EU donates €350 million to help ASEAN countries battle COVID-19

first_imgThe European Union has announced that it is mobilizing €350 million (US$ 378 million) to assist Southeast Asian countries in the battle against COVID-19.The funds will be allocated for, among others, addressing the health crisis, strengthening healthcare systems and alleviating economic and social impacts from the pandemic.“In difficult times, ASEAN can count on the European Union. The EU and ASEAN are regional organizations bound by 42 years of solidarity and partnership,” EU Ambassador to ASEAN Igor Driesmans said in a statement. “By mobilizing €350 million in support of ASEAN countries, the EU is demonstrating its friendship with the people of the region,” he added.For Indonesia — the country with the highest death toll from COVID-19 in Southeast Asia — the EU has granted €6 million to NGOs working on public health and hygiene measures, psycho-social counseling for vulnerable groups, distribution of health kits to vulnerable communities and assistance to community health workers.The EU announced on April 4 that it would commit more than €20 billion to support partner countries in the fight against COVID-19 under a program called Team Europe.It will distribute the funds to vulnerable countries in Africa, the western Balkans, eastern partner countries, the Middle East and North Africa, parts of Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Read also: US donates $3 million for COVID-19 relief to IndonesiaThe regional block had also channeled some €48.5 million to fund 18 research projects on COVID-19, particularly related to protective equipment,  to improve modeling of the spread of the virus, rapid diagnostics techniques as well as treatments and vaccines.”Scientific organizations in ASEAN member states are invited to express their interest to cooperate with the newly launched projects. Priority will be given to activities related to modeling and high performance computing, as well as infrastructure platforms and projects,” the EU announced in a written statement on April 16.The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy and healthcare systems of nations around the world since it spread rapidly from Wuhan city in China to more than 200 countries and territories in roughly four months since early January.As of Tuesday, the tally of COVID-19 infections has topped 3 million cases globally, with more than 211,000 fatalities across the globe, Bloomberg reported.Driesmans further asserted the importance of global collaboration to address crisis caused by the contagious respiratory illness.”We can only overcome the coronavirus pandemic through international cooperation, solidarity and coordination,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to hold virtual G20 summit on Nov 21-22

first_imgThey have injected $11 trillion to stem the economic impact of the pandemic and launched a debt suspension initiative for the world’s poorest countries aimed at deferring some $14 billion in debt payments due this year.Ahead of hosting the G20 summit, Saudi Arabia jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for Khashoggi’s killing in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. Saudi officials denied Prince Mohammed played a role, but in 2019 he indicated some personal accountability, saying “it happened under my watch”.Riyadh has also been trying to exit the costly conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group for over five years in what is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.  The G20 leaders summit will be held virtually on Nov. 21-22, Saudi Arabia said on Monday, as the COVID-19 pandemic thwarted Riyadh’s hopes of hosting the gathering in the kingdom to boost its international standing.Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter and a leading U.S. ally, took over the G20 presidency at a time of heavy global criticism of its human rights record after the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and of the Yemen war.Riyadh has sought to turn attention to reforms launched by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to open up the kingdom and diversify its economy. King Salman, who had surgery in July, will chair the November summit, a G20 Saudi secretariat statement said.Saudi leaders had hailed the kingdom’s G20 presidency as proof of its leading role in the global economy, but the majority of the meetings have been held virtually due the novel coronavirus.The summit will focus on “protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down foundations for a better future,” the statement said.The Group of 20 major economies have this year contributed over $21 billion to support measures such as the production and distribution of vaccines to fight the coronavirus outbreak.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Palmview’s largest masterplanned community releases land and park ahead of schedule

