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Miss becomes mister: Tour de France drops all-girl podium

first_img“Now, it will be different with only one elected official and one representative of the sponsors of the yellow jersey, as well as a hostess and a host for the first time.””Yes, it’s new but we have already been doing it in other races for 20 years like in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.”The presence of attractive young women on sports podiums has been a bone of contention in recent years with many condemning it as sexist.In 2018, Formula One put an end to ‘grid girls’ who had been ever-presents at the start of grands prix in the world championship. One of the Tour de France’s most famous customs will end this year when the post-race podium ritual of the winner being flanked by two young, attractive women comes to an end.Instead, organizers said Wednesday that there will be just one hostess on one side of the celebrating cyclist with a male host on the other when the 2020 Tour starts in Nice on August 29.”You used to see the champion surrounded by two hostesses, with five elected officials on one side and five representatives of the sponsors on the other,” said race director, Christian Prudhomme.  Masks ‘common sense’ “For the spectators, on the road, there is no question. Common sense indicates that you have to wear a mask, even if the formal obligation to do so depends on the prefects of the 32 departments crossed,” said Prudhomme.Wearing a mask in public is not compulsory throughout all areas of the country.The problem is compounded out on the road and countryside.During the various cycling events of the summer, many riders regularly expressed their concerns on the subject. “People do not realize that when they come to shout at 40 centimeters to encourage us, there is a risk,” said rider Julien Bernard of the Trek team. The worst scenario for the organizers would be that a case of COVID-19 spreads in the peloton.On Wednesday, a battery of health measures were announced.The presentation of the teams, on August 27 in Nice, will be in the presence of a maximum of 1,750 people seated, a figure that may be revised downwards depending on the evolution of the health crisis. A COVID ‘cell’ of 15 people will be on duty throughout the competition, in conjunction with the regional health agencies.A mobile screening laboratory will be present throughout the Tour, “with results known within two hours maximum”. The cyclists will in particular be subjected to two tests before the start of the race as well as each rest day.’Bubbles’, bio-secure units, will be put in place for teams and management, to avoid contact with outsiders as much as possible.There will also be a reduction in the numbers associated with the Tour —  cyclists, teams, sponsors, organizers.Usually there are around 5,000 people; this year, it will be in the region of 3,000.TV commentators will remain in Paris. Access to team bus parking lots is prohibited to the media and limited to members of the ‘bubble’ only. For the public, there is likely to be a stop to selfies. Topics : Last year, a petition containing nearly 38,000 signatures objected to the use of podium girls on the Tour de France with activists protesting “women are not objects nor rewards”.Despite the change at the Tour, Prudhomme did not say whether or not the tradition of each hostess giving the cyclists a kiss would continue.However, the current health protocols required during the coronavirus pandemic will likely spell the end of such familiarity.The Tour de France was pushed back to August/September from its traditional July slot due to the pandemic.Health concerns remain paramount ahead of the Tour which ends in Paris on September 20.Thousands of fans routinely line the route of three-week showpiece.On Wednesday, Prudhomme appealed to spectators to wear protective masks when they congregate at the road side or high up in the mountain stages.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Clarion County Flooding Damage

first_img August 22, 2019 Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA –Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Clarion County after intense storms produced damaging flash flooding between July 19 and 20, 2019.“Fast-moving storms left behind a lot of damage from significant flooding,” said Governor Wolf. “These low-interest loans will help survivors replace belongings and make repairs to homes and businesses.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flooding in Clarion County, as well as neighboring counties Armstrong, Butler, Forest, Jefferson and Venango may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:New Bethlehem Fire Co. #1425 Arch StreetNew Bethlehem, PA 16242Opening: Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Closed: Sunday, Sept.1Closing: Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 21, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is May 20, 2020. Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Clarion County Flooding Damagecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Enjoy family fun all year round in Waterford home

first_imgThe home at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.THIS modern family home with a pool and plenty of space for entertaining is on the market in Waterford. The lowset, four-bedroom home at 4 Dalrymple Close has indoor-outdoor living and plenty of space for the growing family. The hub of the home is the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with tiled flooring and stacker sliding doors that open to the covered patio. The contemporary kitchen has stone benchtops, a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, a pantry, space for a big fridge and pendent lighting. The living area at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.There are also amazing gardens with herbs, citruses, vegetables and fruits on the fenced 873 sqm block.Marketing agent Tony Pennisi of The Property Hub said the home was tucked away in a cul-de-sac location, close to all amenities and within walking distance to Canterbury College.“The home is very practical and has been designed to be enjoyable all year round. Everything has been thought of, both inside and out,” he said. The kitchen at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.In the living area, there is a feature wall and built-in shelving. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020There are also two extra living areas in the home, which is perfect for families who want that extra space for young children or teenagers.The master bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe, a parents’ retreat area and an ensuite with double-length shower and dual basins. center_img The pool area at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.The three remaining bedrooms are a good size and the family bathroom includes a separate bath and shower. The property also has a double lockup garage, spacious entry and ducted airconditioning. Outside, the patio flows out to a timber deck and the fenced, in-ground swimming pool with paved surrounds.last_img read more

