By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaImagine waking up to a clear, cool morning, looking out your window and seeing deer or other wildlife feeding on your property. If you want to make it happen, consider growing food plots. Before you do, a University of Georgia expert warns not all crops are created equally for the job of attracting wildlife.A lot of wildlife feed products available on store shelves and the Internet don’t deliver what they promise, said Keith Fielder, UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Putnam County.For ten years, Fielder and his UGA Extension colleagues in Baldwin and Jones counties tested 80 forage crops and forage blends to see which work best to attract wildlife. The best overall performer was chicory.A perennial forage crop, chicory is used around the world as forage for cattle, sheep and goats. Southerners stopped growing the crop after the Civil War. “I think we just forgot about it,” Fielder said. “But, now people are selling it again, and it is one of the better products we recommend.”With a substantial taproot capable of capturing moisture from deep in the soil, chicory holds up well during drought. Perennial clovers are excellent for food plots, too. Durana and Patriot varieties are successful across the state. Developed by internationally-renowned forage breeder Joe Bouton while at UGA, the products are now marketed by Pennington Seed. In addition to evaluating crops, the UGA Extension agent team developed a program for landowners on land management. Since 2001, more than 1,350 forest landowners, hunters and wildlife conservationists have attended 25 programs to learn about the forages.“Some of these forage crops were things we didn’t traditionally grow in the South, so we had to learn how to grow them,” Fielder said. “Determining seed rating and fertility management gave us a toolbox full of suggestions on a better selection of forages to plant for different wildlife.” Hunters and land managers themselves, the group tailors suggestions based on what game or non-game animals they want to maintain. From deer to turkeys, bluebirds to honeybees and geese to bobcats, a range of animals benefit from feed plots, he said.Pasture land is typically planted in Bermuda grass or Bahia grass for livestock. But deer and turkeys don’t benefit that much from these pastures, Fielder said. “Deer won’t forage pasture grasses,” he said. “Deer are after clovers or perennial weeds. They are browsers not grazers. If you can replace some of these mono-cultural forage grasses that are not native with a perennial like chicory you are providing a better environment for wildlife and higher quality nutrition, food variety and areas for certain insects to create a habitat.” Most perennial forages should be planted between September 15 and October 15. To prepare, look for areas for planting, perform soil tests and prepare the soil now.Attracting wildlife can be expensive and Fielder warns planting perennial forages is “by no means a plant it and walk away” practice. It requires management and input and is best done on at least a quarter-acre lot. While perennial clover varieties and chicory may be more expensive initially, he said, in the long run they are the most economical.On top of feed plots, Fielder recommends winter tilling of edge areas to promote weed growth and prescribed burning to combat heavy fuel loads and stimulate new growth. Contact the Georgia Forestry Commission to develop a burn plan. Remember to watch the wildlife and interact from a distance. And it is not illegal to hunt over a food plot, but you can’t hunt over a truck load of corn kernels. For more information on wildlife and forest management, attend the 2009 Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day set for Thursday, Sept.17 at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga. For more information, visit the AWFD Web site at www.caes.uga.edu/events/awfd09/.