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Harmony’s pocket park.Once complete, Mr Harper said Harmony would account for more than 4800 homes for about 12,000 of those future residents.“Our new neighbourhood will encourage residents to stay active right on their doorstep with extensive walking and bike trails, a 5ha recreation park and a 1ha local park,” he said.Sunshine Coast local Alyssa Jackson and her partner James Newcombe who recently moved up from Canberra, have just purchased a block of land in Harmony and hope to move into their new home in early 2019. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< Bruce Harper, Cr Tim Dwyer, Laura Scherian, Cameron Holt and Cr Rick Baberowski open Grand Linear Park in Palmview.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoMr Harper said the park was five times the size of other standard parks on the Sunshine Coast.“The Grand Linear Park will serve as a catalyst for wellbeing and connectivity for residents and tourists alike,” he said.The first $3.1 million phase consists of 2ha of community space and features three separate play areas for locals to explore. Once complete,Harmony, is expected to house about 4500 new residents.He said they released the latest neighbourhood Unity, which brought 34 more blocks of land, ranging in size from 250sq m to 505sq m, to meet the demand.“Residential property demand is surging in the region and as prices continue to rise, buyers are increasingly looking for affordable land options in desirable locations,” Mr Harper said.“Over the past year, demand in the region has grown exponentially as more people look to build their own homes in well-known property ‘hot spots’.”Along with the early land release, AVID Property Group opened the community space Grand Linear Park three months ahead of schedule. An artist’s impression of Harmony’s grand linear park.A SUNSHINE COAST developer has fast-tracked the latest land release to meet demand from locals and interstate sea-changers.AVID Property Group general manager Queensland Bruce Harper said their development Harmony was the largest masterplanned community in Palmview, which is about 85km north of Brisbane.center_img Harmony’s new facilities includes a set of six swings, two table tennis tables and a 30.2m multi-play structure with a slide, spider’s web, swinging ropes and stepping stones.A set of six swings, two table tennis tables and a 30.2m multi-play structure with a slide, spider’s web, swinging ropes and stepping stones was available for children of all ages and abilities.According to Queensland Government’s Queensland Regional Profiles — Sunshine Coast Local Government Area, April 2017, Sunshine Coast’s population is projected to grow from about 311,550 to 453,000 by 2036. “It’s pretty competitive to purchase a block of land at Harmony; there were other buyers lining up for almost two hours before the Sales Centre even opened,” Ms Jackson said.“Harmony’s location was what really encouraged us to purchase in the area — the proximity to the highway, University of the Sunshine Coast, hospital and the shops in the Maroochydore CBD make it a very convenient location to live.”Ms Jackson said they wanted to enter the property market as soon as possible and decided to build a brand-new home so they could take advantage of the First Home Owners’ Grant.“We wanted to get into the property market so that we could pay off a mortgage rather than continue to pay money renting,” she said.last_img read more

