Workers in hazmat suits collect prayers from “God’s mailbox” in Jerusalem

first_imgTwice a year, cleaning teams using long sticks gouge out tens of thousands of written prayers that visitors traditionally cram into the crevices of Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem.It was spring cleaning again at the wall on Tuesday. But this time, the rite was held with precautions against coronavirus infection in place.Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks sprayed sanitizer on the wall’s ancient stones while others held onto their sticks with gloves as they extracted the paper notes left in “God’s mailbox”. Religious authorities also operate a service in which people can email their prayers for placement between the stones.One would-be worshipper, who stepped up to the wall and kissed it, was removed by police, a day after Israel tightened public prayer restrictions.The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who oversees the collection of the notes to ensure there’s always room for more, offered a prayer for salvation “from this difficult virus that has attacked the world”.The papers were placed into bags for ritual burial on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. A short distance away from the Western Wall, al-Aqsa mosque was also being sanitized.The Western Wall is a remnant of the compound of the Second Temple that was destroyed in 70 AD. It stands today beneath a religious plaza revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.  Topics :last_img read more

US energy companies begin restoring oil and gas output after hurricane

first_imgIt can take several days after a storm passes for energy producers to evaluate facilities for damage, return workers and restore offshore production. The companies that operate oil and gas pipelines and process the offshore output also shut ahead of the storm.On Sunday, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said 91 percent of offshore crude oil production remains shut in the US-regulated northern Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Delta, which made landfall on Friday night.In addition, 62.2 percent of natural gas output remains shut in the Gulf following the storm that made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, and weakened into a low-pressure system over Mississippi on Saturday.Through Sunday, a cumulative total of 8.8 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil production and 8.3 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas output from the Gulf has been shut because of Hurricane Delta. United States energy companies were returning workers and restarting operations at storm-swept production facilities along the US Gulf Coast on Sunday, two days after Hurricane Delta barreled through the area.Chevron Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BHP Group all said workers were headed back to production platforms in the US-regulated northern Gulf of Mexico.BHP expects to complete the return of workers to its Shenzi and Neptune production platforms on Sunday, spokeswoman Judy Dane said, adding that resuming flows will depend on how quickly pipelines return to service. The area produces about 17 percent of total daily US oil production and 5 percent of daily natural gas production.Still remaining shut are the Calcasieu Waterway in Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes in Louisiana and the ports of Lake Charles and Cameron, Louisiana, near where Delta made landfall.The ports of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, including the Sabine Pass, which serve major oil and liquefied natural gas processing plants, were reopened with restrictions on Sunday, the US Coast Guard said.Total SA continued restarting its 225,500 barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Sunday. The refinery, which is about 65 miles (100 km) west of Creole, Louisiana, lost power on Friday.Fast-moving Delta swept over Louisiana on Saturday and became a low-pressure system over the US state of Mississippi later that day. It was south of Knoxville, Tennessee, Sunday morning and moving northeast at 16 mph (25.7 km per hour).Remnants of Delta were forecast to drop 3 inches to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) of rain on parts of Tennessee, the Appalachian region of northeast Georgia, western Carolinas and western Virginia, the National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.Topics :last_img read more

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher names Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe as the best player he’s faced

