Simulation of population growth in coastal countiesSource: HGK According to the calendar, most overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities during the year are realized in July and August: in July about 29%, and in August about 33%, which clearly shows that seasonality is one of our biggest problems, says the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the tourist season.In 2017, as many as 49,2 million overnight stays, or about 95% of the total number of overnight stays in those two months, were realized in six coastal counties. Considering that over 60% of all tourist overnight stays in the year are realized in July and August, and 91% of tourist overnight stays are realized in 6 counties, we can talk about the territorial concentration and time constraints of Croatian tourism. It becomes even more visible if we compare the number of realized tourist nights in the best (August) and worst (January) month of the year: the ratio is around 60: 1. For comparison, the first next country in the EU in terms of this ratio is Greece, with approximately 20: 1.”According to estimates of the increase in the number of “inhabitants” for the six strongest tourist counties and their individual cities and towns and the impact of seasonal increase in demand on their functioning, the data show a high concentration of overnight stays in only two months of the central season. Croatia. From this additionally arises the need to expand the offer and generally measures that would allow the extension of the season, or allow a longer tourist pre-season and post-season. This is especially true for smaller, tourist-attractive places where, during the main tourist season, the number of “inhabitants” increases more than five times, which requires the adjustment of infrastructure and other supply of goods and services to such short-term increased demand.Said the director of the Sector for Financial Institutions and Economic Analysis, Zvonimir Savić. The calculation showed that the range of the expected increase in population in August 2018, based on the arrivals and overnight stays of tourists in the counties in Adriatic Croatia, is moving from 40% in Split-Dalmatia to 129% in Istria County. In order to assess the growth of demand in trade and tourism, to assess the load on communal infrastructure at the peak of the tourist season, but also to further emphasize the extreme seasonality of tourism in Croatia, HGK made a calculation that results in an estimate of population growth in coastal counties and stronger tourist centers. In Medulin (a municipality of about 6.000 inhabitants) and Nin (a town with less than 3.000 inhabitants) an expected increase is 469% and 447%, respectively. That means yes population during August increases by about 5,5 times in both places due to the arrivals and overnight stays of tourists. This represents the largest increase among the observed tourist centers in Adriatic Croatia in August.Read this extremely important and interesting analysis in its entirety in the attachment.PRLOG: HGK analysis / Estimation of population increase in the tourist season
Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous nation has run PCR tests on fewer than 8,000 people, in stark contrast with neighboring countries’ testing figures. As of Friday, Indonesia had the second-highest death toll in Asia after China, with 1,986 confirmed cases and 181 deaths.The official figure, however, does not include fatalities recorded among patients under surveillance (PDP) and persons under general observation (ODP), who have not yet been tested or who have died while waiting for their lab test results to come back.While the central government has recorded only 90 fatalities in the capital city, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Thursday that between March 6 and April 1, some 401 corpses had been buried using protocols designed for people who died from the contagious COVID-19 disease.Experts have called for people who have tested positive for the disease though the rapid test kits to be immediately tested with the PCR method while isolating and having their contacts traced, but the lack of preparedness among laboratories and insufficient testing kit provisions have contributed to a nationwide PCR testing backlog. As of Friday, 720 people in Jakarta alone were still waiting for their lab test results to come back, according to the provincial health agency.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani has said that swab testing kits and the viral transfer mediums (VTMs) to carry out PCR tests following rapid testing in the province’s health laboratory are limited.Ryan B. Ristandi, who is in charge of West Java’s health laboratory, said previously that the laboratory had the capacity to test 96 samples a day but it was experiencing bottlenecks because of the extraction process being used. The laboratory has three manual PCR machines.Meanwhile, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said that the administration had used about 15,000 rapid testing kits, resulting in 677 people having tested positive for the disease.Ridwan said during an online video conference with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin on Friday that he feared the tests were not carried out rapidly enough, as he believed the real number of confirmed cases in West Java, currently at 225 with 25 deaths, was “many