Two Rivers church gives away hundreds of food bags

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Two Rivers Church in Johnson City held a food giveaway Sunday, where they planned to give out 800 bags of groceries to local families in need. Partnering with Convoy of Hope, the church prepared enough food bags to give four-hundred families two bags each. Lead Pastor Will Hampton says with the pandemic leaving more local families in need of a good meal, it was just their way of lending a helping hand. “There are many things that we can do to step up and be a community and as the community pulls together it brings health and a lot of people who are hurting into a place where they can receive healing,” he said. Pastor Hampton says they gave away five hundred bags last week, and plan to hold another giveaway next weekend, held in conjunction with giveaways at their other locations in Ithaca, Corning and Cortland.last_img read more

Qatar confirms plan to bid for 2032 Olympics

first_img“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a meaningful dialogue with the IOC’s Future Host Commission to explore our interest further and identify how the Olympic Games can support Qatar’s long-term development goals,” Qatar Olympic Committee president Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani told AFP in a statement.Qatar unsuccessfully bid to host the 2016 and 2020 games, having proposed to host the former in October without first clearing it with the IOC. It won a waiver to propose hosting the 2020 games, a joint bid with Baku, Azerbaijan, between September 20 and October 20, but failed to make the shortlist.The 2020 games, postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, were awarded to Japan, which also experiences searing summer temperatures, leading officials to schedule events early in the morning when conditions are coolest. “Qatar has earned the reputation of a world-class destination for major sporting events,” added Sheikh Joaan, brother of Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.”It is this proven track-record and wealth of experience, along with our desire to use sport to promote peace and cultural exchange, that will form the basis of our discussions with the Commission.”Summer temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in the nation, which abuts the Arabian desert. Heat and humidity were major issues during the road races at last year’s World Athletics Championships held in Doha. The poor attendance on the first few days also attracted criticism.Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup after a bid process that has been attacked by some European nations and media outlets as corrupt, although Doha insists it won fairly. Discriminatory labor practices and human rights issues facing the migrant laborers building infrastructure for 2022 have been subject to intense scrutiny and criticism since Qatar won the bid in 2010. Qatar will seek to host the 2032 Olympic Games, it said on Monday, joining a crowded field and raising questions about scorching summer temperatures and underwhelming attendances at past events.India, Australia’s Queensland state, the Chinese city of Shanghai and a potential joint bid between South and North Korea are also being touted for the 2032 summer games.Under changes put forward in 2014, interested countries submit a request to join the non-committal “continuous dialogue”, which Qatar confirmed to AFP it had done via a letter the to International Olympic Committee in Lausanne.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia issues new bond series, targets $337m in debt financing

first_img“We will raise the [bond sales] target if significant numbers of people express interest in the [new bond issuance],” the Finance Ministry’s director for sovereign debt papers, Deni Ridwan, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The government’s July issuance of the ORI017 retail bond series has raised funds of Rp 18.33 trillion, the highest proceeds recorded from an online bond issue. The figure is 367 percent more than the original sale target of Rp 5 trillion, as retail investors have turned to safe-haven assets amid stock market volatility.The coronavirus-induced economic downturn has sapped tax revenue, spurred government spending and necessitated record amounts in borrowing. Meanwhile, the budget deficit is estimated to widen to 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), more than twice the original cap of 3 percent. The deficit has widened primarily as a result of the government issuing a Rp 695.2 trillion stimulus package to revive the economy.Indonesia’s GDP growth is projected to contract between 0.6 percent and 1.7 percent this year, which would mark the first annual contraction since the 1998 Asian financial crisis.The majority of the funds to plug the deficit is to come from debt financing, with the government planning to raise more than Rp 1.5 quadrillion this year from bond sales. Around Rp 50 trillion to Rp 75 trillion of this amount is to come from retail bond issuances, according to the Finance Ministry.Indonesia’s debt is expected to increase significantly both this year and in 2021, with the debt-to-GDP ratio forecast to increase to 40 percent this year from 29.8 percent in 2019.Topics : Indonesia is looking to raise Rp 5 trillion (US$337 million) from a new series of government retail bonds, the Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday, as it looks to fund the battle against the coronavirus outbreak and deal with its economic fallout.The ORI018 series has a fixed coupon rate of 5.7 percent per annum and a three-year tenor. The maturity date of the new bond series is Oct. 15, 2023.The bond is offered online from Oct. 1 through Oct. 21, and is open to purchase by individuals with Indonesian citizenship for a minimum investment of Rp 1 million and a maximum investment of Rp 3 billion. The bond series is tradable between domestic investors after a two-month holding period.last_img read more