first_imgAdvertisement Smith Rowe joined Huddersfield Town on loan earlier in the season (Picture: Getty)Midfielder Gallagher also revealed current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was his idol growing up.He said: ‘It was Lampard. Being a Chelsea supporter and seeing how many goals he scored and how many assists he got… it was crazy to be fair.‘He’s definitely someone I’ve always looked up to.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMORE: Chelsea open talks with defender Antonio Rudiger over new contractMORE: Mesut Ozil ‘suffered after Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Man Utd’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Apr 2020 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher names Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe as the best player he’s faced Comment Advertisement Chelsea loan star Conor Gallagher has hailed Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe (Picture: Swansea City)Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher has named Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe as the best player he’s faced.Gallagher, who was on Chelsea’s bench for their victory over Arsenal in last season’s Europa League final, says he was given the ‘runaround’ by Smith Rowe in a FA Youth Cup fixture.Smith Rowe made his Arsenal first-team debut in 2018 after spending eight years in the club’s academy.The 19-year-old made six appearances under Unai Emery at the start of the 2019-20 season before being sent on loan to Championship club Huddersfield Town, where he has continued to impress.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGallagher is yet to feature for Chelsea’s first-team but has enjoyed productive loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City this term.Asked to name the best player he’s faced, the Chelsea man told Swansea’s official website: ‘In terms of reputation it would be Wayne Rooney [who now plays for Derby County.‘But I remember in the FA Youth Cup, Emile Smith Rowe game me the runaround so that’s a game that sticks out for me.’last_img read more

TEN extends LNG carrier charter

first_imgGreek independent shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation has extended the charter agreement for one of its LNG carriers for a minimum one-maximum three-year period. The new increased rate is set to commence in the first quarter of 2020 and expected to generate around $30 million of gross revenues, the company said in its statement.“We are delighted to continue the employment of our LNG carrier to one of the industry’s top names which highlights TEN’s operational capabilities in this highly demanding sector,” George Saroglou, COO of TEN stated.“The LNG sector continues to be an area of increasing interest to us and the recent newbuilding order is a testament to that,” he added.TEN’s energy fleet consists of 70 double-hull vessels (pro-forma), constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and LNG carriers (including one LNG newbuilding option), totaling 7.8 million dwt.last_img read more

GFF, Denmark FA ink historic ‘MoU’

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF), through president Wayne Forde, inked what is being seen as the cornerstone for their plans, heading into 2026 FIFA World Cup, with the Denmark Football Federation and its president Jesper Moller, at the Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston, Georgetown.Witnessed by CONCACAF’s Senior Project officer, Howard McIntosh and Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) Head of International Relationship, Eva Pasquier, the Memorandum of Understand (MoU) is tailored to see the two Federations focus on several key areas in the sport, both on and off the pitch.The football love-story between the two nations, according to Forde, dates back to 2017, and was birthed in Lagos, Nigeria, when they were guests at a FIFA Summit.“By the simple act of affixing our mark to sheets of paper, today we have sowed the seeds of friendship that in time, can produce a harvest of new and exciting opportunities for the long-term development of Guyana’s football,” Forde said.The terms established for the two Federations’ collaborative efforts for the next six years, state that there will be implementation of some key strategic objectives and programmes.Apart from coaching exchanges, infrastructure development will be one of the most important areas, with Forde pointing out that Guyana will benefit from Denmark’s engineering and architectural services for the technical centre and construction of the D’Urban Park football complex.Competition Management and Professional Football League Development is also on the table, since, according to the GFF, capacity-building for clubs, officials, administrators and oversight of establishment of a professional league are vital to Guyana.The area of Women’s Football development is also listed in their MoU as a comprehensive women’s football strategy.Perhaps one of the most important of them all, Grassroots Football and Youth Development, will see the GFF and Denmark Federation facilitating youth training camps in preparation for international competition.As it relates to Governance and Administration, the Denmark ‘FA’ will facilitate a Management exchange programme for the General Secretary, Finance Manager and other key Management Staff of the two entities.“No one should pretend as though genuine, meaningful and sustainable football development in a small nation is easy. It is not and I would also assure you that good intentions are simply not enough. For football to grow in any country, big or small, genuine partnerships that endure all seasons are essential,” Forde compounded.Meanwhile, Moller told reporters that he was interested in the GFF’s regional academies, stating, “We don’t have an academy or a training side in Denmark yet and perhaps we can get some knowledge about doing that. You have a big country but not so much infrastructure and it is quite the same in Denmark,”last_img read more