Where to buy affordable acreage within 25km of Brisbane’s CBD

first_imgThe site where Aspect Karalee will take shape.Homesites within 25km of the Brisbane CBD are diminishing, prompting buyers to snap up acreage homesites at affordable prices.Currently one of the most affordable acreage estates in the greater Brisbane region is Aspect Karalee, an acreage estate located on the upper reaches of the Brisbane River, where you can buy a 4881sq m homesite for $305,000. The estate, which will provide 81 homes when completed, is about 50 per cent sold with the developer now releasing fourth stage due to the demand.“The proximity to the newly revamped Karalee Shopping Village and easy access to major roads and public transport has certainly contributed to buyers’ decisions to build their homes in Karalee,” said Daniel Hirst, director of residential at Colliers International, who is marketing the estate.“The Village expansion includes an additional 6214sq m of retail space, doubling the total floor area of the centre, and a brand new full-line Coles and 15 speciality stores which join the existing Woolworths and specialty offering,” Mr Hirst said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHelp with buying your first home 01:07 The Crossing, Karalee.The other residential estate on the banks of the Brisbane River that is meeting this demand is The Crossing, also in Karalee where blocks of 2715sq m are selling from $330,000. The Crossing is already 80 per cent sold, with the only available fully sewered homesites ranging from 2020sq m up to 8640sq m, and all within 1km of the Karalee Shopping Village. This is the only small acreage development in the area that provides this level of amenity.Mr Hirst said Karalee was only 10 minutes’ drive from Ipswich and about 40 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.“We have had families and couples buying here who want to own the acreage dream but still live and work in Brisbane. There are a lot of cases where the households have people commuting to both Ipswich City and Brisbane City for work so this is a perfect base to accommodate that,” he said.center_img An aerial shot of The Crossing at Karalee.Christopher and Kate Bonner are first homebuyers who purchased a 4000sq m homesite for $325,000 within Aspect Karalee and are now building their dream home with Clarendon Homes.“Growing up rurally and studying and working in Brisbane for the past 10 years, we always wanted to buy and live on an acreage that gave us a rural feel, but still allowed us to continue our careers with proximity to Brisbane,” Mr Bonner said.“Aspect in Karalee gave us this option and appealed to us because it is secluded and surrounded by bushland and rolling hills, the Brisbane River and small farms. Plus we have family and friends who live in the area.“During our search for a homesite we wanted at least an acre of land so that we could build a big home and still have plenty of room for a yard, landscaping, gardens, room for pets and plenty of play areas for kids.“It was important for us to be away from the city in a quiet and peaceful area, and not be crammed in among other homes. We think it’s great that Aspect in Karalee are devoted to maintaining and encouraging natural vegetation, flora and fauna with tree protection zones and wildlife bridge crossings.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agolast_img read more

Liverpool fans demand one Man City star after UCL ban

first_imgRead Also: EPL: Mane nets as Liverpool beat Norwich to open up 25-point lead“KDB to Liverpool?” asked one follower of the Merseyside club. “Maybe yessssss.”One fan wrote: “KDB2020 Welcome to #LFC Kevin De Bruyne,” wrote one of the Anfield faithful. “#YNWA.” “Get kdb now @LFC,” said another.One fan even went as far as to send a welcome message to ‘KDB’, tweeting: “Welcome to Liverpool Kevin de Bruyne.” “A cheeky bid for KDB, @LFC please?” asked another supporter of the Merseyside club.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The European football governing body have also handed City a £25million fine for their breach of the rules.The ban means the defending Premier League champions will miss next season’s Champions League tournament, regardless of if they win this year’s competition.News of City’s suspension, which they plan to appeal, has cast doubt over the futures of their manager Pep Guardiola and several of their players.One of the players who could leave the Etihad following the suspension is the club’s midfield maestro De Bruyne, who has undoubtedly been the best player in the Premier League for the last two seasons.Liverpool fans are eager to see the Belgium international swap Manchester for Merseyside, and immediately expressed that desire shorty after the announcement of City’s suspension.“Bid for de bruyne straight away,” one Reds fan tweeted upon seeing the news of City’s ban.Another said: “KDB gonna want European ball, FYI. @LFC.” One Kopite wrote: “@LFC ANNOUNCE KEVIN DE BRUYNE.” Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksReal-life Robots That Will Make You Think The Future Is Now20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Liverpool fans have called on Jurgen Klopp to make a move for Kevin de Bruyne following the news of Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competition.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… On Friday night, UEFA announced they’d handed City a two-year ban for breaking Financial Fair Play rules.last_img read more