​Companies’ climate reporting still patchy, says Norway’s SWF

first_img“As an investor in more than 9,000 companies in more than 70 countries, we need to be able to quantify and analyse the risks facing the fund,”  they stated, adding that they would continue to support initiatives to develop global standards for this reporting.NBIM would also continue working to develop analytical tools for climate scenarios, and expand and improve its internal analytical models for different climate outcomes by integrating more detailed company-specific data, they said.This included financial data, emissions data, concrete targets for carbon reductions, and exposure to regional carbon-pricing mechanisms, Olsen and Grande wrote.NBIM would also look at how it could develop ways of analysing physical climate risks facing companies in the equity portfolio, they said.Regarding real estate, they said work on assessing physical risks would remain crucial.“We plan to expand our flood risk analyses based on historical data with forward-looking scenario analyses,” they said, adding that NBIM would also continue supporting a joint initiative to develop methods of analysing the expected decarbonisation of the real estate market.“The results of this work will be relevant for assessing transition risks for the fund’s real estate portfolio,” the two leaders wrote. The manager of Norway’s NOK10.3tn (€1tn) sovereign wealth fund says data on companies’ carbon emissions and climate risks are “critical” for its portfolio analysis, but the quality of corporate reporting remains inconsistent.In a letter to the Norwegian Finance Ministry giving an account of their organisation’s work on climate risk relating to the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), the leaders of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) said: “There are numerous useful initiatives currently underway to improve and standardise company reporting, but there are still variations in the frequency and quality of corporate disclosure.”The letter – signed by Øystein Olsen, chair of the central bank Norges Bank, and Trond Grande, NBIM’s deputy chief executive officer – was in response to a request from the ministry made at the end of June to review and describe its work on climate risk.Access to relevant, high-quality information on companies’ carbon emissions and how their operations might be affected by climate risk – both physical and transition risks – was critical for NBIM’s analysis of climate risk in the portfolio, they wrote.last_img read more

Other Sports Tokyo 2020 Olympics: First tickets for event released via lottery

first_img Tokyo: The first tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics went on sale on Thursday, with Japanese residents able to enter a lottery to watch the sport of their choice. Tickets for the 33 sports range from the cheapest general tickets at 2,500 yen (USD 23) to an eye-watering 300,000 yen (USD 2,730) for the best seats at the opening ceremony. Those lucky enough to score the best seats for the showcase men’s 100m final will pay 130,000 yen (USD 1,200). But half of all tickets will be priced at 8,000 yen (USD 73) or less and special tickets priced at 2,020 yen (USD 18) are available for families resident in Japan with children, senior citizens, and people with impairments. Prices for domestic residents are “about the same as London 2012 but a little higher than the 2016 Rio Games,” Yuko Hayakawa, senior 2020 marketing official, told AFP.     The lottery — only for residents of Japan during an initial period — runs until May 28, with successful applicants notified on June 20 and payment due a fortnight later. The website saw high demand upon opening with a queue system in place even though tickets are not sold on a first-come-first-served basis and everyone entering the lottery by May 28 having an equal chance of scooping tickets. Overseas applicants will be able to snap up tickets from June 15 via special “Authorised Ticket Resellers” in each country. Organisers have not offered a precise number of tickets available at various stadium configurations are still being finalised with just less than 450 days to go until the opening ceremony. But they said it would be roughly the same as the 7.8 million tickets they estimated when bidding for the right to host the Games.RELATED     Of these tickets, an estimated 70-80 per cent would be allotted to Japanese residents with the rest going to overseas fans. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to August 9. Tickets for the Paralympics will become available this summer. Fans wishing to start planning their applications can access the website at Boxing tickets are not available as the IOC has frozen preparations for the competition amid a spat with the governing body AIBA. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. No tickets will be available for Boxing as IOC has frozen preparations due to a spat with AIBA.Tokyo last hosted the Olympics in 1964.The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 24 to August 9.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Spotlight returns at right time for USC