times higher”.Experts warn that carrying out rapid testing alone, while helpful for contact-tracing and further studies of the virus, cannot be regarded as mass testing. Rapid PCR testing on a massive scale should rather be prioritized to prevent wider transmission by isolating confirmed cases and detecting cases as early as possible to set hospitals’ priorities straight and suppress death rates.The country’s “weakness” is that it does “not have the tools to carry out rapid testing on a massive scale”, said Doni Monardo, the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency and the COVID-19 rapid-response team, during a virtual working meeting with the House of Representatives on Thursday.”We’ve consulted with the Health Ministry, [there are] 44 Health Ministry labs spread [across the country]. Their facilities and equipment are not yet adequate, so only 13 labs are effective,” he said, adding that the government was trying to import as many PCR testing kits as it could so that tests could be conducted in and outside of Java.Data compiled by The Jakarta Post from the Health Ministry’s daily COVID-19 reports, also provided on its website, show that up until the first confirmed case was announced in March, the ministry had tested 339 people.Since then, the government has reported its daily cumulative number of tests, which the Post has used to calculate the number of tests that are carried out daily. The Post’s analysis shows that the number of tests varies daily, but the figure is usually in the hundreds, with the highest number being 1,439 tests on March 27. There were two days in which the number of tests and confirmed cases were recorded as being the same: once on March 30 with 124 new cases and tests, respectively, and March 31 with 114 new cases and tests, respectively.The government, up until mid-March, had insisted on carrying out PCR tests solely through the Health Ministry’s Research and Development Agency lab in Jakarta, before eventually extending this to other laboratories across the country. It then allowed 12 labs to carry out tests before the Health Ministry’s lab on March 31 tweeted that it would be expanding its COVID-19 lab network to 48.Also in mid-March, the Health Ministry said it had acquired 10,000 PCR testing kits but the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs, Achmad Yurianto, told the Post on Tuesday that the country already had tens of thousands of PCR testing kits, and that it would import more.He did not provide any figures on the country’s daily testing capacity, arguing that each lab had different testing capacities, although he stood by his earlier claim that the central lab could conduct up to 1,700 tests a day.”It’s like we’ve just woken up from a long, comfortable sleep only to find that we have so many shortcomings. We might have been ready in the past for the avian flu influenza, but the game today is different; the labs and the ways of handling specimens are different with this new virus,” Herawati of the Eijkman Institute said.Aryati of Airlangga University said the country could still pin its hopes on the government’s plan to use modified diagnostic test kits for tuberculosis, urging the government to widen its lab network by welcoming private sector labs to carry out the PCR testing.She said there were at least 196 labs across the country with compatible machines to run the tests as long as the government helped supply their reagents, VTMs and protective equipment.— Arya Dipa and Karina M. Tehusijarana contributed to this storyTopics : Indonesia has been carrying out rapid testing that has resulted in the discovery of hundreds of potentially positive COVID-19 cases, but a backlog in further tests to confirm these findings has raised questions about the system’s efficacy.The government has distributed some 400,000 rapid testing kits to the regions, mainly focusing on the hardest-hit areas such as Greater Jakarta. However, even those who have tested positive for the disease still need to take the more reliable but limited polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, given the high possibility of false positives among rapid test results.Aryati, a professor of clinical pathology at Airlangga University, in Surabaya, East Java, said that as rapid testing was used to detect antibodies in blood samples, there was always the possibility of a false positive, due to the cross-reaction of antibodies with similar viruses, such as dengue, as well as a patient’s history of past infections with other coronavirus strains. “Don’t be too happy about a negative result either, as it might also turn out to be a false negative, because antibodies may not already be formed at the time of testing or if the person suffers from an impaired immune system,” Aryati said on Thursday.“That’s why they should be tested again within 10 days.”This might explain why people who have tested positive through the rapid testing kits are not included in the government’s official daily tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases, which only includes those samples that are confirmed using the PCR tests.”The gold standard is still PCR testing […] while the confidence level in rapid antibody testing is the lowest among all other forms of tests,” said Herawati Supolo Sudoyo, the Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology’s deputy for fundamental research, on Thursday.
