial basis during the forthcoming series against England,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said in a statement.“Based on the performance of the system and the feedback that we will receive, further continuation in forthcoming series will be decided.“We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience.” The first Test between India and England will be held in Rajkot from November 9.last_img read more

WLAX : Despite No. 3 ranking, Orange still has mistakes to correct during daunting stretch of games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Kailah Kempney didn’t feel Syracuse was at its best Thursday against Notre Dame.The freshman scored five goals and the Orange came away with a 16-10 victory over the No. 6 Fighting Irish, but Kempney wasn’t satisfied.‘We’re proud of the win, but it wasn’t a great win,’ the freshman attack said in a phone interview Thursday. ‘We know we could have done a lot better. We had a lot of mistakes.’No. 3 Syracuse (7-2, 2-0 Big East) will aim to fix those mistakes as it continues a grueling stretch of three games in five days. The Orange will play its second game in that span on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it takes on Rutgers (7-4, 2-1) in the Carrier Dome. SU caps off the five-day challenge against Dartmouth on Monday.The Orange has endured some challenging weeks so far this season, playing two games in four days three times already. The first time, SU dropped both games to then-No. 6 Virginia and No. 1 Northwestern in late February. Three days after losing to the Wildcats, the Orange edged then-No. 5 Florida in double overtime. And in March, Syracuse beat then-No. 4 Maryland and then-No. 20 Towson in a four-day stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe three-game stretch provides challenges for the Orange to remain sharp. Still, despite being the most difficult stretch in terms of frequency of games, SU head coach Gary Gait doesn’t feel it is the toughest Syracuse has faced this season.The Orange opened the season with five games against top-12 teams including three straight against teams in the top-five. Gait said facing that high level of competition in the Orange’s brutal early-season schedule was his team’s biggest test thus far.‘There were top-five teams we were facing back-to-back-to-back, three in a row and that was the toughest stretch of maybe any team in the country so far,’ Gait said. ‘Going from Northwestern to Florida to Maryland, that was a tough, tough stretch.’But SU attack Katie Webster said this series of games is just as difficult.And Webster said those first five games against top-five teams helped prepare Syracuse for anything it faces this season, including these three games.‘This stretch is going to be probably just as difficult,’ Webster said. ‘When we played the tougher teams we didn’t play as much. Still, these next two teams are very good and we’ve got to play with them and not get tired.’Syracuse has taken some unique steps to get ready for each game. With only one day off between games, the Orange has had to prepare a little for Notre Dame, Rutgers and Dartmouth.On Friday, SU will focus its preparation on Rutgers, watching some film of the Scarlet Knights. The Orange will also have a practice, though Webster doesn’t expect it to be overly intense as the team tries to stay fresh.And that could be good for Kempney. Even after scoring five goals against the Fighting Irish, the attack is still recovering from a knee injury suffered against the Wildcats on Feb. 29.Kempney said Thursday she still isn’t 100 percent, but the freshman is eager to get back on the field Saturday to help SU extend its six-game winning streak. The Orange’s game against Rutgers serves as a chance for the team to get better.‘Having a game on Saturday just gives us an opportunity to get back on track and get back to where we were and fix all those little mistakes that we made tonight,’ Kempney said.dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Published on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Syracuse football roundtable: Key storylines, what SU needs to make a bowl and under-the-radar players