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Nick at [email protected] or visit Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe With all that’s happened around the USC football program in the past year and a half, it’s at once surprising and to be expected that ESPN’s College GameDay is yet again coming to Los Angeles this Saturday when the Trojans take on Stanford in what will undoubtedly be the biggest game of the season.The decision to host GameDay at USC is surprising given that this is a season in which USC fired its head coach, lost at home to Washington State and has had so many injuries and depth issues on its roster that it should be nearly impossible to have a successful season. But, believe it or not, the Trojans are having just that — an objectively successful season, or at least their “new season,” which is a term interim head coach Ed Orgeron has used to describe the time period since he took over for former head coach Lane Kiffin.Under Orgeron, the Trojans are 4-1 overall and unbeaten in Pac-12 play, including two consecutive dominating road victories that have put USC in position to make a run at the Pac-12 South. This impressive stretch is why ESPN’s decision to host GameDay at USC is to be expected — USC looks like USC again, and people are starting to notice.But even as recently as last season, GameDay chose to come to the USC-Notre Dame game despite USC’s 7-4 record at the time, suggesting that the Trojans could draw a crowd no matter how much they struggled. Sure, Notre Dame’s No. 1 ranking and eventual BCS National Championship Game berth had something to do with the decision, but even at its worst, USC could still capture the spotlight. Now, with a team that has risen from the ashes, USC is once again commanding the nation’s gaze, though this time more on its own terms.During last year’s disappointment, GameDay arrived at a time when it almost seemed like the program didn’t want any attention. Kiffin’s hot seat was heating up, former quarterback Matt Barkley was injured and nobody in cardinal and gold wanted to have to watch the Irish celebrate on the Coliseum field as they capped off an unbeaten regular season.This season, though, the Trojans are welcoming the attention. USC’s past two victories have been reminiscent of USC teams of the mid-2000s, a timeframe that represents the glory days just before the NCAA sanctions hit. Beating a good Oregon State team on the road by 17 was impressive, but putting up 62 points against a woeful California team is exactly what USC was supposed to do, and by doing that, the Trojans have reinvigorated a fanbase that has been aching for something to cheer about all season.The highest attendance at the Coliseum this season so far was 77,823, roughly 15,000 less than capacity. This was at the Washington State game, the season’s home opener. Since then, attendance has failed to reach 65,000 in any of the team’s next four home games — against Boston College, Utah State, Arizona and Utah.Of course, there were reasons why fans didn’t show up to these games. Against Boston College and Utah State, fans were not yet ready to watch a team that they recently saw lose to Washington State. Against Arizona, Kiffin’s firing and a Thursday night home game kept fans away. And for the Utah game, the Trojans had just lost to Notre Dame. And let’s face it — noon is just too early to start a football game.This weekend, though, the conditions are perfect — kickoff is at 5 p.m., the team has won three in a row and coming into town is a Stanford team that hasn’t lost to USC since 2008. This will be the first time in more than two months that the team returns home coming off of a win. At the risk of jinxing the whole thing, come Saturday night, the Coliseum might feel (and sound) like the Coliseum again. Though it doesn’t garner as much attention as other big-name stadiums, few others are more imposing than a packed Coliseum — anybody who was at the 2011 USC-Stanford game can attest to that.USC is a program that typically has thrived on the big stage — players come here because they want to be seen by as many eyes as possible. On Saturday, they’ll get their wish, because all eyes will be on the Coliseum to see what all the fuss is about.last_img read more