According to interviews conducted by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), federal law enforcement officers have been driving around downtown Portland and detaining protesters with no explanation since at least July 14.Mark Pettibone, a 29-year-old demonstrator, recalled being terrified when an unmarked minivan pulled up next to him early Wednesday and men with green military fatigues jumped out and detained him.”It seemed like it was out of a horror/sci-fi, like a Philip K. Dick novel,” Pettibone told The Washington Post. “It was like being preyed upon.”Pettibone said he was taken to the federal courthouse and later released without being told why he had been detained, or whether he had been charged with a crime. In a statement on Friday, US Customs and Border Protection said its agents were behind the arrest carried out as they “had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaults against federal agents or destruction of federal property.””Once CBP agents approached the suspect, a large and violent mob moved towards their location,” the agency said in a statement sent to AFP. “For everyone’s safety, CBP agents quickly moved the suspect to a safer location for further questioning.”The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter,” the statement added. “The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.”Read also: In first, US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorists’Political theater’ Federal officers have been deployed in Portland as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to crush nightly protests outside the city’s federal courthouse and another court building.The protests against racism and police brutality were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and have taken place across the country for more than six weeks. “A peaceful protester in Portland was shot in the head by one of Donald Trump’s secret police,” Senator Ron Wyden wrote in a tweet on Thursday that also denounced Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security who visited Portland the same day.”Now Trump and Chad Wolf are weaponizing the DHS as their own occupying army to provoke violence on the streets of my hometown because they think it plays well with right-wing media,” Wyden said.The governor of the state, Kate Brown, also hit out at the Trump administration.”This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety,” she wrote in a tweet. “The President is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.”Topics : Rights activists and lawmakers expressed outrage on Friday over reports that federal agents circulating in unmarked cars in the western US state of Oregon were grabbing and detaining protesters off the streets.”What is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the United States,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon. “Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street, we call it kidnapping.”The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered,” he added.
The concern is that vaccine supply and allocation in this pandemic will echo the last – caused by the H1N1 flu virus in 2009/2010 – when rich nations bought up the available supply of vaccines, initially leaving poor countries with none.In that instance, since H1N1 turned out to be a milder disease and the pandemic ultimately petered out, the impact on infections and deaths from vaccine imbalances was limited.However COVID-19 is a far greater threat, and leaving swathes of the world’s people vulnerable will not only harm them, but also extend the pandemic and the damage it can cause, health experts say.”There is a risk that some countries are doing exactly what we feared – which is every man for himself,” said Gayle Smith, former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development and CEO of the One Campaign, a non-profit aimed at ending poverty and preventable disease.’I am worried’More than 75 wealthier countries including Britain have expressed interest in the COVAX financing scheme, which is also co-led by the World Health Organization and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI, joining 90 poorer ones who would be supported through donations.But the United States, China and Russia are not among countries expressing interest in COVAX, according to GAVI.And an EU source said last week that the European Commission, which is the bloc’s executive arm and leads EU talks with drugmakers, has advised EU countries not to buy COVID-19 vaccines via COVAX.”I am worried,” said Thomas Bollyky, director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations. “What is happening with the handful of nations that are locking up supply of vaccine competes with the multilateral supply deals.”At the