To continue to stay ahead of rising demand for 3G wireless applications and Internet access in Chittenden County, Verizon Wireless has enhanced its local network. Since 2000, the company has invested $2.6 billion into its New England network, including $192 million in 2009, and recently earned recognition from JD Power and Associates for “Highest Call Quality Performance among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Northeast” *.Consumer Advantages– Recent upgrades to existing 3G cell sites provide increased 3G data capacity in: — Burlington– Charlotte– Milton– South Burlington– Underhill– Winooski– Enhanced 3G data capacity in Chittenden County lets more customers using notebook computers or smartphones: — Download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking platforms to GPS-enabled maps– Rapidly browse the web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more– Work on-the-go with fast file sharing– Quickly download and play music favorites from Top 40 to Classical– Send emails to friends, family and co-workers with picture and video attachments– Download and play vivid 3D games– Stream must-see video and customized radio stationsView from Verizon Wireless”People across Vermont are increasingly relying on smartphones and 3G apps to manage their busy lives and stay connected at home or on-the-go,” said director for Network Systems Performance for Verizon Wireless, Richard Enright. “The $2.6 billion we’ve invested into our New England network has kept us ahead of consumer trends, provided our customers a 3G advantage and underscored our belief that any mobile device is only as good as the network it runs on. Proactive and sustained investment has made Verizon Wireless the 3G leader in New England and nationwide.”Harnessing the Capabilities of a Robust 3G NetworkVerizon Wireless’ 3G network powers many leading mobile multimedia services, including:– Mobile Broadband Internet Access: Notebook computer users can access email, download files and browse the Internet at broadband speed, downloading a one megabyte email attachment — the equivalent of a small PowerPoint(R) presentation or a large PDF file — in about eight seconds and uploading it in less than 13 seconds.– V CAST Video: V CAST multimedia services offer customers the ability to play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones, as well as to watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.– V CAST Music with Rhapsody: V CAST Music with Rhapsody service combines Verizon Wireless’ world-class, over-the-air mobile music service with Rhapsody’s leading desktop solution to deliver unlimited access to music.Sustained Wireless InvestmentThe company has invested more than $55 billion since its inception to increase the wireless voice and data coverage of its national network and to add new 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. As the carrier with America’s largest and most reliable wireless network, Verizon Wireless cell sites in New England provide 3G wireless data connectivityEngineering America’s Most Reliable Wireless NetworkThe company’s ‘America’s most reliable wireless network’ reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. By traversing more than one million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas — the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon or 40 trips around the world — the test men and women confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless’ network and the networks of other carriers.About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (VZ 30.95, +0.30, +0.98%) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com(link is external). To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia(link is external).*Verizon Wireless received the highest numerical score among wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study(SM)–Vol. 1 Study based on 23,373 total responses measuring 4 providers in the Northeast Region (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT) and measures opinions of wireless users about the call quality of their service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in July-December 2009. Your experience may vary. Visit jdpower.comSOURCE: Verizon Wireless. 3.23.2010. (BUSINESS WIRE)
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for October 16, the day Reinhold Messner made a successful ascent of Lhotse in 1986, making him the first person to climb all 14 of the 8,000m peaks:Great Smoky Mountains National Park OpensWith the government shut down in its 16th day, the states finally took matters into their own hands. No, we are not talking about Maryland and Virginia teaming up to force Congress to stay in D.C. until they figure it out, brother lock-in style (although that would be an awesome move), and we are not talking about a violent uprising. We are talking about the states ponying up the dough to keep National Parks open for short periods of time. This is a trend that started out West with Utah spending $1.67 million to keep their five parks open for 10 days. Arizona, Colorado, South Dakota, and New York followed suit, and now Tennessee and North Carolina are getting into the national park funding game. Tennessee freed up $305,000 and North Carolina found $75,000 to keep Great Smoky Mountains National Park up and running…for five days. GSMNP opens today, and will remain open through Sunday. Past that, who knows what will happen.It is not lost on this magazine, and others, that this move by the states comes on the same day that Republican lawmakers called National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis before a committee to berate him for closing parks and national monuments along the Mall in Washington, D.C. – the same monuments Republicans have used as a public relations pawn since this whole thing began. They accused him of…something…political motivation?..like it was his fault the government shut down and he wanted to close the parks. Yeah, that makes sense. But this is what we’ve come to expect from our elected leaders, who operate in a dimension removed from our own.It is also not lost on the Citizen-Times and USA Today who call out U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from N.C.’s 11th District which borders the park, for pushing to delay the Affordable Care Act – the move that lead to the shutdown.Big Falls Body RecoveredRescue workers recovered the body of a man who died following a fall in Pisgah National Forest on Sunday. The victim, who was from the Asheville area but whose name has not been released, fell from rocks at Big Falls on the Thompson River around 5 pm. His female hiking companion hiked out of the woods and called 911, but it took her several hours. The retrieval required a technical rope rescue team as the terrain was rugged. This is a good reminder that waterfalls and rivers can be extremely slippery and dangerous. This may be an afterthought during the fall season, but falling into cold water makes it even more of