USC places 13th in NCAA Championships

first_imgOne year after finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Championships, the USC men’s swimming and diving team had a slightly more difficult time putting together the kind of team effort it would have taken to top last year’s performance. After only dropping one head-to-head meet during the regular season and finishing second in the Pac-12 Championships, the Trojans finished 13th overall at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.Texas, the winner of last year’s national championship, repeated this year with a dominant collective effort. Led by junior Will Licon and sophomore Joseph Schooling, who each set NCAA records in their respective events, the Longhorns never trailed on their way to the national title. With their win in this year’s championships, Texas ties Michigan for the most all-time men’s swimming titles with 12.At 13th overall, the Trojans were the second-highest finisher of all Pac-12 competitors. Cal, last year’s Pac-12 champions, finished second overall at the meet with 351 points. USC edged out Stanford — this year’s conference champion — by 4.5 points; the Trojans scored 117 to the Cardinal’s 112.5.The Trojans began the tournament on Wednesday with a ninth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay to match their ninth overall ranking in the nation. Freshman Patrick Mulcare, junior Michael Domagala, senior Morten Klarskov and junior Reed Malone turned in solid times in their individual legs, but collectively they were not quick enough to repeat their title-winning performance from last year.On Thursday, the Trojans saw strong efforts from Malone and their two star divers, seniors Collin Pollard and Deon Reid. Malone placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:12.55; Malone also reached the podium at the 2015 championships with another third-place finish.Pollard, last year’s Pac-12 swimmer of the month, was an NCAA “A” Finalist for the first time this season with a seventh-place finish on the 1-meter. Last year, Pollard scored twice to become a “B” Finalist for the first time, but his score this year was good enough to make him a first-time All-American, a fitting finish to his stellar collegiate career. Reid finished ninth on the 1-meter for his first-ever “B” Final.“I am so pleased with the first diving event [Thursday],” diving coach Hongping Li said. “Collin and Deon really opened it with a super performance. The key success for both divers was to dive with fun and to meet a personal target score, which they did.”Malone continued his strong showing on Friday, finishing 5th overall in the 200-yard freestyle. His time of 1:32.54 is USC’s second-best time in the event in school history, and his new personal best time in the event. Sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov also placed fifth in his event, the 100-yard backstroke, after finishing 8th last year as a freshman. Mulcare also scored points for the Trojans on Friday, finishing seventh in the “B” Final in the 100-yard backstroke.Several USC swimmers scored on Saturday, the final day of the meet. Sophomore Pawel Furtek was the first swimmer to contribute with a personal-best time in the mile, good enough for 10th overall. Mulcare, swimming in his first NCAA “A” Final, finished 8th in the 200-yard backstroke, an event he has dominated all season. Tribuntsov scored again with a 15th overall finish in the 100-yard freestyle.Two Trojans scored in the 200-yard breaststroke: junior Steven Stumph, who has won the past two conference titles in the event, won the “B” Final with a ninth place overall finish, and freshman Carsten Vissering scored his first-ever NCAA points with a 16th overall finish in the event. Tribuntsov, Mulcare, junior David Morgan Jr. and Malone placed seventh in the “B” Final of the 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the meet for the Trojans.Despite not matching last year’s top-four finish, the future looks bright for USC. All of this year’s scoring swimmers, with the exception of Klarskov, will be returning next season, and the young core of talent now has one additional postseason under their belts. The diving team will have a difficult time replacing Pollard and Reid, but whoever steps in to replace those divers will look up to rising junior Dashiell Enos and the rest of the veteran squad.last_img read more

Watch the Brabazon Trophy on Sky Sports

first_img Watch the highlights of this year’s Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, on Sky Sports 4. This year Your Golf Travel became the Title Sponsor for one of England Golf’s flagship men’s championships;The Brabazon Trophy. Anyone who watched The Open at St Andrews will know amateur golf is in a great place at the moment, with a number of talented young players ready compete with the big boys of the world golf stage. So what better time to sit back and enjoy the action from Notts Golf Club, where The Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, took place in late June? Between 24th & 27th June 2015, some of the best amateur golfers arrived at Notts. Golf Club to contest The Brabazon Trophy and thanks to Your Golf Travel we can announce that it will be shown on Sky Sports no less than five times before the end of July. The event was won by Irish golfer Cormac Sharvin with a 72 hole total of -7, and with places for September’s Walker Cup in great demand, Sharvin’s victory here will hopefully have put him in pole position for a place in Nigel Edwards team. Three of the Englsih amateurs all played a role in the event. Paul Kinnear (Formby) tied third, double European champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park) and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath), who led for the first two rounds,shared seventh place.  If you fancy catching up on the action from The Brabazon Trophy, be sure to check out the broadcast times below and set your Sky box to record and make yourself comfortable. BROADCAST TIMES: Wednesday 29th July at 7pm Thursday 30th July at 3am Thursday 30th July at 6am Thursday 30th July at 10am Thursday 30th July at 3pm  (all on Sky Sports 4) 28 Jul 2015 Watch the Brabazon Trophy on Sky Sports last_img read more