end of the day, vaccine manufacturing is a finite resource. You can expand it, but only so much.”Experts estimate the world can reasonably hope to have around 2 billion doses of effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of next year, if several of the leading candidates prove effective in expedited late-stage trials currently underway. COVAX’s aim is to distribute doses for at least 20% of its signed-up countries’ populations.Another two years?Berkley of GAVI said, however, that if self-interested countries or regions snapped those up to cover their entire populations – instead of sharing them across nations and protecting the most at-risk people first – the pandemic could not be controlled.”If you were to try to vaccinate the entire U.S., (and) the entire EU, for example, with two doses of vaccine – then you’d get to about 1.7 billion doses. And if that is the number of doses that’s available, there’s not a lot left for others.”If a handful, or even 30 or 40 countries have vaccines, but more than 150 others don’t, “then the epidemic will rage there” Berkley said.”This virus … moves around like lightning. So you’ll end up in a situation where you will not be able to go back to normal. You won’t be able to have commerce, tourism, travel, trade, unless you can get the whole pandemic to be slowed down.”He and Smith and other health experts said ending the pandemic meant ending it globally.”It’s the difference from a pandemic [for] another two years as opposed to one year,” Smith added. “The economics and health consequences of that are enormous.” “Everybody doing bilateral deals is not a way to optimize the situation,” said Seth Berkley, chief executive of the GAVI alliance which co-leads the scheme called COVAX designed to secure rapid and fair global access to COVID-19 vaccines.Pfizer said this week it was in concurrent talks with the EU and several of its member states on supplying them with its potential vaccine.And in the latest swoop, Britain announced a deal on Wednesday to secure advanced supplies of potential COVID-19 vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi.This, according to global health charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), will further fuel “the global scramble to hoard vaccines by rich countries” and feed “a dangerous trend of vaccine nationalism”. It’s dog eat dog in the world of COVID-19 vaccines.That’s the fear of global health agencies planning a scheme to bulk-buy and equitably distribute vaccines around the world. They are watching with dismay as some wealthier countries have decided to go it alone, striking deals with drugmakers to secure millions of doses of promising candidates for their citizens.The deals – including those agreed by the United States, Britain and the European Union with the likes of Pfizer, BioNtech, AstraZeneca and Moderna – are undermining the global drive, experts say. Topics :
This 2 bedroom townhouse at 34/8 Briggs Road Springwood is priced at $292,000, according to agents Katherine and Andrew Rossi of McGrath Estate Agents – Springwood.Wishart – median unit price $419,750 – was logging rental yield of 5.2 per cent and double digit growth in median price (10.4 per cent). “Wishart recorded 1256 online visits per property, four times the Queensland average. Wishart will also reap benefits from approximately $220.2m of new projects in neighbouring suburbs Rochedale and Mount Gravatt.” This 3 bedroom house at 10 Arnica Crescent, Bald Hills, is available for offers over $399,000, according to agent Jack Harvey of Coronis Bracken Ridge.Bald Hills, which neighbours Bracken Ridge where there was $40.3m in projects in the first half of this year, had become a favourite with families looking for an easy commute, plus it’s seen “continuous price growth over the past three years”.Of the affordable unit hotspots, Springwood – 18.7km south of the Brisbane CBD – held strong attraction for investors with its lower unit median price ($281,500) and its “strong rental yield of 6.1 per cent”. “A new masterplan has been prepared for Springwood to be transformed into a new southern commercial centre, which further indicates sustainable economic growth.” This 3 bedroom house at 14 Bradford Street, Darra, is on the market for offers over $350,000, according to agent Wade Beaumont of Splash Real Estate Jindalee.Darra, 13.3km southwest of the Brisbane CBD, where there was $9m worth of industrial development coming, was attracting both investors and owner occupiers with a “solid rental yield of 4.3 per cent”.