a risk. Be safe out there.In slightly happier news, a couple of lost hikers were found overnight Sunday and returned safely to civilization…where they were promptly arrested. Lost hikers Derek Vann Whitson and Jesse Daniel Mizell were located by rescue teams and led out of the woods early Monday morning and were charged with felony theft of ginseng. I guess getting lost in the woods doesn’t pay! BA-ZING.Regional Winners at Great American Beer FestThe Great American Beer Fest is held in Denver, CO and is one of the biggest beer festivals in the world. If you ever have the chance, and you can get your hands on a ticket, YOU MUST GO. Just make sure you pack your pretzel necklace and take the light-rail. It’s a total beer circus in a good way – trust me, I’ve been to it – but the main point is to crown the best beers and the best breweries in the U.S. Of course California brews took home the most titles, with Colorado coming in a close second (hometown bias?), but beers from the Blue Ridge region were very well represented. Here are a few of the highlights.Imperial IPA (second most entered category) Bronze: Smartmouth Brewing Co., Norfolk, VA – Notch 9 Double IPARye Beer Gold: SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA – LowRyeDerAmerican-Style Brett Beer Gold: Wicked Week Brewing, Asheville, NC – SerenityGerman-Style Marzen Gold: Lost Rhino Brewing, Asheburn, VA – RhinofestBelgian-Style Witbier Gold: Port City Brewing, Alexandria, VA – Optimal WitAmerican-Style or International-Style Pilsener Silver: Devils Backbone Brewing, Roseland, VA – Gold Leaf LagerActually, Devils Backbone brought home a slew of awards in multiple categories, but they also took home one of the biggest prizes in the “competition.” They were awarded the Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year award.You can see the full results here.
According to the latest report of the European Commission from June this year, the blue economy is recording continuous growth. With a turnover of 566 billion euros, the sector generates 174 billion euros of added value and creates jobs for almost 3,5 million people. It is projected to grow twice as fast as the rest of the economy by 2030, which means a turnover of almost a trillion euros for Europe.The Blue Economy represents all economic activities related to the oceans, seas or coastal areas with the aim of strengthening economic growth and development, increasing jobs and improving the environment while preserving the ecosystem. It covers sectors such as fisheries, shipbuilding and tourism, as well as emerging industries such as ocean energy and biotechnology. The coastal part of Croatia is traditionally facing the sea, which is of exceptional economic importance for these areas, but also for the entire Croatian economy. “Today it is necessary that all stakeholders of the so-called. blue economy, from the tourism sector through fisheries to aquaculture, work together in the long term to preserve the purity and richness of the sea in order to reap the maximum economic benefit, taking care not to further disturb its natural balance. But the blue economy needs to be integrated not only through sectors, but also through different countries and regions. We need international cooperation if we want to get the most out of this huge resource. “, explains the director of the Zadar County Chamber Denis Ikić.In October, the first applications for EU funds for the blue economyAlthough in Croatia last year the total catch and farming of sea fish and other marine organisms fell by 2 percent compared to the previous year, to 83.318 tons, it is encouraging that the fisheries and mariculture sector has recognized the importance of international cooperation and is increasingly turning to EU funds. to raise competitiveness. The Zadar County Chamber is thus the holder of the EU project Blue boost, worth 1,5 million euros, which is aimed at strengthening mariculture, and aims to encourage, train and finance innovation within the Blue Growth sector in the Adriatic-Ionian region. “As part of the project, innovation vouchers will be awarded in the individual amount of 9 thousand euros for a total of five blue companies from each project area. The public tender will be announced in October this year, and entrepreneurs from Zadar County can apply”, Explains Ikić. Except for the project Blue boost, in which the holder, ŽK Zadar participates as a partner in two other EU projects related to the so-called. blue economy: 4helix + i Mistral. Project 4helix + it is aimed at encouraging and financing innovation within the Blue Growth sector in the Mediterranean area (MED). The aim of the project is to reduce the gap between the eight Mediterranean regional maritime clusters through the exchange of knowledge between companies and their cooperation with the cultural and creative industries. Encouraging innovation (in the blue traditional and emerging sectors) should be achieved through the establishment of digital platforms, the organization of international B2B meetings and regional information days, and the award of innovation vouchers. The innovation voucher scheme will award 480 euros for at least 48 projects in the blue economy sector, and a public tender should be announced in March 2019.Goal Mistral is to strengthen a transnational partnership of eight countries to make marine knowledge and sustainable innovation key drivers of blue growth, support Mediterranean clusters to become excellent knowledge intermediaries for a growing blue economy and create and implement sustainable development paths aligned with Mediterranean specialization strategies. Namely, the Mediterranean currently lags behind the EU on average in the efficiency of innovation due to the lack of cooperation. “Given the importance of mariculture and fisheries for the economy of Zadar County, the contribution of such and similar projects is extremely large. This directly strengthens the competitiveness of companies in the blue economy sector”, Explains Ikić, adding that the Zadar County Chamber is a reference point for all information and assistance to entrepreneurs, including applying for the mentioned tenders.Without coastal zone management, there is no blue economyIkić also explains that the precondition for the development of mariculture was the establishment of integrated coastal zone management, and as a basis for initiating this process in 2003 a study of the use and protection of the sea and submarine of Zadar County, the first in the Republic of Croatia, was included. plan. “The result of such a systematic and thoughtful approach in order to valorize the maritime domain, as a space whose purpose is determined by spatial planning documentation, enables entrepreneurial initiative and realization of preconditions for employment and economic growth in Zadar County, in a way that will ensure adequate maintenance and protection. maritime domain”, Concluded IkićAttachment: EU / The 2018 annual economic report on the EU blue economy.