Next Food and Wine Walk July 21 in Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Flavour and the Red Bank RiverCenter’s next Food and Wine Walk will be Sunday, July 21.The monthly culinary tour, which kicked off in June, is held the third Sunday each month through October with more than 20 participating venues.The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk encourages foodies throughout the region to enjoy samplings of the borough’s unique culinary offerings.“The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk is made possible by our town’s diverse restaurant community,” said Valerie Aufiero, owner of Front Street Trattoria. “We are thrilled to collaborate on events like this. It is a great way to raise awareness of Red Bank’s culinary offerings, and gives foodies a chance to experience all of Red Bank’s flavors.”Venues participating in the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk include: Biagio Wood-Fired Pizza,  Carter & Cavero, Cupcake Magician, Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Buona Sera, Dish, Front Street Trattoria, Gaetano’s, The Globe Hotel, Jamian’s, Jr.’s, La Pastaria, Lil’ Cutie Pops, New Corner Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Pazzo, Readies Café, red, Siam Garden, Sicilia Café, Sugarush a Sweet Experi­ence, Taste, Teak, The Bistro at Red Bank, The Boondock’s Fishery, The Cheese Cave, The Downtown and The Wine Cellar.Buona Sera will participate in the Food and Wine Walks in July, August and October.The remaining dates for the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk are Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Each walk will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person. Interested parties can purchase tickets at Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Teak, and red Restaurant and Lounge starting at 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of each Food and Wine Walk.For more information about Red Bank Flavour, please, visit To learn more about the Red Bank RiverCenter, please visit read more

New Public Space to Open at Deep Cut Gardens

first_img“The Deep Cut Gardens Master Plan was updated in 2014 and consensus on the parking lot expansion location, maintenance area location and conversion of the Gardener’s Cottage to public use was achieved as a result,” said Ostrowski. The park, a former estate, is located on Red Hill Road and is filled with beautiful flowers, trees, ponds and wildlife. The scenic views at Deep Cut Gardens attract people from inside and outside of the local area. “I like the park. It’s good for exercise, it’s good to destress,” said William. The couple said they also love to walk the trails and sit by the pond. A patio may be installedin front of the cottage aswell, but Ostrowski said thecottage and its new designwill be the next project afterthe maintenance building iscompleted. Future plans for the cottage have not yet been finalized. However, ideas for the three-story building include office spaces on the third floor, with the first floor used as a welcome area or program area, said Robin Ostrowski, principal landscape architect for the Monmouth County Park System. Current staff operations are conducted in the white and green Gardener’s Cottage at the front entrance of the park. Once staff operations move to the new maintenance building, outside the public area of the park, the cottage will open for public use. MIDDLETOWN — Deep Cut Gardens will see renovations in the coming weeks as part of a sequence of upgrades outlined in the park’s master plan. The new building will be located east of the pole barn, according to the Monmouth County Park System states, screening it from Red Hill Road. It will have a tan exterior with a brown roof, matching the storage pole barn already at the site. On a warm Friday afternoon Aug. 30, William and Anabel Arzola traveled to Middletown from their home in Perth Amboy to enjoy the park, as they do at least once a week. By Allison Perrine Any stormwater from theroof will collect and divert toa dry well where it will filterinto the ground. Gravel willalso be used to minimizestormwater runoff. Keyport residents Kelly Rosman and her 6-year-old niece Emma Matarese were also walking through the park that Friday afternoon. Emma said she likes seeing the flowers and hummingbirds when she visits Deep Cut Gardens. Work is set to begin thisfall and will conclude inspring 2020. A $1 million contract was approved in August by the county recreation commissioners for a new maintenance building as well as employee facilities and staff parking. “We enjoy the fish pond, the big koi, and the big trees that you can actually go under and relax,” said Rosman.last_img read more