“Housing in Darra has become an increasingly popular choice with those looking for more affordability, with sales transactions growth rate of over 30 per cent and a low vacancy rate of 1.5 per cent.” This 3 bedroom home at 94A Elizabeth St, Acacia Ridge, is looking for offers over $350,000, according to agents Zac and Adrian Daynes of Daynes Property. Picture: Realestate.com.auMajor projects across those suburbs and access to infrastructure were strong points in their favour as was access to jobs. PRD national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said Acacia Ridge, 13.6km from the Brisbane CBD was the top house pick, with a median price of $391,500 and a four bedroom median of just $397,500.“Acacia Ridge record strong median price growth of 6.4 per cent and a rental yield of 4.6 per cent. Home to TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and easily accessible via public transport, it is one of the fastest selling suburbs with houses averaging only 27 days on market.”The median sits below that of the Brisbane LGA, she said, making it a target for first home buyers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago PRD Nationwide Research has named Wishart as one of three Affordable Unit Hotspots in Brisbane. This 2 bedroom townhouse at 12/8 Mahina Place, Wishart, is available for offers over $360,000 according to agent Emanuel Kazonis of Drakos Real Estate – West End.FRESH analysis has uncovered Brisbane’s top three most affordable hotspots to buy houses and units in – a verdict backed by more than just their pricetags.PRD Nationwide Research named Acacia Ridge, Darra and Bald Hills as the cream of the crop when it came to affordable house hotspots in the Greater Brisbane area, while Springwood, Wishart and Manly West were the strongest affordable unit hotspots. This 3 bedroom townhouse at 6/184 Radford Road Manly West was on the market for offers over $365,000, according to Liza Martinez of RE/MAX Advantage – Wynnum.Manly West was also a top affordable unit hotspot, with a median price of $430,000, close to the ocean, and “a solid option for families”.“It is an attractive market for investors and owner occupiers with median price growth of 9.7 per cent and rental yield of 5 per cent.”
Lloyd’s Register (LR), an engineering, technical and business services organization, has won a contract to support the development of Eni’s Coral South FLNG project in Mozambique.Coral South FLNG; Image: LRLR said on Monday that the scope of work includes covers design, procurement, certification, construction, integration, and commissioning, as well as providing classification services under a risk-based inspection regime when the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit enters service in 2022.The Coral South field is being developed by Eni in Area Four of the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of Mozambique. The field contains approximately 450 billion cubic meters (16 TCF) of gas and the unit will be Africa’s first floating gas facility.The FLNG unit will be the world’s first ultra-deepwater FLNG, operating at a depth of 2,000 meters. It is expected to produce around 3.4 million tonnes of LNG per year. The FLNG will be about 430 meters long, 66 meters wide, and will weigh about 210,000 tonnes. It has a design life of 25 years.LR added that it was providing flexible, bespoke support to the project through a range of services. The organization has been involved in the project since 2014, and in 2015 awarded the first approval in principle for the design.Its primary role in the project is to ensure that the FLNG operates safely, is not going to impact the environment, that people working onboard the unit are safe and that it is designed, procured, and fabricated in accordance with the most recognized industry standards.The project is currently in a detailed engineering design phase, with the bulk of design work happening in Korea, France, and Japan. LR is required to deliver a number of design appraisal documents as part of this phase.All the equipment, systems, and machinery that make up the topside plant on the FLNG will be certified by LR.To do this, LR will be holding more than 500 contracts with equipment vendors directly and will be delivering services in all vendor locations. This will result in all the equipment arriving in Korea certified by LR to agreed codes and standards.Upon completion of construction, the FLNG will be towed from Korea to Mozambique and LR will attend the hook up of the mooring system and survey the commissioning of the topside plant on the station.Simon Turpin, LR’s overarching project manager on Coral South, said: “The fact that LR was chosen for this very large and complicated project underlines our expertise in FLNG and shows that we are prepared and able to work in new and developing areas, where our clients want us to be. This is the first step into Mozambique for a major class society and an investment in the future of the country.”