The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General has recorded a decrease in prison overcrowding following the early release of prisoners and juvenile inmates in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Corrections Director General Reinhard Silitonga said on Monday that the prison population had dropped to 75 percent above the intended capacity from 106 percent above capacity after more than 39,000 inmates were released early or granted parole to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.”The policy has reduced the number of prisoners and inmates, which was initially 270,231 [or 206 percent of the intended capacity] to 231,609 [or 175 percent of the capacity],” Reinhard said on Monday in a hearing with House of Representatives Commission III, which oversees legal affairs. Read also: Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowdingThe government plans to release or grant parole to a total of 50,000 prisoners under a regulation issued by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly on March 30. The former inmates will be under the continued supervision of the Correctional Board (Bapas).Reinhard also noted that authorities had sent at least 95 of the 39,000 released inmates back to prison for various crimes, including drug dealing and theft, to serve their remaining prison time. If found guilty of new crimes, their sentences would be extended.The most recent case of recidivism was a theft in Pangkep regency, South Sulawesi, carried out by a man who had been released less than a month ago.”The number of cases is small, but we take this seriously,” Reinhard said.Reinhard said the policy had been successful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. The directorate general has so far recorded only one confirmed COVID-19 case in a prison in Bojonegoro, East Java.“The number of infections is relatively low. This is because of the new Law and Human Rights Ministry regulation, which mandates early release for prisoners to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said.Topics :
Heerema Marine Contractors: Workload increasing in decom sectorHeerema Marine Contractors is a Dutch marine installation company, but more and more of the work it is conducting is in the space of decommissioning, meaning not just installation, but removal too.Anthony Fievez, Business Development Manager, Heerema Marine Contractors has shared that in the past 20 years, HMC has removed about 250 thousand tons of steel as part of offshore decommissioning work.Now, in the next five year, Heerema is looking at removing around 180.000 tons.“If you compare the last twenty years and the next five it’s almost doubling in volume. There’s a lot of growth for us in the decommissioning world,” Fievez said.As a lot of talk during the talk-show was about cost cuts, Fievez shared some facts and best practices learned from the company’s recent removal of the Murchison platform in the UK North Sea where it helped the operator cut the cost and remove the platform two years ahead of schedule.“Cost? It’s a conversation with operators. We advocate the operators should focus on three things: Safety, cost, and reputation. Decommissioning can be devastating for reputation if done poorly.“We advocate the operators should focus on three things: Safety, cost, and reputation. Decommissioning can be devastating for reputation if done poorly.”“You’ve got a look at a complete picture. Lowest price on bid may not necessarily be the cheapest outcome for the operator.”“Murchison is an example of that where we actually bid to do quite a bit of the preparation work from the facility itself and that was for us the cheapest execution plan, but that meant that CNA had to keep the facility open for an extra six months and had its own cost.After signing the contract we had a discussion on how to do it cheaper and came to the conclusion where if you pay us to have a heavy lift vessel alongside for a bit longer then you can stop your operational expenditure much earlier and that way the whole project is much cheaper for CNA [ the operator].Watch the video below to learn more about the decommissioning differences in between the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico; what DNS is doing abroad, and how the local decom companies can internationalize its business; why decommissioning should be looked at differently than construction, what’s the role of start-ups, and the role of legislation, and what influence does the oil price volatility have on the offshore decommissioning projects.Offshore Energy Today StaffPeople also read Offshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Brexit. 