Maestrale reviews blue energy solutions for Mediterranean

first_imgMaestrale project partners have released the results of study visits to Italy and Sweden conducted in search of the blue energy technological solution that could be applied in the Mediterranean area.The three study visits organized over the summer by the Maestrale project partners emphasized the advantages and disadvantages of blue energy (BE) technologies seen in Italy and Sweden and potential transferability of these technologies to the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.The team visited several companies engaged in tidal, wave and offshore wind technology development as the main goal of the project Maestrale, part of EU’s Interreg MED Programme, is to promote the development of blue energy in the Mediterranean area as a key sector for sustainable growth.The partners found that REWEC3 wave energy converter, from the Italian ocean energy developer Wavenergy.it, is one of the most promising technologies for BE generation since it is applicable in other areas of Mediterranean basin were the wave height is low but wave frequency is high.However, the installation of this kind of device is suitable only on new port infrastructures, and only if planned during the breakwater designing phase, according to Maestrale.In Sweden, the partners visited four companies, including tidal energy developer Minesto, wave energy developers Waves4Power, and Seabased, and floating wind developer SeaTwirl.The team concluded that Seabased wave energy devices are easily applicable in the Mediterranean, due to the possibility to customize size and power of the device according to wave energy potentials, and the fact that they can be easily installed in clusters close to the seacoast, with low sea depth and flat seabase.Waves4Power’s wave energy technology could potentially be applicable in some areas of the Southern Adriatic, however the transferability to the Mediterranean basin need to be further investigated, the team noted.When it comes to tidal energy generation and the Mediterranean, the Maestrale project emphasized the ability of Minesto’s Deep Green device to produce electricity in seas with slower sea currents of 1.2 m/sec, like those in the Mediterranean, but its transferability into this basin needs to be investigated further.Maestrale team determined that SeaTwirl’s floating wind solution could be transferred to Southern Adriatic and several remote islands, mainly the islands of the Croatian Archipelago, thanks to the relative simplicity of the technology, the low installations costs, the low environmental impact and the low starting wind speed.last_img read more

TOP Ships Nets USD 60.2 Mn for Its Recently Acquired MRs

first_imgTOP Ships, a Greek owner and operator of ECO tankers, has inked a financing deal with an undisclosed Chinese financier worth USD 60.2 million for its recently acquired two newbuilding 50,000 dwt Medium Range product/chemical tankers.The ships were bought earlier this month, from an entity affiliated with Evangelos Pistiolis, the company’s President and CEO.According to Pistolis, the new additions to the company’s fleet increase TOP Ships’ gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of its vessels by USD 38.3 million, which as of June 30, 2019, stood at USD 165.3 million.The MR tankers are currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Co. in South Korea and are due for delivery in February 2020. Once completed, they will be fitted with scrubbers as a way of meeting the 2020 sulphur cap.Following their delivery, the vessels will enter into time charters with Trafigura Maritime Logistics for a firm duration of three years, with the charterer’s option to extend the contracts for two additional years.The company has 14 ships listed in its fleet, two MR1 tankers, ten MR2 tankers and two Suezmax crude oil carriers.last_img read more

No bail bond for drug suspect

first_imgBACOLOD City – The court recommended no bail bond for the temporary liberty of a drug suspect arrested in Barangay 9. Longno – resident of Barangay Palaka, Valladolid – was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1:30 p.m. on July 13, it added. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Frances Guanzon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 62 in Bago City, Negros Occidental dated May 26, 2020. He was 55-year-old Jorge Longno, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Valladolid municipal police station./PNlast_img read more

Everton join Osimhen chase

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Everton are reportedly set to rival Liverpool for the signature of striker Victor Osimhen.The Lille starlet has bagged 18 goals in all competitions this season, helping his side secure Europa League qualification along the way. Earlier this year, LeSport10 claimed Liverpool held discussions with the 21-year-old Nigerian.The report suggests Osimhen would only be interested in a move if he was guaranteed regular first-team football.Reports claimed Everton are in the race to sign the Lille man – a club who certainly could offer the young striker more opportunities than the Reds.The Lille forward managed to net 20 goals last year for Charleroi in the Belgian top flight, which earned him a move to the Ligue 1 outfit, and reports now suggested he could cost as much as £54 million.Osimhen has already had a brush with the Premier League, having scored against Chelsea in the Champions League for Lille. Tags: EvertonTransfer SeasonVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Howard positive after draw