Giggs wants United to attack

first_img The slow, unimaginative way the team performed in Moyes’ final game in charge last week disappointed Giggs, who is conscious and proud of United’s historical reputation as one of the most fearsome attacking teams in the land. Giggs knows Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson became club greats because their success was borne out of a commitment to attacking football. And now Giggs wants to see a similar style of play from his team in his four matches at the helm. “My philosophy is the Manchester United philosophy,” Giggs said. “I want players to play with passion, speed, tempo and be brave, with imagination, all the things that are expected of a Manchester United player. “I want to see goals, tackles, players taking players on and getting the crowd up. “I want the passion that should come with being a Manchester United player. “I’ll tell the players just to try to enjoy yourself, express yourself. I just want them to enjoy themselves and give the fans something to smile about in the remaining four games. “It’s been a frustrating season and I want to end it on a high. The stadium will be bouncing.” There was an air of infectious optimism in the academy building at Carrington on Friday as Giggs spoke to the media in the same room where Ferguson used to hold his press briefings. If that positivity brushes off onto the players, then United should end the season strongly. Giggs, kitted out in his training gear, could not conceal his delight at being asked to manage a club that has literally been his life. “It’s probably the proudest moment of my career,” said Giggs, which is quite a statement considering he has won 35 trophies at United. Giggs will be without forward Robin van Persie for his first match in charge against Norwich on Saturday. Van Persie is still recovering from a knee injury while defender Rafael is unavailable because of a thigh problem. Midfielder Giggs could name himself in the squad for the game against the Canaries, which comes four days after the dismissal of Moyes. Norwich will again be without Joseph Yobo. The on-loan Nigeria defender has a calf injury, but should return to first-team training next week. Winger Elliott Bennett is back in contention after completing his rehabilitation from his serious knee injury. Scotland defender Steven Whittaker hopes Norwich can secure Premier League survival and earn Neil Adams the Carrow Road manager’s job on a permanent basis. Whittaker was a peripheral figure under Chris Hughton, who was sacked two weeks ago with five games to play and Norwich in the relegation mire. Adams, who led the young Canaries to the FA Youth Cup last season, has given the players a boost, but is still searching for his first points when he takes his side to managerless Manchester United on Saturday after losses to Fulham and Liverpool. “I hope he is the manager here next season,” said Whittaker, who believes the players are benefiting from a positive playing style and a higher intensity in training. “A lot of the boys had a boost, training’s been a lot higher tempo than before and that’s taken it into the games as well. “I think there’s been a big change the way we’re playing, the positive approach that we’ve got and he’s got is rubbing off on the boys and hopefully we can get the results. “We’ve done well in the two games he’s been in charge of so far, but the results haven’t quite matched the performances, so that’s something we’re looking to improve on. “We’ve got the performance, but without getting the points on the board that can push us up the league a little. “Three points in this division’s massive and it’s still tight down there. We could go up a couple of positions with one win.” Press Association Ryan Giggs has vowed to bring passion, excitement and flair back to Manchester United during his brief stint as manager. Giggs addressed the media on Friday for the first time since he was appointed interim player-manager following the sacking of David Moyes. His message was music to the ears of United fans who had grown tired of watching their team play during Moyes’ woeful 10-month spell in charge. last_img read more

Young enjoying key role at United

first_img The 29-year-old’s days at Old Trafford looked numbered not so long ago, yet he has ingratiated himself with United fans with some standout displays. Young has become a key figure under Louis van Gaal and produced another fine display on Saturday, playing a key role in both goals as Crystal Palace were overcome 2-1. Ashley Young is playing with a smile on his face once again, having gone from outsider to key man at Manchester United this term. “I’m enjoying my football, playing regularly,” the winger said. “I want to play well and give my input into the team – I feel like I’m doing that. “The penalty came from my cross and Felli scored from my cross. I’m delighted with that but it’s a team game. “We’ve got great team spirit and another two cup finals to go.” Those games see United welcome Arsenal and play embattled Hull before the season is out – matches David de Gea will hope will be quieter than the trip to Selhurst Park. Palace attacked with increased intensity after Jason Puncheon cancelled out Juan Mata’s dubious penalty, only to find the United keeper, not the first time this season, in fine form. De Gea’s point-blank save from Glenn Murray was particularly impressive and allowed United to eventually go on and win through Marouane Fellaini’s late header. “He’s been making save after save for us and that one today was vitally important,” Young said. “Maybe that spurred us on to get the winning goal. It was fantastic and I thanked him after the game. Press Association “We went in 1-0 up and we knew they were going to come out in the second half and put us under pressure. “They did that for pretty much the whole of the second half. We had to dig deep and defend as a team, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” The performance in south London epitomised United’s first season under Van Gaal – unconvincing at times but ultimately effective. That cutting edge means United look set to return to the Champions League next season and Young says a strong team bond is being built. “That’s the way we play – that’s the Manchester United way,” he told MUTV. “The team spirit, the character that we’ve got to keep ourselves going. The big man got himself in the box and got on the end of one of our crosses. “We’re delighted to get that goal. Everybody was celebrating together and I think the bench went crazy as well. “After the game, the scenes in the dressing room were fantastic.” The emotions in the opposing dressing room were understandably different. Palace goalscorer Puncheon felt a number of decisions went against his side, making the 2-1 loss particularly “tough to take”. “We did really well in the second half and created some good chances,” he said. “They’ve got a great goalkeeper at the top of his game and he pulled off some great saves and kept them in the game. “That’s why he plays for one of the best teams in the world and is rated as one of the best.” last_img read more