first_img2. Syracuse will reach a bowl game if …C.L.:  … You stop asking me this question. I don’t know whether SU will. It’s easy to fire off hot takes about how Syracuse is a fringe bowl team, but the reality is that no one has seen what this team will look like within the schemes that Babers rolls out. The secondary struggled last season, but it will be playing within a new scheme. Although the offense should improve, it is also playing in an entirely new scheme. I find it unlikely Syracuse makes it to a bowl but it could with a few breaks going its way.J.M.: … It wins six games. And for that to happen, a lot will have to go right. Eric Dungey will have to emerge as one of the top passers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dontae Strickland and Jordan Fredericks will have to lead a consistently good rushing attack. The defense will have to master the art of bending, but not breaking. And that’s just the beginning of the puzzle. But that’s not going to happen. Success this year should not be measured by a bowl game appearance or win. Four wins should be good enough.M.S.: … Nope, I couldn’t even think of a good joke to put here. Babers himself has said give this team a year to get its feet under them in his tenure, and I wouldn’t consider it an underachievement if SU won four games this year. Right off the bat there are four losses to top 20 teams, and the rest are toss-ups, if that. I will say if the defense pulls the wildest trick out of its back pocket, maybe the Orange pulls off a miracle and wins six games. But I don’t see that happening.John Williams | Contributing Photographer3.  Who is a dark horse player that could step up for the Orange?C.L.: Sean Riley. Generally, Syracuse’s depth isn’t great. That should give Riley a shot at playing time at inside receiver when Syracuse subs off Brisly Estime or Ervin Philips. Riley is built in the mold of those two players, and he definitely has the speed to replace them without much of a drop off. We’ll see whether his skills are up to par, but I tend to think Riley will fit in well.J.M.: Syracuse is going to run through a lot of players because of its pace, which leaves plenty of options for a dark horse. My pick is Riley. He’s the smallest player on the team, but Riley earned plenty of praise and looks throughout training camp. He has the speed and agility, but a breakout year will depend on how refined his route running and catching ability are. Expect to see Riley at inside receiver plenty when Estime or Philips need a blow.M.S.: He’s a dark horse now, but won’t be for long once people get to know him. Maryland grad transfer Amba Etta-Tawo will start at wide receiver for the Orange and likely be Dungey’s secondary target behind Steve Ishmael. Dungey has vowed to stay in the pocket more which means more passing. And it’s the team’s second receiver who may get the most looks if teams are honed in on Ishmael. Etta-Tawo is fast and big, and should make a name for himself early. Comments Published on August 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm Related Stories THE SPREAD: From Texas to Syracuse, Dino Babers brings the Baylor-style offenseTHE CHOICE IS YOURS: Run-pass option plays key role in Dino Babers’ Baylor-style offense Syracuse’s season kicks off on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Colgate. Dino Babers will make his Orange head coaching debut as SU begins its 2016 campaign in search of its first bowl game appearance since 2013.With the season just days away, beat writers Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman answered three questions about Syracuse.1. What is the biggest storyline to watch in the Colgate game?Chris Libonati: Will Syracuse get Villanova’d? I personally don’t think they’ll have to grind out a win over the Raiders like SU had to against ‘Nova in the 2014 season opener, but I think that’s the worry this week. Colgate has a solid run game and teams that can grind down opponents and play keep away are effective against faster-paced teams. That said, I don’t think that’s the way the game will go. If Syracuse does get “Villanova’d,” I generally don’t think the rest of the season will be headed in the right direction.Jon Mettus: Tempo. Tempo. Tempo. Just exactly how fast is this offense with these players? And how good will it be? A great performance against Colgate has to be taken with a grain of salt. But a flop is major cause for concern. This team is going to rely heavily on the success of its offense and a bad performance against an FCS team in Babers’ first game would signal a long and painful year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman: The biggest storyline to keep an eye on is if Babers’ offense can open eyes as much as it’s been advertised to be able to. Is Orange really the new fast? Even if it’s against Colgate? To squelch any doubt about whether Syracuse’s players can fit into his Baylor-style system, SU will need to trounce Colgate through Eric Dungey and the passing game. Players have been saying all camp “you’ll just have to wait and see” when asked about how fast the offense is. Well, the time is here. Now let’s see it.MORE PRESEASON COVERAGE:Dino Babers’ first in-season press conferenceSyracuse’s Week 1 depth chart before its game against ColgateSyracuse football roster updates Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp’s Under 21 team in Hastings Cup action

first_imgManager Tommy Twomey says while their panel is depleted due to local club action, they are confident heading into the match-up and he says and it’s a great opportunity for other players. His side will come up against Longford in Round 2 of the Hastings Cup this afternoon. The team’s Round 2 match-up versus Galway has yet to be played after it was called off twice within the last week.  Arrangements are being made for it to be played at some stage next week.last_img

Euro 2016 action tonight

first_imgKick-off is at 8.Chris Coleman’s side have got past England, Northern Ireland and Belgium on their way to the last four of the tournament in France. Meanwhile, Swansea have strengthened their defence ahead of the next Premier League season.They’ve signed Mike van der Hoorn from Ajax on a 3-year deal for an undisclosed fee.He’s the second Dutch player to join the club in as many days following the arrival of Leroy Fer.last_img