Darrell P. Salatin, of Sunman, was born on March 1, 1944 in Batesville, a son to Clarence and Irene Elizabeth Huber Salatin. He married Kristy Lindemann on June 21, 1980 at St. Jacobs United Church of Christ-Blue Creek. He owned and operated a diesel repair shop in Penntown and also worked at Casket Distributors in West Harrison. Darrell was a charter member of the Sunman Life Squad on which he served for over 30 years and was President for 25 years. Having served in the United States Army, he later was a member and commander of the Sunman American Legion. He also was a former member of the Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation and helped establish the Sunman Area Youth (SAY) soccer program. Darrell coached Little League and many softball teams and played in over 40 softball leagues. He was an avid IU and Bobby Knight fan and loved going to the Indianapolis 500, an event he attended for over 40 years. Darrell enjoyed mowing grass, gardening, camping, playing cards, and country music, but his favorite past-time was spending time with his family and attending all their activities. On Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the age of 74, he passed away at the Waters of Dillsboro, with his family present.Survivors include his wife, Kristy; children, Tracy (Rick) Meyer of Oldenburg, Theresa (Nick) Schmelzer of Cincinnati, and Jonathan (Emilie) Salatin of Lawrenceburg; grandchildren, Peyton, Morgan, and Colt Meyer; Paul, Luke, Emma, Peter, and Alana Schmelzer; and Laken, Weston, and Adalynn Salatin; one sister, Roberta Struewing of Batesville; one brother, Robert (Peggy) Salatin of Batesville, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patricia Ann Salatin, and one daughter, Tammy L. Salatin.Friends may visit with the family on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Burial with military honors provided by the Kenneth L. Diver Post #337 Sunman American Legion will follow in Evangelical Union Cemetery at Hubbell’s Corner.Memorial donations may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Darrell Salatin.
Chelsea have appointed former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow as their new head of global commercial activities. Press Association Purslow joined Liverpool in June 2009, succeeding Rick Parry, with the aim of bringing more revenue to the club although his role changed when then owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks decided to sell the club The businessman then helped the sale process to the group led by current Reds owner John W Henry before stepping down from his role in October the following year. He remained as a non-executive director and special adviser until February 2011. The 50-year-old will lead the Blues’ attempt to expand their brand around the world as they seek to become a growing force on and off the field. “The club believes Mr Purslow has the vision and the leadership qualities to help us achieve these plans,” said a short statement on Chelsea’s website.
“We did the same against Liverpool, we didn’t start that well but we ended up coming into the game,” Ledley said. “They had a good start but from there I thought it was 50-50 and on another day we could have gone on and nicked it on the counter-attack. “It was a good point for us and that’s what we needed after beating Liverpool. “But everyone’s determined and works their socks off here – the back four, midfield, wingers and strikers. “Everyone in the team knows they’ve got to put a shift in or they’ll be off, so every week we need to go out there and perform.” Palace’s fightback means Swansea have now lost 13 points from winning positions this season but defender Neil Taylor insists that worrying trait has not damaged dressing-room morale. “This is football, it always has to go one way,” Taylor said. “This is a stat that people can talk about but this is the way it can go. “You just carry on, it’s not the fact of managing the game. “We’ve just scored early and we should have made it two or three, but we didn’t and that’s it.” Swansea are at home again on Tuesday night when they entertain a Queens Park Rangers side who climbed off the bottom of the league on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Leicester. “If we play well and win then this result is forgotten about,” Taylor said. “It won’t be an easy game but it’s a home game and hopefully we can go one better than this one. “Our play in the first half was unbelievable and if we’d finished a couple of those chances we would have been out of sight. “We need to capitalise on our chances because at 1-0 games are never finished and you have to try and get another one.” Socceroos skipper Jedinak paid his own personal tribute to compatriot Hughes before Palace’s 1-1 draw at Swansea on Saturday when he carried out a cricket bat, which he placed along with a ball and a pair of caps on the touchline. Hughes, 25, died on Thursday after being struck in the neck by a ball while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney. Joe Ledley hailed the courage of his Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak following the death of Australian Test batsman Phillip Hughes. Press Association Jedinak made the poignant pre-match tribute and then scored from the penalty spot – his fifth goal in eight games – as Palace fought back to earn a prized Barclays Premier League point at the Liberty Stadium. “Everyone in Australia is devastated by what happened, especially Mile being the captain of the Australia football team,” said Jedinak’s midfield colleague Ledley. “That goal obviously meant a lot to Mile and we’re all behind him. “It’s been a difficult time for him but to go out there and play like he has done is fantastic. “He’s determined as ever and it didn’t affect his performance at all. “He’s done exactly the same in training because he’s a strong guy and personality and he’s been strong all week.” Palace endured a torrid opening spell when Swansea’s superiority was complete and finally reflected on the scoreline after 15 minutes when Wilfried Bony netted his sixth goal in seven Premier League games with a sharp shot on the turn. But Palace levelled 10 minutes later when Jonjo Shelvey’s clumsy challenge on Marouane Chamakh allowed Jedinak to score from the spot and Neil Warnock’s side grew into the game after that.
