Poland to begin lifting some restrictions from April 19

first_imgRestrictions on shops are likely to be lifted first, Poland’s government spokesman Piotr Muller told public radio.Muller said the government would decide on the lifting of further curbs on Wednesday or Thursday.Last week the authorities extended a lockdown on schools until April 26 and businesses until April 19. Limits for air and rail transport have also been extended. Poland’s borders will remain closed until May 3.The May 10 elections are now expected to be held exclusively by post in an effort to curtail the risks associated with coronavirus. Opposition politicians and critics say the election risks not being free or fair and some have called for voters to boycott the ballot altogether.Szumowski said on Tuesday that he is waiting on the General Sanitation Inspectorate to judge the safety of carrying out the elections by post before he will issue his own recommendation.Human rights officials, international organizations and European Union Commissioner Vera Jourova have criticized the Polish ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party’s push to hold elections by post. Topics : Poland will gradually lift lockdown measures imposed to contain the novel coronavirus from April 19, starting with restrictions on shops, the government said on Tuesday, as it prepares to hold presidential elections by post on May 10.As of Monday, Poland had reported 6,934 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 245 deaths.”From the 19th we will slowly start unfreezing the economy,” Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told Polish private radio station RMF FM.last_img read more

Hitachi Zosen and Universal Foundation Add Japan to Bucket List

first_imgUniversal Foundation has established a cooperation with Hitachi Zosen for a feasibility study to assess the application of mono bucket technology at an offshore wind project in Japan.According to Universal Foundation, the project is looking to combine the achievements from commercial projects in Europe and the US with the specific conditions and requirements relevant to the Japanese offshore wind industry, and aims to support cost reductions for the country’s projects.Hitachi Zosen is executing the works under a partnership with Kyoto University and Toyo Construction Co. Ltd. The decision to engage Universal Foundation was based on a comparative assessment of various foundation types for a 15-turbine wind farm.On an EPCI cost assessment, it was concluded that the mono bucket is the most cost-effective and has the potential to shorten the length of the construction period, making it an attractive overall solution for the specific wind farm, the company said.“This project enables early engagement in the developing offshore market in Japan. We can provide support with our knowledge from Europe and the US on suction technology and how the Mono Bucket technology can be applied in Japan,” said Søren A. Nielsen, Head of Technology at Universal Foundation.In May 2016, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT) amended the country’s Port and Harbor law to allow construction and operation of offshore wind farms at port-associated sea areas, which helped kick-start a number of projects.In December last year, Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) requested the government to introduce a new law which will allow construction of offshore wind farms outside port-related sea areas, emphasizing that the general common sea is much broader and has much larger potential, estimated at around 100GW.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers crush Terriers to advance to Frozen Four

first_imgThrough the first few minutes of play Saturday afternoon, it seemed as though the Wisconsin women’s hockey team had a tough match on its hands.But after a little more than two and a half minutes of scoreless, back and forth action, Wisconsin solved the Boston University defense and didn’t look back the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win in an NCAA quarterfinal game at LaBahn Arena.“We showed them that they didn’t belong on the ice with us,” freshman forward Annie Pankowski said.As BU’s defensive pairing slid up to contest Melissa Channel, who held the puck in front of Wisconsin’s bench, Pankowski got behind and split the pressing defenders at the blue-line. Channel then fed Pankowski, who tucked the puck past the left pad of BU goaltender Victoria Hanson to put UW up 1-0.The crowd at LaBahn erupted as Boston University’s players drooped, a foreshadowing of things to come the rest of the way for the high-powered Wisconsin attack, which has scored four or more goals in each of the last six games.Wisconsin advanced to its eighth Frozen Four in the last 10 seasons with a 5-1 win Saturday at LaBahn Arena. UW has the most appearances of any team in the Frozen Four in that time span. Erik Brown/The Badger Herald“It’s always our goal to start out strong and put our best foot forward,” Pankowski said. “We try to set the pace from the start of the game and I really think we did that today. In the first five minutes we took it to them.”However, the Terriers weathered the storm for most of the remainder of the period. But with only four minutes left to play in the first period, Wisconsin struck again to double its advantage.Katarina Zgraja, the assistant captain and senior defenseman, let go a slapshot from the point that somehow found its way through a multitude of players in front of the net to make it 2-0.“It’s been four years without experiencing that final game,” Zgraja said of failing to make the NCAA championship. “We keep talking about it, it’s not over yet but we’re staying humble and keep putting in the necessary work.”From then on, the game turned into a wild contest.Defenseman Mellissa Channell went down with an extremely untimely injury in an unclear fashion. After taking a slapshot late in the first period, she began to wag her hand in visible discomfort, dropping her glove to the ice in the process.Channell then skated back to the bench bleeding from her hand, leaving a trail of blood on the ice and halting the game for some minutes as the maintenance staff cleaned it. Channel did not return to the game and her injury remains undisclosed.After a slow start to the second period, the Badgers picked up the pace in the final five minutes of the frame, as they tallied two more times to open a four-goal lead.Annie Pankowski added her second goal of the game at 15:43 when she picked out the bottom corner of the net with extreme accuracy, sniping Hanson who seemingly had all angles covered. Pankowski’s counterpart, the other freshman star Emily Clark, sent one past Hanson as well off a rebound just over three minutes later.With only 20 minutes separating Wisconsin from its second consecutive Frozen Four berth, the team buckled down and began what should have been an uneventful final period with a comfortable advantage.Leading 4-0 to that point, the game continued as it had until things began to take a turn to the uglier side.At 7:30 into the period, a scuffle erupted at center-ice after Brittany Ammerman had taken a hit from BU’s Maddie Elia. Upset, Ammerman retaliated and, although it was unclear exactly what transpired, was then given a five minute major penalty as a well as a game misconduct for contact to the head.The game ended with Wisconsin’s Jenny Ryan adding another goal, but BU scored its lone goal of the game with less than three minutes left to spoil Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens chance at her 15th shutout of the season.But behind Desbiens 20 saves, Wisconsin held an opponent to one goal or less for the 28 time this season in 39 games.“I think that it was a great team-effort,” Desbiens said. “Every single player did their best to back-check and to make sure that we contained their better players. We pressured them and didn’t give them any space. That made us successful.”After a hard fought season of ups and downs, the fourth-seeded Badgers will head to Minneapolis next weekend for the Frozen Four, one step closer to their goal.It was a statement victory against the nation’s fifth-best team, and UW will carry with them the momentum into next weekend’s matchup against top-seeded Minnesota, a team Wisconsin hasn’t beaten since 2011.“Obviously we’re very excited,” Johnson said. “We have a great opportunity in going to the Frozen Four. I’m certainly confident in our team. We had a lot of energy, a lot of electricity, even since warmups. You could feel it the second we got on the ice today. We’re excited about this win.”last_img read more