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Not surprisingly operators and service providers preparing for this wave in decommissioning, focus very much on cost reductions.Heerema Marine Contractor’s crane vessel Thialf carrying part of Murchison platform / Image by HMCDuring last months’ Offshore Energy event in Amsterdam, Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio, and his guests talked about the biggest barriers and the most promising solutions they see in a session titled: “Can decommissioning ever be agile?”This talk-show, with contributions from Jacqueline Vaessen, General Manager, Nexstep – John Warrender, Chief Executive, Decom North Sea, Vincent Thönissen, Manager Fleet Improvements, Ampelman, Innovation Department, and Anthony Fievez, Business Development Manager, Heerema Marine Contractors was livestreamed on OffshoreEnergyToday.comDuring the talk-show, Nexstep’s Jacqueline Vaeseen explained how her organization is helping with the challenge ahead for the decommissioning in the Dutch Sector of the North Sea, where there are some 150 platforms, 600 wells, and hundreds of kilometers of pipelines.Vaesen says the goal is to cut the decommissioning costs by 30 percent in the Dutch offshore sector, through innovation, shared learning, and collaboration.When it comes to collaboration, Ampelmann’s Vincent Thönissen points to the fact that the decommissioning is a “no gains” industry for the oil operators, making this fact a good trigger to work together and be more agile and efficient.While not conducting removal work itself, Thönissen says his company is one of the key enablers for decom work, as its gangways are being used for walk-to-work solutions helping workers carry out the necessary decom works offshore.Nexstep’s Vaesen agrees with Ampelman’s Thonissen on the collaboration part. Vaesen says that there are now eleven operators working together on decommissioning knowledge sharing, as decom is not where they make money, so sharing best practices will lead to cost reductions.UK sets 35% decom cost targetJohn Warrender, CEO of Decom North Sea, a UK-based organization with 350 members thinks similarly when it comes to knowledge sharing.He’s acknowledged that there is great competition in the traditional E&P market, however, hee feels decommissioning is a different game where one shouldn’t be too protectionist about knowledge sharing.Asked whether the legislation can help with sharing more, Warrender said the legislation in the UK is “very much facilitating and encouraging” knowledge sharing, however, the companies may have, to a degree, be reluctant and feel they’re giving away intellectual property or revealing some mistakes.“I think the industry is changing and some of the major operators are leading the way and being much more open about the information they want to share,” Warrender said.According to Warrender, the UK has set a cost reduction target of 35 percent, and there’s an indication this is “quite achievable” over the life of the assets.As for the numbers, Warrender says there are some 200 platforms, 3000 wells and several thousand kilometers of pipelines to be scrapped by 2025 in the UK.
LNG World News Staff The year 2019 got into its stride quickly in terms of final investment decisions as LNG Croatia, the state-owned company has sanctioned the construction of the floating liquefied natural gas terminal on the Island of Krk in February. Image courtesy of LNG CroatiaThe project is backed by €101.4 million from the European Union as well as €100 million from the Croatian government.The remaining part of the required capital expenditures in the amount of €32.2 million will be provided by the shareholders of LNG Croatia through an increase in equity.Also in February, LNG giant Qatar Petroleum and US energy juggernaut ExxonMobil have taken the final investment decision for developing the $10 billion Golden Pass LNG export project, which is located in Sabine Pass, Texas.Image courtesy of Qatar PetroleumThe final investment decision paves the way for the construction of the Golden Pass LNG export facility, which will have a production capacity of about 16 million tons of LNG per year.Before it got acquired by Occidental Petroleum in a $55 billion deal, Anadarko Petroleum and its co-venturers in Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1 have reached the final investment decision (FID) on Area 1 Mozambique LNG project in June.The Anadarko-led Area 1 Mozambique LNG project will be Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum fields located entirely within Offshore Area 1.In August, U.S. LNG export project developer Venture Global LNG has made a final investment decision (FID) and closed the financing for its Calcasieu Pass LNG facility and associated TransCameron pipeline.Image courtesy of Venture GlobalThe project that will have a production capacity of 10 mtpa, has 20-year LNG sale and purchase agreements with Shell, BP, Edison, Galp, Repsol, and PGNiG.In September, Arctic LNG 2 partners headed by the Russian largest independent natural gas producer Novatek have reached the final investment decision on the $21.3 billion project on the Gydan Peninsula. Image courtesy of NovatekThe project consists of the development of the Utrenneye field and the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in the Russian Arctic region.The LNG plant will consist of three liquefaction trains on gravity-based structures (GBS) with an overall production capacity of 19.8 million tons per annum. The launch of LNG train 1 is scheduled for 2023, with LNG trains 2 and 3 to be launched in 2024 and 2026, respectively.While it is not a completely new export project, Nigeria LNG closed off the year 2019 with the final investment decision for its Train 7 project, which will increase the NLNG facility’s production capacity by 35 percent.Image courtesy of Nigeria LNGThis decision allows the expansion to increase the capacity of NLNG’s six-train plant from 22 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 30 mtpa.The construction period after FID will last approximately five years with the first LNG rundown expected in 2024.