Senior driver Zach D’Sa touted 26 goals in his junior season. He also scored twice in the MPSF and NCAA semifinal games. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)As the only senior on this year’s No. 1 ranked men’s water polo team, driver Zach D’Sa uses his experiences to mentor his younger teammates as they seek another run at the NCAA championship.Born to a family of swimmers, D’Sa was introduced to the pool when he was only three months old. His water polo career began at age seven, with inspiration from his family.“My brother was suggested by his swim coach to play water polo and I thought, ‘I’ll try it too!’” D’Sa said. “Once I tried it, I’ve loved it ever since.”D’Sa’s passion for the game continued at Wilson High, where he achieved numerous honors including league Player of the Year. He also was a standout for his club team, earning the distinction of Long Beach Century Club Player of the Year. D’Sa credits his former coach, Robert Lynn, for helping him develop a deeper knowledge of the game during his high school years.“[Lynn] taught me almost everything I know,” D’Sa said. “He played in the Olympics, he played here at USC, so I wanted to follow his route my entire life.”Despite the mentorship of such influential coaches, D’Sa’s transition from playing water polo in high school to playing for one of the best water polo teams in the nation was difficult at first. He wasn’t accustomed to the team’s style of play, as his past clubs had never expected him to run plays.D’Sa gained valuable experience as soon as his freshman year, appearing on the Trojans’ NCAA tournament roster in 2015. His game has improved each season. Although he scored 10 goals in his freshman season, he doubled this output as a sophomore and achieved a personal best 26 goals as a junior. This season, D’Sa has already posted 16 goals in 12 games.“I think I’ve gotten a lot smarter and I’ve been able to read the game a lot better,” D’Sa said. “When I was first starting out, I talked to a lot of the older guys to learn from them because they knew the system better than me. Now I’m that older guy, so I have to pass down the knowledge.”Taking on the role of team captain has given D’Sa many opportunities to share this knowledge. While his role in the pool is the same, he speaks up more often at meetings and games. During game time, D’Sa is nearly as vocal as the goalkeeper in pointing out opponents and situations that his teammates might not be able to see themselves.However, his duties as captain are not confined to a single meeting or play-by-play situation.He leads his teammates in the pursuit of a loftier goal: winning an NCAA championship. After three straight championship losses, D’Sa hopes for a victory in the final game in last season as a Trojan.“I’ve definitely learned a lot from playing in three championships,” D’Sa said. “It’s really hardened me losing all three of them. But I like using my experience to teach these guys what it takes to get there, and I think I know what it should take for us to bring one back to ‘SC this year.”The championship would be an important final milestone for D’Sa, who does not plan to continue his water polo career after college. Instead, his focus will be on academics; he intends to pursue occupational therapy in graduate school after graduating with a Human Biology degree.“It’s weird how fast time flew and how I’m the old guy on the team,” D’Sa said. “I’m going to miss being with the team. The coaches have been great, they’ve taught me a lot. It’s going to be a huge bummer not being here anymore.”D’Sa is excited for the rest of the season, and maintains high expectations for himself and his teammates. After a memorable come-from-behind win against Cal in the NCAA semifinals last season, he and the other veteran players have entered the 2018 season with confidence, demonstrated by their perfect record through 12 games.“Our goal is to keep winning, keep playing together as a team, keep playing as a unit,” D’Sa said.