CDC May Loosen Guidelines for Some Exposed to COVID-19

first_imgWASHINGTON – CDC officials are considering changing guidelines for self-isolation to enable those who have been exposed to the coronavirus to return to work if they are asymptomatic.The public health agency, in conjunction with the White House coronavirus task force, are considering an announcement as soon as Wednesday, according to the Vice President.The new policy is aimed in particular at workers in critical jobs and would allow medical workers who have been exposed to the virus and who have no symptoms can return to work with a mask and twice-daily temperature checks after 14 days.Dr. Deborah Birx, a leader on the White House’s coronavirus task force, called the upcoming CDC guidance “a very important piece.”“It looks at degree of exposure and really making it clear that exposure occurs within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, so really understanding where you shouldn’t be within 6 feet of people right now,” Birx told CBS on Wednesday. “But if you’re in a work situation where you have to be, there will be a series of recommendations that if you had had a significant exposure of what specifically to do, and if you’ve had a less exposure what to do.”Pence on Tuesday said the White House is focusing on the “point of need” for the current situation but also is operating on another track to consider future recommendations for the public.“Some of the best minds here at the White House are beginning to think about what recommendations will look like that we give to businesses, that we give to states, but it will all, I promise you, be informed on putting the health and well-being of the American people first,” Pence said.For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. In the United States, there have been about 400,000 cases and about 13,000 deaths.last_img read more

Sheltez Tennis Club completes successful tournament

first_imgTHE Sheltez Tennis Club and national coach Shelly Daly recently completed a successful Junior Independence tournament.The tournament had featured four categories Under-10, U-12, U-14 and U-18. The U-10 category was included after a two-year break while the U-14 category was played for the first time at international level.There were 45 participants from Guyana and Suriname. The U-10 and U-18 categories were played from May 4 to 11 at the National Racquet Centre and Le Resouvenir Tennis Club while U-12 and U-14 categories were played at Le Resouvenir Tennis Club and GBTI tennis courts.The tournament was played on round-robin and knock-out formats. Results are as follows: U-10 Boys – Nathan DeNobrega and Atlav Ahamad.U-10 Girls – Kayesha Harding and Nakisha Williams.U-12 Boys – Iyaaz Posse and Jair Akaamba.U-12 Girls – Paula Kalekyezi and Menikshi Jaikisson.U-14 Boys – Vadeanand Resaul and Jeremiah Kalekyezi.U-18 Boys – Viraj Sharma and Joshua Kalekyezi.U-18 Girls – Afruica Gentle and Kalyca Fraser.In the consolation category Bruce Chan won ahead of Aarush Moorjani in the U-12 Boys category while Vincent Akaamba won from Anish Sharma in the Boys U-14 category.Meanwhile, Sheltez Tennis Club and GLTA would like to extend sincere gratitude to GBTI for the use of its facilities, Blue Life Water for providing water throughout the tournament, Homesafe Security, BK & Sons Poultry Farm, and parents.last_img read more