Read Also: Neumayr: I can only say positive things about Ronaldo Officials have said they are now considering easing the lockdown after undertaking widespread testing, detection and treatment in the area. Advocacy groups including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty warn that cramped accommodation and inadequate sanitation endanger migrant workers across the Gulf, who may not have access to healthcare. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Qatar reported on Wednesday that five coronavirus cases have been detected in workers at three World Cup stadiums, the first confirmed instances among those involved in 2022 tournament projects. Qatar confirms first virus cases at World Cup sites The Gulf nation has reported a total of seven deaths, 3,711 COVID-19 infections and 406 recoveries since March 6 but had not previously disclosed any positive tests from workers at World Cup sites. “The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has confirmed that two staff members who work for an SC Contractor on the Al-Thumama Stadium project have tested positive for COVID-19,” organisers said in a statement to AFP. “In addition, three workers, one working on the Al-Rayyan Stadium project and two on the Al-Bayt Stadium project have tested positive.” Qatar is building seven new stadiums for the tournament, one of which has officially opened, while one existing venue was refurbished ahead of 2022. The SC was following health ministry guidance to respond to the cases and all those affected would continue to be paid and receive free healthcare, the statement added. The timings of the competition, due to be held in November and December of 2022, remain unchanged by the coronavirus pandemic which has already forced the postponement of the European football championships and the Tokyo Olympics. Both will now take place in 2021. Building work for the stadiums and infrastructure to host the global soccer spectacle has continued through the crisis even as non-essential retail has been halted and mosques, parks and restaurants have closed. – Precautionary measures – The SC said workers with symptoms are examined on site with suspected cases reported and referred for testing at accredited hospitals, the only establishments authorised to undertake the process. “Those that have tested positive will be monitored on an ongoing basis by medical professionals and will stay in quarantine for 14 days,” the statement said. “Those who came into close contact with the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are also in 14 day isolation, as a precautionary measure.” The statement did not say that work had been suspended at any of the affected stadiums. Labourers at several non-SC construction sites across Doha have continued to work in close proximity, AFP has seen, despite strict government social distancing rules. At one development close to the National Museum, a dozen workers — some unmasked — crowded close together to weld steel supports over the weekend. The Labour Ministry said on Monday that it had issued a penalty to a contractor for failing to operate its worker transport buses at the compulsory half capacity. Authorities said they had received 1,328 complaints from workers on a newly opened complaint hotline for reporting breaches of virus rules and exploitation by employers. Tens of thousands of workers are strictly confined to Doha’s Industrial Area after dozens in the blue-collar district tested positive for the virus last month. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical
BATESVILLE, Ind. — The Batesville Police Department and Batesville Fire & EMS are releasing their monthly reports.Police were called for service a total of 724 times in November. Officers initiated 227 traffic stops and investigated 35 vehicle accidents.Police Chief Stan Holt said dispatchers were also called for multiple reasons, ranging from domestic-related incidents, alarms and suspicious activity.The incident report shows a total of 43 investigations that were launched due to criminal behavior.Batesville firefighters responded to sixteen alarms ranging from fires to extrication services.Fire Chief Todd Schutte said the fires added up to approximately $32,000 in property damage.A total of 65 emergency runs were conducted last month, which included structure fires, vehicles crashes and medical emergencies.