Today’s Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks: Advice, strategy for Tuesday’s DraftKings, FanDuel NHL DFS contests

first_imgMORE: Free one-week trial of Fantasy Alarm’s PRO toolsToday’s NHL DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Tuesday, Nov. 12Center: Max Domi, Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets. Which Habs to use depend on their pricing on each site, and Domi’s line is priced better on FD. Joel Armia plays on Domi’s wing, and they play on the top PP unit together, making them a good mini-stack. Armia is particularly well priced on FD.Wing: Alex Galchenyuk, Penguins @ Rangers. Galchenyuk is a reasonably priced way to get Pens exposure under 5K. He’s got a spot on the top PP unit, and he plays with Jake Guentzel at even strength. Guentzel is a little pricey for my liking without being centered by Crosby.Wing: Leon Draisaitl, Oilers @ Sharks. Connor McDavid and Draisaitl are an expensive mini-stack, but their upside is so high in the matchup. Perhaps they’re priced a bit better on DK, but the cap is softer on FD, so they can be used in GPPs on either site.Defenseman: Matt Grzelcyk, Bruins vs. Panthers. With Torey Krug already ruled out for tonight’s game, Grzelcyk will take his spot on the top PP unit. His pair already skates the most at even strength with the Patrice Bergeon line, so he’s going to be on the ice a lot with BOS1. He’s minimum price on FD and only $500 over minimum on DK.Defenseman: Matthew Dumba, Wild @ Kings. Dumba is one of the better values on the blue line on both sites, so he could be used as one-off salary relief. However, he also makes sense in a DK MIN1 GPP stack as he plays the most with that line at even stength, and he plays on a PP unit with Staal and Zuccarello. Goalie: Carey Price, Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets. Price is my highest projected goalie of the slate. The Habs are one of four big favorites tonight, and he has some upside and room for error in the matchup with Columbus.                                                 Pos PlayerMatchupFDDKY!BreakDownCM. [email protected] 7:00$6200$6500$22See above.CP. [email protected] 7:00$7800$7600$33Go Pro!CE. [email protected] 7:30$8000$6400$27Go Pro!CR. [email protected] 10:00$6300$6200$17Go Pro!CE. [email protected] 10:30$6400$5000$18Go Pro!CC. [email protected] 10:30$9000$8100$35Go Pro!CN. [email protected] 8:00$8600$8000$35Go Pro!WB. [email protected] 7:00$7300$7200$24Go Pro!WD. [email protected] 7:00$9100$8300$35Go Pro!WA. [email protected] 7:30$4800$4900$15See above.WO. [email protected] 10:00$3400$4700$14Go Pro!WM. [email protected] 10:30$5900$4000$15Go Pro!WL. [email protected] 10:30$8800$8000$34See above.WN. [email protected] 8:00$5100$6400$17Go Pro!WG. [email protected] 7:00$5300$4000$17Go Pro!DS. [email protected] 7:00$5800$6300$21Go Pro!DM. [email protected] 7:00$3500$3000$10See above.DJ. [email protected] 7:30$4600$5000$15Go Pro!DM. [email protected] 10:30$4000$4200$18See above.DO. [email protected] 10:30$5500$6100$19Go Pro!DC. [email protected] 8:00$5000$5200$19Go Pro!GC. [email protected] 7:00$8600$8500$34See above.GJ. [email protected] 10:00$7800$8400$36Go Pro!GA. [email protected] 7:30$7500$7100$29Go Pro!GD. [email protected] 10:30$7300$7600$27Go Pro!For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today ! Tuesday’s NHL schedule features an nine-game slate for those in NHL DFS contests. With a lot of players to pick between for DraftKings and FanDuel GPP and cash lineups, Fantasy Alarm is here to help with a look at its daily fantasy hockey playbook.Editor’s Note:  This is a FREE preview of Tuesday’s Fantasy Alarm’s NHL DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy hockey competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of  Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.last_img read more