first_imgEverton goalkeeper Tim Howard believes the seeds of Roberto Martinez’s work are already taking root at Goodison Park – even though the team are still to win. The Merseysiders have made an encouraging but unspectacular start under Martinez after their season-opening Barclays Premier League draw at Norwich was followed by a goalless home stalemate with West Brom. Martinez’s men showed plenty of endeavour and enterprise in their first home match but could not find a way to break the deadlock. They created numerous chances but found Baggies’ England goalkeeper Ben Foster in good form while Marouane Fellaini and Seamus Coleman both hit the woodwork late on. Howard said: “It feels good. We dominated possession and got a clean sheet. We didn’t win the game but we take the positives out of it. “It is early yet. I think we played well in both games and were a bit unlucky, But that is the way it works. “I think the performances have been good all along and as long as we put good performances together we will get the right results. “I think there is a lot more possession now, a lot more encouragement to get on the ball, be positive. Everyone has bought into it, we are excited about it. “As long as we can keep that defensive record nice and tidy we will give ourselves a good platform to go forward.” Howard had a relatively quiet day, only really called into action in the second half to keep out good efforts from James Morrison and Shane Long. The 34-year-old American said of the clean sheet: “It’s good but not just for me personally, for everyone at the back. “It helps, second game of the season. They are hard to come by.” The build-up to the game for Everton had been overshadowed by speculation over the futures of key pair Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Everton rejected a £28million joint bid for the duo as “derisory and insulting” and the matter has clearly irritated Martinez. The Spaniard has criticised United boss David Moyes, his predecessor at Goodison, after the Scot suggested Everton should let Baines and Fellaini leave for the good of their careers. But the affair clearly did not affect the performances of the two players, who were both prominent in a tight contest. Fellaini had the best of numerous Everton chances when he deftly controlled a Phil Jagielka cross and stabbed against the post. Foster had earlier denied Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Coleman in an inspired display before leaving the field with an ankle injury. His replacement Luke Daniels, the Baggies’ third-choice keeper, also held firm although he had an escape when Coleman’s cross-cum-shot hit the bar. Howard said: “I think draws are always good if you can sneak a win in the run somewhere – you feel unbeaten, you’re picking up points. “Draws hurt you when you lose on the back of them, but at the moment we are positive.” Press Associationlast_img read more

James McArthur: Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew doesn’t get credit he deserves

first_img Pardew marked his one-year anniversary as Palace boss with a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday but the loss was a small blotch on an otherwise remarkable 12 months. When Pardew took over, the Eagles were 18th in the table and without a win in eight league games but he steered them to a 10th-place finish. They now sit seventh, with an outside chance of securing Champions League football. “It wasn’t really like us,” McArthur said. “We didn’t stay in the game or do things we normally do. We made it too easy for Chelsea. We’re disappointed with the way we played. “It was one of my worst games for Palace. We need to move on and I need to move on fast. Just on the ball, not good enough, off the ball a couple of times they ran off me and got chances. “I’m obviously disappointed, everyone is really down.” It was the third consecutive match Palace have failed to score in as Pardew’s side again missed the attacking threat of Yannick Bolasie, Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham, who are all injured, and Yohan Cabaye, who was suspended. The Eagles are keen to add creative reinforcements in the transfer window but McArthur believes the side will also improve when key players return. “Anywhere in the team you welcome additions. It’s competition for places and we need to be making good performances every week and by making more additions we’ll do that,” McArthur said. “As a team we also need to do more going forward. You look at any team in the league and you take two of the top performers out – if you took Costa and Willian out of Chelsea they would look a different side as well. “We’ve got Yannick coming back soon, Gayle, Cabaye – if you look at the names I’ve just mentioned they’re big names for the club.” Palace face Southampton in the FA Cup third round on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s fourth-round tie when the Eagles won 3-2. “It’s a really big game for us, we want to do well in the cup competitions,” McArthur said. “We need to take confidence from the win last year. We’ll pick ourselves up this week and be ready to go again.” Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur hopes Alan Pardew’s success continues to go under the radar as he fears bigger clubs may soon come calling for the Eagles manager. Press Association Uncertainty continues to surround the managerial positions at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City but reports suggest those clubs would all overlook the likes of Pardew for a more high-profile name from abroad. McArthur admits the former Newcastle boss does not get the credit he deserves in England but is happy for that to remain the case if it means he stays at Selhurst Park. “He’s been unbelievable,” McArthur said. “To come in when the club were in a relegation battle, and not looking great to be honest, he’s turned it around and made a really good side. “He probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves but that’s probably a good thing for Crystal Palace. “We don’t want him to get too much credit and start getting linked with big jobs. “I’m not really concerned about that because he’s a great manager for Crystal Palace and we want him to stay here as long as he can.” Palace struggled to keep pace with Chelsea on Sunday as Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa sealed a comfortable win for Guus Hiddink’s side. last_img read more