Baseball splits four-game swing in North Carolina

first_imgThe baseball team traveled to North Carolina last weekend for a three-game set against Wake Forest before wrapping up the road trip with a one-off game against Duke on Monday. Though the Trojans (6-2) split the trip 2-2, the weekend came with many positives. After dropping the series opener against the Demon Deacons on Friday, USC rebounded to take Saturday’s game. Though Wake Forest ultimately took the series with a win in Sunday’s rubber game, the Trojans recovered quickly again, bouncing back to beat the Blue Devils one day later.Junior third baseman Adalberto Carrillo came away with his first career grand slam in the Trojans’ 15-9 victory over Wake Forest, the second game of the series on Saturday. Junior starting pitcher Mason Perryman(1-0) made the longest start of his career against Duke and went 6-plus innings, giving up no runs in a 2-0victory. Senior right fielder Corey Dempster had two home runs, including his first of the year, a 2-run blast against Wake Forest on Sunday and a solo shot against Duke. Dempster also had a single and a double against Wake Forest in Game 2 as well as a running catch in Game 3 — an 18-5 loss — to help the Trojans get out of abases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth. Redshirt junior shortstop Frankie Rios also hit his first home run of the season, a 2-run shot in Game 1 against Wake Forest, which USC lost 15-5 on Friday. He doubled in two runs in Game 2 against Wake Forest. Sophomore infielder Dillon Paulson got his first hit of the year, a single against Wake Forest in the top of the second in Game 2. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Bryce Dyrda made his first start of the season with a 1-2-3 inning in Game 3 against Wake Forest. Wake Forest proved to be a very formidable opponent, scoring a total of 48 runs to USC’s 25 runs in thethree-game series. The Trojans were able to capitalize on many mistakes by Wake Forest, scoring two runs off balks and another run after the assistance of a balk. Balks are normally an unusual sight;however, the Trojans have seen quite a few in their shortseason. Freshman left fielder Matt Acosta continued to dazzle in the outfield and on the base path with several nice catches and a steal of home in the top of the seventh inning against Duke. Sophomore center fielder Lars Nootbaar kept his bat hot with two solo homers, one each in Games 2 and 3 against Wake Forest.Freshman pitcher Connor Lunn had a good outing against Wake Forest in Game 3. He went 4.2 innings in relief of starter Marrick Crouse, giving up three runs and at one point retiring five straight. Lunn struck out a career high six batters and gave up no walks. Carrillo’s road trip was more than just his 428-foot homer. He turned a double play in Game 1 against Wake Forest in addition to tripling and scoring the next inning. In Game 2, Carrillo singled in a run before hitting the grand slam. Sophomore pitcher Solomon Bates worked his way out of multiple jams in Game 1 with a strikeout looking and a groundout. Bates also struck out two in relief of Perryman against Duke. Sophomore pitcher Quentin Longrie (1-0) got the win for the Trojans in Game 2 against Wake Forest, going 2.2 innings in relief of starter Brad Wegman with three strikeouts and three earned runs on five hits. Given that Nootbaar had been one of the driving offensive forces prior to the road trip, it was good to see more bats coming to life by the likes of Rios, Carrillo, Dempster and Paulson. Excluding the exhibition game against the NC Dinos, Friday’s game against Wake Forest was Dempster’s first start of the season. The road trip showed that the Trojans’ team has a lot of talent and is able to utilize their opponents mistakes to the best of their ability. Not only were they were able to play long ball with the home runs, but they also stole bases and caused pitchers to balk. The young team continues to search for consistency after beating Duke and taking a game from Wake Forest. They will have some time to rest from traveling, with no games scheduled for the next three days. Up next, the Trojans take on San Diego on Friday at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more